Friday, March 7, 2008

The Drab, Euclidean Underpinnings of Atheist Thought

Richard Dawkins writes: "Intelligent, creative, complex, statistically improbable things come late into the universe, as the product of evolution or some other process of gradual escalation from simple beginnings. They come late into the universe and therefore cannot be responsible for designing it."

Two problems:

1. Why say that anyOne went to the trouble of "designing it"? Replace this Attic notion of agency with a more cybernetic, self-organizing framework and all watchmaker quibbles evaporate.

2. Who says complexity must arise from complexity? Here the venerable don sounds like a creationist! Kali's secret name is z2 + c.


  1. Hey, i'm so glad to see you're still around! (Been reading your Kali stuff on b'berry for days til i could get back to my laptop aka PowerGirl.) Loved the analogy between Hemingway & Burroughs/Butler & hopes one gets past craving academic respectability.
    Your fellow Kali worshipper & Daly reader, Angela Bocage

  2. Hey, Angela--thank you so much for reading! And thank you for your kind words... my job has got to the point that "respectability" seems forever beyond reach...I'd just be happy to get 75% of my work done! (But where's the fun in that???)