lördag 19 september 2009

Underbarnen, evolutionärt meningslösa

En läsare nyligen uppskattade inte länken till en online-bok som intar ett kritiskt perspektiv på evolutionen. Jag finner boken i klass med det bästa jag läste under mina universitetsår (fast då idé- och annan historia). Här är ett bra och representativt utdrag - mycket balanserat bruk av källorna enligt omdömen på amazon.com.

One of the odd and seemingly inexplicable human traits that has been recorded throughout history is the child prodigy. To give a contemporary example, Myron Romano began learning the piano at the age of six. Five years later he was concert soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra! Examples could be produced of men who have mastered twenty languages before their twentieth birthday. Certainly, science cannot explain the musical or artistic genius by the survival of the fittest principle since these talents offer no advantage to survival.

If, by evolutionary reasoning, such genius is a foretaste of what mankind might aspire to, then teleology has to be admitted -- that is, "blind nature" knows in advance the ultimate destiny of each species. Darwin could not accept this and thus could not speak of the "ascent of man". On the other hand, if such genius is a throwback to what mankind once was (some may see this as a revelation), then the "fall" of man has to be admitted and the theory of evolution dismissed. Either view is uncomfortable for the committed Darwinist.

http://www.creationism.org/books/TaylorInMindsMen/TaylorIMMh08.htm

Som en återvändande bloggläsare redan vet, skulle reinkarnationen kunna förklara gåtan med underbarnen - till våldsamma problem för biologin eftersom minnena i så fall lagras någon annanstans än i hjärnan... Vilket ynkligt lapptäckte männikans vetande är! Ännu...

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