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Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
This, too, may be happening already. Christian and Muslim fundamentalists and anti-consumerism activists already understand exactly what the Great Temptation is, and how to avoid it. They insulate themselves from our creative-class dreamworlds and our EverQuest economics. They wait patiently for our fitness-faking narcissism to go extinct. Those practical-minded breeders will inherit the Earth as like-minded aliens may have inherited a few other planets. When they finally achieve contact, it will not be a meeting of novel-readers and game-players. It will be a meeting of dead-serious super-parents who congratulate each other on surviving not just the Bomb, but the Xbox.     
evolution  psychology  space  technology 
april 2018 by whip_lash
Does Religion Really Poison Everything? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
While the field is still young and fairly small—those involved haven't settled on a name yet, though "evolutionary religious studies" gets thrown around—its findings could reshape a very old debate. Maybe we should stop asking whether God exists and start asking whether it's useful to believe that he does.
religion  evolution 
august 2012 by whip_lash
New Statesman - The social cell
Consider four unrelated species of social cell that share some interesting features. What do the Japanese tea ceremony, debutante parties, Ponzi schemes and many Christian churches have in common? They are all variations of an insidiously effective social mechanism that:
1) thrives on human innocence, and
2) nobody had to design, and
3) is threatened with extinction by the rising tide of accessibility to information.
evolution  psychology  religion  sociology 
april 2012 by whip_lash
BBC News - Charles Darwin's ecological experiment on Ascension isle
Egged on by Darwin, in 1847 Hooker advised the Royal Navy to set in motion an elaborate plan. With the help of Kew Gardens - where Hooker's father was director - shipments of trees were to be sent to Ascension.

The idea was breathtakingly simple. Trees would capture more rain, reduce evaporation and create rich, loamy soils. The "cinder" would become a garden.
environment  evolution  science  darwin  ecology  ecosystem  terraforming 
september 2010 by whip_lash
Evolution and Creativity: Why Humans Triumphed - WSJ.com
The notion that exchange stimulated innovation by bringing together different ideas has a close parallel in biological evolution. The Darwinian process by which creatures change depends crucially on sexual reproduction, which brings together mutations from different lineages.
evolution  culture  economics  intelligence  trade  psychology 
may 2010 by whip_lash
Op-Ed Contributor - A Grand Bargain Over Evolution - NYTimes.com
Since Lewis wrote — and unbeknown to many believers — evolutionary psychologists have developed a plausible account of the moral sense. They say it is in large part natural selection’s way of equipping people to play non-zero-sum games — games that can be win-win if the players cooperate or lose-lose if they don’t.
religion  science  evolution  ethics 
september 2009 by whip_lash
Morality may have roots in our primate ancestors - Telegraph
Although morality has always been viewed as a human trait that sets us apart from the animals, it now appears our closest ancestors share the same scruples.

Scientists have that discovered monkeys and apes can make judgements about fairness, offer sympathy and help and remember obligations.

Researchers say the findings may demonstrate morality developed through evolution, a view that is likely to antagonise the devoutly religious, who see it as God-given.
religion  evolution 
february 2009 by whip_lash
Ideas: Who is Against Evolution?
People who say they are against teaching the theory of evolution are very likely to be Christian fundamentalists. But people who are against taking seriously the implications of evolution, strongly enough to want to attack those who disagree, including those who teach those implications, are quite likely to be on the left.
politics  evolution 
august 2008 by whip_lash
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Butterfly shows evolution at work
"To my knowledge, this is the fastest evolutionary change that has ever been observed,"
biology  evolution 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Skeptic: eSkeptic: Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
[Dawkins] has not done any original work on the subject and he has not fairly represented the work of his colleagues.
evolution  religion  science 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Darwin Still Rules, but Some Biologists Dream of a Paradigm Shift - New York Times
Is Darwin due for an upgrade? There are growing calls among some evolutionary biologists for just such a revision, although they differ about what form this might take.
science  biology  genetics  evolution 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Damn Interesting » On the Origin of Circuits
It seems that evolution had not merely selected the best code for the task, it had also advocated those programs which took advantage of the electromagnetic quirks of that specific microchip environment.
evolution  technology 
june 2007 by whip_lash
Science of the Soul? ‘I Think, Therefore I Am’ Is Losing Force - New York Times
As biologists turn up evidence that animals can exhibit emotions and patterns of cognition once thought of as strictly human, Descartes’s dictum, “I think, therefore I am,” loses its force.
psychology  evolution  biology  philosophy 
june 2007 by whip_lash

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