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Darwinism and scientism

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The discussion of scientism by Pigliucci is useful but fails to call a spade a spade on the issue of Darwinism as a case of scientism. The picture is clear: the attempt to rise the scale of complexity and graft the framework of physics on the higher levels of reality, e.g. biology over physics, results in the oversimplification of Darwinian natural selection theory. I think that the resulting theory provokes a plague of confusions, notably those of evolutionary psychology and we get the nonsense about the gene for god, etc…
I think that biology, and the point was still clear to a figure such as Kant, is not a branch of phycics, and evolution is not a mechanical process with ‘laws’ after the fashion of Newtonian mechanics. The nature of an organism is still elusive and the evolution of man remains a complete mystery.

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