“We are robots made out of meat, which is what I’m going to try to convince you of today.” So says evolutionist Jerry Coyne.
It has to do with the difference between interpolation and extrapolation.
Whether your dog can philosophize is not a puzzle you need to look to the Oxford English Dictionary to resolve.
“The search committee interviewed several apes, three mules, and a tomato plant.”
The error is not completely different from imagining that natural selection really can do what creative intelligence — foresight! — can do.