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The Selfish Gene as neo-liberal ideology
January 29th, 2016 ·
http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-selfish-gene-turns-40.html#more
The Selfish Gene is one of the most successful yet second-rate books on the subject of evolution in the whole course of the paradigm. Behind its smooth Dawkins-style PR scientism lies the whole gross fallacy of Darwinism rendered the more toxic with its ‘inclusive fitness’ bullshit, which does the same thing all over again that Adam Smith did for economics. Duh, it appeared at the dawn of the neo-liberal age.
The period in question should have seen scientists pull away from Darwinism: its problems were obvious to many (like SJ Gould, and better, Soren Lovtrup) but instead with Dawkins’ type of ideological fix the paradigm has survived to the present.
We should blame the ID movement on this situation: the flaws in Darwinism were so obvious that their suppression caused the whole critique to shift to the ID underground and with Denton’s Evolution in Crisis that movement took off (that book is not about ID, but a classic on the flaws of Darwinism). Biologists have only themselves to blame.
Why did this happen? In a real science, criticisms would be front and center immediately.
The Selfish Gene was exposed at once by Mary Midgely, but her critique was marred by her own confusions over core ‘natural selection’ Darwinism…
The result here is that The Selfish Gene is really an ideological coup in disguise, one the left was not really able to expose…

The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club.Assassins Without Borders has roots that go back, in the modern era at least, to the policies of the Soviet Union, Chile, Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. All of these countries share a single trait. They were willing to defy international law in order to assassinate their critics and opponents in other countries.

Source: The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

Sanders and Warren Demand Bezos Answer for Amazon’s “Potentially Illegal” Union Busting

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and struggles for workers’ rights.

Source: Sanders and Warren Demand Bezos Answer for Amazon’s “Potentially Illegal” Union Busting

We’re on the Path for Another Economic Disaster — So It’s Time to Reboot Capitalism | Alternet

The financial crisis of 2008 has not led us to take sufficient steps to avoid the next economic disaster. The dips in stock markets last February and just recently, together with dire predictions for early 2019, are setting off alarm bells.

Source: We’re on the Path for Another Economic Disaster — So It’s Time to Reboot Capitalism | Alternet

1918: first year of the Russian Revolution, part four – backs against the wall

Whilst the broad mass of the working class continued to give their support to the Bolshevik Party, activists within the party were often split on crucial issues. The issue of whether or not to wage a revolutionary war against Germany and its forces of occupation proved one of the more divisive questions that very nearly led to a complete split in the party.

Source: 1918: first year of the Russian Revolution, part four – backs against the wall

The Rise of the Robot Farmer | Portside

In a quiet corner of rural Hampshire, a robot called Rachel is pootling around an overgrown field. With bright orange casing and a smartphone clipped to her back end, she looks like a cross between an expensive toy and the kind of rover used on space missions. Up close, she has four USB ports, a disc-like GPS receiver, and the nuts and bolts of a system called Lidar, which enables her to orient herself using laser beams.

Source: The Rise of the Robot Farmer | Portside

What’s Left of Darwinism? | Uncommon Descent

In a previous post, I indicated that Dr. Frances Arnold’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry points out that Artificial Selection is more powerful a force than Natural Selection.In a new paper, the authors show that the idea of the ‘gradual’ evolution of foraminifera turns out to be wrong and that what ac

Source: What’s Left of Darwinism? | Uncommon Descent