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Should you despair of the Darwin debate?

December 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Frankly, I recommend it! When both sides of a debate, here science and religion, indulge in confusing and inaccurate distortions of basic positions, the result is an intractable muddle that never resolves itself, and just continues in a dialectical infinity.
The question of ‘purpose’ is likely to be of this type. You just won’t get it straight from theological belivers, or mainstream scientists. Both sides will get it wrong.

Let the dust settle, and take a long slow look at the way in which the purposive appears in world history (in the incomplete pattern discovered). You can see where religionists get confused: the Axial Age is clear, until you try and interpret the history of the Old Testament. There religionists will bungle the issue of purpose in history, while scientists, having played ostrich will be issuing press releases from their back holes.
Since these two sides control the airwaves the conclusion lurks that public resolution of the issues is hopeless.
Despair?
Truth hides itself, and is rarely a public reality.

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  • 1 nemo // Dec 31, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for the observation: I think my ‘eonic effect’ is too difficult for most, mixed with a seeming speculative side. There have been obvious (to me) efforts in various books to answer by covering up my work, both in WHEE and on this blog. One of the first was Robert Wright way back in 2000, then Karen Armstrong in 2005, with less obvious (except to me) books like Reclaiming the Enlightenment, which actually recycles my term ‘the great divide’ to give it another meaning.
    Will discuss this later.

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