Descartes is one of the founding fathers of Western science. And the conversion from medieval scholasticism to Cartesian dualism propelled science dramatically.
Despite Miller’s claims, neither human reason nor free will evolved because neither is generated by material processes.
Emergence, as a perceptual surprise, can’t explain the mind because emergence presupposes the mind.
Materialism isn’t really a metaphysical theory. It’s just a mistake. It’s a woefully inadequate understanding of nature.