Humans and human evolution

Humans are changing the planet, maybe changing evolution as well. That notion is fascinating, far-reaching, and almost certainly nonsense…
Humans are changing the planet, maybe changing evolution as well. That notion is fascinating, far-reaching, and almost certainly nonsense… [More]

Intellectual origins of evolution

Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?…
Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?… [More]

Can atheism be properly basic?

I’ve recently been wondering whether atheism – the belief that God does not exist – could be properly basic. By that, I mean whether it could be a belief that is not based on arguments, but
I’ve recently been wondering whether atheism – the belief that God does not exist – could be properly basic. By that, I mean whether it could be a belief that is not based on arguments, but [More]

Evolution catechism

Darwin didn’t argue with politicians. But politicians tangle with him. Indeed, Evolution is a litmus test: Do you stand with reason even if it costs votes?…
Darwin didn’t argue with politicians. But politicians tangle with him. Indeed, Evolution is a litmus test: Do you stand with reason even if it costs votes?… [More]

Evolution and Ethics

T.H. Huxley – Darwin’s “bulldog” – was an eminent scientist, an ardent believer in evolution, and a fierce critic of scientific triumphalism…
T.H. Huxley – Darwin’s “bulldog” – was an eminent scientist, an ardent believer in evolution, and a fierce critic of scientific triumphalism… [More]

Evolution and the Extent of Explanatory Power

While I think many explanatory models built on evolutionary frameworks are very informative and explanatorily sufficient, I’m pretty skeptical of current attempts to develop a grand evolutionary history that is based around reverse-engineering phenotypes to genotypes and genotypes to pre-historic precursors to modern biological functions.
While I think many explanatory models built on evolutionary frameworks are very informative and explanatorily sufficient, I’m pretty skeptical of current attempts to develop a grand evolutionary history that is based around reverse-engineering phenotypes to genotypes and genotypes to pre-historic precursors to modern biological functions. [More]

Stone age sex

The mystery of human desire. Our Paleolithic libidos leave us in thrall to every unruly urge. How did we become such a downright kinky species?…
The mystery of human desire. Our Paleolithic libidos leave us in thrall to every unruly urge. How did we become such a downright kinky species?… [More]

Animal magnetism

The popularity of pets, nature films, zoos, wildlife tourism show how much we like to look at animals. Why? Evolution has an answer…
The popularity of pets, nature films, zoos, wildlife tourism show how much we like to look at animals. Why? Evolution has an answer… [More]

The Great Extinction

A great die-off under way. Animals once abundant are now nonexistent. It’s a tragedy that our fellow creatures are being massacred. But it’s entirely natural…
A great die-off under way. Animals once abundant are now nonexistent. It’s a tragedy that our fellow creatures are being massacred. But it’s entirely natural… [More]

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]