The Copernican Principle has been misused to imply that Earth is somehow insignificant. That is a philosophical attitude, unrelated to the science.
James Shapiro’s recent paper points out, with examples, that bacteria meet the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of “cognitive.”
“Any paper that discusses or describes singularities in the field equations of general relativity is discussing extra-natural objects.”
We are free to accept ad hoc evo psych explanations if we wish. Like astrology and palm reading, they make good conversation pieces.
Eva Jablonka’s team makes the daring case, repurposing Hungarian chemist Tibor Gánti’s origin of life studies.