Tag: evolution

Could Suicidal Behaviors Be the Result of Evolution?

Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic. One in six Americans will suffer a major depressive disorder at some point in life.1 That word—disorder—characterizes how most of us see depression. It’s a breakdown, a flaw in the system, something to be remedied and moved past. Some psychologists, however, have argued that depression is ...

Creationism vs. Evolution: The Debate

Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated the origins of life last night live from the Creationist Museum in Kentucky. The great success of the debate was to inform and raise awareness of how vital science is to our future. Nye made this point many times in the debate. In the end, theism and atheism are ...

The Closing of the Scientific Mind

From David Gelernter in Commentary Magazine: “The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this power in mind no matter what they say or ...

Accessing the Mystic: The Via Negativa

[post_intro]What happens when a Cambridge-trained scientist and a revolutionary priest join forces to probe the mystery of spiritual experience? The answer lies in Accessing the Mystic, an unprecedented video featuring Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox. Each drawing from his own tradition, these radical thinkers reveal how they traveled their respective paths — and ultimately ...

Edward Tufte

The Art of Data Visualization from PBS

Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than ...

Paranormal Phenomena by Simon Thorpe

This is a really interesting presentation originally made on the 15th of January 2013 to a group called “Incognu” which is an association of people interested in Cognition in Toulouse, France. Simon Thorpe is Directeur de Recherche at Centre de Recherche Cerveau & Cognition. Thorpe’s basic position can be summarized as follows: Can paranormal phenomena ...

Taboo Biology: Epigenetics

Throughout the twentieth century, one of the strongest taboos in biology was against the inheritance of acquired characteristics, sometimes called Lamarckian inheritance, after the pioneering evolutionary biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829). Lamarck proposed that adaptations by plants and animals could be passed on to their offspring. In this respect, Charles Darwin was a convinced Lamarckian. He ...

Drop Into Water

The Presence of the Past

Here is a classic interview with a young Rupert Sheldrake in 1989 by Jeffrey Mishlove for the Thinking Allowed series. From the description: Were there any “laws of the universe” at the time of the “big bang?” Oxford trained biologist Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of The Presence of the Past, says that all laws developed ...

The Ramayana

My Books From 2011

I think this is all of them from the past year. Evolution by James A. Shapiro Jaya by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe The Ultimate Question 2.0 by Fred Reichheld, Rob Markey Stop Walking on Eggshells by Randi Kreger, Paul T. Mason The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins Getting Things Done ...

The Evolution of Telepathy

Field observations have suggested that wolves and other wild animals may communicate telepathically over many miles, and surveys have shown that about 50% of dog owners and about 30% of cat owners believe that their pets may respond to their thoughts or silent commands. Among humans, apparent telepathy is most commonly reported between members of ...

My 41 Books for 2010

I just realized that I’ve gone an entire year without posting my reading list. Obviously I didn’t do a lot of writing this year but I did do a lot of reading. Here is the list in chronological order with the ones I’m still reading on top. [one_third] The Adventure of English: The Biography of ...

Evolutionary Theory Needs Revising

The story, still sometimes repeated in creationist circles, goes like this: it is the 1960s, at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, and a team of astronomers is using cutting-edge computers to recreate the orbits of the planets, thousands of years in the past. Suddenly, an error message flashes up. There’s a problem: way ...

E.O. Wilson + Daniel Dennett

The biologist and the philosopher meet up to talk about God, evolution, incest, and of course, ants. E.O. Wilson is a biologist. Daniel C. Dennett is a philosopher. Both believe that understanding evolution is essential to understanding our humanity. Despite an incipient blizzard, they met up in the spring of 2004 to talk about God, ...

Darwin Does D.C.

From Scientific American, “According to a 2005 Pew Research Center poll, 70 percent of evangelical Christians believe that living beings have always existed in their present form, compared with 32 percent of Protestants and 31 percent of Catholics. Politically, 60 percent of Republicans are creationists, whereas only 11 percent accept evolution, compared with 29 percent ...

Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much

This article is from the New York Times (August 30, 2005). The most striking thing from this article by Cornelia Dean may be that 20% of Americans think that the Sun goes around the Earth: When Jon D. Miller looks out across America, which he can almost do from his 18th-floor office at Northwestern University ...

What’s Next in Human Evolution?

A friend recently asked me, “What’s the next step in human evolution?” As much as I have read on the topic of evolutionary biology and psychology, I had never really considered this. I think there are few reasons for this. These reasons are outlined below: 1. Evolution does not imply progress. There is so much ...

What Do You Believe In?

What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it? That’s what online magazine The Edge – the World Question Center asked over 120 scientists, futurists, and other interesting minds. Today we’ve all become talented at searching for the right answers. The real problem is, however, are we bright enough to ask the ...