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Sunday, June 11, 2006

E.O. Wilson : Darwinism and reality

In case you think Susan Blackmore is over the top (and yes, she is), Brainyquote offers a number of quotes from Darwinist E.O. Wilson, which give you some idea what the modern Darwinist mindset comprises, when explained by a person with normal colored hair. Here are three, and do check out the rest:

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

So intelligence means nothing at all? Interesting ...

The brain and its satellite glands have now been probed to the point where no particular site remains that can reasonably be supposed to harbor a nonphysical mind.

Sounds like materialism is a stupid mistress as well as an ugly one. Wilson is simply wrong. Wait till The Spiritual Brain (San Francisco: Harper, 2007) comes out. Can't say more now.

The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views?

Yes! The transcendentalist view is supported empirically. We didn't evolve genetically to accept any specific truth but rather to be receptive to truth in general - and we always seem to find the same truths, over time.

There are lots of fatuous Wilson quotes of this type and you can go to Brainyquote to read them if you like.

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