I recently read about an idea called Anthropic Mechanism, which purports that everything about people can be explained mechanically, in the same sense that natural phenomena like gravity or heat usually can be. However, we don't actually have any way of knowing this for certain one way or the other.
When I first heard about this, I was a little surprised, and didn't really want to believe such a thing. But after thinking about it for a while, I realized we didn't really think weather, navigation, or many other things could be explained scientifically either before they were. It's possible I would simply be resistant to such an idea because it would at first seem to deprive life of meaning, but I don't think it really would. All it would actually mean is that our behavior/thinking could be explained, not that we had any reason to stop behaving in such ways, just that we would have more control/awareness over such. It would simply show us how we find meaning, and actually make it easier for us to do so.
It has been becoming a more appealing idea to me, because it's been difficult for me to find meaning in things. If I understood how my mind worked, and thus how it sought meaning, it would be easier to set things up so that I found it.
What do you think of this idea? Impossible? Interesting? Do you feel opposed to it? Indifferent? Accepting of it as a possibility?