History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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Ethics and reductionism

April 21st, 2015 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_1_2.htm Where issues of evolution are surrounded by the complexities of biochemical systems, etc, the evaluation of darwinism itself is actually quite easy: Hoyle pointed to the statistical fallacies of natural selection, and the students of the evolution of ethics were confounded at the start by the fallacy of values reduced to facts: mechanization facts. No doubt the mechanical aspect of ethical behaviorism is a clue to something, but the full reality of ethical behavior is that of conscious minds making choices according to principles (or out of habit, etc…) and this can’t be reduced to a set of genetic reactions case by case. So the question begins to demand a lot more than darwinism can provide, mate in two or three moves.
It is remarkable how many such obvious clinchers surround the theory of Darwin.

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