Karl Popper never really retracted his skeptical view of Darwinism
|July 17, 2011||Posted by News under Darwinism, Science, Culture|
According to John Horgan, who hates ID types:
In A Dubitable Darwin? Why Some Smart, Nonreligious People Doubt the Theory of Evolution, John Horgan writes (Jul 6, 2010),
The philosopher Daniel Dennett once called the theory of evolution by natural selection “the single best idea anyone has ever had.” I’m inclined to agree. But Darwinism sticks in the craw of some really smart people I don’t mean intelligent-designers (aka IDiots) and other religious ignorami but knowledgeable scientists and scholars.
Horgan goes on to trash knowledgeable scientists and scholars, then notes
Early in his career, the philosopher Karl Popper (yes, cited by F and P-P) called evolution via natural selection “almost a tautology” and “not a testable scientific theory but a metaphysical research program.” Attacked for these criticisms, Popper took them back. But when I interviewed him in 1992, he blurted out that he still found Darwin’s theory dissatisfying”One ought to look for alternatives!” Popper exclaimed, banging his kitchen table.
Time to say it: Popper was a great thinker who lacked the courage of his convictions. He needed reverence more than he needed fact.