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How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist | Aeon Essays
"Each variant of human desire is ‘natural’, not in the sense of being required, but only of being made possible by nature. And it is in what nature makes possible, not in what it necessitates, that we should look for the answer to the question about what we should be or do."
philosophy  ethics  existentialism  evolution  biology 
january 2018 by pw201
Putting Time In Perspective
Nice little timelines zooming out from the day to human history to evolutionary history to the history of the Universe.
time  physics  universe  evolution 
september 2013 by pw201
Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children's minds with 'alien rubbish' - Telegraph
"He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most." That seems reasonable: the C of E schools are mostly harmless, as far as I can tell: they accept evolution and don't examine the consequences for Christian doctrine too carefully.
evolution  religon  islam  richard-dawkins  dawkins  education  schools 
october 2011 by pw201
YouTube - Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us
"Excerpts from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. More specifically, from the chapter titled A Universe Not Made For Us. I edited together the audio from the audio-book, and added the video from Stephen Hawking's Into the Universe and Brian Cox's Wonders of the Solar System. The music is Jack's Theme from the Lost soundtrack."
cosmology  astronomy  sagan  science  evolution  universe  video  youtube  religion  creationism 
july 2010 by pw201
Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
They're too busy playing computer games. Wasn't that the explanation in Charles Stross's "Accelerando", too?
evolution  aliens  alien  fermi  science  psychology  space  future 
april 2010 by pw201
A review of 'The language of God' (Francis Collins)
Gert Korthof likes Collins's stuff on evolution, but thinks the Moral Law argument (which Collins acknowledges he got from C.S. Lewis) is terrible: "Collins fails to demonstrate

a. the failure of Darwinism to explain the Moral Law (true altruism)
b. the divine origin of the Moral Law
c. b follows from a "
creation  evolution  morality  religion  science  francis-collins  c.s.-lewis  altruism 
february 2010 by pw201
Signature in the Cell | The BioLogos Foundation
Darrel Falk, a Christian and a professor of biology, finds problems with the science in Stephen Mayer's "The Signature in the Cell". Via Jerry Coyne.
evolution  intelligent-design  science  religion  creationism  dna  rna  stephen-meyer  darrel-falk  biology  discovery-institute 
january 2010 by pw201
Know Your Godless Heathen Positions
"It has become common, especially for the critics of atheism, to conflate atheism, materialism, naturalism, evolution, and natural selection. Then, an objection to one of these positions is taken to undermine all of them. This would be a mistake since there are several distinct positions here that the atheist may or may not also accept. And much of the energy that has been expended to knock them down is wasted because several of them turn out to be compatible with theism. Let’s clarify:"
science  philosophy  atheism  matt-mccormick  materialism  naturalism  evolution 
january 2010 by pw201
'The Evolution of Confusion' by Dan Dennett, AAI 2009
Dennett on his project to interview clergy who no longer believe but are closeted (Dennet explicitly makes the analogy with gay people in the 1950s), on "deepities" in theology (Interestingly, he rejects criticisms that other 3 horsemen don't know enough theology or philosophy), and on how we needn't suppose some people sat down and conspired to make up religions.
religion  video  dennett  evolution  daniel-dennett  theology  memes  deepity 
november 2009 by pw201
“The Collapse Of Intelligent Design”
Ken Miller demonstrating why ID is not backed by evidence. Miller's a Catholic, not a neo-sceptical atheist neo-rationalist.
ken-miller  intelligent-design  id  evolution  creationism  science  biology  dna 
november 2009 by pw201
Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? - life - 19 October 2009 - New Scientist
Of course not, God did it. Still, it's a fascinating theory, and a well written article from New Scientist.
evolution  life  science  dna  research  biology  ocean  bacteria  abiogenesis 
october 2009 by pw201
Understanding Sarah Palin: Or, God Is In The Wattles
Peter Watts gives his grand theory for why religion hasn't died out. It's all about preventing free-loading once societies get above a certain size.
peter-watts  religion  evolution  sarah-palin  politics  psychology  signalling 
september 2009 by pw201
Religion: Bound to believe? : Article : Nature
Atheism will always be a harder sell than religion, Pascal Boyer explains, because a slew of cognitive traits predispose us to faith.
science  psychology  evolution  cognition  religion  anthropology  brain  cognitive-bias  pascal-boyer  boyer 
october 2008 by pw201
Northern Bright responds to a Christian by saying she used to be one too
Impressive stuff, I think. Found while rooting around old posts on my LJ, since it's on the Steve Midgley posting on the Dawkins site.
religion  northern-bright  christianity  ex-christian  exchristian  steve-midgley  dawkins  evolution 
august 2008 by pw201
Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions - life - 16 April 2008 - New Scientist
New Scientist does battle with the anti-scientific forces of creationism, in an article for Darwin's bicentennial.
evolution  science  creationism  new-scientist  darwin 
april 2008 by pw201
The science of religion | Where angels no longer fear to tread |
What good is religion, from an evolutionary perspective? Seems it may help with co-operation.
evolution  psychology  religion  science  research 
march 2008 by pw201
The Moral Instinct - New York Times
Steven Pinker's article on the current state of the art in research into human moral sense. Interesting stuff.
steven-pinker  pinker  morality  evolution  ethics  game-theory 
january 2008 by pw201
The evolution of creationism | Salon News
Where now for Intelligent Design? As Salon says, "American creationism doesn't die. It just adapts."
evolution  creationism  intelligent-design  id  dover 
november 2007 by pw201
Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes? - New York Times
In a series of recent articles and a book, “The Happiness Hypothesis,” Jonathan Haidt, a moral psychologist at the University of Virginia, has been constructing a broad evolutionary view of morality that traces its connections both to religion and to
evolution  morality  religion  haidt  psychology  disgust 
september 2007 by pw201
Skeptical Investigations - Controversies - Debates - Beyond Demonic Memes
Interesting counterpoint to Dawkins's "selfish gene" ideas, which also talks about the evolutionary study of religion.
dawkins  selfish-gene  genetics  david-sloan-wilson  evolution  religion 
august 2007 by pw201
Richard Dawkins and Alister McGrath
Footage of Dawkins and McGrath, taken for "The Root of All Evil" and then cut.
atheism  Dawkins  evolution  mcgrath  root-of-all-evil  christianity  religion 
july 2007 by pw201
Q&A after Richard Dawkins' reading of the new preface to The God Delusion
Some interesting bits where he talks about what he meant by religion as child abuse.
dawkins  religion  atheism  evolution  tgd  the-god-delusion 
june 2007 by pw201
Nick Pollard talks to Dr. Richard Dawkins
Dawkins on evolution, God and morality, with the author of "Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult".
dawkins  religion  christianity  morality  evolution 
june 2007 by pw201
Evolution and Religion - Darwin’s God - Robin Marantz Henig - New York Times
Interviews with various people who talk about the possible evolutionary origins of religion.
atran  dawkins  religion  evolution 
march 2007 by pw201
Inherit the Wind, Redux -
Review of a book about the Dover evolution trial.
evolution  ID  fundamentalism 
february 2007 by pw201
A deadly certitude - TLS Highlights - Times Online
Stephen Weinberg reviews The God Delusion. He sees Islam as less tolerant than Christianity.
atheism  books  Dawkins  creationism  evolution  science  Islam  Christianity  weinberg 
january 2007 by pw201
A free science fiction novel, and a rather good one at that.
science  books  scifi  consciousness  evolution  sentience 
december 2006 by pw201

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