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A right-brain basis for atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael E Davis May 11, 2013. 15 Replies

It's considered correct for atheists to insist we have values. But the values I see us testifying to come mostly from past movements and ages. Atheism doesn't seem to  generate any new values…Continue

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Glen Rosenberg commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Something tells me you are not being straight up. If you are sincere then you ought to speak to an evolutionary biologist."
18 hours ago
Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Once I get agreement that the modern synthesis doesn't work, I will seriously look for an alternative."
18 hours ago
Glen Rosenberg commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"still waiting for your thoughts on what drives evolution..."
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Glen Rosenberg commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"So what drives evolution?"
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Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"From Wikipedia, on the modern synthesis. "Other major figures in the modern synthesis include R. A. Fisher..." That is a present tense verb. He's still central. If Fisher's work falls, the modern synthesis falls."
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Glen Rosenberg commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Eugenics is not natural selection. It is artificial selection. Ideas of racial superiority dovetailed beautifully with racism and justified the subjugation of lesser races and the scapegoating of undesirables. Blaming that on Darwin and his…"
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Donald L. Engel commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Goodbye Shaun, it was nice talking with you."
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Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"I'm sorry, it doesn't make sense. You're not talking about the modern synthesis, you're talking about your personal wishes. We're not talking about the same thing. I'm saying there's an error in the modern…"
Wednesday
Donald L. Engel commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"I think you are putting too much emphasis on damaged genes.  A man's testicles contain millions of sperm cells, and a woman has millions of eggs.  Obviously, there will be damage to SOME of them.  But to infer that most of them…"
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Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Sorry Donald, I ignored your other proposed mechanisms for evolution. I wanted to deal with the one I raised first."
Wednesday
Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"The modern synthesis, the modern evolutionary theory, I think says as follow: First-- in each generation living creatures' genes suffer random mutation, random damage. Second-- Now for natural selection: occasional beneficial mutations are…"
Wednesday
Donald L. Engel commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"I just thought of another problem with the mountain.  Even if you could find a mountain that could get its rocks to bounce uphill, it wouldn't be able to find another mountain with similar abilities to mate with in order to pass on…"
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Donald L. Engel commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Here's the problem, Shaun:  You are trying to compare natural selection with erosion.  Natural selection is adaptation to one's surroundings.  Mountain erosion is an unadaptable, non-living result of the weather.  If…"
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Shaun Johnston commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Won't anyone else join in and point out that natural selection was the basis for social darwinism? Herbert Spenser started it but had already come up with "survival of the fittest," which Darwin himself soon adopted. It's the…"
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Shaun Johnston commented on Dr. Terence Meaden's group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"OK, I get it, piss off. OK."
Wednesday
Glen Rosenberg commented on Shaun Johnston's blog post Why natural selection doesn't work
"Question away. Nothing is out of bounds. Theory has a different meaning in context of science than it does for regular Joes who bandy it about.  NO it is not the basis of eugenics. Social darwinism is its basis. So it is not the truth you are…"
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Why natural selection doesn't work

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:17pm 17 Comments

Natural selection is no mere idle fancy. Every so the logic behind it stirs a call for eugenics. Last time around evolutionists acted as sponsors and consultants for over 30 states in the USA, promoting surgical interventions to stall our species' descent into oblivion. Now "Unless we embrace genetic engineering, we will become a sickly and frail species" says Johnjoe McFadden, reader in molecular microbiology at the University of Surrey. Is natural selection so established a theory that we…

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Project discourse: basic ideas

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

For an introduction to this project please see this post.

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Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:

  1. There's nothing in the universe except:

       -  matter acted on by physics

       -  whatever's involved…
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Project: Discourse for saying what it means we evolved

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

I plan to use this personal blog space to solicit feedback on a personal project. I want to develop a way of talking about evolution that's different from darwinism. Having a second way of talking about being evolved would be like, in the 19th century, having both waves and particles as ways of thinking about light. You needed both then. In a similar way I think today we need more than one way of thinking about evolution.

I ask for your indulgence. First, I ask you not to defend…

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I'm an atheist, but anti-darwinist

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:30am 33 Comments

This blog has been more public than I expected. so I have toned down the heading to this post. Also I have deleted two posts I didn't want further responses to.

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Every so often I venture out into the public sphere to see how anti-darwinism is responded to. The last time, at the science cafe, my posts were moved from "science" to "paranormal" or some such section then I was subjected to withering personal abuse. This…

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At 6:44am on April 9, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Shaun  
Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom.  
As an atheist and "antidarwinist" you are welcome also to join the group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 750 discussion topics and 3800 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
Terry

At 9:57pm on April 8, 2013, Ezra said…

At 9:34pm on April 8, 2013, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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