The Philosophic Implications of Evolutionary Theory

Some people say that philosophy and science don’t mix. I beg to differ. If you have a theory it must correspond to reality, otherwise all you have is semantics without essence. A well-worded theory is nothing if it proves to be false.

Science involves just as much semantics as does philosophy. The thing is that philosophy is the one that is known for its word play, while science is looked at from a more material angle. As a result, the semantics of science is usually overlooked. But the truth remains that even a scientific theory is meaningless if it does not play out in the real world.

Science and philosophy do collide. Ethics is a prime example of this. We may be able to clone stuff, but should we? We may be able to engineer the DNA, but is it morally acceptable to do so? Even the highly scientific field of medicine has an ethical system and lines that are drawn which everyone knows should not be crossed. Every doctor takes the Hippocratic Oath.

But ethics isn’t the only field where science and philosophy collide. When dealing with evolutionary theory, the question of origin is being prodded. This is a question which philosophy also deals with. What is the origin of man, and what is his end?

Most importantly and most relevant to our discussions here is the question of ultimate meaning. If evolutionary theory is true, there is no ultimate meaning for life. Sure, an atheistic evolutionist may see meaning in their own life as they live it, but ultimately it amounts to nothing as they die, are quickly forgotten, and their body returns to dust.

The question is not whether I can live in a world without meaning, and I can’t so I’m going to make up something greater to believe in. That is not the question or the answer at all. The question is whether the philosophical implications of what evolutionary theory proposes corresponds with reality. The question is the same as the question of the scientific theory itself: Is it true? Does the real world line up with what the theory postulates.

So no, I’m not going to make up something to believe in because I firmly believe life has meaning. I am going to find out what the meaning is and Whom it comes from, because it is true and right and real. The truth is evolutionary theory has as many scientific questions to answer as it does philosophical questions. And I’m convinced that both areas are completely bankrupt.


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