The term spandrel was adopted by Stephen Jay Gould to describe a characteristic of an organism that is a by-product of evolutionary adaptation rather than a direct result of it. A leftover if you will.

 It strikes me that if materialistic atheists are right and our ideas of spirituality, soul, personhood, morality, even creativity don’t have a basis in an objective reality then almost everything that distinguishes us as human is merely a spandrel.


One Response to Observations

  1. Daniel says:

    “Merely a spandrel”, says someone posting on the World Wide Web? Now that’s what I call irony.

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