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[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 3. Evolution]

Full Idea

The overwhelming evidence is that the process of evolution, far from being intelligent and purposeful, is wasteful and cruel.

Gist of Idea

All the evidence says evolution is cruel and wasteful, not intelligent


Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate [2002], Ch.7)

Book Reference

Pinker,Steven: 'The Blank Slate' [Penguin 2003], p.130

A Reaction

This is why opponents should reject evolution totally, rather than compromise with it. Stick to a 6000-year-old world, fossils sent to test our faith, and species created in a flash (with no pain or waste).