Yes, I am an Evolutionist!

7 April 2014 by Michael Blume, posted in Evolutionary Studies

When people press me into defining either as a conservative, a liberal/libertarian or a leftist, I like to answer that I am an "Evolutionär", an evolutionist: My scientific interests and researches have led me to appreciate that any biological or cultural tradition surviving to our day is the product of a long and deep history, which should not be dismissed easily. In this sense, I feel like a conservative. The very same perspective helped me to appreciate that variation is necessary for any evolutionary progress and that central and authoritarian planning threatens to choke what only freedom may achieve - growth, discoveries and the success of life in its plurality. Therefore, I feel like a libertarian. Finally, I understood that we cannot pluck values and motives of our social lives directly from our imperfect readings of nature - Social Darwinism is the result of a massive categorial fallacy. Our perceptions of God(s), Right(s) and Value(s) are valuable social constructions as our hopes should reach beyond and above mere nature - thus, I feel like a leftist.

I couldn't agree more than to those sentences by David Sloan Wilson on "Evolution - This View of Life (ETVOL)":

I am an evolutionist, which means that I use the principles of evolution to understand the world around me. I would be an evolutionary biologist if I restricted myself to the topics typically associated with biology, but I include all things human along with the rest of life. That makes me an evolutionist without any qualifiers. I and my fellow evolutionists study the length and breadth of creation, from the origin of life to religion. Given that most human-related subjects such as anthropology, economics, history psychology, religion, and sociology are not associated with the word “biology”, evolutionist is the broadest and most appropriate term.

So, if you want to put a specific tag describing my worldview on me, let it be this one:


3 Responses to “Yes, I am an Evolutionist!”

  1. Cloak N. Dagr Reply | Permalink

    Mel-born, is that you?

    • LEE Reply | Permalink

      yes. first of all I want things to clear up. Ive come to you maybe you understand better as a term of evolution. As you know evolution cant be proven unless it has real physical science evidence. For example if you saw an alien territory or an escape, you would believe it, but the government will try to cover it up maybe because we see information as we receive it with our own eyes or maybe we can't sustain it. There are things better not to be discovered. Evolution has many different faces. iam not proven anything here , but best suite as a CREATION. Maybe because I am not an evolutionist!?

      • Cloak N. Dagr Reply | Permalink

        @ LEE

        You're not Dr. Blume. I'm not going to pollute Dr. Blume's blog by using it as a random communications medium. Nor will I post links or email addresses in this blog because I cannot subsequently delete them after they've served their purpose. I did what you asked and created a Disqus channel but I'm not putting a link to that in Dr. Blume's blog for that reason. You're just wasting my time. 3rd strike.

        Dr. Blume, please feel free to delete this conversation. My apologies, the person I'm addressing put a link to this page in another forum saying they wanted to talk to me about something. It seems clear from the differences in your writing and the way that person writes, that person is not you. Of course, the difference in your two perspectives on Evolution/Evolutionism is a dead give-away also. Again, my apologies.

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