Quotable – John Searle on the Overriding Question in Philosophy

“‘There is exactly one overriding question in contemporary philosophy . . . . How do we fit in? . . . How can we square this self-conception of ourselves as mindful, meaning-creating, free, rational, etc., agents with a universe that consists entirely of mindless, meaningless, unfree, nonrational, brute physical particles?’

For the scientific naturalist, the answer is, ‘Not very well.’”

- J. P. Moreland in God is Great, God is Good (p. 34), quoting John Searle, Freedom & Neurobiology (pp. 4-5).

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2 thoughts on “Quotable – John Searle on the Overriding Question in Philosophy

  1. Howdy Chris,

    Seth Lloyd, (MIT quantum mechanic) says that the universe is a quantum information processing system. Information processing is the fundamental action of intelligence.

    Seems to me the problem with current scientific understanding is the mistaken belief in, “…a universe that consists entirely of mindless, meaningless, unfree, nonrational, brute physical particles?’

    cheers,
    jim

    • Hi Jim,
      Thanks for that observation. You have a unique and fascinating blog. I’m with you about the current scientific view of the universe. It’s a reductionistic view of things, and quite a bleak worldview. What I see in the existence and fine-tuning of the universe, and biological life, is a Mind at work. Without it, I don’t think we can explain consciousness or morality or any type of teleology. These things will always remain recalcitrant facts on a naturalistic worldview.
      All the best,
      Chris

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