In this six-week learning journey, we will explore the planetary predicament humanity is in with an empowering focus on how to guide the intentional cultural evolution of trust and cooperation at different scales. This includes real-world examples of landscape restoration where diverse people come together around the shared purpose of restoring rivers and bringing forests back to degraded landscapes.
My approach is explored by considering Aristotelian Causal Categories, focusing on Final Cause. I then consider the possibility of understanding this question from an ‘internalist’ perspective.
When asked “Can Evolution be Conscious?” reactions can occur aptly reflecting the “informal definition” (as stated in most dictionaries) of schizoid, that is, “having inconsistent or seemingly contradictory elements.”
Human beings are subject to the workings of evolution and are also aware of their role as shapers of the environment so as to consciously direct evolutionary change.
No, evolution is not a conscious process, and to think so is an example of what philosophers call a category mistake, predicated on a fallacy of equivocation.
Entrepreneurs are not disconnected individuals, they are cooperating in a connected ecosystem.