Evolution Isn’t On Our Side

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Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here. Looks like there are still some questions about why I'm drawing a distinction between selecting for and selecting against in my post on how evolution doesn't optimize for ethics.  One commenter wrote: I see what you are saying, but isn’t it easier to think in terms of “selecting for” when considering how sexual selection gives rise to traits … [Read more...]

Evolution Doesn’t Select for Ethics

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Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here. The second most incorrect thing people say about evolution is that it is the survival of the fittest.  (The most incorrect award has to go to the claim it doesn't exist).  The problem with this framing is that it sets up a picture of evolution-as-craftsman, carefully scrutinizing genetic variations and selecting and nurturing the most promising … [Read more...]

No ‘Healthy Outlet’ for Bad Habits

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I'm one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here. This is part two of my response to Brian S. about my choice to give up free food during Lent.  The first focused on why I glommed on to Lent in the first place.  Now we're addressing the substance of the change I'm trying to make.  Brian wrote: I disagree [that the feeling of having cheated someone is a bad pleasure to cultivate], or at any rate … [Read more...]