Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wishful thinking is simply not science

Published 21/02/2011 | 08:07

Kevin Myers points out (Irish Independent, February 18) the remarkable adaptability of the brain and its ability to recover from injury. He is incredulous that this could have come about by purely natural means.

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Surely "someone, or something, must have planned for a rainy day or two". But, he says, merely to suggest a guiding hand over evolution offends "the dogmatic power of the secular religion of natural selection".

Strangely, he doesn't mention all the cases where our genes fail us. If Mr Myers can suggest a reliable way of detecting supernatural intervention, he really should let us know.

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