D.S. Wilson is on a quest to ‘rescue’ Social Darwinism and restore the term to respectability. Although this is now old news, I still think it is worth taking some time to discuss the implications and potential unintended consequences of this agenda.
So another month, another Centre for Inquiry event and another series of four reviews on the talks provided.
This time the theme for the four lectures was ‘Science and Religion‘- a topic close to my heart, and the speakers were Dr. Jack Cohen– a reproductive biologist, Simon Singh– a popular science writer (and the defendant in an important upcoming courtcase), Stephen Law– a philosopher and provost of the London Centre for Inquiry and Dr. Raj Persaud– a psychiatrist who frequently appears on TV (and has recently been embroiled in some scandal). Baroness Mary Warnock an influential philosopher pulled out at the last minute so unfortunately her talk on ‘religion as humanism’ was missing, which was a shame as it sounded interesting.
This post will be covering the talk of the first speaker Professor Jack Cohen titled ‘The Evidence for Evolution’.
I’m about 10 days late here but I felt the following fiasco deserved a mention even if it was a little delayed. In an interview with a Canadian newspaper, the ‘Globe and Mail’, Gary Goodyear- the Canadian science minister- replied to a question about his views on evolution with:
I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.