Sunday, November 14, 2010

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If I were to give an award for the single best idea anyone has ever had, I'd give it to Darwin, ahead of Newton and Einstein. And everyone else. In a single stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the realm of life, meaning, and purpose with the realm of space and time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law. But it is not just a wonderful scientific idea. It is a dangerous idea.

If you want to reason about faith, and offer a reasoned (and reason-responsive) defense of faith as an extra category of belief worthy of special consideration, I'm eager to participate. I certainly grant the existence of the phenomenon of faith; what I want to see is a reasoned ground for taking faith as a way of getting to the truth, and not, say, just as a way people comfort themselves and each other (a worthy function that I do take seriously). But you must not expect me to go along with your defense of faith as a path to truth if at any point you appeal to the very dispensation you are supposedly trying to justify. Before you appeal to faith when reason has you backed into a corner, think about whether you really want to abandon reason when reason is on your side.

- Daniel Dennett in 'Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

1 comment:

Balu said...

Dan Dennett is a man, who presents philosophy like science while currently scientists have started talking like philosophers. “Consciousness Explained” is a must read, this man has knowledge of science (bio-phy-chem), sociology, literature, Music and computer science too. With all these, what he talks is philosophy. It’s a wonderful cocktail of knowledge that gets me high.