The following text and image were sent to me by colleague and fellow Darwin-doubter Stu Harris.
It’s well known that people tend to look like or take on the visage of their pets, pop heroes and spiritual mentors. Daniel Dennett is apparently not immune to this process. Over the years he has more and more taken on the countenance of his guru Charles Darwin. Below is a recent picture of Dennett set against two of Darwin. Astounding isn’t it?
Could this be a form of mimicry that protects Darwinians in some way? Could it be that the iconic image of Darwin shields one from intellectual attacks by normally rational members of the scientific community, thus promoting the survival of the Darwinian meme? Of course only people with the right genes can successfully carry out this mimicry: those with the genes for Santa Claus beards, pug noses, beetle brows, perfectly bald pates and perhaps an inbred materialistic world view. This is a fascinating mixture of memetic and genetic survival. Have you seen any other instances of this phenomenon?