Re: Robert Wright on Steve Gould

From: Cliff Lundberg (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 18:32:49 EST

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    Stephen E. Jones wrote:

    >If Darwinism followed it's rule of prefixing "apparent" before
    >"intelligence", as it does with "design", it would presumably
    >have to admit that *human* "intelligence" is only "apparent"

    The 'apparent' is all science is concerned with. But then, 'intelligence'
    --unquantified--is no more a scientific notion than 'complexity' or
    'design-with-no-apparent-designer'. If Stephen's analysis is valid,
    at least I have the consolation that my stupidity is also only apparent.

    Critics of 'Darwinism' seem so unconcerned about the ambiguity of the
    term, I have to conclude that they think the ambiguity is something
    they should perpetuate. Is Stephen talking about natural origins in
    general, or evolution through natural selection, or gradualism, or

    Cliff Lundberg  ~  San Francisco  ~

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