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The new naturalism does a superior job of telling everybody’s story. It is more durable than metaphysical perspectives because it rejects claims to finality, and invites scrutiny and falsification. It gives us what is to date the most reliable and satisfying account of where we came from, what our nature is, and how we should live. What is new about the new naturalism is that the story has become more complete and coherent as scientists have recognized that the organization of matter, the organization of life, and the organization of consciousness are continuous phases of development within a singular evolutionary event. The new naturalism may not be everybody's story in the absolute and final sense, but it is far and away the closest anybody has come.