Mary Midgley’s publisher Routledge calls her a fighter of “scientific pretension” – but what remains with the reader is her passion for science’s defamation.
Observe two of her statements: “Genes cannot be selfish or unselfish, any more than atoms can be jealous” and “Reason’s just another faith”. In many of her writings, she refers to scientists as “prophets”, science as an inclusive institution, or evolution as religion.
Many will know the typical antiscience mantras – cropping up like weeds in what should be a growth of knowledge and not its stifling. Creationists or anti-Darwinists play the victim-card, stating the scientific community ostracizes anyone who “dares” speak out against the “doctrine” of Darwinism. Of course, if they simply went to any … Read the rest