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]

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]