Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hmm ...

... Does Evolution Favor Religion? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Might the selfish account of evolution itself be a misfiring of Darwin’s theory? And if so, could evolutionary theory lead not to opposition, but to a renewed interest in religion—perhaps even respect for it? It’s a possibility suggested by the work of David Sloan Wilson, the champion of a different account of morality. The selfish story, he says, is a product of the “age of individualism” in evolutionary theory, an age that is both aberrant and, he believes, will prove to be short-lived.

This sounds much like what Peter Kropotkin proposed in Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.

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