My wife and I had an interesting discussion last night. I was reading Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, and paused to read a passage to her regarding the question of what, exactly, it is about religion that causes it to be selected for in the evolutionary process. Why is a mind prone to religious belief an advantage to human survival?
Science, the wife postulated, cannot explain or investigate religion (a position, by the way, that Dawkins vociferously refutes in his book). Evolution, on the other hand, is "scientific," she said. Although I understood what she meant, I played a bit of Devil's Advocate with her. (It's just a saying, OK?)
Evolution is not scientific, I told her, any more than a rock is scientific. Science is a process by which we can investigate, and then describe the rock, but the rock itself, is just a thing. Likewise, evolution is just a normal, ongoing process in our world. Our examination of it may be scientific in nature, but evolution itself is just another thing.