For a Personal Foundation
This chapter begins our inquiry into whether the foundation of existence is personal. Rasmussen seeks to uncover relevant clues. The bulk of the chapter is about four clues: (i) organized complexity, (ii) consciousness, (iii) morality, and (iv) reason. Rasmussen gives a Bayesian assessment of each of these and suggests why they independently point to a common root: intentional powers of a foundational mind. Rasmussen then adds a new, deductive argument for the same result. This argument is an extension of his argument from arbitrary limits. This deduction follows a path from (i) no arbitrary, unexplained limits, to (ii) a maximally powerful foundation, and then to (iii) a foundation with intentional powers.
KeywordsFine-tuning Personal foundation Foundational mind Organized complexity Argument from reason Argument from consciousness
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