Evolution as a Religion

Evolution as a Religion From The Publisher According To A Profile In The Guardian , Mary Midgley Is The Foremost Scourge Of Scientific Pretensions In This Country Someone Whose Wit Is Admired Even By Those Who Feel She Sometimes Oversteps The Mark Considered One Of Britain S Finest Philosophers, Midgley Exposes The Illogical Logic Of Poor Doctrines That Shelter Themselves Behind The Prestige Of Science Always At Home When Taking On The High Priests Of Evolutionary Theory Dawkins, Wilson And Their Acolytes She Has Famously Described Evolution As The Creation Myth Of Our Age In Evolution As A Religion , She Examines How Science Comes To Be Used As A Substitute For Religion And Points Out How Badly That Role Distorts It As Ever, Her Argument Is Flawlessly Insightful A Punchy, Compelling, Lively Indictment Of These Misuses Of Science Both The Book And Its Author Are True Classics Of Our Time Editorial Reviews Evolution As A Religion From The Publisher According To A Profile In The Guardian , Mary Midgley Is The Foremost Scourge Of Scientific Pretensions In This Country Someone Whose Wit Is Admired Even By Those Who Feel She Sometimes Oversteps The Mark Considered One Of Britain S Finest Philosophers, Midgley Exposes The Illogical Logic Of Poor Doctrines That Shelter Themselves Behind The Prestige Of Science Always At Home When Taking On The High Priests Of Evolutionary Theory Dawkins, Wilson And Their Acolytes She Has Famously Described Evolution As The Creation Myth Of Our Age In Evolution As A Religion , She Examines How Science Comes To Be Used As A Substitute For Religion And Points Out How Badly That Role Distorts It As Ever, Her Argument Is Flawlessly Insightful A Punchy, Compelling, Lively Indictment Of These Misuses Of Science Both The Book And Its Author Are True Classics Of Our Time New York Times Book Review A Graceful, Refreshing And Enlightening Book, Applied Philosophy That Is Relevant, Timely And Metaphysical In The Best Sense John Midgley is a pleasure to read Her turn of phrase is amusing and engaging Her perspective seems very sane The claim is that evolution is not just a parsimonious theory about origins and life, but that it functions as a metaphor, indeed a myth in its neutral sense , that can take on a life of its own Midgley s method of giving the thumbs down is to use amusingly gentle words such as odd and curious for the tendency of some scientists to become so excited about their findings in their part Midgley is a pleasure to read Her turn of phrase is amusing and engaging Her perspective seems very sane The claim is that evolution is not just a parsimonious theory about origins and life, but that it functions as a metaphor, indeed a myth in its neutral sense , that can take on a life of its own Midgley s method of giving the thumbs down is to use amusingly gentle words such as odd and curious for the tendency of some scientists to become so excited about their findings in their particular area, that they fall for
I read this book as a sort of challenge to myself This book doesn t so much challenge Evolution as a scientific principle, but all the social hoo hah that gets built up around it As a person who is never quite sure what to make of how Evolution gets used, but tends to side with the scientists in most battles of this kind, the book seemed provocative in all the right ways Midgley is also the apparent philosophical adversary of Richard Dawkins, and I was intrigued to hear why.All in all, I enjo I read this book as a sort of challenge to myself This book doesn t so much challenge Evolution as a scientific principle, but all the social hoo hah that gets built up around it As a person who is never quite sure what to make of how Evolution gets used, but tends to side with the scientists in most battles of this kind, the book seemed provocative in all the right ways Midgley is also the apparent philosophical adversary of Richard Dawkins, and I was intrigued to hear why.All in all, I enjoyed the book Midgley s arguments are pretty straightforward and sensible Her problem is really with how Evolution gets filtered through the other sciences into popular culture, leading to a large set of assumed consequences and explanations that Darwin never made the slightest claim about Midgley s reasoning as to w
How could I resist a book with such an inflamatory title The first thing to make quite clear is that Mary Midgley isn t in any way, shape or form launching an attack on science here, nor is she making the claim that science, in itself, is a form of religious belief like any other Nor is her viewpoint one that insists we surrender all notions of objective reality, and that science is merely a politicised or socially contextualised narrative or dialogue that we accept or reject according to our How could I resist a book with such an inflamatory title The first thing to make quite clear is that Ma
This is not a book about science or even really about evolution, it is about the use of scientific thinking in non scientific ways If you doubt Midgeley s acceptance of evolution see the quote at the start of the book it is actually dedicated to Darwin Reading this in 2012, some of the references seem old and with one or two major exceptions are not books that I think have a significant influence now It might be helpful to have newer references, but the flaws and habits Midgeley criticise This is
I only didn t give it 5 stars because I found it almost too reasonable I think I lack the philosophic mindBut her lucid exposition and refusal to get pulled in to either side of the debate is admirable.And some of her phrases It is easier to get rid of gods than demons. yes indeed it is. Important criticisms of Darwinists and eugenicists from the perspective of a philosopher Midgley is wonderful to read. This book identifies a number of quasi religious belief systems which derive credibility from their association with science and evolution 1 Social Darwinism 2 The Superman in Nietzsche s sense , which today appears in forms like Transhumanism and the Singularity 3 The unstoppable ascent of human technical progress what Midgley calls the Escalator Fallacy These are all fascinating doctrines, and Midgely is right to draw the comparison with religion Items 2 and 3 in particular are cl This book identifies a number of quasi religious belief systems which derive credibility from their association with science and evolution 1 Social Darwinism 2 The Superman in Nietzsche s sense , which today appears in forms like Transhumanism and the Singularity 3 The unstoppable ascent of human technical progress what Midgley calls the Escalator Fallacy These are all f
This is one of the books I found in the bibliography of Michael Crichton s Next Good philosophy and I liked it until she put her politics in at the end Basically, her point is, science is treading on the domain of religion to its peril. One of the smartest people on the planet I don t own a Kindle I bought the paperback version of the book

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  • Evolution as a Religion
  • Mary Midgley
  • 09 September 2018
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