Archive for August, 2016

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 […]

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



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 […]

via Sean Carroll on free will — Why Evolution Is True

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 – 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

University of Texas threatens professors who ban guns in their classrooms — Why Evolution Is True

August 12, 2016

As I’ve mentioned before, on August 1 a Texas law went into effect that allows students at four-year colleges to carry concealed handguns nearly everywhere on campus. (In exactly a year the same law will apply to two-year colleges.) My post described the law like this: The students need permits for their concealed carry, and […]

via University of Texas threatens professors who ban guns in their classrooms — Why Evolution Is True

Why Evolution is True: A Good Discussion

August 12, 2016

I’m reading Sean Carroll’s new book, The Big Picture (it’s very good; I’ll provide a review when I’m done), and once again I got balled up about the difference between Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and his Special Theory of Relativity. I can never get them straight, no matter how many times I look them […]

via What should people know about your field to be considered “educated”? — Why Evolution Is True

Progress and the Pendulum Swing: Capitalism and Religion from the Roman Empire to the First Industrial Revolution

August 9, 2016

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