Dude, What Are We Thinking?: Darwinian Religion versus the Faith of Our Fathers

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Religion has been asleep this thousand years. I do not speak of any one sect. I speak of all. I speak of us. I think almost all of us are content to be religious by education and not by realizing its truths. The only way for a man to be religious is to be so by himself. The result of this would be the formation of new species. Here, then, I had at last got a theory by which to work; but I was so anxious to avoid prejudice, that I determined not for some time to write even the briefest sketch of it.

The offspring, also, will thus have a better chance of surviving, for, of the many individuals of any species which are periodically born, but a small number can survive. I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man's power of selection. These events happened in the later 's when Religion was a strong determining influence on people's views. As a result of Wallace's approach learned papers attributed to Darwin and to Wallace were jointly presented at a meeting of the Linnean Society in London and Charles Darwin prepared a manuscript that culminated in the publication of what has proved to be a culturally transformative, and perhaps even civilisationally transformative, work on the "Origin of Species".

The new theory had attracted very little attention or comment when it had been presented at the Linnean Society. After it began to become known of by wider society through Charles Darwin's book the newly emergent theory became massively controversial. Some time in the winter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the Newhall House in Milwaukee, asked me if I could procure him a copy of a book on Species which an Englishman had published lately - and he added, " From what I have heard it is likely to make the dry bones rattle.

Emerson I had not seen the book, but that I was after it myself and had an order for it already in New York. How this conversation happened to come about in a hotel in Milwaukee was because Mr. Emerson was stopping there to fulfill engagements for lectures in that city and in other cities round about. Why he asked of me the question he did was because I was President of the Young Men's Association before which he lectured.

I was also chairman of the Library Committee of the Association - a somewhat exacting post, as that library was the only public library in the city. I have given Mr. Emerson's description of the book he was after for he gave no name of author nor definite title to the book. I have not yet been able to obtain Darwin's book which I had depended on as a road book. You must read it, - "Darwin on Species. Given that many persons acknowledged an "undeniability" about the emergent Theory of Evolution, society was subsequently placed in a position where an intense and persistent Science versus Religion Debate arose.

I think the paramount source of the religious revolution was Modern Science; beginning with Copernicus, who destroyed the pagan fictions of the Church, by showing mankind that the earth on which we live was not the centre of the Universe, around which the sun and stars revolved every day, and thus fitted to be the platform on which the Drama of the Divine Judgment was played before the assembled Angels of Heaven, This correction of our superstitions was confirmed by the new science of Geology, and the whole train of discoveries in every department.

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But we presently saw also that the religious nature in man was not affected by these errors in his understanding. The religious sentiment made nothing of bulk or size, or far or near; triumphed over time as well as space; and every lesson of humility, or justice, or charity, which the old ignorant saints had taught him, was still forever true. According to Richard Dawkins:- "not only is science corrosive to religion; religion is corrosive to science. It teaches people to be satisfied with trivial, supernatural non-explanations and blinds them to the wonderful real explanations that we have within our grasp.

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It teaches them to accept authority, revelation and faith instead of always insisting on evidence. Religion deals with the truths of the metaphysical world just as chemistry and the other natural sciences deal with the truths of the physical world. The book one must read to learn chemistry is the book of nature. The book from which to learn religion is your own mind and heart. The sage is often ignorant of physical science, because he reads the wrong book - the book within; and the scientist is too often ignorant of religion, because he too reads the wrong book - the book without.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. From St. Are you crazy? During my navy career, I flew hundreds of missions from seven different aircraft carriers into thirty-five countries. But even in the world of naval aviation, where immediate and tangible realities like fuel, airspeed, and pitching decks dominated my consciousness, Darwinism found me.

My squadron mates invoked survival of the fittest to describe communism and capitalism. That analogy seemed inadequate, somehow, and out of place. Around that time, I read a book about selfish genes that seemed to indicate love, kindness, and loyalty were manifestations of purposeless particles that were, according to Darwinian champions, the ultimate unit of existence. Were virtue and altruism dead? Then I saw a debate between creationists and Darwinists, which really threw me for a loop.

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The creationists spoke of protein structure, mutations, and fossils. The scientists engaged in political-style ridicule. And the audience cheered like football fans when their team scored a touchdown. Something was amiss in the world of evolution, and I had to get to the bottom of it. Eventually, I joined the airlines and became active in union politics. I was elected as a representative in the Air Line Pilots Association, where I still supposed—naively, it turns out—that certain activities were free from the influences of Darwinian philosophy.

I was wrong. One day, for example, right in the middle of a strategy session, one of our high-powered New York lawyers gave us a mini-lecture on how the labor movement was in fact a Darwinian mechanism that helps human beings evolve to a higher state. Actually, he was lying through his teeth! He told me that there is no such thing as truth. There was only adaptation, perception, and survival.

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Retrieved 16 January Scott whilst I appreciate that you are trying to defend religion on this topic, James is right to assert that millions have died because of religion. Chapter XI deals with evidence from biogeography , starting with the observation that differences in flora and fauna from separate regions cannot be explained by environmental differences alone; South America, Africa, and Australia all have regions with similar climates at similar latitudes, but those regions have very different plants and animals. Raner Jr. An paper on the "introduction" of species, written by Alfred Russel Wallace , claimed that patterns in the geographical distribution of living and fossil species could be explained if every new species always came into existence near an already existing, closely related species.

Then he chided me for being a simpleton. Years later, I became involved in community planning and discovered that Darwinian philosophy had infiltrated that part of our culture too. I remember one exchange with a county planning official. We were engaged in a multiyear effort to update community plans, and in one particular workshop, he told me that we must take human evolution into account when designing roads, zoning property, and approving developments.

I wondered where he got his crystal ball and how he knew which way evolution was going. After all, Darwinists have been assuring us for decades that evolution is blind and undirected. How can we know, therefore, if we will need less open space? Wider roads? More commercial property? This guy was particularly well versed, however, in the nuances of Darwinian thinking and with passion explained that we are now self-aware of our evolution and have the power to control human destiny. He seemed intoxicated with the power of that insight.

On one occasion, as we were killing time in the ready room, a fellow captain told me that life is completely without design and purpose. He repeated that dogma again and again—between his assertions that science disproves God. I think he got his idea from Carl Sagan, who said the same thing about the cosmos on his famous TV series Sagan Another married guy assured me that his Darwinian urges to reproduce justified his philandering.

He was married and a father of two little boys, but his ideals of marriage, family, and romance had devolved into amoral biochemical urges. From these experiences, and many more like them, I began to appreciate how deeply Darwinian orthodoxy was affecting the world around me. Now, after decades of reading, pondering, and interacting, the essential thrust of Darwinism seems clear.

And it seems unavoidable, too, like gravity. The truth is, Darwinism functions like religion, and its doctrines have seeped into every corner of our culture.

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Many use it as an all-encompassing philosophy of life and the foundation for all knowledge and understanding. If you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more fairy tales. This version can be found in Usenet posts from before , like this one from Variant: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Although similar to many of Einstein's comments about the importance of intuition and imagination, no sources for this can be found prior to The Psychology of Consciousness by Robert Evan Ornstein , p. A number of early sources from the s and s attribute it to The Intuitive Edge by Philip Goldberg , which also provides no original source. Two things are infinite: the universe and the human stupidity.

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As discussed in this entry from The Quote Investigator , the earliest published attribution of a similar quote to Einstein seems to have been in Gestalt therapist Frederick S. Perls ' book Gestalt Theory Verbatim , where he wrote on p. Einstein has proved that the universe is limited.

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The quote itself may be a variant of a similar quote attributed even earlier to the philosopher Ernest Renan , found for example in The Public: Volume 18 from , which says on p. Since these variants have not been found in Renan's own writings, they may represent false attributions as well. They may also be variants of an even older saying; for example, the book Des vers by Guy de Maupassant includes on p.

The earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is infinite! Aber beim Universum bin ich mir nicht ganz sicher. Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. No original source where Einstein supposedly said this has been located, and it is absent from authoritative sources such as Calaprice, The Ultimate Quotable Einstein. Misattributed I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.

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The world will have a generation of idiots. Variants : I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots. I fear the day when technology overlaps our humanity. It will be then that the world will have permanent ensuing generations of idiots. Although it is a popular quote on the internet, there is no substantial evidence that Einstein actually said that.

Contempt prior to investigation is what enslaves a mind to Ignorance. This or similar statements are more often misattributed to Herbert Spencer , but the source of the phrase "contempt prior to investigation" seems to have been William Paley , A View of the Evidences of Christianity : "The infidelity of the Gentile world, and that more especially of men of rank and learning in it, is resolved into a principle which, in my judgment, will account for the inefficacy of any argument, or any evidence whatever, viz.

Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Then I looked to individual writers who, as literary guides of Germany, had written much and often concerning the place of freedom in modern life; but they, too, were mute. After the quote appeared in Time magazine 23 December , p. I made this statement during the first years of the Nazi-Regime — much earlier than — and my expressions were a little more moderate.

Cornelius Greenway of Brooklyn, who asked if Einstein would write out the statement in his own hand, Einstein was more vehement in his repudiation of the statement 14 November [12] : The wording of the statement you have quoted is not my own. Einstein also made some scathingly negative comments about the behavior of the Church under the Nazi regime and its behavior towards Jews throughout history in a conversation with William Hermanns recorded in Hermanns' book Einstein and the Poet The concentration camps make the actions of Ghengis Khan look like child's play. But what makes me shudder is that the Church is silent.

One doesn't need to be a prophet to say, 'The Catholic Church will pay for this silence. Hermanns, you will live to see that there is moral law in the universe. There are cosmic laws, Dr. They cannot be bribed by prayers or incense. What an insult to the principles of creation. But remember, that for God a thousand years is a day. This power maneuver of the Church, these Concordats through the centuries with worldly powers. We live now in a scientific age and in a psychological age. You are a sociologist, aren't you?

You know what the Herdenmenschen men of herd mentality can do when they are organized and have a leader, especially if he is a spokesmen for the Church. I do not say that the unspeakable crimes of the Church for years had always the blessings of the Vatican, but it vaccinated its believers with the idea: We have the true God, and the Jews have crucified Him.

Dude, What Are We Thinking?: Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers

The Church sowed hate instead of love, though the Ten Commandments state: Thou shalt not kill. All the wrongs come home, as the proverb says. The Church will pay for its dealings with Hitler, and Germany, too. The fear of punishment makes the people march. Consider the hate the Church manifested against the Jews and then against the Muslims, the Crusades with their crimes, the burning stakes of the Inquisition, the tacit consent of Hitler's actions while the Jews and the Poles dug their own graves and were slaughtered.