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In this book, Noah Horwitz argues that the age of Darwinism is ending. Building on the ontological insights of his first book Reality in the Name of God in order to intervene into the intelligent design versus evolution debate, Horwitz argues in favor of intelligent design by attempting to demonstrate the essentially computational nature of reality. In doing so, Horwitz draws on the work of many of today’s key computational theorists (e.g., Wolfram, Chaitin, Friedkin, Lloyd, Schmidhuber, etc.) and articulates and defends a computational definition of life, and in the process lays out key criticisms of Darwinism. He does so in part by incorporating the insights of the Lamarckian theories of Lynn Margulis and Maximo Sandin. The possible criticisms of a computationalist view from both a developmental perspective (e.g., Lewontin, Jablonka, West-Eberhard, etc.) and chaos theory (e.g., Brian Goodwin) are addressed. In doing so, Horwitz engages critically with the work of intelligent design theorists like William Dembksi. At the same time, he attempts to define the nature of the Speculative Realist turn in contemporary Continental Philosophy and articulates criticisms of leading figures and movements associated with it, such as Object-Oriented Ontology, Quentin Meillassoux, and Ray Brassier. Ultimately, Horwitz attempts to show that rather than heading towards heat death, existence itself will find its own apotheosis at the Omega Point. However, that final glorification is only possible given that all of reality is compressible into the divine name itself.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Support the Publisher
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. 1. Introduction: From Hardware to Software
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  1. Part One: Anti-Darwinism
  1. 2. Irreducible Complexity
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. 3. The Edge of Evolution
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. 4. Not by Chance
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. 5. The Developmentalist Critique of Computationalism
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. 6. Further Criticisms of Biological Darwinism
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. 7. Convergence
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. 8. Lynn Margulis and Parts, Wholes, and Code
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. 9. Philosophical Excursus: A Critique of 'Object-Oriented Ontology'
  2. pp. 85-108
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  1. 10. Symbiogenesis
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. 11. Maximo Sandin: Nosotros Somos Backteria y irus
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. 12. Critique of 'Self-Organization'
  2. pp. 129-162
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  1. 13. The Irony of Darwinist Computer Simulation
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. 14. CSI: Dembski--A Critique
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Part Two: The Computational Nature of Reality
  1. 15. The Computational Nature of Reality
  2. pp. 197-236
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  1. 16. Darwinian Metaphysics
  2. pp. 237-254
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  1. 17. Darwin's Apotheosis: Quentin Meillassoux’s Atheism of Radical Contingency
  2. pp. 255-266
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  1. 18. Infinite Collapse: The Possible is Not the Actual
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  1. 19. Parallel Processing
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  1. 20. Entropy
  2. pp. 315-322
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  1. 21. Divine Name Verification: Chaitin's Omega and the Compressibility of Being
  2. pp. 333-362
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  1. 22. The Kabbalah of Biology: The Programming of Life
  2. pp. 363-382
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  1. 23. The Other, the Omega Points, and the Garden of Eden
  2. pp. 383-408
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615839080
MARC Record
OCLC
1164531112
Pages
424
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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