Entertaining theories about human intelligence – “wired to persuade”
|May 30, 2012||Posted by News under Human evolution, Mind, News|
From “The Wonder and Blunder in Your Skull” (Creation-Evolution Headlines, May 29, 2012), we learn about quite a variety of dubious theories that cause human intelligence, including this one from New Scientist,
… Dan Jones … in New Scientist argued that evolution wired our brains to argue. Indeed, contra Sir Robin Murray, he believed he could understand the brain. Darwin showed him how. In “The argumentative ape: Why we’re wired to persuade,” Jones tried to persuade readers that evolution wired us to engage in several logical fallacies, including confirmation bias. “We’re all guilty of flawed thinking because our brains evolved to win others round to our point of view – whether or not our reasoning is logical,” he argued persuasively, using game theory and other methods to show how our brains “evolved to” do this or that deceptive thing.
Jones was sure he was not guilty himself, even if he didn’t take time to explain how he himself got outside of evolution to look back at the rest of humanity from an unguided process that produced a “flawed instrument” geared to “dupe others” rather than to recognize logic, reason, and truth – let alone qualia.
Well, Jones’ theory probably justifies believing in Darwinism despite the evidence.
Exercise: Prove that Dan Jones is not manipulating you but is logically speaking truth by using reason. Use only Darwinian presuppositions. (Warning: this is an exercise in futility.)