The error is not completely different from imagining that natural selection really can do what creative intelligence — foresight! — can do.
A focus on power, to the neglect of wisdom, is fine, as long as it is recognized that mechanical philosophy is incomplete.
The material universe must be caused, and it cannot be the cause of its own existence.
The question about the material/immaterial nature of abstract thought is crucial to the debate over the plausibility of materialism.
Materialism is an impoverished perspective on nature, and it creates, rather than solves, problems in metaphysics and science.