Having ourselves turned into dirt — or worse — reflects at least an implied philosophical view that it doesn’t ultimately matter that we ever existed.
Chait writes smart, concise dialogue on these subjects, and seems to have learned more than a thing or two from biologist Scott Turner’s recent book, Purpose and Desire.
Truth, beauty, and goodness are abstract concepts that correspond to our deepest desires. They are not likely to have evolved by a neo-Darwinian process.
It must be hard for young daters to follow. It’s an even bigger challenge to square with Darwin’s theory.
One doctor infamously said he didn’t need palliative care when he had euthanasia.