Having mocked the idea of evolution as a social construct and the idea that the evolution-creation war is nothing more than a “social power struggle for control of biology departments and curricula“, I feel the need to point to a more balanced treatment of the idea. Over the last several weeks John Pieret has been discussing Neal C. Gillespie’s Charles Darwin and the Problem of Creation. He began with a discussion of Gillespie’s use of the term episteme to describe something similar to, but not quite the same as a Kuhnian paradigm. Reading what John had to say gives you a far more nuanced understanding of what Fuller (and other SSKs) may be trying to say – and perhaps, a better understanding of why it’s nonsense. (Even if you don’t care about Fuller, John’s series is still worth a read).
Posted on November 18, 2007 by Ian Ramjohn