Ego, Eco, Evo

PZ Myers shared the above image a while back, comparing different ways of viewing the world and our place in it. I’m not sure that they are as incompatible as might be thought. One can recognize that all living things share a history and much else, and yet also treat more complex living things as [Read More…]

The Goal of Human Evolution

Scientists, working within the framework of scientific methods, cannot see that the universe, or processes within it like biological evolution, have a goal or purpose. But there are metaphysical stances which lead some people to view evolution in teleological terms – in other words, as having a goal. Theism is one such perspective. Cat ownership (the status of being owned [Read More…]

Selective Rejection of Evidence

Young-earth creationists say that housecats, tigers, and all felines descended from one pair of cat “kind” after the flood, positing ultra-fast evolution in order to do so. They also say that humans could not have descended from a common ancestor with chimpanzees and other primates even over millions of years. The hypocrisy is astounding, as [Read More…]

Creationism in Proverbs

It is a symptom of the fact that I spend so much time addressing pseudoscience that, when I saw the article in the New York Times about discoveries in Brazil that may challenge previous conclusion concerning human migration to the Americas, my first thought was about how young-earth creationists will react to the news. I [Read More…]

Evolution of Humans from Non-Humans

“There is literally more fossil evidence that humans evolved from non-humans than there is fossil evidence that Tyrannosaurus rex is a thing.” Quote from the post “Evolution 101: The Missing Link FAQ” on IO9. There are plenty of sites online where you can learn more about the relevant evidence.   [Read more…]

Why Are There Millions Of These?

Someone drew this image to my attention on Facebook: It led me to ask why there are millions of Christians who are so poorly informed about basic science, that they think that evolution is about our having evolved from modern-day monkeys. Why are there millions of Christians who are happy to take an adamant stance [Read More…]

Evolution and Ecclesiastes

Thanks to God of Evolution for this nice reminder that “what the Bible says,” and how it relates to what science reveals, is not monolithic and uniform, contrary to what young-earth creationists would have you believe. See too the discussion there of whether Genesis depicts creation as not merely good but “perfect.” [Read more…]

How Many Adam?

I have often said (in particular with reference to the creation account in Genesis 1) that one can read a text with great frequency and still fail to notice something for a surprisingly long time. We can also fail to notice what the text does not say, and what we are reading into it. Yesterday [Read More…]

Evolution: Acceptance is Optional, Participation is Not

I saw this on Facebook: It seems problematic from two perspectives – the use of “belief” in relation to a scientific conclusion, and the depiction of the first primate ancestor shown in the image in a manner that looks like a modern animal, which confuses many people and leads to the inane objection based on [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Bells of St. John

Doctor Who returned to our television screens today with the episode “The Bells of St. John,” offering a wonderful bringing together of old and new. Spoilers ahead. The bells of St. John turned out to be an interesting detail. While most of us were busy thinking about the famous nursery rhyme, the St. John Ambulance [Read More…]