« Last post by Mrjason on Yesterday at 04:31:03 PM »
The question is, how does naturalistic evolution provide a reliable proposition that naturalism is true. Naturalistic evolution does not select for truth value, it selects for survivability.
I agree. Evolution is purely objective. This being the case the objective value, survivability, is the subjective truth value.
It is oblivious to whether an adaptive behavior is true or not meaning that if the behavior was true,
Surely if it is oblivious it is neutral.
it was true only because of random chance and there is low probability that random chance selects behavior that is true. Therefore, naturalistic evolution could have selected for behaviors that are false even though they may enhance survivability.
Probability is a factor in deciding truth, but not the overriding one.
Probability is used to decide reasonableness; as in 'how reasonable is it to believe that fairies live in my garden' or 'how reasonable is it to believe that Peru is a country'
Evidence and probability and the probability that the evidence is correct is vital in making a reasonable assumption.
The result is that we cannot ground rationality in naturalistic evolution and thus the belief that naturalism is true is defeated. If all that exists is nature then our reasoning abilities came to be by evolutionary processes….and for a naturalist this process has no mechanism for producing mental behavior that can identify and select for truth.
Why is it not possible that we evolved a mechanism for identifying truth? Surely truth is a subjective concept?
I will put it out here that there is no objective truth.