Archive for the ‘evolution dethrones man’ Category

Our number came up in the Monte Carlo game

September 8, 2009

We would like to think of ourselves as necessary, inevitable, ordained from all eternity. All religions, nearly all philosophies, and even a part of science testify to the unwearying, heroic effort of mankind desperately denying his own contingency. …The universe was not pregnant with life nor the biosphere with man. Our number came up in the Monte Carlo game. Is it any wonder if, like the person who has just made a million at the casino, we feel strange and a little unreal?… then man must at last wake out of his millenary dream; and in doing so wake to his total solitude, his fundamental isolation. Now does he at last realize that, like a gypsy, he lives at the boundary of an alien world. A world that is deaf to his music, just as indifferent to his hopes as to his suffering or his crimes… If it is true, as I believe, that the fear of solitude and the need for a complete and binding explanation are inborn—that this heritage from the remote past is not only cultural but probably genetic too—can one imagine such an ethics as this, austere, abstract, proud, calming that fear, satisfying that need? I do not know.

The ancient covenant is in pieces; man knows at last that he is alone in the universe’s unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance. His destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor his duty.

Jacques Monod, Chance and Necessity, 1971

Evolution robs man of significance

September 8, 2009

It has also been shown that purpose and plan are not characteristic of organic evolution and are not a key to any of its operations. Man was certainly not the goal of evolution, which evidently had no goal. He was not planned, in an operation wholly planless.

G.G. Simpson

We are survival machines

September 7, 2009

‘We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules (of DNA) known as genes.’

This is gene selectionism rigorously applied to define man. It is laudable of Dawkins that he is consistent.

The only purpose of life is DNA survival: a person is nothing more than than DNA’s way of making more DNA like itself.

In brief, gene selection theory posits that particular types of genes improve their own chances for survival by making, or improving, organisms that are themselves good at surviving and reproducing. Natural Selection ensures that the world will be determined by those types of genes that happen to be good at making plants and animals that are good at passing their genes on to descendents.

Philip Johnson, Testing Darwinism, IVP, 1997, p.69-70

August 17, 2009

I see no reason for attributing to man a significance different in kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand.

…the sacredness of human life is a purely municipal ideal of no validity outside the jurisdiction.

He authored the landmark decision in Buck v. Bell upholding a Virginia eugenics law mandating the involuntary sterilization of people the State deemed undesirable.

It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.

United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; a consistent evolutionist.