He is reflecting on a recent claim that, from an “evolutionary perspective,” the idea that humans are exceptional is “preposterous:
No. One doesn’t have to believe in the soul to understand that we are not just another animal in the forest.
If the distinction between us and fauna is just a matter of degree — which I dispute, it is also of kind — then that difference is akin to the Matterhorn versus a small hill in the flatlands of Kansas.
After all, what other species in the known history of life has attained the wondrous capacities of human beings? What other species has transcended the tooth-and-claw world of naked natural selection to the point that, at least to some degree, we now control nature instead of being controlled by it? Wesley J. Smith, “Transhumanism, the Lazy Way to Human ‘Improvement’” at Mind Matters
Increasingly, the “scientific” view of many questions involves looking reality in the face and spitting at it. Why is that?
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