Can Natural Selection Explain Our Advanced Cognitive Abilities?

Yesterday, I was listening to a recent episode of The Atheist Experience, and it brought up an interesting topic. Russell Glasser was hosting, and he was joined by Neil Carter from Godless in Dixie. A little over halfway through, they had a theist named David call in who wanted to contrast theistic evolution with evolution… Continue reading Can Natural Selection Explain Our Advanced Cognitive Abilities?

8 Year Anniversary!

So today marks 8 years that I've been doing this blog. That's a pretty big milestone! I had two posts on November 14, 2006, and I thought it would be fun to repost them here (along with a little commentary). Here's the first: Well, this is the first official post of my new blog. Don’t… Continue reading 8 Year Anniversary!

Winning Isn’t Everything: Evolution Rewards Altruism

Ran across an interesting video today that discusses a new study from Michigan State University which found that being selfish is not advantageous from an evolutionary perspective. Sometimes evolution-deniers claim that if evolution were true, then compassion is a weakness. We would be better off if we were completely selfish -- if we swindled others… Continue reading Winning Isn’t Everything: Evolution Rewards Altruism

The Evidence for Evolution Part 2

You can find the first post in this series here. Time Before we can really dig in (if you'll forgive the pun) to what the fossils tell us, we need to establish a timeline. Many (most?) detractors of evolution maintain that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, because if you take the Bible… Continue reading The Evidence for Evolution Part 2

3 Questions for Atheists — 2nd Question

If you haven't read the first post, you can find it here. Otherwise, I'll assume we're all on the same page. Here's question 2: 2. You behave ethically. I suggest that is because you were brought up christian. Most atheists choose to behave reasonably ethically, but why? Are some things really right and wrong, if… Continue reading 3 Questions for Atheists — 2nd Question

3 Questions for Atheists — 1st Question

A week or two ago, friend and fellow blogger unkleE posed some questions to atheists, and instead of getting into them in that thread, I decided to address them here. 1. Do humans have choice to change the course of events? If so, how does it work in a physicalist universe? If not, who is… Continue reading 3 Questions for Atheists — 1st Question