I have long believed that “being alive” is the fundamental predicate to possessing even rudimentary intrinsic moral value.
The rejoinder to this way of thinking, which Jay Richards expresses with wonderful concision, is that humans possess a unique capacity forever setting us apart from machines.
It often seems that the closer you need to look, the greater the wonder. It’s as if someone set it there to hide, waiting for us.
Quite honestly, I think we should be grateful to people like Coyne and Hawking, who carry materialism to its logical conclusions.
Theorists hope to alleviate a deficiency in Shannon information theory, which dealt only with the structure of a communication, not its semantics.