If you haven’t watched the recent release of the first episode of Discovery Institute’s Science Uprising, watch it now. The seven-minute video gave me goosebumps. The good kind. It’s a great summary of where pure materialism in science leads. And yes, that matters to AI.
In a clip from a now-banned TED talk, biochemist Rupert Sheldrake describes the presupposition of materialist science as the science delusion. He says: “The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle leaving only the details to be filled in.”
The presupposed principle is materialism. But such an untested ideological constraint is not science. Pure unsubstantiated materialism can be a brick wall, a roadblock hiding paths of investigation down which we might find evidence.
The materialist view underlies the forecasts of some AI prophets. According to the materialist, human properties like consciousness, creativity, and qualia must be the result of purposeless, as-yet-unidentified physical phenomena. They allow no other alternative.
At the Bradley Center, we are open to discussing and reporting any such discovery but are also open to evidence leading to alternative explanations. The spotlight of evidence must be followed no matter where it shines, even if contrary to deep and narrowly entrenched ideology.
Science Uprising wonderfully makes these points. I suspect many, like me, will watch the first episode more than once.
Also by Robert J. Marks:: Things exist that are unknowable. A tutorial on Chaitin’s number