Professor Daniel Dennett
Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Centre for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Author of Darwin's Dangerous Ideas
Before there was life on Earth, there were no purposes, no reasons.
Things just happened. How could purposes emerge from such purposeless
Looking back at the evolution of life on the planet, we can now see
-if only dimly- the patterns that led to the exquisite functional
organizations of matter that living forms exhibit. We human beings are
the only living things that can represent these reasons, and comprehend
them, but that does not make them illusory.
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