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christa wusinich's picture

Ummmm...

I think this reading begets a second reading for me...there is a lot to comtemplate.  For instance, Dennett (a person who is no doubt familiar with all the great thinkers of all the great ideas) gives Darwin the blue ribbon or gold medal for having "the single best idea anyone has ever had...In a single stroke, the idea of evolution by natural selection unifies the realm of life, meaning, and purpose with the realm of space and time, cause and effect, mechanism and physical law"(21).  

It is interesting how what always must have been becomes our modern ideas? I don't understand why Copernicus, Galilieo, Hume, and Darwin become dangerous with their ideas.  Perhaps, it the comfort zone from which I learn these things that inhibits me from seeing the danger.  The earth is no less stable for me because of any of these brilliant men.  Danger is no brains with guns not genius with pen, paper, and books.  

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