Positive systemic change must be the target of selection. Alternative social practices must be oriented toward the target of selection.
What’s needed is a modern framework for completing the Darwinian revolution for philosophy and all other human-related disciplines.
Subrena Smith recently argued that “evolutionary psychology, as it is currently understood, is…impossible."
Evolutionary psychologists have not shown that there are specific psychological programs that are written in the genetic foundation of our species. This is the challenge they must meet.
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.
To speak of an evolution of consciousness as a natural event is to be committed to the idea that consciousness can be a further expression of something which is not yet consciousness but is a prerequisite for the possibility of consciousness.
An evolutionary teleological view would be that no matter where you are in the cosmos, that there is, under the right conditions, a direction toward more complex, organized structures (both physical and non-physical).
Understanding the evolution of consciousness provides the scaffolding for evolutionary science itself to consciously evolve, and to help human individuals and groups do so as well.
How consciousness evolved and how consciousness has come to affect evolutionary processes are related issues.
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.
Social constructivism is on trial for being an academic fraud. Can it be rescued and does it have valid points to make about science after all?
In The Enigma of Reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber crack the code on one of the greatest evolutionary mysteries of all time.
Our geopolitical world seems increasingly unstable, and some see this instability as a threat to Humanist values. But do not fear.