Thursday, January 03, 2008

From the Fall 2007 Issue of The New Atlantis

GHOSTS IN THE EVOLUTIONARY MACHINERY
by Steve Talbott
Some biologists believe they can learn fundamental truths about life by creating computerized models that supposedly “compete for resources” and even “evolve.” But what kind of lessons about living things can we really learn from these abstractions, disembodied as they are and devoid of all context? Steve Talbott considers the limitations of digital organisms.

THE EVANGELICAL ECOLOGIST
by S. M. Hutchens
In his book The Creation, E. O. Wilson attempts to persuade evangelical Christians that they have a religious obligation to preserve the diversity of life on Earth. But, as S. M. Hutchens points out, Wilson downplays the fundamental differences between the Christian understanding of the natural world and that of the Earth-worshipping environmentalists.

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