Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Culture Darwinism Intelligent Design

Do atheists or religious people have better sex lives – or chimpanzees?

Darrel Ray thinks that atheists have better sex lives, citing his study to prove it: But devoutly religious people rated their sex lives far lower than atheists. They also admitted to strong feelings of guilt afterwards. Strict religions such as Mormons ranked highest on the scale of sexual guilt. Their average score was 8.19 out […]

Evolutionary psychology Human evolution

Human evolution: “Fatherhood made us human”is next up

By now, so many things made us human. Better to say we don’t know? Here we are told about “How fatherhood made us human.” According to Alan Boyle at MSNBC‘s Cosmic Log (06/2011/17): Other research suggests that early humans diverged from chimps in the organization of hunter-gatherer societies. Groups of chimpanzees are generally organized along […]

Intelligent Design

Culture critic Nancy Pearcey on Christianity as science starter, not science stopper

Here: Why didn’t polytheistic religions produce modern science? The answer is that finite gods do not create the universe. Indeed, the universe creates them. They are generally said to arise out of some pre-existing, primordial “stuff.” For example, in the genealogy of the gods of Greece, the fundamental forces such as Chaos gave rise to […]

Christian Darwinism Culture Intelligent Design

Agnostic sociologist on the “Darwinian wars”

Steve Fuller, reviewing Conor Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong (Eerdmans, 2011) for Times Higher (24 March 2011), comments, Let me start by conceding the central, most controversial thesis argued in this book: that neo-creationism and ultra-Darwinism are opposing offshoots of the same modernist root. Both read the […]

Intelligent Design Mind

Atheist philosopher Raymond Tallis trashes “Darwinitis,” strikes blow for reality of consciousness

In “Human consciousness is much more than mere brain activity,” Mark Vernon writes, “When we meditate or use our powers of perception, we call on more than just a brain” (The Guardian, June17, 2011): How does the animated meat inside our heads produce the rich life of the mind? Why is it that when we […]

Culture

US Republican presidential runner Michele Bachmann explicitly supports ID in public schools?

in an “everything on the table….let the students decide” approach, says HuffPost. Could she possibly be channelling her own base? Michele Bachmann expressed skepticism of evolution at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday. “I support intelligent design,” Bachmann told reporters following her speech at the conference, CNN reports. “What I support is putting all […]

Evolution

Remember “evolve already? Now this …

At Enlightenment Next, we learn from physicist Brian Swimme, This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans. Which is happening everywhere in the universe at a pace we can account for. Or maybe not. See also “Evolve […]

Mind Neuroscience

Spotted!: “irreducible complexity” used (misused?) in popular literature

In Incognito, Baylor College of Medicine’s “rock star” neuroscientist David Eagleman argues for  neuroscience to determine prison sentences, using the term: Not everyone with a brain tumour undertakes a mass shooting, and not all males commit crimes. Why not? As we will see in the next chapter, it is because genes and environment interact in […]

Human evolution

“Evolve faster, Schmiddle. We can’t afford to just hire smarter help.”

At MSNBC (6/16/2011), Jennifer Walsh advises us, “Humans are evolving slower than thought” and that “We probably separated from chimps evolutionarily longer ago than expected.”: The researchers found that on average, humans seem to have about 60 new mutations passed down every generation — that’s 60 changes out of 6 billion letters, or bases, that […]