Intelligent design and evolution

How to explain extreme altruism: sacrifice with no genetic payoff? Francis Collins calls it a divine gift, but to Paul Bloom it’s a cultural accomplishment…
How to explain extreme altruism: sacrifice with no genetic payoff? Francis Collins calls it a divine gift, but to Paul Bloom it’s a cultural accomplishment… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-28-2013

Regarding this hairy quadruped, he must have had something in him that inclined him to Greek. (Arnold)
Regarding this hairy quadruped, he must have had something in him that inclined him to Greek. (Arnold) [More]

April 2, 2012: Week in Review

Random topics of philosophical interest that we ran across this week.
Random topics of philosophical interest that we ran across this week. [More]

Evolution and Religious Belief

Does an evolutionary theory of religious belief undermine faith? This podcast explores that question.
Does an evolutionary theory of religious belief undermine faith? This podcast explores that question. [More]

Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion

This coming spring, Western Washington University will be hosting the second annual Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion with guest speakers Dr. Jeffrey Schloss and Dr. Michael Murray who will lecture on the impact evolutionary theory has on our understanding of religious belief. In 2011, the project was kicked off by Dr. Alvin Plantinga who gave lectures titled, God and Evolution: Where the Conflict Really Lies, and Does Science Show that Miracles Can’t Happen? [More]

Jerry Coyne on Free Will–You Don’t Have It

The debate about free will, long the purview of philosophers alone, has been given new life by scientists, especially neuroscientists studying how the brain works. And what they're finding supports the idea that free will is a complete illusion.
The debate about free will, long the purview of philosophers alone, has been given new life by scientists, especially neuroscientists studying how the brain works. And what they're finding supports the idea that free will is a complete illusion. [More]

God’s Bulldog: Francis Beckwith and the Synthese Affair

More academic infighting. And the Intelligent Design movement is at the center . . . again.
More academic infighting. And the Intelligent Design movement is at the center . . . again. [More]

Precis on Darwin’s Dangerous Idea chapter 5

Chapter 5 of Dennett’s book lays out the case for a naturalized understanding of evolutionary design. How could an unguided process produce the enormous complexity of biological life we find on earth? Dennett first expands a straightforward notion of possibility into 4 separate ways possibility ... [More]