… The Challenge of Chance > Theodore Dalrymple. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
… it is harder to disabuse ourselves of the notion of an overall purpose or intention to existence than we like—or some of us like—to imagine. Perhaps that is because we are such purposive beings that we find it difficult or impossible to conceive of events without purpose. I have noticed that in many books by overall-purpose denying evolutionists, who almost militantly argue against any teleological view of anything, that they are rarely if ever able to expunge from their language locutions of purpose or ultimate ends. "Evolution does this," they say, or "evolution has so arranged it . . ." etc. It is as if they conceived of evolution as a demiurge carrying out a prearranged plan.