So, I've finished reading Daniel Dennett's book,'Darwin's Dangerous Idea' and I can certainly recommend it as a good starting place to discover lots of interesting facts about evolution and its implications for human existence. That being said, I must admit that Dennett dwells on some topics a little too long, and doesn't really tackle the whole pointlessness of it all - which I find very strange, because the evidence is rife throughout.
I'll close with one final extract from the end of the book:
You could even say, in a way, that the Tree of Life created itself. Not in a miraculous, instantaneous whoosh, but slowly, slowly, over billions of years. Is this Tree of Life a God one could worship? Pray to? Fear? Probably not. But it did make the ivy twine and the sky so blue, so perhaps the song I love tells a truth after all. The Tree of Life is neither perfect nor infinite in space or time, but is actual, and if it is not Anselm's 'Being greater than which nothing can be conceived," it is surely a being that is greater than anything any of us will ever conceive of in detail worthy of its detail. Is something sacred? Yes, sat I with Nietzsche. I could not pray to it, but I can stand in affirmation of its magnificence. This world is sacred. (p. 520)
Hmm, maybe I'm just not taking what Dennett's on ... ? ;)Go Top