Spot the stupidity V

The first six lines of an ‘online first’ abstract, spot the scientism from a PhD philosopher.

There is only one physically possible process that builds and operates purposive systems in nature: natural selection. What it does is build and operate systems that look to us purposive, goal directed, teleological. There really are not any purposes in nature and no purposive processes ether. It is just one vast network of linked causal chains. Darwinian natural selection is the only process that could produce the appearance of purpose. That is why natural selection must have built and must continually shape the intentional causes of purposive behavior.

Here is what is should read to be scientifically accurate:

There is only one known physically possible process that builds and operates purposive systems in nature: natural selection. What it seems to do is build and operate systems that look to us purposive, goal directed, teleological. There does not seem to be any purposes in nature or purposive processes either. It is just one vast network of linked causal chains. Darwinian natural selection is the only known process that could produce the appearance of purpose. That is why natural selection could have built and might continually shape the intentional causes of purposive behavior.

SOURCE: Rosenberg, Alex. 2012. How Jerry Fodor slid down the slippery slope to Anti-Darwinism, and how we can avoid the same fate. European Journal for Philosophy of Science. 10.1007/s13194-012-0055-9.

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