Monday, February 28, 2011
Natural Selection Will Destroy Us
This is in fact a truism, and in a certain sense, who cares? There is no “us” from a Darwinian point of view, only unicities that I call strange strangers. Remember, The Origin of Species has a punchline: there are no species, and they have no origin!
Nevertheless, this piece in New Scientist is worth thinking with. It's an interview with Christian de Duve, professor emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium and Rockefeller University, New York. Of course, this means that he's a teleologist and that for him, our genetic traits are “original sin.” Lamenting or celebrating our eventual or imminent doom is also a form of teleological thinking (sorry transhumanists).