August 23, 2008

Quotes of Whoa #5: Evolution of Mind

"[I]f history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. Acceptance of the supernatural conveyed a great advantage throughout prehistory, when the brain was evolving. Thus it is in sharp contrast to biology, which was developed as a product of the modern age and is not underwritten by genetic algorithms. The uncomfortable truth is that the two beliefs are not factually compatible. As a result those who hunger for both intellectual and religious truth will never acquire both in full measure."
-- Edward O. Wilson, 'Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge' (1998), p. 262.

1 comment:

  1. this is an old blog.... shoutout from october 20, 2012 @ 7:54 pm!!!!!