Wednesday, 16 January 2019 🎃
What these folks don’t realize is that the notion of “evolution” necessarily implies progress or an unfolding towards some ultimate end or purpose — or even perhaps a state of “maturity”, for which all of everything else is merely a means to realize that end. But it is left ambiguous whether there is an intention behind it. And it is this thing, the matter of whether or not there is an intention driving the whole thing, which makes the notion of “evolution” a scientific term or a religious one.
For even if the progress or unfolding were towards something as innocuous and as abstract as the idea of “the good”, even then, the underlying presupposition is that the future instance is necessarily “better” than the past. This seems pretty obvious and harmless, but ordinary people fail to consider that this kind of presupposition is already laden with a value, and value implies a subject! (For whom something can be good or bad…) But who is the subject?! But if we try to answer this question, we often end with an answer like, “God”. And by that time, we are definitely within the territory of religion, rather than “science”!