Science On Progress And Darwin
posted by December 26 at 15:30 PMon
I. Consider the three ways scientific understanding of the world to progresses:
1. A new observation
2. A new technology for making observations
3. A new way of thinking about existing observations
Of the three, the last is the most powerful and profound, the most unpredictable and precious.
A properly conveyed conception can rewrite our sense of the universe without changing a single fact. With a new interpretation that better fits human knowledge we can better predict outcomes and gain mastery.
II. Darwin developed few new techniques, observed few new things. Even the concepts behind evolution were simmering before his time.
Darwin’s achievement was one of presentation, of setting the ingredients into a formidable whole, of a crystal clear distillation of complex ideas.
1. Life, through random mutation, generates variation.
2. The most successful variants reproduce more than the less successful.
From these concepts, all of the rest follows.
III. The political action of the modern creationist is to prevent untainted exposure to these ideas, until it is too late.
Our exposure to the Christian creation story is early and pervasive—in art, in popular culture, in song, in school and in our homes.
The observations behind creationism fit better in an evolved world. An evolved world explains more, of what we’ve observed since, of what we’ve observed with new abilities and of what we’ll observe in the future.
Denial of this is as hopeless, requiring an adult’s capacity to disassociate a sense of reality from reality itself.
I don’t fear, Annie.