Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bethell about Eric Hoffer

Eric Hoffer's Skepticism About Darwinism appears at Evolution News and Views. From the article:

He had written that "when God died in the middle of the 19th century there was immediately set in motion a process which tended to reverse the separation of nature and human nature." Darwinism, and the intellectual currents of his day, "aimed to reduce human nature to nature." Biologically, man was now seen as nothing more than "a superior monkey." Politically, he was an automaton who could be manipulated by a Mao or a Stalin.

Hoffer's refusal to join the parade of thinkers who accepted that man was little more than a boastful ape was perhaps his finest hour as a philosopher. It showed him at his most independent. And his perception of the unique qualities of man encouraged him to ponder man's Creator.

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