Archive for September, 2016

The Evolutionary Lever of Violence

September 30, 2016

There’s a new paper in Nature about the level of intraspecific violence in humans and other species, written by José Maria Gómez et al. (free reference and download below). The question is how often members of single species kill each other in the wild, and whether humans are outliers. It’s already gotten a lot of attention in the press, […]

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“Can’t Wait” on Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” Album

September 30, 2016

Introduction Throughout Time Out Of Mind there has been a gradual development in the narrator’s mental state. This development not only continues in Can’t Wait, but speeds up considerably. At the beginning of the song the narrator seems desperate for his lover to return. He’s no longer kidding himself as he was on Make You […]

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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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