Scientific materialism has offered four tenets in the dominant basal paradigm that, until recently, have been accepted and regarded as indisputable scientific fact:
- Only Matter Matters--the physical world we see is all there is.
- Survival of the Fittest--Nature favors the strongest individuals, and the Law of the jungle is the only real natural law.
- It's in Your Genes--we are victims of our biological inheritance and the best we can hope is that science finds ways to compensate for our inherent flaws and frailties.
- Evolution is Random--life is basically random and purposeless, and we got here pretty much the same way as an infinet number of monkeys pecking on an infinite number of typewriters over an infinite amount of time might produce the works of Shakespeare.