How can you easily spot religion in science clothing? According to New Scientist book review editor Amanda Gefter, look for these code words:
- Scientific Materialism
- The invocation of Cartesian dualism
- Misguided interpretations of quantum physics (also a “New Age” giveaway)
- The terms “Darwinism” or “Darwinist” (scientists refer to “evolution” and “biologists”)
- Referring to natural selection as “blind”, “random” or an “undirected process”
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Writing on a NYT blog, Olivia Judson argues that we should abolish “Darwinism.” Here’s what she means: I’d like to abolish the insidious terms Darwinism, Darwinist and Darwinian. They suggest a false narrowness to the field of modern evolutionary biology, as though it was the brainchild of a single person 150 years ago, rather than [...]