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Monday, January 11, 2010

Ah, Naturalism...

So blissfully free of prejudice and contradiction!

Here's Robin Wright being interviewed by Tyler Cowen (my own transcript, not guaranteed accurate down to the 'um' level, hat tip to Murphy):

"The human mind is designed by natural selection to have a very narrow focus, to do a very narrow set of tasks that were related to getting genes into the next generation, and it's nothing like an objective view of the actual world, and unfortunately one of the things we're inclined to do is place our value judgments on almost everything we see... the judgment subordinate to our self-interest... you see a guy, he's a rival... and you start attributing all these negative qualities to him, it may turn into intolerance of his religion... they're just in your head, they're not the objective truth... although Buddhism as practiced in Asia has a lot more supernatural gobbledygook than Americans realize..."

Man, those durned religious folks! They believe what it is in their interest to believe (like natural selection designs things?!), they can't see that their view is nothing like an objective view of the world (such as seeing that, if this view of the human mind is true, it totally undermines the case for believing our scientific theories, since they, too, are just in our self interest and are nothing like an objective view of the world), and they wind up criticizing the other fellow's religion because he is a rival ("Buddhism as practiced in Asia has a lot more supernatural gobbledygook than Americans realize").

UPDATE: Oops, that's "Robert Wright."

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