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Go to: Is Richard Dawkins an ape?

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The Washington Times was founded in 1982 by a S. Korean man who claims to have been spoken to by Jesus Christ and who later established a religion that has successfully lured many of Asia's credulous. This is the sort of quality reporting we should all expect.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:55:22 UTC | #928324

Go to: Nature and Nurture Work Together to Shape the Brain

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Epigenetics provides further support for the view that using the term "brights" is a bad idea. Probabilistically, those who are not privy to favorable epigenetic, socioeconomic, familial, etc. circumstances will develop relatively unhealthy minds and fall victim to delusional memes. Those of us who fully understand evolution and the larger context of our existence should also be aware of the obvious role circumstance played in our development as we work to create the institutional/cultural conditions needed to improve overall human circumstances. Calling one's self a "bright" seems to indicate a lack of understanding of this most fundamental predictor of human mental well-being (circumstance).

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:43:48 UTC | #890462

Go to: Review of 'Here on Earth' by Tim Flannery

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Humans live in tribes. The capacity to hate based on xenophobic fears of "others" is just as hard-wired as the capacity to love. Human history demonstrates this clearly. Current examples of human behavior demonstrate this clearly. The scientific theory of evolution by natural selection (and modern evolutionary synthesis refinements, e.g. selfish gene theory) provides an ultimate, mechanistic explanation for these observations. Further evidence for human in-group/out-group tendencies (tribalism) is found through extrapolation from the tribal behavior of other primates, experimental psychology, and reading the news. How a PhD scientist (Flannery) can discard this evidential reality in favor of Lovelock's mystical, base-less "Gaia theory" is a bit perplexing, but it seems to fit the pattern of self-righteous, egocentric, and "spiritual" types that are able to dazzle with words, smiles, and conviction (see his interview with Alann Gregg). Tudge at least has an excuse, as he was not steeped in PhD studies in a scientific department in an academic institution for 3-4 years. Understanding the intuitive conclusions derived from the modern evolutionary synthesis (and other scientific evidence) requires abandonment of spiritual/egotistical tendencies, which unfortunately seem to have become too powerful in these two.

Sun, 29 May 2011 21:19:59 UTC | #632181

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