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Three World Views Of Human Existence

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According to Edward Wilson, the desire of mankind to explain their origins has led to three dominant worldviews that attempt to explain human existence and present condition. These three worldviews are God-centered religion, political behaviorism, and scientific humanism. However, these views fail to recognize another increasingly popular worldview known as Intelligent Design. Because the theory of Intelligent Design hinges on the premise that human existence is the direct consequence of a supernatural “intelligent designer” who designed the world and all of its complex organisms, that in turn are made up of complex parts designed purposefully by this “intelligent designer”, Wilson has lumped this theory in with the God-centered creation worldview (par. 12). However, proponents of Intelligent Design differ from traditional Creationists in the idea that they are attempting to put a scientific stamp on their theory. Proponents of this theory conduct scientific research to ferret out facts that scientifically support their theory. As Intelligent Design attempts to meld Creationism and Darwinism, it certainly should be addressed as an independent worldview from those examined by Wilson. As individual principals go, there are none so staunchly supported and stubbornly held to as those regarding the beginning of life. Because religion relies on the blind faith that mankind epitomizes God’s creative power and our present condition has likewise been guided by his hand, political behaviorism relies on the theory that humans are simply blank slates, free from the bindings of religious dogma and evolving genetic imprinting and are able to be molded and imprinted with the “best” political ideals, and scientific humanism relies on the theory that mankind, in its present condition, resulted from years of genetic evolution and the ability of the species to assimilate and thrive due to natural selection, there can be no common ground between the three worldviews. In fact, God-centered religion and political behaviorism, as they have no scientific basis for theory and cannot be proven by any application of the scientific method, are wholly incompatible with Darwinism and science at large.
As individuals, the explanation is clearly not as black and white as it is for theologians, communists, and scientists. While Wilson points out that half of Americans do not believe in evolution by natural selection or evolution at all, some, if not many Americans believe in an ideal that lays somewhere in the gray area between religious dogma and science (par 10). The blindly held faith of religious doctrine has been ingrained into the human condition for centuries and will not be easily overcome, even with the continued accumulation of seemingly irrefutable evidence in support of biological evolution. Additionally, as an educated race of human beings, it is becoming increasingly impossible to bury our heads in the sand against the scientific proof for...

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