Friday, 24 August 2012

Well-Known Atheist Philosopher Doubts Darwinism

Professor Thomas Nagel is a Darwin-doubter. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Charles Darwin’s views are becoming increasingly unpopular and outdated. Two years ago, professors Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini took a pot-shot at the role of natural selection in evolution.

Now, philosophy professor Thomas Nagel goes a step further. The subtitle of his new book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False (Oxford University Press, 2012) already says something about his approach.

Nagel says that materialism is incapable of explaining consciousness, for instance.

Thomas Nagel, who is professor of philosophy and law at New York University, is an atheist but he is relatively open-minded towards intelligent design.