My Touchstone piece “Glorious Wild Things”is here (scroll down):
We will never understand creation if we insist on separating glory and design from suffering, loss, and waste, because, bound in finite time and space, creation is full of suffering, loss, and waste as well. All must be taken together or put aside together, in a final decision for meaning or nihilism.
The modern debate has decayed in part because that vision of the inseparability of the horror from the glory has been lost. Of course, Stephen Jay Gould was merely being tendentious when he dismissed our deep-seated fears of monsters as commercial hype. As a paleontologist, he well knew that, before humans ever walked the earth, there were terrible beasts on land and seaÃ¢â‚¬â€far more so than today.
But his evolutionary-psychologist opponents are even more off the track. Any human who is gifted with the mere capacity to imagine fears the serpentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sudden fang and the ghostÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spectral finger. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s simply what imagination is; it bodies forth the shape of things unknown. Imagination, not some complex survival calculus, is our true inheritance from our ancestors.
Also, at the Post-Darwinist,
Dawinism and popular culture: Sister Eugenie explains it all for you
Human evolution: The mystery solved! Why humans walked upright … well, maybe …
Also, the plot thickens here, re a non-Darwinian evolution theory, sponsored by a friend of the late Steve Gould. See the Update material.
and at the Mindful Hack,
Theodore Dalrymple takes on materialist cognitive scientist Steve Pinker on language
Richard Dawkins on the need to curb religious liberty. Plus new site yawns at Dawkins’ pretensions.