Or perhaps one should ask, how did butterflies start to become caterpillars? Caution: Some pretty radical theorizing here.
Also: Today at the Post-Darwinist
Alley Oop, if you lie to me one more time …
Human evolution: It all began in Pasta City, see …
Elite atheist scientists’ views on people of faith: Bash them with a crowbar, or only a baseball bat?
Today at the Mindful Hack:
Research that tells you something you already knew. Givers are happier. Do people give because they are happy or are they happy because they give? Actually, it is more likely a feedback loop – it is mutually reinforcing if you keep it up.
Does religion really poison everything? “Mark Musick of the University of Texas thought, when he started his research on volunteerism worldwide, that education would best predict who volunteers, but he found that attending religious services was the strongest predictor, stronger than either education or income.”
Mario Beauregard is a neuroscientist who has been studying the brain for years. His findings are surprising: he believes he has found a neurological reason to believe in the existence of the soul.