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They said it: Materialist atheists Jerry Fodor and colleague dismiss Darwinism/evolutionary psychology


What Darwin Got Wrong

… allegiance to Darwinism has become a litmus for deciding who does and who does not hold a ”properly scientific’ world view. ‘You must choose between faith in God and faith in Darwin; and if you want to be a secular humanist, you’d better choose the latter.’ So we’re told.

We doubt that those options are exhaustive. But we do want, ever so much, to be secular humanists. In fact, we both claim to be outright, card-carrying, signed-up, dyed-in-the-wool, no-holds-barred atheists.

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Still, this book is mostly a work of criticism; it is mostly about what we think is wrong with Darwinism.

The cry of their heart is to follow anyone or anything but Darwinism, for the sake of intellect alone.

Their story, in large part against evolutionary psychology (EP), goes against the current of Christian Darwinist accommodation to Darwinism and EP.

See Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, What Darwin Got Wrong (London: Profile Books, 2010), p. xv.

Wow. So Fodor really said, that we want to be an atheist, but we can't stomach Darwin. I am reminded of the debate in the US Senate last week, where we were told that private abortionist, Planned Parenthood, had to get government subsidies or there wasn't anything left for Democrats to stand for. Do people consciously decide these definitions, or do the definitions decide them? Robert Sheldon
I have this book, and may get around to a review of it sometime on this site. It's fascinating. nullasalus

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