New Scientist advises us that “evolution” can help us understand the migration crisis in Europe.
But of course. Provided we believes what they believe, “evolution” can by definition enable us to understand anything. Just find a peg on which to hang whatever is happening.
Migration is, we are told, “a characteristic of our species,” “evolution made us xenophobes,” and “we’re a stay-at-home species.” Or that “rich countries need immigrants.” And “Only a new international body can cut through the bluster on the emotive but much misunderstood migration ‘crisis.’”
Contradiction’s no problem; we haven’t evolved so as to understand how to deal with it properly.
If you can stand all the enlightenment, sign up and pay.
Note: It would be nice if “evolution” told us something beyond what we could learn from a dim neighbour who means well and hasn’t thought through the issues very carefully. But then maybe evolution doesn’t work that way.
See also: What has naturalism done for science? Introducing “Science Fictions”
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