Re: Percontations: Cage Match of God (Robert Wright & John Horgan)
Wasn't it on another science saturday or free will where maybe joshua knobe talked about how if we take cosmologists seriously that the universe is infinite it means that there everything quantumly possible is happening somewhere? If there is infinite space then there are an infinite number of planets and then an infinite number of earth-like and earth-unlike planets on which infinite versions of humans are leading civilization down infinite iterations of its history (and note that this doesn't really on any sort of multiverse). Sorry for the mouthful.
This leads me to ask whether or not Bob has seriously considered the anthropocentric fallacy? We value certain moral directions because specific social structures helped us survive, so of course to us it seems like our history is teleological.
If we extend Bob's natural selection metaphor further, isn't it likely then that there is a similar selective process being acted out on an even grander scale? In other words, interstellar civilizations are being selected for until they reach some higher level of organization, but just as with evolving organisms, it's just as possible that we're not one of them because the social structures we've evolved to value aren't the most fit?
Last edited by moth; 07-06-2009 at 01:08 PM..