A Darwinist Recognizes (Some of) the Stakes in the Intelligent Design Debate

first_imgGould, Dawkins, Rosenberg Freestone concludes that evolution, if you do think about it seriously, probably can’t be reconciled with religious belief. He cites the thought of Stephen Jay Gould, Dawkins, Alex Rosenberg, and proponents of the extended evolutionary synthesis as “options,” along with intelligent design, and asks, “So what should be said about Darwinism’s implications?” His answers: Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis I would be curious to hear how Darwinists like Dr. Freestone reconcile their evolutionism not just with religion but with their commitment, assuming they are committed, to human equality and human dignity. That would make a fine topic for a further essay at Areo. John West’s documentary Human Zoos powerfully summarizes some of the baleful history of how Darwinism has encouraged racial and eugenic horrors from the 19th to the 20th to the 21st century: Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Evolution A Darwinist Recognizes (Some of) the Stakes in the Intelligent Design DebateDavid KlinghofferOctober 16, 2020, 1:23 PM He rightly dismisses Gould’s strategy of reconciliation: Share TagsAlex RosenbergAreoatheismDarwinismdivine imageequalityeugenicsevolutionevolution debateExtended Evolutionary Synthesishuman dignityHuman ZoosInstitute for Advanced Studies in the Humanitiesintelligent designJamie Milton FreestoneJohn WestMichael Beheneo-Nazisneo-Nazismnihilismnon-overlapping magisteriapseudoscientific racismRacismreligionReturn of the God HypothesisRichard Dawkinsscientific racismskin colorStephen Jay GouldStephen MeyerUniversity of Queenslandvitalism,Trending A Universal Image Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Take away the idea of a transcendent image shared by all humans equally, and you are left with a nightmare in which grading humans by race, condemning some and exalting others because of their pigmentation, becomes a definite option. Darwin’s theory gave a powerful boost to pseudo-scientific racism, as various neo-Nazis and white nationalists down to our day recognize and celebrate. In fact, I’ve never heard a good answer to the question: Given the premise of Darwinism, why would you expect humans to be equal?center_img He’s probably right that many people, including otherwise thoughtful ones, don’t give the question any serious thought. And he’s right that it all depends on how you understand what “evolution” means. His comments on intelligent design are remarkably civil, and I was amused by his designation of our colleague Michael Behe as “the intelligent design equivalent of [Richard] Dawkins.” That might not be too far off. Photo: Darwin statute at the Natural History Museum, by Alan Perestrello, via Flickr (cropped).Here is a Darwinist with a fair and clear-headed understanding of the intellectual and spiritual stakes in the evolution debate. Or rather, some of the stakes. Jamie Milton Freestone is a postdoc at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. Writing at Areo, he asks bluntly, “Does Darwinism Conflict with Religion?”  Stephen Jay Gould, a more irenic Darwinian, tried to separate science and religion into “non-overlapping magisteria,” arguing that they simply answer different questions, so they needn’t be in conflict. This is wildly wrong for multiple reasons. First of all, religions clearly pronounce on factual questions all the time. Second, science often pronounces on ought questions. Third, what about all the other domains, like the arts, humanities and social sciences, where do they fit in? Fourth, is it even possible to separate is and ought? Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Once Gould is eliminated, it comes down to evolution that indeed forces us to decide between atheism — one that is thoroughly nihilistic or cautiously allows for (the illustion of) purpose — or intelligent design. I don’t see any evidence of Freestone’s wrestling in detail with arguments for ID. But the candor and, as I said, civility of his writing deserves commendation. One might add, though, that there are additional stakes in the origins debate. Yes, the coherence of a religious viewpoint is one point balanced on the knife’s edge. But there’s more. The “God hypothesis,” as philosopher of science Stephen Meyer calls it in his book that comes out in March (Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries that Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe), allows for a divine image imprinted universally upon the human race. As the Bible’s language puts it, God’s image is reflected in man much as a man’s image is imprinted in his children. What that means exactly is enigmatic, but it demands a recognition of equal human dignity regardless of skin color or ethnicity. What is a human being? That may be a still more profound consequence of the intelligent design controversy than the one that is the focus of Freestone’s article. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide 1. It can only describe the natural world, so keep it separate from human concerns, which you learn about in civics class or Sunday school. (Gould’s view.)2. It explains everything in nature and rules out God, but we can make our own purposes because we evolved to do so. Phew. (Dawkins’ view.)3. If Darwinism were true it certainly would destroy all human purpose and meaning, and we’d be left with nihilism. Luckily it isn’t true and the irreducible complexity of living things is evidence of a designer. Phew. (Intelligent design.)4. The neo-Darwinian orthodoxy is too harsh. We need to promote a non-supernatural but still more expansive version of Darwinism that allows for life’s creativity and agency. (Some advocates of a scientifically respectable version of vitalism and some people’s take on the extended evolutionary synthesis.)5. Darwinism appears to be nihilistic because it is. Its baleful implications for politics and morality are an important part of the theory and the sooner we take the bitter pill the better. (Rosenberg’s view.) 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Irish Coastguard assist NIFRS battling blaze on Glenshane Pass

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Irish Coastguard assist NIFRS battling blaze on Glenshane Pass RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+center_img Twitter Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest By News Highland – June 28, 2018 Previous articleTaoiseach says they are not preparing for any hard borderNext articleRuaidhri McGee and Cormac Sharvin accept Team Ireland invites to Dubai Duty Free Irish Open News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Irish Coastguard has been working in Co Derry assisting the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service battle a gorse fire on the Glenshane Pass in Dungiven.The fire service received a report of the blaze at around 5am yesterday  with 4 appliances and a Command Support Unit deployed to the scene of the 1.5km long fire front.NIFRS Crews maintained a presence overnight preventing the fire front from encroaching into the forest area.The Irish Coastguard helicopter was on the scene today, working with fire crews. Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Knocking an opportunity

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WKNR Dismisses Talker Sabrina Parr After Stating Browns Draft Pick Jabrill Peppers is ‘High All the Time’

first_imgParr, who has been part of the station on and off over the last part of the decade, went off about Peppers during ‘The Really Big Show’ with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on Wednesday morning, stating that Peppers was on a number of drugs, stating he was “on the lean and the molly.”For those that don’t know what that means, it’s a promethazine with codeine, Sprite and Jolly Rancher candy. As for ‘Molly,’ that’s basically ecstasy. Parr stated that Peppers is ‘high all the time,’ and that “he’s not going to make it, because he’s on the lean. And the molly.” She claimed when it came to Peppers that she’s ‘seen it first hand from a different vantage point.’ Mind you this is the same woman who stated she watched a 2009 fight between former Browns wide out Braylon Edwards and a friend of LeBron James.If you haven’t heard the comments – you can hear the whole thing below from earlier today. Cleveland listeners of the show, and those that don’t have been having a field day today and this evening firing shots at Parr and the station for allowing the comments on the air in the first place.Hey @JabrillPeppers, feel free to sue @Sabrina_Parr for slander on this morning’s show.— Michael Bateman (@mikeinparma) May 10, 2017 Related TopicsJabrill PeppersSabrina ParrWKNR It’s been quite an eventful day at ESPN 850 WKNR, thanks to some outlandish and wild comments made by now former sports talker Sabrina Parr, who was fired earlier this evening thanks to comments about new Browns draft pick Jabrill Peppers.center_img NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

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Japan women qualify for Olympic field hockey tournament

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Rika Komazawa and Akane Shibata scored two goals apiece for Japan.In the previous two Olympics, the Japanese women’s hockey team finished eighth in Athens and 10th in Beijing.On Sunday in the men’s final, Japan will take on South Africa for its first Olympic appearance since the 1968 Mexico Games. center_img KAKAMIGAHARA, GIFU PREF. – Japan earned its third consecutive Olympic berth in women’s hockey by beating Azerbaijan 5-1 in the final of the last world qualifying tournament Saturday.Japan, ranked ninth in the world, took a commanding 4-0 lead by halftime against 15th-ranked Azerbaijan at Green Stadium.last_img read more

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