Why evolutionary biologists believe in the supernatural

Metaphysics: meta = beyond, hence ‘beyond the physical’, ‘beyond nature’ or supernatural

Causality: a necessary relationship between one event (called cause) and another event (called effect) which is the direct consequence (result) of the first (Wikipedia).

Causality is a metaphysic.

Wikipedia again: Evolutionary biology documents the fact that evolution occurs, and also develops and tests theories that explain its causes.

When will these poor sods give up their infantile superstitions? Time to read Hume, ol’ chaps.

In other news:

I watched a video of Daniel Dennett giving a lecture to a herd of infatuated ‘skeptic’ puppets today. What a waste of time. The high priest has nothing useful or interesting to say; just a shitload of pseudo-scientific speculative nonsense and mildly-derogatory caricatures; what a wanker. The selective skeptics lapped it and gave due praise to their authority.

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One Response to “Why evolutionary biologists believe in the supernatural”

  1. N. T. Wrong Says:

    ‘Causation’ is fantasy, pure projection.

    “”The invalid assumption that correlation implies cause is probably among the two or three most serious and common errors of human reasoning.”
    – Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man (1981)

    On the other hand, there is something real that causative explanations are trying to describe, but fail to do so. There is (in reality) linkage, correlation. Is there a difference between attempting to describe something real and failing (eg correlation), and describing something that does not exist (eg unicorns)? Is the former ‘beyond reality’, or is only the latter? Is the problem with the former epistemic rather than ontological and metaphysical? Or is it both? Yeah, probably both. Correlation seems real, though. You think?

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