The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
Egnor: “If we are living in a computer simulation, we couldn’t think to ask the question.”
A reader asked whether this disproves the unity and freedom of the will. It appears that the patient wills two things simultaneously: getting dressed and getting undressed.
Universal Darwinism is the belief that Darwin’s theory can be applied fruitfully to many scientific disciplines, not just to biology.
If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.