At least as we’re accustomed to thinking in our age of AI, the alternative to a machine is a mind.
The originators of the concept were two 19th-century British philosopher-scientists, John Stuart Mill and George Henry Lewes.
The question posed by considering evolutionary theory versus intelligent design is whether a marvel like the femur could have arisen by chance-driven processes.
The nonsense will cease eventually. But eventually is a long way off, if Barbieri’s dilemma is any guide.
This human trait of question-asking begins almost as soon as we learn to talk. Young children can confound their parents with their rapid-fire questions.