Over at the Panda’s Thumb, Nick highlights the following quote from Wiker and Witt’s, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature:
Strange though it may seem to neo-Darwinists, Darwin’s assumption that the terms species and variety are merely given for convenience’s sake is part of a larger materialist and reductionist program that undercuts the natural foundation of counting and distorts the natural origin of mathematics. To put it more bluntly, in assuming that “species” are not real, Darwinism and the larger reductionist program burn away the original ties that bound the meaning of mathematics to the world and instead leave it stranded on a solipsistic island of the human imagination.
Damn straight, it’s strange. It’s beyond strange. It’s frankly dumb, dumb, dumb.
So bent are these two Fellows of the Discovery Institute on pinning everything on evil Darwinian naturalism, that they see Darwinism as part of a plot to strip meaning from mathematics. As for “Darwin’s assumption,” I suggest that Wiker (a philosopher) and Witt (an English Lit PhD, for jeez sake) actually get out and study some species and varieties, before they blather on about what Darwin had to say about them.