Nicene Truth - January 15, 2009
Jay: Phillip, it is an honor to have you. I’ve been a reader of your works at the popular Conspiracy Archive for a few years now. As I’ve remarked to others, The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship is probably the best overall critique I’ve read on the subject of Darwinism and the epistemic cartel of scientism. Having read several critiques of Darwinian orthodoxy and having heard several lectures, it occurred to me that no one else has really caught on to and analyzed the occult aspects of this scientific dogma as you and Paul have. What keyed you in to this brilliant insight?
Phillip: Thank you so much, Jay! In my studies of Darwinism, I have found two particular types of critiques: the scientific critique and the philosophical critique. Both are equally valid, although, as a student of philosophy, I have focused a majority of my studies on the latter. Still, as far as I could tell, there was one vantage point from which Darwinism had yet to be critiqued: the sociology of scientific knowledge.
I first became aware of this vantage point during my studies of Thomas Kuhn and Charles Fort. Essentially, the sociology of scientific knowledge considers the social influences on science. Scientific paradigms are not formulated in a vacuum. Many sociological considerations are factored into a scientist’s observations. Such was the case with Darwinism, as is evidenced by the following excerpt from a biography of Charles Darwin written by Adrian Desmond and James Moore:
“Social Darwinism is often taken to be something extraneous, an ugly concretion added to the pure Darwinian corpus after the event, tarnishing Darwin’s image. But his notebooks make plain that competition, free trade, imperialism, racial extermination, and sexual inequality were written into the equation from the start–’Darwinism’ was always intended to explain human society.”
As is evidenced by the contents of his notebooks, Darwin already harbored a specific Weltanschauung that he was seeking to scientifically dignify. Of equal interest are those parties that seem to have shaped Darwin’s Weltanschauung. Darwin was surrounded by several questionable ideologues, many of which would help to popularize evolutionary theory after the release of The Origin of Man.