The Unleashing of Evolutionary Thought

The Unleashing of Evolutionary Thought

The Unleashing of Evolutionary Thought

The Unleashing of Evolutionary Thought

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This book is not concerned with what science has done or will do to change the material world in which we live. That kind of change is partly and more directly the child of technology; and, though science fathers technology, the endless issue of new goods and gadgets--from healing drug to atom bomb--is a task shared by both. The unshared task of science is to tell us what we are, and to answer questions man has always asked about the world of things he sees, hears and feels. Science has already provided the outlines of essential answers to these groups of basic questions. The answers have transformed the world of advanced--but effectively isolated--thought. If peoples, or any people, knew and shared this modern insight, an entirely new society--a genuinely modern society--would be brought into existence. It can be shown, however, that the entrenched and growing forces of organized religion, regrettably aided by some scientists and by temporal circumstance, now prevent all the earth's peoples from access to this society-transforming thought. At stake in this struggle is the kind or level of society that accords with what we now know about man and his world; and here all hinges on rejection of the supernatural by free and informed peoples. These pages provide their readers with the unhedged answers that science gives, and thereafter they examine the quite successful aims and tactics of those who want no people to know these unsugared answers. This book deals with prevalent, religion-based subversion of essential culturebuilding thought--with thought control on a scale otherwise unapproached in the history of man. The practical question that emerges from this discussion thus becomes: Can, or should, an advanced society tolerate the currently cumulative influences of existing organized religions?

This book is not primarily philosophy nor science nor a report on a social inquiry. It is nevertheless a blend of those three things--with sustained accent on the third. In general, it is an account of the cultural impasse in which available evolutionary insight, useful or necessary to social progress and racial survival, is made unavailable to society by contemporary organized re-

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