The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
by Jonathan Wells

I thought this book was excellent until “Chapter 14, Darwinism and Conservatives.” I was willing to take his word for all the science stuff until I read the misrepresentations and faulty logic in this one chapter that deals with things I know something about. He tries to make the case that Darwinism leads to authoritarian government, and Intelligent Design leads to limited government. I know from personal experience as well as logic and history that he is wrong about this. I have held the same anti-state political philosophy all my life even though I believed in Darwinism until a few years ago. Wells even disproves his own argument by noting that three of the early champions of Darwinism: Herbert Spencer, T. H. Huxley, and William Graham Sumner, were classical liberals. There is no necessary connection between Darwinism and any particular political philosophy.

Wells also levels some unwarranted charges against sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. These sciences assume microevolution, but, whether they realize it or not, they do not depend on macroevolution. So these sciences are legitimate, even though Wells is correct that their practitioners often reach unwarranted conclusions. Wells also charges that Darwinism and sociobiology are admittedly amoral. This is not true. In fact, both Darwin and Edmond Wilson, who founded sociobiology, use evolution to explain why man is a moral animal.

Year Read: 2006

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