Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.
“The real worry,” Dembski says, “isn’t that we’ll raise machines to our level, but that we’ll lower humanity to the level of machines.”
Materialists claim that neuroscience has demonstrated that free will is an illusion.
This doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves.
Following Darwin, with an assist from Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin, Ken Miller proposes that human reason, consciousness, etc. are exaptations, or “spandrels.”