Here’s some wonderful stuff from that wonderful guy G.K. Chesterton that I’ve been reading lately. It concerns the problem of ‘missing links’ in evollutionary philosophy.
“…those bones are far too few and fragmentary and dubious to fill up the whole of the vast void that does in reason and in reality exist between man and his bestial ancestors, if they were his ancestors. …the really arresting and remarkable fact is the comparative absence of any such remains recording that connection at that point. The sincerity of Darwin really admitted this, and that is how we came to use such a term as the Missing Link. But the dogmatism of Darwinians has been too strong for the agnosticism of Darwin, and men have insensibly fallen into turning this entirely negative term into a positive image. They talk of searching for the habits and habitat of the Missing Link; as if one were to talk of being on friendly terms with the gap in a narrative or the hole in an argument, of taking a walk with a non-sequitor or dining with an undistributed middle.”
– G.K. Chesterton, THE EVERLASTING MAN
Isn’t that wonderful?