Kauffman’s reticence, and Spinozism
Kauffman’s stance is not surprising: even a modest deviation from Darwinian orthodoxy gets you in trouble.
I am of two minds on his recent Revinventing The Sacred. The ‘Spinoza solution’ makes a lot of sense from one angle, but no sooner do you adopt that than you get into a classic debate, the Pantheism debate at the time of Kant.
Kauffman at least seems to be aware that something is missing in current science but for obvious reasons can’t really say so.