Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Evolution and meaning

Still thinking about our class discussion in A&P yesterday. Julian Baggini, whose little book Atheism  is really first-rate, nonetheless claims at one point that  “Evolution doesn’t provide life with any meaning either.” I've quarreled with that claim in the past. 

And in addition to yesterday's comment, I'd just add that the last sentences of Origin of Species simply drip with naturalistic meaning.
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. Charles Darwin
So let's all open our hymnals... 

Darwin Day is coming!

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