Following Darwin, with an assist from Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin, Ken Miller proposes that human reason, consciousness, etc. are exaptations, or “spandrels.”
Henry Kissinger has sounded an alarm over AI, and raises questions about machine ethics and the possibility that humans may learn we’re not so special after all.
AI is about statistical processing, not budding consciousness.
Knowing who you are, where you came from, is a central purpose of education, and frankly not only in the humanities but in biology.
Admittedly, that may come as a surprise to Elon Musk, but I think Robert Marks defends the argument with a certain persuasive mischievousness.