As a colleague points out, Nagel’s departure from the “right-thinking consensus” is on a par with David Gelernter’s 2019 farewell to Darwinism.
The upshot of the best modern biology and cosmology can be epitomized by changing just one word in physicist Steven Weinberg’s famous comment.
“I owe him an immense amount because although he wasn’t a scientist, he understood science. He understood the implications and the philosophy of science.”
Physicist John Polkinghorne says that the reduction of mental events to physics and chemistry destroys meaning.
As Thomas Nagel would argue today, any theory of evolution that excludes the origin of mind and consciousness from consideration is at best half a theory.