In his new book, Michael Denton is particularly strong on what he terms “the post-Copernican delusion of mankind’s cosmic irrelevance.”
The ideas of Ernst Haeckel, in his youth a hardline Darwinian materialist, were to evolve to a surprising degree.
Materialists want us to twist our minds into knots: we’re supposed to describe a world of purpose and direction as if it had no purpose and direction.
Consider a box with an internal divider such that the box is divided into two separate compartments, A and B.
What do biologists make of the apparently purposive nature of all these different kinds of complex programmed behaviors?