From: Jay Willingham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 27 2003 - 19:50:35 EDT
I must disagree.
Error begets and aids error.
"That's not my department, says Werner von Braun..." Tom Lehrer.
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To: "ASA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Re: Darwinian and non-Darwinian (was Re: RFEP & ID)
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> From: "Jay Willingham" <email@example.com>
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> Subject: Re: Darwinian and non-Darwinian (was Re: RFEP & ID)
> > The concepts that man is the end product of gradual mutation from other
> > primates gives enormous support to those people who think their own race
> > superior to someone else's.
> 1) that is classic "naturalistic fallacy" and if I am not
> mistaken, someone just posted a long excerpt about
> the "naturalistic fallacy"
> 2) Who says evolution says that? Progess is an idea
> that is outwith evolutionary theory proper. If someone
> is talking about progress, that has to be coming from
> an external philosophical or religious stance.
> 3) Plenty of ideas are compatible with racism, some
> "creationist" and some "evolutionist". The racism
> comes from outside. Read in particular the forward
> and chapter one of the 1996 printing of _Mismeasure
> of Man_. Polygenism arose without the help of any
> ideas about evolutionary "progress", during a time
> when most were creationists, indeed it precedes
> Racist people are racist. They will justify it with
> science, scripture, or whatever else they can get their
> hands on.
> In short. That's an unjustified slander that is all too often
> used to denigrate evolutionary theory.
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