The firm belief in extraterrestrial life — a belief nearly universal in the scientific community — is an act of faith.
As Thomas Nagel would argue today, any theory of evolution that excludes the origin of mind and consciousness from consideration is at best half a theory.
A materialist view of reality leaves out much of reality (love, reason, mercy, truth, etc.) so skittish materialists often call themselves “physicalists.”
Dark matter is the unknown substance thought to make up some 27 percent of the universe. It can’t be observed but only theorized.
As a young Muslim physician suggests, materialism asks us to deny the evidence of our near-universal, dualist experience.