“The brain is not billions of little computers. It vastly exceeds the most powerful computers in efficiency but it is not directed to calculation as such.”
Viewing the brain as a computer, for example, obscures many things about the brain and the mind that exceed computers, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
“The whole world works together in the service of man,” as Francis Bacon wrote. Denton revives this ancient insight with modern rigor.
Like a skilled workman, the cell maintains “An array of tools, each one finely tuned.”
Does life’s origin reflect the activity of a mind, or do blind, purely physical processes alone serve as a fully satisfactory explanation?