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Darwinism and the classics????

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins wants evolutionary science to be ‘the new classics’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jun/12/richard-dawkins-evolution-new-classics
Accepting an award from the British Humanists Association, Dawkins predicted great things for future scholars of evolution
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The amount of cultural damage done by Richard Dawkins is stark, and it keeps getting worse: he wants to replace the classics with evolutionism. What on earth for?

There is no substitute for the classics, and if their study is disappearing, the result is almost impossible to correct: the shallowness of scientism that we see now.

The classics can be replaced with the study of literature, of course, and of philosophy, classic philosophy, and of the classics in translation, with an extended global view.
I have always thought classics majors could be replaced with Greek/Sanskrit/Chinese majors in a new canon of the ‘classics’.

Dawkins is a dangerous mind: he has a kind of slick pimp’s appeal disguised a upper-brit sophistication, but the core of his work is both hollow and mendacious. The only conclusion from his silence on his glaring mistakes is that he is a liar.
The worst of it is the Thatcherism completely disguised by a fake liberal surface. Dawkins is one of the main unwitting (?) engineers of the neo-conservative shift, whether intentional or not.
And the complete silence of the new atheist celebs on social issues is no accident (Hitchens the neo-con makes that obvious).

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