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Darwinian Explanations Don’t Tell You the Purpose of Your Life

Darwinian explanations only say how a random process of selection could have created a human, but they don’t tell you what the purpose of a human being is. You cannot deduce that the purpose of human life is, for example, physical survival based on a Darwinian story.

Proof:

Imagine that a powerful being called the Artist decided to create another being for the purpose of self-expression, much as we create art. Call the created being the Homunculus. Rather than tinkering in the lab to make the Homunculus the Artist put a Darwinian process in motion. The end result was a human being. However the purpose of that human being was not survival — it was self-expression.

QED

Also – we are the Artist and the Homunculus!

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6 thoughts on “Darwinian Explanations Don’t Tell You the Purpose of Your Life

    • I like that book but I forgot this argument. As you may well be aware US culture lies ranged between two sets of James bros — Frank and Jesse on the one hand and you know who on the other. (This joke is from Peter DeVries)

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