Saturday, January 30, 2010

Richard Lewontin's "Billions and Billions of Demons"

I am happy to report that Richard Lewontin's review "Billions and Billions of Demons" is now available in full here. I have quoted from this review in several posts in the past:

One post contains the "divine foot in the door" quote that is in what I call "The Darwinian Fundamentalist Manifesto."

Another post discusses some great passages knocking Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins and the science establishment: "Sagan's suggestion that only demonologists engage in 'special pleading, often to rescue a proposition in deep rhetorical trouble,' is certainly not one that accords with my reading of the scientific literature."

Another post discusses Lewontin's acknowledgement that the first "wedge strategy" concerning teaching evolution was formulated on the other side of the culture wars: "The elite culture was now extending its domination by attacking the control that families had maintained over the ideological formation of their children."

Another post discusses how Lewontin fits into a spectrum of worldviews and approaches to the scientific data.

Go ahead and read the whole thing.

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