Sein wrote:As mechanical philosophy view the world as a large machine, and human being as machine inside that, all rule by certain rules.
The doctrine say that everything is not-self, inconstant and suffering, and karma.
We encourage to view the body as 4 elements. Even the consciousness as a composition of the elements explained in Abhidhamma.
Can we see body as machine, and consciousness, feeling, perception, formation as program?
Is mechanical philosophy consider wrong view in Theravada? Or is it acceptable?
The Buddha had used metaphorical explanation to make his teaching more understandable in various occasions so if that mechanical philosophy helps to polish more of your discernment, why not?
IMO, as long as you don't end up thinking there's a super intelligent designer with ironical wills behind it, there won't be any conflict with Theravada.