Go Back   Christian Guitar Forum > Deeper Issues > Academics
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 03-06-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
and you were wondering??
Dr. Thrunk's Avatar

Joined: Aug 2004
Location: In the bedrock of Being.
Posts: 15,676
Science, Genes, Pop culture

I decided to put this in here because it deals partially with cultural critique (which philosophers often do), science, and metaphors and representations. It is a bit of a mish-mash of a topic.

Recently while reading some material by David Bentley Hart I realized the depth of ineptitude apparent in the metaphorical representations of the evolutionary potential of genes by popular scientific media. Most explicitly Dawkins' talk of the "selfish gene" wherein the non-human entity is attributed certain human characteristics, such as selfishness. Genes are the controllers of humanity, and thus something else is driving evolution, it seems. DBH's contention is that it is the other way around; genes propagate precisely because entities provide the medium for them to flourish and humans, at least, do so with intentionality. This is an oversimplification.

Nonetheless, I noticed how strange more popular media presents evolution and now it is becoming an annoyance because it seems to me that it just misrepresents the whole thing. While watching Futurama there is a portion of one of the shows that has all of the characters as different animals on the Galapagos Islands. Fry is a finch. Later on in the show it presents his great great grandchild, Fry, an other finch. This other finch is different in that it's beak is curved ever so slightly so that it can get at a certain type of food much more easily. While the show is silly the dialogue attributes the change to the agency of evolution. Evolution is not an agent of will, but of mutation, whereby certain characteristic dominate because those that hold the trait are able to survive better than those without the trait.

But, in popular discourse this nuance is gone. You don't have to watch a silly cartoon. It is etched in even educated people's understanding of evolution because it seems to me that science is fast becoming the new gap explanation, a sort of magical way of explaining something. Largely devoid of content.

Just rambling.

Hello! Come visit my blog! http://taylormweaver.wordpress.com/

Yes... I am the official "Knight Who Will Write Something On Derrida".
Bask in the wonderful glory.

"outside of a dog a book is a man's best friend... inside a dog it is too dark to read."
-groucho marx

Originally Posted by Demon_Hunter View Post
Taylor, you just got drive-by theologied.
Dr. Thrunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 03-07-2014, 08:41 AM   #2
Registered User

Joined: May 2008
Posts: 3,026
Thrash, sounds like you have a problem with superstition.

My prescription: Take two sciences and call me in the morning.
I'm gone.
athanatos is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:07 PM.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2