Saturday, April 27, 2013

Your Brain on Evolution

"The first [problem] concerns the likelihood that the processes of natural selection should have generated creatures with a capacity to discover by reason the truth about a reality that extends vastly beyond the initial appearances…Is it credible that selection for fitness in the prehistoric past should have fixed capacities that are effective in theoretical pursuits that were unimaginable at the time? The goal would be to explain how innate mental capacities that were selected for their immediate adaptive value are also capable of generating, through extended cultural-evolutionary history, true theories about a law-governed natural order that there was no adaptive need to understand earlier."

-Thomas Nagel in Mind and Cosmos

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