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A Yuletide Darwinist Regurgitation

Judging by this New Humanist advertisement for “Nine lessons and carols for godless people,” Richard  (“Greatest Show on Earth“) Dawkins — joined by his neo-Comtean co-religionists — is continuing to rake in loot by simply regurgitating Darwin.

It turns out, according to a BMJ article reported in the LA Times, poor Darwin often regurgitated himself. “Cyclical vomiting syndrome,” they call it now. Symptoms include “nausea, vomiting, intermittent abdominal pain, weakness and lethargy, headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, ‘inordinate flatulence’ and diarrhea.” Visit the Hammersmith Apollo December 20 and you’ll definitely get a taste of it. 

Like Mark, I’m not sure what constitutes self-promotion here, but if I can promote Dawkins and his circuslike Darwin fetish, then surely I may also promote this useful essay: Darwinian Tensions. It’s long, it will not give unmerited comfort to Biblical literalists, but it’s worth every minute — or your money back. The piece is by Anthony O’Hear, of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and part of a slightly ironic renovation project we’re starting on the old Fortnightly Review, once a positivist flag-waver.

Denis BoylesDennis Boyles is a writer, editor, former university lecturer, and the author/editor of several books of poetry, travel, history, criticism, and practical advice, including Superior, Nebraska (2008), Design Poetics (1975), ...

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