Living organisms "appear to have been carefully and artfully designed."p114-125.
"Billions and Billions of Demons"
"Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated.
Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. The eminent Kant scholar Lewis Beck used to say that anyone who could believe in God could believe in anything. To appeal to an omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be ruptured, that miracles may happen. "
This quote was in Lewontin's review of Carl Sagan's last book.
John Lennox makes an interesting observation about this quote on p35 of his "God's Undertaker".
A further quote from Lewontin's review: "The primary problem is not to provide the public with the knowledge of how far it is to the nearest star and what genes are made of .. Rather, the problem is to get them to reject irrational and supernatural explanations of the world, the demons that exist only in their imaginations, and to accept a social and intellectual apparatus, Science, as the only begetter of truth."
Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA
"Darwin's whole theory of evolution by natural selection bears and uncanny resemblance to the political economy of early capitalism as developed by the Scottish economists. Darwin had some knowledge of the economic survival of the fittest because he earned his living from investment in shares he followed daily in the newspapers. What Darwin did was take early nineteenth century political economy and expand it to include all of natural economy." p10
This is cited by Bethell in his "Darwin's House of Cards", p64 comments that Lewontin as well as Gould had Marxist leanings and were critical of natural selection because it resembled capitalism.
Testing the Theory of Natural Selection
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