Monday, October 23, 2006

That sounds strangely familiar ....

Darwinian explanations ... are often too supple: Natural selection makes humans self-centered and aggressive - except when it makes them altruistic and peaceable. Or natural selection produces virile men who eagerly spread their seed - except when it prefers men who are faithful protectors and providers. When an explanation is so supple that it can explain any behaviour, it is difficult to test it experimentally, much less use it as a catalyst for scientific discovery.

Philip S. Skell, "Why Do We Invoke Darwin," The Scientist 19, #4 (Aug 2005)
This is quoted in "A Meaningful World", by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, which I am getting on well with, and I will comment on at some stage in the future.