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An interesting use of the term “irreducible complexity”

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Now usually associated with ID theorist Mike Behe’s doubts about Darwin, but …

In “Before the Culture Fades: Roger Kimball’s ongoing work of preservation” (City Journal, 3 August 2012), Bruce S. Thornton reviews Roger Kimball’s The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia , in the course of which he writes,

As the bloody record of modern utopian political religions has shown, ignoring the irreducible complexity of human nature to construct schemes of abstract perfection always leads to slaughter of those who cling to their freedom and individuality.

Maybe the connection between Darwinism and totalitarian regimes runs deeper than even Richard Weikart thinks …

Denial of the existence of irreducible complexity, applied to humans, would lead naturally to the belief that one can just alter human nature at will.

See also: Historian Richard Weikart on the controversial associations between Darwin and Hitler – and why he risks writing about them

Not just Hitler: Joseph Stalin hoped to produce half-man, half-ape super-warriors, but the project came to nothing. The disgraced chief scientist died in the vast Soviet prison system. But just as often, anti-religious motives fuel the wish for a humanzee. Zoologist Richard Dawkins, who promotes atheism from his chair at Oxford University, has proclaimed that such a hybrid would shake up all our value systems.

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