The Philosophical Dawkins

Developing the Metaphysical Ideas of Richard Dawkins

1. Introduction

1. Dawkinsian Philosophy
2. The Third Horseman

2. Atomic Evolution

1. The Library of All Possible Atoms
2. Permutational Probabilities
3. Atomic Scalpels Make Clean Cuts
4. The Evolution of Atomic Complexity
5. Stellar Improbability Pumps
6. Fun at the Alchemical Refinery

3. Molecular Evolution

1. The Library of All Possible Molecules
2. The Evolution of Molecular Complexity

4. Biological Evolution

1. The Library of All Possible Organisms
2. The Intrinsic Value of Complexity
3. The Evolution of Biological Complexity
4. Crowded Peaks and Empty Craters

5. On Organic Designers

1. No Benevolent Watchmaker
2. Violent Beauty Shining Brightly
3. The Dionysian Engineers

6. Technological Evolution

1. The Library of All Possible Technologies
2. The Infinite Computer at the End of Time
3. The Evolution of Technological Complexity

7. Physical Evolution

1. The Library of All Possible Physical Things
2. The Great Chain of Being
3. Brilliant Eggs Unscrambling in the Sky
4. Leaky Buckets Lift Great Stones
5. Maximizing Entropy Production Rates
6. The Evolution of General Physical Complexity

8. Possible Universes

1. The Palace of the Fates
2. A Nightmare for Architects
3. Endlessly Ever Better Books
4. The Parable of the Words
5. The Emergence of Meaningful Stories

9. Home Sweet Home

1. Our Universe is Complex
2. Tuned for Very Fine Music

10. Almost Cosmological Hypotheses

1. The Eternal Inflation Hypothesis
2. The Fecund Universe Hypothesis
3. Merely Physical Falling Flat

11. Cosmological Hypotheses

1. The Necessity Hypothesis
2. The Lottery Hypothesis
3. The Plenitude Hypothesis

12. On Cosmic Designers

1. The God Hypothesis
2. The Simulation Hypothesis
3. The Argument from Cosmic Beauty

13. Cosmological Evolution

1. Organic Cosmology
2. Universes Beget Universes
3. No Room for Cosmic Sex
4. Cosmic Spiders Weave their Webs
5. And Yet Cosmic Birds Make Love

14. Digital Organisms

1. Self-Reproducing Biological Machines
2. Self-Reproducing Cosmic Machines
3. Self-Interpreting Books
4. Making Cosmic Babies

15. Cosmological Arguments

1. The Naturalized Cosmological Arguments
2. A Root on Fire in the Void
3. The First Cause is not God
4. Getting Started at Getting Better

16. The Metaphysical Question

1. Why is there Something rather than Nothing?
2. The Abstract and the Concrete
3. Welcome to the Ontological Orgy
4. The Indispensability Argument
5. Why are there Any Concrete Things?

17. The Striving Possibles

1. The Striving Possibles
2. The Structure of the Modal Library
3. Making Tracks in Logical Space
4. The Arguments for the World Tree
5. Reasoning from First Principles

18. Diamond Hard Light

1. The Mathematical Universe Hypothesis
2. Seduced by that Ravishing Splendor
3. The Inexorable Demands of Value
4. Tattooed with an Axiological Ink
5. Fathomless Depths of Power

19. In the Crucible of Reason Forged

1. The Anselmian Ontological Argument
2. The Power Set Argument
3. The Anselmian Ontological Argument Clarified
4. The Anselmian Ontological Argument Falsified
5. That Than Which No Greater is Possible

20. The Naturalized Ontological Argument

1. The Naturalized Ontological Argument
2. An Unsurpassable Class of Surpassable Things
3. The Supreme Being is not God

21. The Spawn of Titanic Engines

1. The Axiarchic Library
2. Arrows of Creative Responsibility
3. By Computation Brought to Life
4. Two Ways to Make Cosmic Babies

22. Primeval Reproduction

1. At the Bottom of the Sacred Mountain
2. The Machine Language of Being
3. The Evolution of Paleozoic Titans
4. The Evolution of Mesozoic Titans
5. Bit Fields Logically Gated

23. Design Demystified

1. Animal Technologies
2. Design is a Kind of Evolution
3. Darwinian Essence Precedes Divine Existence
4. Evolved Titanic Tinkers
5. Were the Deists Right?

24. The Dawkinsian Designers

1. The Emergence of Programmable Titans
2. Running Programmable Universes
3. The Improvements of Programmable Titans
4. The Evolution of Programmable Titans
5. The Evolution of Biological Titans

25. The Naturalized Design Arguments

1. Recursive Self-Improvement
2. Naturalizing the Cosmic Design Arguments
3. Naturalizing the Organic Design Arguments

26. To Infinity and Beyond

1. Is Dawkins Defeated by Infinity?
2. The Limits of Infinite Progressions
3. From Infinite Machines to Infinite Minds
4. Where Angels Fear to Tread
5. Mathematical Ragnarok

27. Human Animals

1. Genetically Programmed Survival Machines
2. Against Magical Mental Mystery
3. A String of Counterparts
4. How Recreation Beats Survival

28. Gazing on that Far Shore

1. The Immortal Gene
2. The Form of the Body
3. Memes in Titanic Minds
4. Titanic Design Constraints

29. Beyond Theology

1. Analog Theology Digitally Obsolete
2. On the Vicious Depravities of Religion
3. Live Action Role Playing
4. Spiritual Naturalism

30. Conclusion

Notes

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