Building on Dawkins

From the New Atheism to Spiritual Naturalism

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction

  • 1. Beyond Biology
  • 2. From the New Atheism to Spiritual Naturalism
  • 3. A Cathedral for Spiritual Naturalists
  • 4. The Stoic Framework
  • 5. The Platonic Framework

2. Complexity

  • 1. The Complexity Yoga
    • 1.1 Scientific Yogas
    • 1.2 The Combinatorial Concept of Complexity
    • 1.3 Spiritual Lessons from the Yoga
  • 2. The Atomic Yoga
    • 2.1 The Library of All Possible Atoms
    • 2.2 Abstract Atomic Arrows
    • 2.3 The Atomic Computers
    • 2.4 The Evolution of Atomic Complexity
  • 3. The Molecular Yoga
    • 3.1 The Library of All Possible Molecules
    • 3.2 The Molecular Computers
    • 3.3 The Evolution of Molecular Complexity
    • 3.4 The Replicator
  • 4. The Biological Yoga
    • 4.1 The Library of All Possible Organisms
    • 4.2 The Biological Computer
    • 4.3 The Evolution of Biological Complexity
    • 4.4 Bodies Filled with Mirrors
  • 5. The Technological Yoga
    • 5.1 The Library of All Possible Technologies
    • 5.2 The Evolution of Technological Complexity
    • 5.3 Pointing to Infinite Self-Reflection

3. Reflexivity

  • 1. The Thermodynamic Yoga
    • 1.1 Entropy is Not Disorder
    • 1.2 Stars Pumping Entropy into the Void
    • 1.3 Maximizing Entropy Production Rates
    • 1.4 Thermodynamic Forces Drive Self-Organization
  • 2. The Physical Yoga
    • 2.1 Lessons from the Earlier Yogas
    • 2.2 The Library of All Possible Physical Things
    • 2.3 The Great Chain of Being
    • 2.4 The Intrinsic Value of Complexity
    • 2.5 Evolution Increases Reflexivity
  • 3. The Naturalized Organic Design Arguments
    • 3.1 Designed versus Designoid
    • 3.2 Mental Evolution Designs Artifacts
    • 3.3 All Design Work is Evolutionary
    • 3.4 Evolution Plays the Role of Watchmaker
  • 4. On Stoic Axiology
    • 4.1 Violent Beauty Shining Brightly
    • 4.2 The Providential Ordering of Nature
    • 4.3 Naturalizing the Designing Fire
  • 5. On Platonic Axiology
    • 5.1 The Beatific Vision of Nature
    • 5.2 On the Duty of the Universe
    • 5.3 From Reflexivity to the Good

4. Actuality

  • 1. The Cosmological Yoga
    • 1.1 Our Universe is Complex
    • 1.2 Tuned for Very Fine Music
    • 1.3 The Oracle at Delphi
  • 2. On Cosmic Designers
    • 2.1 The God Hypothesis
    • 2.2 The Simulation Hypothesis
    • 2.3 The Argument from Cosmic Beauty
  • 3. Almost Cosmological Hypotheses
    • 3.1 The Eternal Inflation Hypothesis
    • 3.2 The Fecund Universe Hypothesis
    • 3.3 Merely Physical Falling Flat
  • 4. Possible Universes
    • 4.1 The Library of All Possible Universes
    • 4.2 Lexical Plenitude
    • 4.3 Endlessly Ever Better Books
    • 4.4 How Meaningful Stories Emerge

5. Cosmology

  • 1. Cosmological Hypotheses
    • 1.1 The Necessity Hypothesis
    • 1.2 The Plenitude Hypothesis
    • 1.3 The Lottery Hypothesis
    • 1.4 The Selective Hypothesis
  • 2. Cosmological Evolution
    • 2.1 The Biocosmic Hypothesis
    • 2.2 Cosmic Trees Sow their Seeds
    • 2.3 Cosmic Spiders Weave their Webs
    • 2.4 Cosmic Robots Read their Books
  • 3. Cosmic Replicators
    • 3.1 The Science of Animats
    • 3.2 Mathematical Engines
    • 3.3 Making Cosmic Babies
  • 4. The Naturalized Cosmological Arguments
    • 4.1 The Cosmic Zero
    • 4.2 A Root on Fire in the Void
    • 4.3 The First Cause is not God
    • 4.4 The One is not the Good

6. Ontology

  • 1. The Ontological Yoga
    • 1.1 Why is there Something rather than Nothing?
    • 1.2 Abstract Existence is Consistent Definability
    • 1.3 Welcome to the Ontological Orgy
    • 1.4 You Can’t Get Something from Nothing
  • 2. That Abstract Atmosphere
    • 2.1 Platonism and Materialism
    • 2.2 The Indispensability Argument
    • 2.3 Do Concrete Things Even Exist?
  • 3. In the Crucible of Reason Forged
    • 3.1 Anselm Says His Prayers
    • 3.2 To Have an Instance Brings No Greatness
    • 3.3 That Than Which No Greater is Possible
    • 3.4 On Transcendental Objects
  • 4. Diamond Hard Light
    • 4.1 The Mathematical Universe Hypothesis
    • 4.2 Make It Better Make It Worse
    • 4.3 Tattooed with an Axiological Ink
    • 4.4 Dawkinsian Hymns to Nature
    • 4.5 The Duty to Maximize Reflexivity
  • 5. The Naturalized Ontological Argument
    • 5.1 The Agathonic Argument
    • 5.2 An Unsurpassable Class of Surpassable Things
    • 5.3 The Good is not God
    • 5.4 Climbing to the Sun

7. Possibility

  • 1. How Time Begins
    • 1.1 The Optimal Library
    • 1.2 Arrows of Creative Responsibility
    • 1.3 How Axiotropy Erupts and Flows
    • 1.4 Like Flowers Open to the Sun
  • 2. The Spawn of Aesthetic Engines
    • 2.1 At the Bottom of the Sacred Mountain
    • 2.2 Cellular Automaton Universes
    • 2.3 Approaching our Universe
    • 2.4 Mirrors Nested in Mirrors
  • 3. The Naturalized Cosmic Design Arguments
    • 3.1 Arguments for a Divine Mind
    • 3.2 A Long Line of Stupid Mechanics
    • 3.3 On the Illusion of Divinity
  • 4. To Infinity and Beyond
    • 4.1 The Limits of Infinite Progressions
    • 4.2 The Infinite Levels of Existence
    • 4.3 Seduced by that Ravishing Splendor
    • 4.4 Atheistic Mysticism
    • 4.5 On Being-Itself

8. Humanity

  • 1. Human Animals
    • 1.1 Genetically Programmed Survival Machines
    • 1.2 Against Magical Mental Mystery
    • 1.3 A String of Counterparts
    • 1.4 Blessed by this Present Light
  • 2. Ethics
    • 2.1 Genetic Egoism
    • 2.2 From Selfish Genes to Altruistic Organisms
    • 2.3 Objectively Existing Values
    • 2.4 From Rationality to the Categorical Imperative
    • 2.5 From Rationality to Natural Goods
    • 2.6 Maximize Beauty!
  • 3. Gazing on that Far Shore
    • 3.1 The Immortal Gene
    • 3.2 The Form of the Body
    • 3.3 How Recreation Beats Survival
    • 3.4 Cosmic Genes in Titanic Machines
    • 3.5 Animatic Design Constraints

9. Spirituality

  • 1. On Gratitude
    • 1.1 From the Sublime to Gratitude
    • 1.2 Computational Benefactors
    • 1.3 Evolutionary Providence
  • 2. Stoic Spirituality
    • 2.1 From the New Atheism to Stoicism
    • 2.2 Stoic Technologies of Salvation
    • 2.3 Burning the Man
  • 3. Platonic Spirituality
    • 3.1 Science as Spiritual Practice
    • 3.2 Spiritual Self-Experimentation
    • 3.3 Bodies Spiritualized by Spirit
    • 3.4 Spiritual Actions
  • 4. Fire, Ever-Living

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