Darwinian Fairytales

Huxley says that there is, after all, still a little bit of Darwinian struggle for life in Britain around 1890. ... He actually writes that, since “the reign of Elizabeth . . . , the struggle for 8 Darwinian Fairytales.


Author: David Stove

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781594033018

Category: Philosophy

Page: 345

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Whatever your opinion of ‘Intelligent Design,’ you’ll find Stove’s criticism of what he calls ‘Darwinism’ difficult to stop reading. Stove’s blistering attack on Richard Dawkins’ ‘selfish genes’ and ‘memes’ is unparalleled and unrelenting. A discussion of spiders who mimic bird droppings is alone worth the price of the book. Darwinian Fairytales should be read and pondered by anyone interested in sociobiology, the origin of altruism, and the awesome process of evolution. --Martin Gardner, author of Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience

Darwinian Fairytales

It is the one book to read if you want to understand the issues behind the most hotly debated scientific controversy of our time. -- from back cover.


Author: David Stove


ISBN: 1594032009

Category: Science

Page: 345

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What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? In this book renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumours of its death are seriously exaggerated. He shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge, and rebuts the fashionable sarcasm which sees it as nothing more than the useless legacy of 'dead white European males'. He is robust in defence of traditional architecture and figurative painting, critical of the fashionable relativists and urgent in his plea for our civilization, which more than ever stands in need of the self-knowledge and self-confidence that are the gift of serious culture.

Evolution in the Antipodes Charles Darwin and Australia

David Stove, Darwinian Fairytales, Avebury Press, Aldershot, 1995. ... Darwin and Huxley in Australia, and Alan Moorhead, Darwin and the Beagle, both dwell on the alleged long-running debate between science and religion in Victorian ...


Author: Tom Frame

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9781742240398

Category: Australia


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Instilling Ethics

Darwin, Descent of Man, 1, 405; see also 101: “the virtue [of humanity], one of the noblest with which man is endowed, seems to arise incidentally from our sympathies becoming more tender and more ... Stove, Darwinian Fairytales, 104ff.


Author: Norma Thompson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847697458

Category: Philosophy

Page: 239

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Instilling Ethics casts a fresh light on both the historical sources and the contemporary issues of a major preoccupation of our time: ethics. Norma Thompson has compiled essays from prominent scholars in a wide-range of disciplines to address the problems, pretensions, and positive potentialities of ethical practices today. Instilling Ethics offers a new way of connecting today's ethics to the great ethical sources of the past—classical, medieval, and early modern—and presents a wise and witty critique of the current practice of 'professional ethics.'

Charles Darwin

Stott, Rebecca, Darwin and the Barnacle, London: Faber & Faber, 2003 Stove, David, Darwinian Fairytales, Aldershot: Avebury, 1995 Tattersall, Ian, The Human Odyssey: Four Million Years of Human Evolution, New York: Prentice-Hall, ...


Author: A N Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444794892

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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'Hugely enjoyable' - Spectator 'A lucid, elegantly written and thought-provoking social and intellectual history' - Evening Standard 'As a historian trying to put Darwin in the context of his time, there is surely no better biographer than Wilson' - The Times 'A work of scholarship that is hard to put down' - Deborah Cadbury Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers? In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin. Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything. But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.

Against the Idols of the Age

An Australian friend to whom I mentioned my enthusiasm recommended Darwinian Fairytales, Stove's posthumously published attack on certain aspects of Darwinian theory, especially as applied to human beings.” Although it is dangerous to ...


Author: David Stove

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351533386

Category: Philosophy

Page: 347

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Little known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philo-sophical essayists of the postwar era. A fearless at-tacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Dar-winian theories of human behavior, and philosophi-cal idealism. He was also an occasional essayist of considerable charm and polemical snap. Stove's writ-ing is both rigorous and immensely readable. It is, in the words of Roger Kimball, "an invigorating blend of analytic lucidity, mordant humor, and an amount of common sense too great to be called 'common.'" Against the Idols of the Age brings together a repre-sentative selection of Stove's writing and is an ideal introduction to his work.The book opens with some of Stove's most impor-tant attacks on irrationalism in the philosophy of sci-ence. He exposes the roots of this fashionable attitude, tracing it through writers like Paul Feyerabend andThomas Kuhn to Karl Popper. Stove was a born controversialist, so it is not surpris-ing that when he turned his attention to contemporary affairs he said things that are politically incorrect. The topical essays that make up the second part of the book show Stove at his most withering and combative. Whether the subject is race, femi-nism, the Enlightenment, or the demand for "non-coercive philosophy," Stove is on the mark with a battery of impressive arguments expressed in sharp, uncompromis-ing prose. Against the Idols of the Age concludes with a generous sampling of his blistering attacks on Darwinism.David Stove's writings are an undiscovered treasure. Although readers may dis-agree with some of his opinions, they will find it difficult to dismiss his razor-sharp arguments. Against the Idols of the Age is the first book to make the full range of this important thinker available to the general reader.

Apologetical Aesthetics

Darwin, Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, : . . Paley, Natural eology, – . . Darwin, On the Origin of Species, . . Darwin, On the Origin of Species, – . ... Rose and Rose, Alas, Poor Darwin; Stove, Darwinian Fairytales.


Author: Mark Coppenger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666715101

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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Apart from the work of God in creation, it's notoriously difficult to explain the presence of beauty in the world and man's appreciation for it. Indeed, the aesthetic realm (with its array of phenomena which engage the senses, the mind, and the heart) not only suits the biblical account of the universe, but also points toward it. In making this case, sixteen writers address the shortcomings of naturalistic narratives, the virtues of theistic accounts (particularly those grounded in Christ), and the manner in which the various arts resonate with Scripture. Along the way, readers will encounter the peacock's tail and Farnsworth House; a Schubert piano sonata and "chopsticks"; Kintsugi and Kitsch; Hugh of St. Victor and Hans Urs von Balthasar; Kandinsky and Eisenstein; the Lydian and Phrygian modes; eucatastrophe and liminal space; McDonald's and Don Quixote; Smeagol and the Blobfish; Stockhausen and Begbie; Adorno and Kinkade; Mount Auburn Cemetery and Narnia; Fujimura and Schopenhauer.

On Enlightenment

about Darwinian Fairytales (1995), Stove's posthumously published attack on Darwinism. Among educated persons today, any suggestion that aspects of Darwinian theory are suspect is instantly met with contempt, pity, derision—anything but ...


Author: David Stove

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351502238

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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The idea of enlightenment entails liberty, equality, rationalism, secularism, and the connection between knowledge and well being. In spite of the setbacks of revolutionary violence, mass murder, and two world wars, the spread of enlightenment values is still the yardstick by which moral, political, and scientific advances are measured. In On Enlightenment, David Stove attacks the roots of enlightenment thought to define its successes, limitations, and areas of likely failures. Stove champions the use of reason and recognizes the falsity of religious claims as well as the importance of individual liberty. He rejects the enlightenment's uncritical optimism regarding social progress and its willingness to embrace revolutionary change. What evidence is there that the elimination of superstition will lead to happiness? Or that it is possible to accept Darwinism without Social Darwinism? Or that the enlightenment's liberal, rationalistic outlook will lead to the social progress envisioned by its advocates? Despite best intentions, says Stove, social reformers who attempt to improve the world inevitably make things worse. He advocates a conservative approach to change, pointing out that social structures are so large and complex that any widespread social reform will have innumerable unforeseen consequences. Writing in the tradition of Edmund Burke with the same passion for clarity and intellectual honesty as George Orwell, David Stove was one of the most articulate and insightful philosophers of his day.

What s Wrong with Benevolence

Darwinian Fairytales. Edited by James Franklin. Aldershot, UK: Avebury / Ashgate Publishing, 1 9 9 5 . CONTENTS Acknowledgements Preface I . Qm-Pwkx) \] IO. II. Darwinism's Dilemma . Where Darwin First Went Wrong about Man .


Author: David Charles Stove

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781594035234

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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Is benevolence a virtue? In many cases it appears to be so. But when it comes to the "enlarged benevolence" of the Enlightenment, David Stove argues that the answer is clearly no. In this insightful, provocative essay, Stove builds a case for the claim that when benevolence is universal, disinterested and external, it regularly leads to the forced redistribution of wealth, which in turn leads to decreased economic incentives, lower rates of productivity, and increased poverty. As Stove points out, there is an air of paradox in saying that benevolence may be a cause of poverty. But there shouldn't be. Good intentions alone are never sufficient to guarantee the success of one's endeavors. Utopian schemes to reorganize the world have regularly ended in failure. Easily the most important example of this phenomenon is twentieth-century communism. As Stove reminds us, the attractiveness of communism--the "emotional fuel" of communist revolutionaries for over a hundred years--has always been "exactly the same as the emotional fuel of every other utopianism: the passionate desire to alleviate or abolish misery." Yet communism was such a monumental failure that millions of people today are still suffering its consequences. In this most prescient of essays, Stove warns contemporary readers just how seductive universal political benevolence can be. He also shows how the failure to understand the connection between benevolence and communism has led to many of the greatest social miseries of our age.

Is the Bible Divinely Inspired Special Edition

Darwinian Fairytales. New York: Encounter Books, 1995. (from essay 11) 16. Hodge, Bodie. “Why Don't We Find Human & Dinosaur Fossils Together?” The New Answers Book (Volume 1). Green Forest, Arkansas: Masterbooks, 2006.


Author: Richie Cooley

Publisher: Richie Cooley

ISBN: 9781291710632

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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This book seeks to prove the Bible through science, studies on Messianic prophecies, and by examining divine patterns in the Word and in nature. It has been newly revised in 2019.