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 Joan Denoo on December 22, 2013 at 5:00pm

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.

 

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