The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.
This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,…Continue
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I have had an interesting email conversation with a YEC theologian that I wanted to post here in case anyone else would find it interesting or helpful. I challenged his support of young Earth Creationism, since I find it the most untenable and the most obviously ridiculous "empirical" position that he holds.
Within these emails, I have used asterisks to replace a few pieces of information regarding names, locations, email addresses, and so on, since I don't have this man's permission…Continue
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On April 19, I read a commentary in the Roanoke Times by Clonnie_Yearout; Yearout (gender unknown) was arguing for Creationism and against "Darwinism". I sent the following in reply. The Times printed at least two letters (by other people) replying to Yearout, but not this one.
FROM: John B. Hodges
TO: Editor, letters page
I would like this considered for a COMMENTARY or OP-ED.
Clonnie Yearout's commentary ("A Tale of…
For an introduction to this project please see this post.
Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:
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…Continue
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Birds of Paradise form a great evidence of evolution. The mystery behind their awesome beauty is the process of evolution. The write-up - The Exquisite Birds of Paradise – History and Mystery Deciphered!! - adidarwinian answers the question that why the history of the Birds of Paradise is considered a mystery? The process of Evolution has made these birds so…Continue
I have asked this of several different non-theist sources and have yet to get a satisfactory answer. So I thought I would pose it here for your thoughts. This article is how I've argued against biblical morality. This is Matt Dillahunty discussing this point. …Continue
Some philosophers, such as Richard Swinburne have argued that there is evidence from fine tuning that the specific laws of physics that allow intelligent life forms to exist are so improbable that it is plausible that these laws were fine tuned by god in order that intelligent life forms could exist (Leslie, 1990). Swinburne argued that a good god would have particular reason to will that beings such as humans could come to exist, e.g. so that we could develop…Continue
i'm reposting this for three reasons:
1. i think it is an interesting observation that did not get much notice
2. it's been on my mind a lot lately
3. many of the blog posts have been weak lately. not to belittle anyone else's efforts, but many are more appropriate for discussions or simple status updates than a blog post, IMO. anyway, i'll also post the few comments that were made.
"facts are true whether you believe them or not" - Adam Savage (from the Reason Rally)
sadly, it is possible that Mr. Savage was wrong. sure, on the face of it a statement like that is a no-brainer. however, in today's world we are seeing a strange phenomena where facts are only as useful as a person wants them to be. facts are now up for debate. facts depend on the source from which you acquire them. lastly, facts are no longer facts if someone chooses not to believe…Continue
Human language is much older than 5000 years old. For all we know, religion is about as old as old as human language. We can all agree that religion has had a very long time to influence the evolution of human language. I say it is about time non-religious humans take control over the evolution of the human language.
I will give you just one example of what religion has done to our human language:
Think about the definition of love. When I say the word love, what am I talking…
A brief addendum to my previous post Creeping Canadian Theocrats (Are Creeping Me Out). Here's a rather excellent opinion piece at the Tyee:Continue
We're Here! We're Godless!…Continue
I listened to Weekend Edition on NPR radio one day in January, 2012 and thought for a moment I was tuned to the wrong station. Rachel Martin’s interview with Alvin Plantinga was such a pile of softball pandering to Christian mythology I found myself smacking my forehead in disbelief.
Plantinga, a self-proclaimed Christian, begins by professing his discomfort with science being at odds with his religion – essentially admitting his goal is to find some way to defend his faith by…Continue
When is the last time you read a book that challenged your beliefs? Most of my readings consist of books on science because I want to learn and gain a better understanding of how the universe works. So, how in the world did I end up agreeing to read Lee Strobel’s “The Case For Christ”?
About a year ago, I convinced my brother Kyle, a…Continue
Transhumanism is not related with any religion category as polytheist, monotheist, or non-theist. Religion is not the problem of metahumanism.
The religion is the problem of the human being category.
Metahumanism (whether as transhumanism or posthumanism) is meta-human the same as in the other conceptual areas.
Metahumanism category do not have to be busy of human beings’ problems. It is human beings’ problem.
Human beings will…Continue
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I very much appreciate Ronn Johnson’s willingness to debate on this topic, and…Continue
Scientists have undone the progress made by evolution by altering chicken DNA to create embryos with alligator-like snouts instead of beaks.
Experts changed the DNA of chicken embryos in the early stage of their development, enabling them to undo evolutionary progress and give the creatures snouts which are thought to have been lost in the cretaceous period…Continue
Imagine that you build a robot and programme it with all the same inputs that people have nowadays then weight the inputs for selfish gene vehicles; greatest benefit at lowest cost.
2.1 million, thefts, robberies and crimes against vehicles were reported in 10/11. 221,000 were charged. The home office reported that about 77% are convicted. The maximum sentence is 7 years for theft, so we’ll assume 3.5 years as the likely sentence.
So if you’re a thief and…Continue