Tuesday, 30 January 2007


Darwin gets the popular-culture credit for slaying the serpent, or at least for unsettling the grounds for belief in God. But if the Intelligent Design kerfuffle shows anything it's that Darwinism only needs to be bent a very little way out of shape for it to become not only compatible with, but actively supportive of, religious dogma. Wouldn't a better hero figure be the equally bearded John Venn? For much more corrosive of the metallic supports of religious belief is a proper understanding of frequency probability. Or to put it another way; if God does not play dice, and if it turns out that the cosmos does play dice, actually; then the only logical conclusion is ...

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