I am fairly confident that the picture painted by the evolutionary psychologists is true. But I am also confident that it is not the whole truth, and that it leaves out of account precisely the most important thing, which is the human subject. We human beings do not see one another as animals see one another, as fellow members of a species. We relate to one another not as objects but as subjects, as creatures who address one another “I” to “you” — a point made central to the human condition by Martin Buber, in his celebrated mystical meditation “I and Thou.”I am less confident in the picture painted by evolutionary psychologists, because it amounts mostly to speculation without much solid evidence. That there has been biological change over time is obvious, but I am not altogether sure if we really understand the mechanics of that change. Showing how a given hypothesis might explain it is not the same as demonstrating that it does explain it. And no, I do not subscribe to Intelligent Design theory.
Friday, March 10, 2017
… If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We? - The New York Times. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)