The Blind Watchmaker, by Richard Dawkins

An amazing review on Dawkins’ book – and his extension those interested who might be confronted with meticulous reasoning, leavened by inspiring riffs upon metaphor which has always been his brand. The book sets out to prove that the existence of all known biological structures and behaviours using the scientific method starting with basic physical laws and principles in totting up random mutation and natural selection… specially that the explanation does not require exclusive design…

“The basic idea of The Blind Watchmaker is that we don’t need to postulate a designer in order to understand life, or anything else in the universe.” (p. 147)

Philo on Books

The Blind Watchmaker

The Blind Watchmaker is a book about evolution, but not as much about the evolution/creationism conflict as one might expect. I kind of like that. I’ve read quite a few articles and books by scientists directly debating and debunking creationism, and absolutely there’s a place for that, but what’s pleasing about this book by Dawkins is that it’s more of a positive explanation and defense and appreciation of evolution, than an attack on creationism. It’s a celebration of science rather than an attack on anti-science.

Creationism is addressed explicitly here and there in passing, and of course much of what’s said in favor of evolution implicitly counters creationism, but the refutation of creationism is mostly a byproduct of the discussion of evolution, not its primary purpose. (Just as he implicitly and explicitly distinguishes his position from Lamarckism, certain interpretations of punctuated equilibrium, and other positions in the course of his…

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The Philosophy of Being Yourself

The Guardian published an interview with a nurse who worked with dying patients, and the thing people regretted the most on their deathbed was not having the courage to live life according to their own will. Many experienced that they had lived according to their environment’s expectations rather than how they themselves wanted. Thus, what they regretted is not exercising their own freedom.

Angry Foreigner

There’s people who say: “You can get away with saying certain things because you’re an immigrant.” Nonsense. There are individuals who sincerely believe that Im a nazi, and there have been for a long time even before I started making videos. I get called “racist” as easily as a white Swede, because I look and speak like a Swede and therefore I get treated like a Swede.

But even if you don’t look Swedish you can still be called racist. “Housenigger” or “Uncle Tom” is pretty common in Sweden if you’re an immigrant and only slightly to the right politically. Everybody catches shit when they speak their mind. The point is not to walk on eggshells your entire life and do your best to avoid ugly labels. The point is relating to other peoples words in a constructive manner.

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First of all, other peoples words will only have as much…

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Thought of the week

An eerie thought came up when I realised someone actually envied me – although I have nothing special to create the slightest insinuation for a jealousy fit…

Harmful-ideas

Harmful ideas made up by those full of envy of success destroy amity, and every minute you remain irritated, you give up your very own serenity.

Nelly