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Evolution, Ends, and the Everlasting Gospel

March 18th, 2016 by G.

Dr. Bruce Charlton has been thinking hard about evolution and the gospel. Evolution by natural selection is supposed to be a purposeless, random process.  But in practice, even evolutionary scientists cannot talk about evolution for a minute without mentioning ends (purposes, or in  metaphysics, teleology).  They will claim, if pressed, that it is only for convenience.

Something needs to be figured out. (more…)

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March 18th, 2016 08:56:05

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Prophets: Courtship

November 16th, 2015 by G.

Sex selection is a big thing in evolution.  Why does the peacock have a gaudy, useless tail?  The only reason we can think of is that drab little peahens like the macho display.  The tail says, “look at me!  I’m (bird)man enough to survive and thrive while carrying all this useless junk around.”  So generation after generation the drab little peahens flock around the guys with the biggest tail and cluck over his eggs, and so generation after generation the little male peachicks are the ones with the genes for the biggest tails.  So every generation the pea race gets bigger tails, tempered only by the fact that, you know, a lot of the peacocks sporting big tails probably get eaten.

That’s the theory anyway.  It’s the best explanation we can come up with for features that otherwise don’t make sense. (more…)

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November 16th, 2015 06:41:19

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part II: Why?

October 22nd, 2014 by Man SL

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October 22nd, 2014 12:27:05

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Mormon Prophets, Part I

October 17th, 2014 by G.

bloat

When I was a kid, bloating loomed pretty large in my mental landscape. We had ten acres of alfalfa, a milk cow, and several beef cattle, and we had to worry a lot about keeping the cattle from getting in to the alfalfa in the summer, or about chasing them out once they had got in. Because if they were allowed to, they would eat and eat the fresh, green alfalfa until their stomachs bloated up with methane gas and they died.

I saw a neighbor’s cow die of it. She was collapsed on the ground, her sides was bloated up like a balloon and she was fighting weakly to breath, and then she stopped. My dad saved our own cow when she got bloat. We found her in the field, where she shouldn’t be, staggering and distended. My dad came out with a hollow tube that was sharp at one end. My uncle steadied her while my dad stabbed the tube hard into her side. Green slime and gas exploded out.  It all made quite an impression on my young mind. I was somber about bloating, the way little kids can be when they are trying on being serious.

That all came back to mind recently. I am looking into getting livestock of my own in a small way. Most varieties of domestic animal I consider, the authorities warn that they are prone to overeating or overdrinking this or that, with the result that they die. Cattle aren’t the only animals that can satisfy themselves to death. (more…)

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October 17th, 2014 12:05:23

A Fairytale told by Moses and Darwin

March 27th, 2014 by G.

This is a fairy tale told by Moses and Darwin. (more…)

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March 27th, 2014 11:00:27

A Right Proper Mix of Contempt and Elan.

November 08th, 2013 by G.

Highly recommended.  You’ll laugh, you’ll roar:

 

It’s pretty much the sort of stuff Bertrand Russell used to put out when he needed to knock-off a popular best-seller or dazzle one of his mistresses. You see, my dear, belief in god is no better than belief in a teacup orbiting Mars, whereupon my dear would generally begin loosening her undergarments. The fact is that these kinds of arguments have been known to embarrass a wart hog. This has been tested at zoos, by the way, and the experiments widely reported.

There is no argument against religion that is not also an argument against mathematics. Mathematicians are capable of grasping a world of objects that lies beyond space and time

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November 08th, 2013 14:17:15

Mormonism and Evolution: the Marriage of Christ and Darwin

September 19th, 2013 by G.

Darwin_Fish_by_deaddamien People who accept evolution sometimes use it as a tool to decide whether religion is true or not. People who accept the gospel sometimes also use it as a tool to decide whether evolution can be true or not. People who accept evolution sometimes also use it as a tool to interpret religion–religion, they argue, must offer evolutionary benefits, since it is so widespread. These are all examples of treating either the gospel or evolutionary biology as true and putting the other in the dock.

But what if you treat both as true? (more…)

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September 19th, 2013 14:10:36

Don’t believe in evolution?

March 25th, 2013 by Vader

I think you’ll have the opportunity to witness it right before your eyes, very soon.

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March 25th, 2013 16:28:17

“Maybe Victorian prudes had a point”

July 20th, 2012 by Vader

Joseph Hertzlinger speculates on the evolutionary consequences of widely available porn.

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July 20th, 2012 10:52:24