Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Progress

Development, Evolution, Growth, Progress – all four terms have become hopelessly (?) entangled. It is worth noting that sensible scientists will be clear that evolution is not ‘going somewhere’, that natural selection is about coping with today’s pressures, that there is no master plan. Unfortunately it has gotten muddled up with notions of destiny and the Great Chain of Being. See especially work by Stephen Jay Gould (the Mismeasure of Man etc.) on this topic. Maybe the coming man-made eco-catastrophes will teach us a little humility, though personally I doubt it.

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