Life -Force Philosophy

In my other two posts I mentioned the Religious and Materialist view.  But to be completed I had to mention the view called Life-force philosophy or Creative Evolution or Emergent Evolution.  People who hold this view say that the small variations by which life on this planet ‘evolved’ from the lowest forms of Man were not due to chance but by the ‘striving ‘ or  ‘possessiveness’  of a Life force.  When people say this we must ask them whether by life-force they mean something with a mind or not. if they do, then ‘ a mind bringing life into existence and leading it to perfection’ is really a God, and their view is really identical with the Religious. If they do not, then what is the sense in saying that something without a mind ‘strives’ or has ‘purpose’? This seems to me fatal to their view.

One reason why people find creative evolution so attractive is that it gives them  much of  the emotional comfort of believing in God and none and of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is just mechanical dance of atoms.


Materialist View

Materialist view, people who take that view think that matter and space just happen to exist, and always have existed, nobody knows why and that the matter, behaving in certain fixed ways, has just happened, by the sort of a fluke, to produce creatures like ourselves who are able to think. By one chance in a thousand something hit our sun made it produce the planets and by another thousandth chance the chemicals necessary for life, and the right temperature, occurred on one of these planets, and so some of the matter on this earth came alive, and then by a very long series of chances, the living creatures developed into things like us.

Religious View

According to it, what is behind the universe it more like a mind than it is like anything else we know. That is say it is conscious, and has purposes, and prefers one thing to another. And on this view it made the universe, partly for purposes we do know, but partly, at any rate to produce creatures like itself. I mean itself to the extent of having minds.