Alternative to Darwinism and Creationism Based on Free Will
By Shaun Johnston
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Published: Sep. 30, 2011
Words: 14,700 (approximate)
Voyaging to a world where people really do have free will we encounter a theory of evolution that supports traditional thinking about the self. Who should care? Anyone whose work affects the opinions others have of themselves. And the humanities generally, under threat from encroachment on their turf by the sciences, all of whose specialties depend on traditional notions of free will.
Do we have free will? Answering this question using logic drives us into paradox. Instead, the author takes us to a world where people know they really do have free will. As a result their science takes a different direction, leading them to an evolutionary theory totally different from ours. In this theory, is there intelligent design? Yes. Is it the work of a supernatural agent? No. Instead, through an audacious surmise, the author arrives at a theory of evolution close to common sense, that supports traditional thinking about the self. Who should care? Anyone whose work affects the opinions others have of themselves. And the humanities generally, under threat from encroachment on their turf by the sciences, all of whose specialties depend on traditional notions of free will. This ingenious story can serve as a model for how the balance between the arts and sciences can be reset.
, free will
, intelligent design
, human nature
, human evolution
, evolutionary theory
, science education
, modern synthesis
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