A recent book was published by biologist Scott Turner named Purpose and Desire. Turner argues that life is fundamentally different than inorganic matter in that it demonstrates a “consciousness” or a striving to maintain homeostasis. He has described himself as thinking along the lines of Aristotle in that life has inherent properties which differ from ordinary matter. I had several questions for those who might be familiar with the book:
- Do Turners’s views offer a half-way point between ID and EC, or would his perspective fit clearly within one camp?
- Does he offer a way for EC advocates to, in a sense, have their fully gifted creation and eat it too, or is EC more wedded to a more traditional materialist philosophy? Or, would a spectrum exist within EC with some accepting Turner and others rejecting him?
- Do any models exist which focus on the collective behavior of animals, such as termites, seeming to act with conscious intent?