Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)
Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves. One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion. But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin… Continue
Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm —
On reading this online article - A Man Who Played a Pivotal Role in Solving the Mystery of Life | adidarwinian - while surfing the Internet, I came to know that along with Sir Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace also played a pivotal role in bringing up of the Theory of Evolution. He was also a major contributor in solving the mystery of life.
Added by charles stibs on February 18, 2013 at 7:41am —
A friend just sent me an e-mail with this inofficial "Darwin Award" list, which I thought would be funny to share with this community.
And here it is...
"Eighth Place Continue
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.…
Added by Carl Esser on January 21, 2011 at 7:30am —
While many reasonable adherents do , to one level or another, believe in evolution. Why should evolution have any bearing on religion one way or the other? Some of these levels of belief range from belief in Continue
“micro-evolution” to accepting most of the concepts and ideas of
cosmological and biological evolution, in view of an absent watchmaker.
So, what scientific reason can evolution have with such a seemingly
strong opposing view against it? After all, in March 2009, a…
Added by Thomas True on December 31, 2010 at 4:53pm —
2009 was the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin birth and also the 150th anniversary of the publishing of On The Origins of Species In 1859. In The United Kingdom the Royal Mint has issued a commemorative two pound coin with the stuck pose of Darwin on the right facing across from a portrayal of chimpanzee. On the front of the coin is, of course, the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The coin is issued in a limited edition and you may be able to order on from the website listed… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 18, 2010 at 10:08am —
Are you a Naturalist? If you believe that existence encompasses everything, that there’s nothing supernatural, that our best knowledge is gleaned from scientific effort, then you very well may be a naturalist! The word derives from ‘nature’ and the definition is simple – “nature is all there is, and all basic truths are truths of nature”.…
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on July 8, 2010 at 12:59pm —
Happy slightly belated 201st Birthday to Charles Darwin.
Darwin was a kind, compassionate family man who led an exemplary life. It’s been said that he had the “single greatest idea ever”. It changed the world. The one thing that Fundamentalist creationists are right about is that… Continue
Added by Russ on February 21, 2010 at 2:00pm —
As religion and its sycophants continue to crumble under the weight of science and reason, its exponents have dialed up the polemics and the deceit
Jacqueline Maley's editorial, "Atheism's true believers gather", published in The Sydney Morning Herald
is one of the most disingenuous, inaccurate portrayals of atheists—replete with some of the most outlandish faulty logic… Continue
Added by Frank J. Ranelli on February 16, 2010 at 4:00am —
Has the once-luminary champion of skepticism, and self-proclaimed atheist, recast his lot with religion and thereby reclaimed his erstwhile lost Ichthys?
As an independent scholar, skeptic and atheist, I have followed Dr. Michael Shermer for some years, read all but one of his books, and attended a number of his public lectures, such as TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design.) Shermer is a dynamic, engaging speaker, talented author, and is prolific in his… Continue
Added by Frank J. Ranelli on December 3, 2009 at 7:48am —
Victoria's Governor spoke to the annual conference of Police Chaplains and said a lot of nonsense unfortunately. First he said that because church attendance is declining we should think of teaching ethics in schools and other educational institutions. Well I'm all in favour of teaching ethics but what does it have to do with declining church attendance?
Church attendance in Australia is about 7.5% and falling. A figure I'm very proud of. It makes Australia one of the most secular… Continue
Added by Janet Holmes on November 3, 2009 at 10:15pm —
1. - Why is Atheism such a bad thing? Atheists: never burned others at the stake, never started/engaged in a Crusade and just want to be left alone for the most part.
However with the threat of FORCED CONVERSION
, anyone would be pissed and come out swinging. Likewise, do you think we would just allow you to publicly deface our belief and ESPECIALLY with such non-sense as you, Kirk Cameron, have presented as "fact"
? Why do Extremists think Atheism is such a threat to their… Continue
Added by Alex Tyler on October 20, 2009 at 8:51am —
I've posted the following challenge to Ray Comfort's blog. I'm re-posting it here in hopes of showing my fellow atheists why we have nothing to fear.
TO THE CREATIONISTS
You all seem to have a lot of faith in this new edition of On the Origin of Species. I’m surprised at you putting so much faith into a book which most of you have never read in its complete form and which is, with the exception of Ray’s introduction, a strong argument against… Continue
Added by OutlawGirl on September 25, 2009 at 7:49pm —
Our British members may be interested in signing an online petition against a British zoo which is teaching creationism to school children. The petition already has more than 800 signatories. Thanks to Max from Brisbane Atheists Meetup for this info.
Here's the blurb from the petition:
"Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm (NAZF) is a zoo just outside Bristol that markets itself to schools and is heavily focused on child education.
However, instead of teaching well-established… Continue
Added by Chrys Stevenson on June 21, 2009 at 5:43pm —
The Genius of Charles Darwin - The Fifth Ape [5 Parts]
Added by Subrata Banik on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm —
200 years ago, on 12 February 1809, was born Charles Darwin—who grew and matured to become one of the world’s truly great scientists.
“If only everybody in the world would avoid contact with religionists and their fictions,
and instead be educated from childhood with facts from the realm of science,
we would have a better, happier world of people believing in the truths of evolutionary science,
who would smile as much at the stupidities of pathetic… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 12, 2009 at 6:00am —
In dubious honour of Darwin's birthday, Parade Magazine wrote a dreadful article
with an equally ridiculous poll
Obviously, that poll is just screaming to be crashed so go vote. Feel free to clear (or eat) your cookies and vote again.
The article irked me because it… Continue
Added by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 8:30am —
I got a Wacom Bamboo tablet for xmas, and have been practicing with it on a site I used to mess around on some a while back. (I post as Rook on that site because it is my favorite chess piece.)
Anyway, this is a work in progress the subject of which some people here should be familiar with.
Edit: This is it finished now.
Added by Charles Hollingshead on January 30, 2009 at 2:09am —
"Consider the way that knowledge is organized at institutions of higher education. My university, like most others, includes a College of Arts and Sciences that is divided into a number of divisions. The Division of Science and Mathematics includes physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and one human-related department-psychology. The Division of Social Sciences includes anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. These human-related subjects are often… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on July 9, 2008 at 11:56am —