About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
On intelligent design, memetics, and the consilience of science and humanities
My essay on Intelligent Design essentially asks whether it is just a form of creationism. The answer, in my opinion, is yes, and I provide a hopefully clear example of why.
The piece about consilience (“the unity of knowledge”) is a partial criticism of the scientistic approach adopted, among others, by E.O. Wilson (not to be confused with David Sloan Wilson, who recently appeared as a guest on this blog, and who, in fact, co-authored an article on sociobiology with E.O. in the most recent issue of the Quarterly Review of Biology).
Finally, readers may be interested in a second look at my column on memetics (part of my “Dawkins trilogy”), since Susan Blackmore, of The Meme Machine fame, has issued a response, to which I counter-responded in Skeptical Inquirer. All in good fun.