All Blog Posts Tagged 'evolution' (145)

How do you even reply to something like this

A short while ago on Facebook, a 'friend' posted:

"If violence, wars, murders, poverty & disease could be prayed away, don't you think it would have been gone hundreds of years ago? If everything that happens is Gods will, why get upset? Why rebuild where "God" keeps destroying? And if that wasn't God, how do you tell the difference?

No need to respond with more conditioned BS! Just something to think about and I decided to share my…

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Added by Derek Bly on May 2, 2014 at 10:27pm — 3 Comments

How do you even reply to something like this

A short while ago on Facebook, a 'friend' posted:

"If violence, wars, murders, poverty & disease could be prayed away, don't you think it would have been gone hundreds of years ago? If everything that happens is Gods will, why get upset? Why rebuild where "God" keeps destroying? And if that wasn't God, how do you tell the difference?

No need to respond with more conditioned BS! Just something to think about and I decided to share my…

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Added by Derek Bly on May 2, 2014 at 10:27pm — 10 Comments

Evolution of Morality

Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins:  The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)

Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves.   One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion.   But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Craig's List Killer

Pennsylvania 'Craigslist killer' says she slayed dozens more across U.S. as part of satanic cult: report

 

My point is the failure of the educational system is leading to horror and chaos. Miranda Barbour was 19 years old when she and she husband committed this horrific “thrill murder.” At 19, she should have been studying science, history, comparative religion and literature. An educated mind would dismiss “Satanic cult”…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on February 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

Pot Stories Review

OK, I'll admit it; I was down about the apathy and indifference that greeted my Pot Stories. It was my magnum opus after a life of inescapable unconventionality.  Viet Nam, NYU, the ‘60s, New York City and a smorgasbord of pot and hash, pretty much blocked the straight and narrow path.  Studying social psych with Phil Zimbardo made it improbable I would allow myself to be drafted in 1966 when I graduated, just before the Tet Offensive. In my opinion, every new Army recruit…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on December 24, 2013 at 6:56pm — 1 Comment

Hypothesis: The Real History Of Religion

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,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 5, 2013 at 7:41pm — No Comments

A Letter_to_the_Editor regarding Ethics.

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

(contact info)

TO: Editor, letters page

I would like this considered for a COMMENTARY or OP-ED.



Greetings-



Clonnie Yearout's commentary ("A Tale of…

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Added by John B Hodges on May 4, 2013 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Project discourse: basic ideas

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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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Project: Discourse for saying what it means we 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…

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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Birds of Paradise - A Great Evidence of Evolution

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…

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Added by charles stibs on April 2, 2013 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Why don't Atheists use empathy as an argument against Religious/biblical/god morality claims?

 

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. …

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Added by J. Morr on December 24, 2012 at 11:06pm — 6 Comments

The unknown purpose of the universe

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…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Facts Don't Matter Anymore

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. 

please…

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Added by matthew greenberg on June 18, 2012 at 1:44pm — 4 Comments

Facts Don't Matter Anymore

"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…

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Added by matthew greenberg on May 9, 2012 at 10:42am — 7 Comments

Religion's Word Games

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…

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Added by AtheistTech on May 2, 2012 at 3:06am — 7 Comments

Canadian Theo-Cons' Religious War on Science And Reason

A brief addendum to my previous post Creeping Canadian Theocrats (Are Creeping Me Out).  Here's a rather excellent opinion piece at the Tyee:

Understanding Harper's Evangelical…

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Added by Godless Poutine on March 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Reason Rally - My experience



We're Here! We're Godless!…

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Added by Richard ∑wald on March 25, 2012 at 10:00pm — 42 Comments

Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science

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…

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Added by J.P.M. on February 26, 2012 at 6:48am — 3 Comments

The Book Swap

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…

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Added by Nathan R on February 18, 2012 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Transhumanism is Atheist

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…

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Added by Reha ULKU on December 17, 2011 at 2:06am — No Comments

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