Category: Culture

Newswatch — tracking the Ukraine crisis in light of the shadows of 1938 . . .

Preliminary thoughts are here, I  have a very queasy feeling in my tummy over this one. For historical context, here is Wiki’s summary of developments coming out of the 1938 “Peace in our time” crisis of 1938, which began with German agitation over the claimed plight of the Sudeten Germans living under Czech rule — […] more

Apparently, US Republicans (39%) doubt humans evolved from an earlier species of animals

but it turns out, most Democrats could not correctly answer both that the Earth goes around the Sun and that this takes a year. The two divergences are treated as if they are exactly the same, of course, and guess which gets the more publicity? more

Prominent science writer insists Darwinian evolution is ongoing, wants to revive “conversation” about race

Not clear why Wade thinks a conversation on the importance of race is “overdue.” Did someone blink and miss a couple of hundred? more

Will love for robots be the next sexual revolution?

Asks a writer at New Scientist, wondering whether people will be allowed to marry robots. more

Darwin troll declares victory over software engineer

There is a serious conversation going on. But you have to go somewhere quiet to find it. more

Darwin and gays, and the BBC

Further to (evolutionary biologist) “Larry Moran suddenly discovers an absolute moral value,” here’s a BBC News article bending itself in knots over “the evolutionary puzzle of homosexuality,” learning and passing on nothing in particular. more

Did Lincoln read Origin of Species in New York?

A commenter who insists on such a possibility being history may as well just go to Wikipedia and write it into the record, and Wiki will believe. Many people today prefer a facts optional world. more

Kolmogorov: Helping make probability a scientific concept

But then he tried applying it to literature, where it flopped in all probability. Something about the design. more

Can’t sleep? Bone up on social Darwinism on BBC Radio 4

A friend says it’s an interesting program. We think he means it’s not just another big whitewash job more

Wikipedia’s Darwinized Lincoln was historically impossible, it turns out

From Sisson, The idea that Lincoln took time off from the biggest ambition of his life — winning the Presidency, in the midst of the crisis of slavery and secession — to read a hot-off-the-presses copy of Origin of Species is, frankly, ridiculous. more

Just wondering: If humans are a plague, why isn’t climate doom an answer?

A new documentary and e-book, The War on Humans, documents the hottest trend in hating one’s neighbour. more

Kas Thomas still hanging in at BigThink, despite Darwinists’ attacks

He writes, I’m shocked at the degree of intolerance and disrespect shown in some of these comments by Darwinists, who in many cases (it turns out) are anything but open-minded, tolerant, or reasonable. more

CS Lewis (1898–1963) honoured at Westminster Abbey

Some zealous followers of Darwin have tried to claim him as one of their own, just as some have tried to claim Abraham Lincoln, and with about equal credibility. more

Darwin’s Wikipedians misrepresent Lincoln again, already

So for now, you can read an account at Wikipedia that is deeply misleading on the main point at issue (Lincoln preferred design to Darwin). But now that Darwin Day is past, it is no longer blatantly false. more

Romantic love? Taking out the trash on evolutionary psychology

A much bigger problem is the apparent assumption that through most of human history, people got to be with whoever they were attracted to. more

Love Doctor Helen Fisher, evolutionary psychologist, expert on romance who got divorced after 6 months

If there were one person in the world who might have converted me to Darwinism, it would have been love doctor Helen Fisher, a professor of love, romance, anthropology and evolution at Rutgers university. Her writings are an enchanting mix of real life romance stories sprinkled with the fictions of evolution. She has a truly […] more

What if Lincoln and Darwin HAD met?

Over at Evolution News & Views, John West notes Darwin Day’s forgotten figure. No, not Alfred Russel Wallace, but U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, born the same day in 1809. In sociologist Steve Fuller’s imagination, they do meet (a snatch of transcript). Here’s the audio. More. Follow UD News at Twitter! more

Laszlo Bencze’s reflections on Darwin Day

Darwin alone of all scientists attained the rank of secular savior. It is why he receives public celebration that in medieval times was reserved for sacred relics. more

Cautionary tale for Darwin Day: Darwin and the bounds of true science

Now Darwinism is consensus science in biology. Speculation is limited to jamming nature into his ideas, whether or not she fits. And his followers, given their emotional commitments, are just the people to do it. more

New book offers: What the Scopes “monkey” trial was really about

Fred Siegel argues, This idea of backwards America, yearning to lynch people who were in disagreement with them, really takes hold right there, right around the Scopes Trial. We never quite recover from it.

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