Jerry A. Coyne is a professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago. Take a look below at what he pedals as education and knowledge.
“ … At this moment, a jury in Boston is weighing imposing a federal death penalty on 21-year-old Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he was convicted on all 30 criminal counts. […]the Boston Globe notes, Tsarnaev’s circumstances are special since the bombing is seen as a terrorist act, a public one, and a gory one. He may well be sentenced to death, and actually executed. Attorney General Eric Holder made the decision to request the death penalty, and he’s supported by several of the maimed victims or relatives of those who died.
Defense attorneys are arguing that Tsarnaev did not act independently, but was under the sway of his older brother Tamerlan. This is what they must argue to avoid execution, and I’m firmly on their side. But their argument could go further: Tsarnaev was acting under the influence of his genes and his environment, of which Tamerlan was a part, and he had no choice other than to plant the bombs.[emphasis mine] [….] All criminals have the same extenuating circumstance: they had no choice. In what sense, then, are murderers “morally” responsible for what they did?
The fault, dear Brutus, is indeed in our stars—or rather in our genes and our circumstances. Tsarnaev was simply unlucky in what his parents and his life vouchsafed him, and he wound up an odious and murderous person. For that he should be put away for life, as the possibility of rehabilitation seems slim. But let’s not pretend that he could have done anything other than place those bombs. … . “
So … according to one of the leading popularizers of Materialism and Naturalistism, and in particular – Evolutionary Biology (– the dominant world view of modern science –) we are all acting under the influence of our genes and our environment, and have no choice in our actions, and thus have no moral accountability or responsibility in the results of those actions – good or bad.
This is the sort of garbage you get when men like Jerry Coyne and Richard Dawkins are given high and exalted positions at todays University. They are given positions of high influence on generations of our future leaders and poison brains and thus our science, education, culture, our politics and even our religion.
We have no choice in our actions? We have no free will to do good or evil? Really now …
Yes, the many springtime flowering trees I see in the beautiful New England countryside indeed do what their genes tell them, and there is no morality in what they do.
But to suggest … nay even say … that what a man like Adolf Hitler does – he does with no moral accountability – and likewise the many who hid and protected Jews under the noses of the Nazis did so because they had no genetic choice – even at the risk of their own lives – did so because they had no genetic choice?
Listen to one who knows has to say … one who knows from experience about good and evil … about choices – about good and evil.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl
I can’t remember who said it … Frankl or perhaps Elie Wiesel, and I will paraphrase as I recall the quote:
“… the holocaust did not begin in the offices of the Nazi regime … no, the holocaust began in the lecture halls and laboratories of the universities … “
Don Johnson – May 2015