Re: The Washington Post "Dissing Darwian"

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Fri Jun 03 2005 - 12:26:35 EDT

>>> Rich Blinne <> 6/3/2005 12:07:41 PM >>>writes:
I think you can get some Darwinists to admit this point. If the goal with
respect to the public schools was true neutrality with respect to all
metaphysical conclusions you might get a consensus. Change your wedge and
split the Gouldians from the Saganites. Right now the current strategy gets

the two camps to ally with each other against a common anti-Darwinist
Most of the current educational proposals, however, have a much more
Gouldian flavor and the Gouldians are asking for religious allies. Even if

we cannot stomach such an alliance at the very least we should encourage
that from the outside.

Ted replies:
The "wedge" strategy is not of my making, and I don't endorse it. I accept
the general validity of MN, and I agree that public schools should aim for
true neutrality, though I do not believe that we can really achieve that
without allowing parents to pick their own educational philosophies,
including various religious ones.

As for Gould, which Gould are we referring to? His NOMA partly contradicts
some of his more famous utterances about religion; and the NOMA concept
itself is insulting to many religious people, since Gould's NOMA is just AD
White's warfare thesis: religion has ethical value, but no ability to make
statements about actual reality. Thus religion must be shorn of theology in
order to be acceptable to modern minds. That's White all over again, and
Gould knew it.

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