TOKENS SHOW DISPATCH
New on the Tokens Podcast:
Does evolutionary theory destroy morality? Or might it give us, instead, some clues about the nature of human flourishing. Dr. Justin Barrett contends that evolutionary psychology might help us make sense of some of the challenges we face as humans, as well as provide clues toward fruitful practices of sociability, community, and love.
Does evolutionary theory destroy morality? It’s commonly asserted that if evolutionary theory be true, that substantive notions of morality are thrown out the door. If Darwin were right, then there is no notion of purpose; and if no notion of purpose, then there can be no notion of right and wrong, good and evil.
But what if this is another classic false dichotomy? Could it be that evolutionary theory might give us clues to what it means to flourish as a species, what it means to live well?
Dr. Justin Barrett contends just that: that evolutionary psychology might help us make sense of some of the challenges we face as humans, as well as provide clues toward fruitful practices of sociability, community, and love.
To him, evolutionary theory doesn’t reduce the human experience to meaninglessness. Instead, it posits new ways of understanding our humanity, new vistas by which we can observe our lives and make sense of why, as he puts it, “we seem like we're a mismatch for the world we live in.”
Stimulating wisdom from a field in which many people of faith dare not look.
Plus, lots of talk about donuts.