Challenges To Evolutionary Psychology

Interesting arguments.  I’m not sure how many of them threaten the credibility of either evolutionary psychology or sociobiology as disciplines themselves , rather than specific morally and politically unpleasant theses advanced by particular theories derived by scientists working within those fields.  And these arguments force evo psych and sociobiology to incorporate a view of the [Read More…]

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Our Caveman Brains

No one is immune—the question is whether we cultivate or counteract our natural cognitive fallacies. A professor at the University of Guelph, Prof. Davis has spent the past 20 years paying attention to the use of such seemingly benign phrases: “It was a sign,” “Thank God” and even “Good luck.” To him, such phrases reflect [Read More…]

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Graphs Suggest Secular Countries Less Corrupt, More Peaceful

An interesting graph: Here’s Tom Rees’s interpetation of the data: the graph (as shown on the right) shows a dramatic and strong relationship between religiosity and corruption. This does not mean that religion causes corruption. A more likely explanation is that a common, third factor explains both. And the obvious explanation is wealth. Rich countries [Read More…]

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Rainfall Caused By Frogs Marrying

If they want rain so much, they should just move to New York! Thanks to Atheist Nexus for the link to this video and this summation of the story: “More than 250 people in northern Bangladesh have attended a wedding ceremony between two frogs as part of a ritual to bring rain to the parched [Read More…]

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To Ban Or Not To Ban

A youtube point-counterpoint on this topic (on which I am still interested in your thoughts). Pro-ban: Anti-ban: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Playing Sarkozy’s Advocate

Njustus has kindly accepted my gauntlet to readers to offer on the possibility of the French government outlawing women from publicly wearing burqas.  And his reply is a good one: From a Lockean ’social contract’ perspective, I believe the state should have the power to regulate the wearing of burqas if it can offer a [Read More…]

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A Question For My Readers About “Moral Facts”

In metaethics debates, there are disputes between various forms of cognitivists and non-cognitivists.  Cognitivists claim that when we make a claim that “x is wrong” or “x is right” we mean to say that “it is a fact that x is wrong” or that “it is a fact that x is right.” Whether it turns [Read More…]

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How Faith Is Not Like Other (Revisable) Reflexive Assumptions

(It should not be necessary for understanding this post, but for the full backstory to this debate see my series on Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals, parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 and my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues and Vices”) Shane writes in reply to my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues [Read More…]

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Christian Belief as a Natural Phenomenon

Since May, Valerie Tarico has been writing a six part series of articles called “Christina Belief as a Natural Phenomenon.”  Part 5 was just released last night.  I highly suggest reading through all the articles and would love your feedback in our comments section.  Your ideas from there might lead to future blog posts.  So [Read More…]

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