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The Critical Crow

December 01st, 2016 by G.

An old horse was looking over the fence into a brushy field where some goat kids were frolicking.  A crow settled onto the fence next to him.

After a time, the horse observed, “They are so full of life, aren’t they?  It makes me feel young again.”

“It’s all in the genes,” the crow said.  “What to your untutored eyes is friskiness is actually just an expression of the play instinct which allows the young to develop survival and reproductive skills in an imitative and explorative form.  It’s nothing but genes.”

The old horse was thoughtful.  “Did you say that because of your genes?” he asked.

And in a huff the crow flew away.

Moral: Criticisms apply to the criticizer.

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December 01st, 2016 08:43:47

December 1, 2016

Secular philosophies upon subjects like free will and moral relativism are very tidy, but examined closely you will never find such ideologies alive in their advocates. A moral relativist will protest injustice and unfairness. A Determinist will demand accountability from himself and those around him. An Atheist rejects nihilism. Antinatalists are rarely themselves unhappy.

Dead philosophies versus living water. An idea that gives no life serves only to salve one’s conscience or inflate one’s ego.

Bruce Charlton
December 1, 2016

You could, of course, say the same thing much less clearly and in a lot more words as I did when I wrote:

If Natural Selection is regarded as the bottom-line explanation – the fundamental metaphysical reality (as it is for biology, and often is with respect to the human condition) then this has radically nihilistic consequences. And this is a paradox – if natural selection was the only mechanism by which consciousness and intelligence arose then we could have no confidence that the human discovery of natural selection was anything more than a (currently, but contingently) fitness-enhancing delusion.

The reason is that natural selection is at best – and when correctly applied – merely descriptive of what-happened-to-happen. Since there was no reason why things had-to-be as they actually were, and there is no reason why the present situation should stay the same, then there will be no reason to suppose that the future outcome is predictable. There is no greater validity to what-happened-to-happen compared with an infinite number of possible other things that might have happened – so there is no reason to defer to what-happened-to-happen, no reason why what-happened-to-happen is good, true, just, powerful or anything else – what-happened-to-happen is just what led to greater differential reproductive success for some length of time under historical (and contingent) circumstances. Nothing more.

Therefore – if humans are nothing more nor other than naturally-selected organisms – then there is zero validity to: cognition, emotions, intelligence, intuitions, morality, art, or science – including that there is no validity to the theory of evolution by natural selection. None of the above have any validity – because they all are merely products of what-happened-to-happen (and are open-endedly liable to further change).


December 1, 2016

“Criticisms apply to the criticizer.”

Romans 2:1 – Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

December 1, 2016

I find it also interesting to observe that the majority of national-selection proponents (e.g. mainstream public education) also believe in blank-slateism. It doesn’t make any sense.

December 1, 2016

Horses are good for getting a lot of physical work done. But they are not known to be the smartest animal on the farm. Kind of dumb, actually.

December 1, 2016

“You don’t believe in evolution? Fascist!”

“You do believe in evolution? Fascist!”

Bruce Charlton
December 2, 2016

Or, to put it another way:

“Natural Selection cannot explain itself.”

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