Shapin observes that some of Darwin's admirers say that Darwin's theory of evolution "explains everything" in biology. Shapin comments, "That is, however, a step too far for some otherwise sympathetic scientists. As the geneticist Steve Jones put it, Darwin Year has encouraged ‘vulgar Darwinists’ in their already souped up tendency misleadingly to treat evolutionary biology as ‘a universal solvent that can sort out the most recalcitrant problems of society, consciousness, politics, literature and more’."
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Richard Dawkins: Darwin's Rottweiler
"If T.H. Huxley was ‘Darwin’s bulldog’, the Oxford emeritus professor for the public understanding of science, Richard Dawkins, has been called his unmuzzled rottweiler..." (Steven Shapin, The Darwin Show London Review of Books (Jan. 7, 2010).)