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Religion and punctuated equilibrium

April 25th, 2007 · No Comments

From Slate on Hitchens

Hitchens’ atheism isn’t really the issue to me (although fracas is fun and I will comment at length!) here at Darwiniana, but here’s the first Darwin tidbit (that I was waiting for):

Not dogmatists??? Scientists have erected a wall of silence around punctuated equilibrium, and consider the eonic effect, the Axial Age, punctuated equilibrium, and the Old Testament interpretation this yields: the key period of religious emergence was an ‘evolutionary moment’ in the sense of the ‘eonic model’, at history-and-evolution.com….
Darwinists, in a word, are dogmatically suppressing evidence of evolution.

We do not hold our convictions dogmatically: the disagreement between Professor Stephen Jay Gould and Professor Richard Dawkins, concerning “punctuated evolution” and the unfilled gaps in post-Darwinian theory, is quite wide as well as quite deep, but we shall resolve it by evidence and reasoning and not by mutual excommunication. (My own annoyance at Professor Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, for their cringe-making proposal that atheists should conceitedly nominate themselves to be called “brights,” is a part of a continuous argument.)

Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Eonic Effect

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