The vicissitudes of historical struggle and the value of concrete details of sociocultural diversity are radically underdetermined by evolutionary adaptation. Just because a few folks on the left enamored of the latest fashions in scientistic reductionism have managed to shoehorn a comparatively more progressive outlook into the profound error of social Darwinist thinking -- Peter Singer's A Darwinian Left is a recent example, Kropotkin provided a classical example -- doesn't make the underlying error into a truth, doesn't make this mode of argument more useful in the longterm than defenses of progressive outcomes and lifeway diversity on terms pitched at the level of their actual stakes instead, and it also doesn't change the fact that these arguments and assumptions are far more often used for reactionary purposes (like justifying racist accounts of crime and poverty, like justifying sexist misallocations of science education funding, and so on) than progressive ones.
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Sunday, June 02, 2013
The Left Has No Need of Evodevo Crapola
Upgraded and adapted from an ongoing exchange in the Moot: