Saturday, January 12, 2008

Oblivious to Darwin

The odd thing about Norman Geras's careful discussion of the relationship between religion and goodness is that he seems unaware of the explanations offered by evolutionary biology.

UPDATE: Second link fixed

3 comments:

dearieme said...

Let us hope that he's not one of those Lefties who mock those Americans who don't believe in Evolution, while themselves trying to censor any part of biology that yields results they don't like.

tolkein said...

And what might those explanations be, pray?

Peter Risdon said...

Sorry - I pasted the same link in twice above. Now fixed.

It should have pointed to Matt Ridley's book The Origins of Virtue at Amazon. It's simple enough to show that behavioural traits we characterise as good or virtuous can confer competitive advantage.