[Marxism] 46 percent of Americans think that the earth is less than 10, 000 years old

Michael Smith mjs at smithbowen.net
Fri Jun 1 13:19:05 MDT 2012


On Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:34:34 -0400
Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> A reminder that the revolution is not around the corner.
> 
> http://ncse.com/news/2012/06/latest-gallup-poll-evolution-007431

Dunno about that. Cromwell & Co did pretty well, though they 
were great Bible readers. 

Evolution (and 'science' generally; not to mention 'progress') 
are liberal fetishes, really, and have nothing to do with the 
revolutionary disposition. In fact I would argue that caring 
deeply about whether or not people believe in these idols of 
the caste is more reactionary than otherwise; it insists upon 
an acquiescence to expert opinion. Very middle-class, really. 

I'm always amused, in talking with people for whom belief
in evolution is a big totem, to discover how little they 
actually know about the subject, in most cases. Reference 
to the problematics of ideas like 'inclusive fitness' usually 
draw a very blank stare.

Evolution as taught in the high schools of this broad land
is a deeply vulgar doctrine -- so vulgar it makes vulgar 
Marxism look relatively refined. It leaves people with a few 
catch phrases -- like 'survival of the fittest', with its muffled 
implicit justification for meritocracy and its theodicy of 
'competition' -- and a vague belief that Nature labors under 
a need to optimize; that mammals represent an improvement on 
molluscs, and so on. It's a kind of secular religion, with rather 
clear political implications, and bears no resemblance whatsoever 
to the actual science of evolutionary biology, which like all 
good science abounds in quandaries, paradoxes, and perplexities 
in proportion to the immense value of its fundamental 
insights. 





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