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Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism

August 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Toward a Postdarwinian liberalism

One of the confusions of the debate over evolution is the tendency over time for the parties to that debate to polarize over secularism and religion, itself a false division.

The challenge to evolution is in reality to the pseudo-science created from Darwinism, which is not a religious but a scientific issue. Darwinism has created bad science, with ideological abuse of scientific priniciples. The correction lies in a scientific critique of Darwinian reductionism, not in a right-wing ideology promoting religion.

Beyond that it would help if the challenge to Darwinism sprang from a liberal critique of Darwinian ideology and economics where instead we have a monopoly of conservatives: a veiled conservatie ideology of classical liberalism, and a critique of that that never mentions its economic/ideological aspects but instead invokes religious agendas.

To be sure, religious views provide a reality check, however crude, against the reductionist assumptions of science, which have shown themselves incapable of correction in the dumbing down of scientific cadres.
Christians tend to complicate all discussions by injecting their mythological belief systems into the discussion, thus bending out of shape such terms as ‘design’, or ‘faith’, or ‘miracles’, even issues of ‘ethics’. Battling Christians tends to drive scientists ever deeper into the reductionist trap.

The saddest thing about this is that scientists now claim the enlightenment when they have in fact destroyed it by making a religion of scientism.
Let us remember that the issue of scientism found one great resolution in the work of figures such as Kant who exposed the concealed metaphysics of religion and scientism both, and mediated the Newtonian world view in a fashion that should be easy for scientists to adopt and use. And yet this small gesture is too much for current science. The reductionist absolute found in Darwinian selectionism and its kin is the hybristic ambition of scientists now.

A genuine postdarwinian liberalism already exists and would embrace the culture of modernity and the idea of freedom (against possibly in a Kantian perspective) in relation to the culture of science and the idea of causality. The mediation of these two could create the basis for a genuine secualarism beyond the degenerate scientism of technocratic Big Science and the distintegrating and reactionary religious traditionalism of Christian conservatives.

Tags: Evolution · Kant · liberalism · secularism

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