A bridge between
I know we are all thinking about "purpose" now since last class, and I don't want to kill the idea, but I'm still thinking about it too ... We have been suggesting that Evolution is a story. We have also suggested that perhaps Evolution doesn't have an ultimate goal, a purpose (just as a suggestion, barring any objections). But in saying both of these, aren't we contradicting ourselves? When we think of a story, there is generally expected some outcome, or conclusion to the story arising from Character progression, action progression, or moral significance. Indeed, for me, a story that hasn't progressed to a point in which an end is presented or foreseeable in the future, isn't a story at all ... Maureen England
it helped to define purpose in the context of evolution. After giving it some thought, i realized something simple and easy, that purpose in evolution meant that the intelligent design of the universe and life was orchestrated by a higher being, I suppose we can safely say God ... Nada Ali
It was helpful in class to distinguish between different kinds of purpose (1. an interpretation that an individual imparts on something else; 2. Purpose that exists within an entity itself; and 3. the idea of a plan/intent governed by an external (or that same) entity) --(the fact that we spent so much time discussing what 'purpose' meant. . . and that we had to agree upon which story we meant when talking about 'purpose'. . . shows how slippery the concept is) ... Annie Sullivan
were not present at the beginning
They are instead themselves outcomes of an evolutionary process and,
From the active inanimate to model builders ...
model builders = organized matter that constitutes adaptive, sophisticated, creative entities lacking "consciousness", "intentionality", internal sense of "meaning", internal sense of "self/other", internal sense of "time" ... things acting in ways that cause story-tellers to infer the existence of properties that don't in fact come into existence until story-tellers had evolved and created them
Beyond social interaction "culture" is ... ?
(a way of exploring new possibilities of human interactions?)
From the model builders to the story tellers ...
model builders=architecturally more elaborate organizations of matter accelerating the process of exploration, without and with language ... recognizing models, using the models themselves to bring about new things ... what more do the WORDS mean? what more do we think we can do? and if we can, how?
By Roger N. Shepherd, from The Minds Eye: Finding Truth in Illusion
From Almost Real
HONOR THY FATHER
DO UNTO OTHERS ...
THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY
|Evolution (random change with differential reproductive success and some sequential pattern)
|Evolution = ongoing cosmic exploration of possible forms of quasi-stable organizations of matter/energy
Adding in language/language-based culture (a further accelerator of exploration?)
Words can bring into potential existence things that had not previously existed (and themselves have causal efficacy, reproduce, etc = "memes")
Relation of all this to Dennett ...