History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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The continued interest in WHEE

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

I keep linking to WHEE because the audience is there: everyday not less than a hundred readers and up to a thousand page views. I wish I could make it easier, and I think many give up, but still, something is getting through. Over a decade plus, the number of readers approachs half a million (I am guessing).

The debate over evolution has continued since the time of Darwin without resolution, in part because it is a metaphysical contest that is conducted beyond the limits of observation. The claims for natural selection have turned into an ideology short of real science, a kind of metaphysical reductionism. The result has thrown the study of history into confusion, and handed an ideological pseudo-science to many with Social Darwinist agendas. History should be the antidote to this kind of speculative excess, for it enforces the discipline of observation at short range, a century or less, something entirely absent in the study of deep time where generalizations about immense intervals of time are taken for granted without direct empirical observation.

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