Today Darwin, Tomorrow Newton
Recently the conservative author and provocateur, Ann Coulter, advanced another embarrassingly silly notion. No, I’m not talking about her statements on the so-called “9/11 widows.” That’s minor. She’s obsessed with Darwin, who she sees as a source of a satanic secular religion.
Let’s review history.
There is indeed a materialist/relativist philosophy on the left but it doesn’t originate with
Material reductionism isn’t the dominate viewpoint in the history of secular philosophy. Neither Plato nor Aristotle subscribed to this viewpoint. Indeed, they explicitly rejected the materialist/mechanical/reductionist viewpoint of their contemporary, Democritus. Both Plato and Aristotle saw man as volitional and life as purposeful.
The left dominates junk-science. Michael Fumento is one crusading journalist who exposes such nonsense. Robert Bidinotto, also, does good work in this arena. An excellent source for scientific rebuttals to junk science is the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Consider, for example, the Rachel Carson-inspired ban on DDT. It had led to the deaths of millions in
Coulter, unfortunately, is only creating new right-wing junk science to compete with the decades of leftist nonsense. Unfortunately, some hallowed journals on the right agree with Coulter. For conservatives, this should be an embarrassment.