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…Continue
Recently, I've been engaging with my wife's pastor and a few other friends on Facebook about origins. I read Lawrence Krauss' book "A Universe From Nothing". When talking about these issues I always end up getting into a rabbit trail discussion about how Lawrence Krauss defines "nothing". Truly, as I understand it, Lawrence Krauss' idea of "nothing" is the quantum vacuum that allows particles and anti-particles to pop in and out of existence. What I've submitted to the theists is that it's…Continue
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
Added by Shaun Johnston on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Hundreds of early human fossils, artifacts and forensically re-created faces of our prehistoric relatives have gone on display at the National Museum of Natural History, exploring 6 million years of evolution. The nearly $21 million Hall of Human Origins marks the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution museum and represents the most comprehensive look at human evolution since its…Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 1, 2009 at 11:53pm — No Comments