Freeman Dyson’s natural theology: The human brain can’t be explained by evolution, ergo we’re “a miracle of some sort” — Why Evolution Is True

September 15, 2016

Most of you have probably heard of Freeman Dyson (born 1923), a mathematician and physicist of considerable accomplishment, who worked for decades at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He’s also a bit of a polymath, having published on biology and, unfortunately, on metaphysics. For, as he’s admitted, Dyson is a “nondenominational Christian”, something I didn’t know until […]

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Criticism of Mother Teresa: Too little and too late — Why Evolution Is True

September 5, 2016

Yes, today’s the day that Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, and so, as the Vatican hands her the receiver for a Hotline to God, let’s review the evidence that she’s not as saintly as everyone thinks. First, here’s an article from the August 26 New York Times about Aroup Chatterjee, an Indian doctor who has written two books […]

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The Holy Spud awes Canadian seniors; CBC said it could be a “sign from above” — Why Evolution Is True

September 5, 2016

Canadians are acting badly again, and here I’m referring to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who should know better. From the CBC, we have a story about a Holy Potato. The text is indented, and the figure captions are from the website. A cook was cutting potatoes at a Quebec seniors’ residence when he decided to slice […]

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Not much evidence for a historical Jesus — Why Evolution Is True

August 30, 2016

Apart from angry letters I get from believers—or kinder ones in which they pray for my salvation—perhaps the most frequent genre of emails in my box is about the historical Jesus. While I’m about 99.9999999% sure that any Jesus person who lived wasn’t divine, the son of God, or a miracle worker, I’m not all […]

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Usury

August 22, 2016

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via Articles about Usury from around the Web — USURY

Sean Carroll on Free Will

August 22, 2016

Yes, I know some of you are thinking “Oh, no—not another post on free will!” Well, if you’re one of those, you know what to do: just don’t read any further. I write about what interests me; and the free will debate, which is a rare nexus of of science, religion, and philosophy, is interesting. Plus […]

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Deception is alive and well in capitalism

August 20, 2016

Phishing & phooling. This one talks about the not so good side of the free market. We all buy stuff we don’t need, eat junk even when we know it is unhealthy. Today’s needull discusses that all this might just be a necessary outcome of free market which rewards deception and manipulation. Financial and Macroeconomic […]

via Nobel Prize Economists Say Free Market Competition Rewards Deception and Manipulation — Needull in a haystack

Neo-classical theory underestimates altruism

August 20, 2016

“A study by the Common Cause Foundation, due to be published next month, reveals two transformative findings. The first is that a large majority of the 1,000 people they surveyed – 74% – identifies more strongly with unselfish values than with selfish values. This means that they are more interested in helpfulness, honesty, forgiveness and justice than in money, fame, status and power. The second is that a similar majority – 78% – believes others to be more selfish than they really are. In other words, we have made a terrible mistake about other people’s minds.” ~ George Monbiot…

via We’re Not as Selfish as Economists Think We Are. Here’s the Proof. | Evonomics — JoAnn Chateau

Predators and Parasites

August 20, 2016

http://ift.tt/1Tou3un evonomics.com – David Sloan Wilson 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;’/> David Sloan Wilson and Lynn Stout A bedrock assumption of economics is that firms become well adapted by competing against each other. If so, then consider […]

via Don’t Be Fooled. Corporate Ecosystems Are Filled with Predators and Parasites – Evonomics — muzaffaruddin

Ant Colonies on the March

August 12, 2016

Ant Colonies Attacking Each Other