ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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The portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 20, 2013 at 3:51am

As you can see Patricia, I put it on to the ORIGINS group for you.

Comment by Plinius on December 20, 2013 at 3:14am

Same for me Patricia - thanks for sharing!

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

Yes Patricia. Indeed I urge you to go on and put on to the group site ORIGINS the sentences that you put here about the additional knowledge and the URL about the dexterity of the human hand. 

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 19, 2013 at 6:08pm

Thank you Patricia for finding this useful article for me--about the antiquity of human-hand dexterity. Terry

Comment by Joseph P on October 24, 2013 at 5:07pm
I'm not sure I've started one in this group. I've started several in other groups, though.
Comment by Joseph P on October 20, 2013 at 3:04pm

Jeffrey, I'd suggest starting a discussion, in the section above this one.  A conversation like that would be a little difficult to hold in a linear format like this.  The nesting format of a discussion is much better for keeping things sorted and coherent.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2013 at 12:58pm
Chris, I was able to download the first chapter and will purchase the Kindle version after reading it. I like the ideas he posted on his web site. The neurological aspects intrigue me. Doing brain scans, FMRI, makes the information plausible, not just speculation.
fmri Web definitions
functional magnetic resonance imaging: a form of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain that registers blood flow to functioning areas of the brain
Thanks for the lead.
Comment by Plinius on October 20, 2013 at 8:30am

I read Het Morele Instinct by Jan Verplaetse, a Flemish teacher of moral philosophy - I can't find if it has been translated into English. Anyway, he describes in detail the evolution of different moral attitudes and it shows clearly how the different strategies have had their uses. The book gave me lots to think about and made me understand much more about groups of people and other animals and their behaviour. Also good ammunition to use with people who believe that morality came with xtianity. 

http://www.themoralbrain.be/node/7 

 

Comment by Jeffrey Rowan on October 20, 2013 at 8:04am

So, who wants to discuss the evolution of human morality? I find this topic the most interesting one in Atheist discussions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 11:57pm

New Skull Discovery Causes Controversy

Abstract: "The site of Dmanisi, Georgia, has yielded an impressive sample of hominid cranial and postcranial remains, documenting the presence of Homo outside Africa around 1.8 million years ago. Here we report on a new cranium from Dmanisi (D4500) that, together with its mandible (D2600), represents the world's first completely preserved adult hominid skull from the early Pleistocene. D4500/D2600 combines a small braincase (546 cubic centimeters) with a large prognathic face and exhibits close morphological affinities with the earliest known Homo fossils from Africa. The Dmanisi sample, which now comprises five crania, provides direct evidence for wide morphological variation within and among early Homo paleodemes. This implies the existence of a single evolving lineage of earlyHomo, with phylogeographic continuity across continents."

A Complete Skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the Evolutionary Biolog...

"An iconic new skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, dated to 1.8 million years ago, presents a new face for our genus Homo. The stunningly complete skull of an adult man has a surprisingly primitive, protruding upper jaw, and a tiny braincase. Combined with skulls found earlier at Dmanisi, it suggests that ancient people from the same time and place could look quite different from each other."

Stunning Skull Gives a Fresh Portrait of Early Humans

As the Sensuous Curmudgeon states, there will be debate over the meaning of this find among and between scientists, yet it offers one more piece of the puzzle of the most complete pre-human skull uncovered. 

The fun will be to watch the Intelligent Design people crawl all over this, much as the Blob from science fiction did. 

 

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