Monthly Archives: April 2011

Hydra

Ahhh, we spoke too soon. Like the many headed Hydra, as the head of sociobiology fell to the ground, another rose in its place—the head of Evolutionary Psychology. From Darwin’s Pious Idea: “Whatever happened to Sociobiology? The answer is that … Continue reading

Posted in Conor Cunningham, Evolutionary Psychology

Sociobabology

Continuing on with Darwin’s Pious Idea, Sociobiology was introduced to the public in 1973 with E.O. Wilson’s Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. It was really an attempt to subsume all the behavioral sciences under the all encompassing canopy of biology, and, … Continue reading

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Everything is Spiritual

Even the economic. Modern scientific materialism, on the other hand, is the dangerous illusion that all is reducible to the merely material, and that science can eventually overcome any limits that the merely material might put in our way. Davis … Continue reading

Posted in Creation, Economics, William T. Cavanaugh

The Dark Side of Darwinism

One of the darker responses to Darwin’s theory was the eugenics movement. The term was coined by a cousin of Darwin’s, Francis Galton, and it means “born well.” Galton founded the Eugenics Education Society of London in 1907. Looking back … Continue reading

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If you Don’t Mind, it Doesn’t Matter

Chapter five of Darwin’s Pious Idea is entitled, Matter over Mind: “We Have Never Been Modern,” and it starts out with these quotes: If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become … Continue reading

Posted in Conor Cunningham, Evolution, materialism

The Natural (including evolution) Presupposes the Platonic

The third chapter of Darwin’s Pious Idea is entitled, Evolution: Making Progress? And, the answer is “yes.” Of course the chapter fleshes out what “progress” might mean and why some people (Gould) don’t like using that term. But at a … Continue reading

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Everything is Narrative

From Darwin’s Pious Idea: “Not only does an organism cause emergent features in the world (just as it too is an emergent entity), there can be no a priori limitation to what in fact emerges. We know that natural selection … Continue reading

Posted in Conor Cunningham, Darwin, materialism

Dennett’s Idea is Dangerous

From Darwin’s Pious Idea: “Dennett’s idea is dangerous: It is another instance of functionalism, according to which the material substrate is irrelevant to the function of the system in question, because all that would matter is the “logical form of … Continue reading

Posted in Conor Cunningham

Physics Envy

More from Darwin’s Pious Idea. One of the problems Darwin and early biologists had to contend with revolved around the group/individual selection problem. Did natural selection only work individually or did it work within groups? Cunningham notes: “Advocates of the … Continue reading

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Mythbuster

This looks like a great book. From the Amazon page we learn this: Here are some facts you probably didn’t learn in school: People in the Middle Ages did not think the world was flat–in fact, medieval scholars could prove … Continue reading

Posted in James Hannam, The Genesis of Science