Openly breaking with naturalism can get one dispatched to the gulag of intelligent design. For most scholars, that is a one-way trip to academic Siberia.
The most valuable aspect of his case is the stimulus it provides to the question, “If non-human intelligences exist, how would we detect them?”
It’s helpful, as with his Third Way, to begin with a metaphor, in order to get an intuitive feel for the proof.
Emergence, as a perceptual surprise, can’t explain the mind because emergence presupposes the mind.