Wednesday, June 2, 2010

152 / Winners

I just got through reading Daniel Dennett's book, Freedom Evolves, which is a "Darwinian" exploration of the question whether or not human beings have "free will." Dennett concludes that we do. Here's the quote I liked best (maybe it's off the point about free will, but it's right on point with respect to Darwinism):
"Most, 90 percent and more, of all the organisms that have ever lived have died without viable offspring, but not a single one of your ancestors, going back to the dawn of life on Earth, suffered that normal misfortune. You spring from an unbroken line of winners, going back billions of generations ..."

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