Why Evolution Is True

I’m reading E. O. Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth.  I will have more to say later about his views on the evolution of cooperation in humans and social insects, but I did like this quote from p 295 on religion and science as “different ways of knowing”:

It will be useful in taking a second look at science and religion to understand the true nature of the search for objective truth. Science is not just another enterprise like medicine or enginerering or theology. It is the wellspring of all the knowledge we have of the real world that can be tested and fitted to preexisting knowledge. It is the arsenal of technologies and inferential mathematics needed to distinguish the true from the false. It formulates the principles and formulas that tie all this knowledge together. Science belongs to everybody. Its constituent parts can be challenged by…

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