Accidentally Acquired Intelligence?
An accident can’t make something choose that has no ability to make a choice. It can’t confer intelligence on something that can’t choose to use it. So if an entity that’s supposed to be living can react to an accident by choosing a different path, then that entity has made a choice that the accident has caused it to make. Intelligence was at work within that entity as well as, in my view, “outside” of it.
Does that mean the accident itself was intelligently directed? Not necessarily, as more likely intelligently created for what had likely been a different purpose. It also means the living entity was intelligently devised, because being alive requires the ability to intelligently react.
Then how or why could intelligence be at work outside of that entity as well? Because it took an outside event to produce the initial something that intelligence has evolved to advantageously react to.
So if we have an intelligent system that needs to evolve for the purposes of better taking advantage of accidents, then we’ve either had accidents that have always existed along with the intelligence that accidents then served to evolve, or had intelligence that created accidents as potentially beneﬁcial, or accidents that, illogically, created intelligence (or had a form of logical accident that we can only conceive of as magical).
So then do we have what appears to be an evolving series of more effective accidents, which would seem to mean then that accidents were self created for a purpose?
Because the apparent paradox here is, ﬁrst, that we’ve had accidents that have created intelligence. (Which would seem to be a logical impossibility).