Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Time Magazine Gets It

While there is much to groan about in the the recent Time magazine article The Evolution Wars, there is much to like. I especially liked the quote from Richard Dawkins, in which his Darwinian fundamentalism shines through:
Not only is [evolution] a brilliant solution to the riddle of complexity; it is the only solution that has ever been proposed.
Well, not exactly, Richard. It is the only purely materialistic solution that has ever been proposed, which is one of the main reasons that it has been accepted by so many scientists. Science only allows naturalistic theories; evolution is the only one; therefore it must be true. We need only glance at the evidence to make sure there is something to support it. However, the evidence need not be persuasive or convincing. The definition of science gets us all the way without it. Of course, not everyone buys in to Dawkin's (or Lewontin's) materialistic view of reality or his narrow definition of science.

I will comment further on the Time magazine article in upcoming posts.


At June 04, 2008 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get how you could misunderstand Dawkins so badly when his position is explained the very next sentence. That is, if human intelligence can't be explained by chance, neither can God's intelligence. We can study evolution and abiogenesis to explain human intelligence, but without a different mechanism to explain divine intelligence, it isn't useful as an explanation. This is not a matter of materialist presuppositions at all: it's a matter of simple reasoning.


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