Tuesday, June 19, 2012
De-evolutionary Sophistry Masquerading as Science
On June 5th, 2012, Daniel E. Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology had an op-ed in the New York Times titled Evolution’s Sweet Tooth.
Lieberman’s op-ed was written in support of Bloomberg’s ridiculous call to ban large sodas, and though Lieberman’s op-ed articulates some valid reasons as to why individuals should not ingest excessive amounts of sugar, and why humans’ sweet tooths have evolved, he plunges into de-evolutionary sophistry in support of the expansion of state power when he concludes his op-ed with these words.
We have evolved to need coercion.
I think Lieberman has it bassackwards, and that it is the continual layering on of laws over the course of history which is impeding man’s ability to evolve, and thus Liberman’s “we have evolved to need coercion” is de-evolutionary sophistry masquerading as science.
Ultimate Reality Thought of the Day
How if It expresses Itself through instruments which possess self-consciousness, personality, and will, can It fail to have these things Itself as Its minimum attributes? How can we believe that the whole exquisitely complex order of nature was created by this Entity by an unconscious process, and It only realized what It had done when It became aware of Itself in the minds of human beings? In fine, we meet with all the familiar difficulties which attend the attempt to explain life from below upward instead of from above downward.
Lawrence Hyde, The Prospects of Humanism, Charles Scribner’s and Sons, New York, 1931, pg. 176