Rude on Will’s conflation of progressives and creationists:
Will is an atheist and dumb about Darwin. But he brings up an interesting point. There is a difference between design by central planners and design by the cooperative efforts of multitudes of individuals. Thomas Sowell (don’t know where he stands on Darwin) waxes eloquent on this. He asks: What is more intelligent–a small cadre of experts or millions of individuals making decisions in their own self-interest?
Creativity arises from individuals–not committees. The goal of groups is stability, and stability is opposed to creativity. Scientific breakthroughs come about via individuals. Great art and literature are the inspiration of individuals. Composers compose and orchestras perform–not so much the other way around (though I do love jazz). There is also the matter of self-interest. On average no one is better motivated to care for your family than you. Yes, the utopian cares deeply–about “humanity” or “the environment” or “the Planet” or “the greater good”. He doesn’t care about you.
Chance and necessity have no self-interest. Sand dunes and glaciers do not want to survive. Chaos does not want to … take that back … I think chaos does want to survive. Desire, however, taken for granted by the Darwinist, functions best on the individual level. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? The central planners? A clique of specialists?
Let’s check out our local dystopia for answers to what happens when we depend on central planners.
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