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Darwinism’s failure on morality

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolutionary-psychology/they-said-it-did-you-think-we-were-kidding-about-darwinism-and-morality/ UD rightly complains of the obtuseness of Darwinists on the question of morality, and this passage shows the way that science fundamentalism leads scientists (if they can be called that) to conclusions that should be seen as absurd, but which, since they toe the line in a strict conformity to science abstractions, are seen […]

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Darwinism’s lacuna of evolutionary morality

April 14th, 2012 · No Comments

MORAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF RELIGION I don’t think that there is any scientific explanation so far for either the nature or the evolution of morality. Its enigma eludes us, even as we act out its innate aspects, in the same way that we speak language, without understanding it. I find that Darwinian assumptions […]

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News file: Darwinism and morality

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

http://pryordailytimes.com/religion/x1940325647/DARWINISM-AND-MORALITY

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Harris, morality and Darwinism’s antagonism to altruism

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Harris has lost perspective on his subject, the moral landscape. But if we look at Darwinism and its treatment of the evolution of ethics we find a truly savage mathematical theory of altruism, whose main intent seems to be to destroy morality, especially the hated altruism that might interfere with capitalist economy.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Evolution of morality a perennial problem for Darwinism

August 11th, 2009 · No Comments

The origins of morality That the animal kingdom might show at least some intimations of moral behavior is not much of an argument, nor much of an explanation of how morality evolved. The dissent of Collins on this question is therefore not surprising: Darwinists have a severe problem with the question of morality, and the […]

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A three fold fix on morality/theory confusion: anthropological empricism, Kantian theory, and meditative self-consciousness…

June 7th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/molly-worthen-wanted-a-theology-of-atheism.html?_r=0: Wanted: A Theology of Atheism I’d come for Sunday Assembly, a godless alternative to church founded in London in 2013. A cheerful woman with a name tag stood and promised a crowd of about 40 people “all the fun parts of church but without any religion, and with fun pop songs.” The band led […]

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New atheism has problem re morality?

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

New atheism has problem re morality? | Uncommon Descent.

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The Kantian separation of religion and morality

October 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.christianpost.com/news/richard-dawkins-rejects-morality-ties-to-religion-dennis-prager-argues-theres-no-good-or-evil-without-god-105688/ Richard Dawkins Rejects Morality Ties to Religion; Dennis Prager Argues There’s No Good or Evil Without God The idea that morality and religion are separate was a seminal idea in the phiolosopher Kant. But with Dawkins we get the idea reahashed around a diatribe against theism, and religion. And the result is not good: […]

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Evo-psyc as a toxic version of Social Darwinism

September 1st, 2013 · No Comments

The issue of evo-psych is the same as that of Darwinism, basically, with a few idiosyncratic extensions. The attack on evo-psych is important because those extensions make extreme claims about the Darwinian explanations of mind, morality, religion, and the rest of it. Those extensions are false reductionist toxins that fuel the whole Social Darwinist mania […]

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Evolution, morality, and the failure of all theories (plus the Old Testament)

August 9th, 2013 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/pinker-pushback-ii-ross-douthat-accuses-steve-of-scientism/ this post from Coyne also discusses the issue of morality (and the charge of plying the Whiggish interpretation in his previous book, I won’t comment now on that, since I haven’t read the book in full, but there are comments on its thesis here inn this blog, search…). The evolution of morality has never […]

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The left needs to move past Darwinism // why it is inevitable

June 5th, 2013 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/06/04/de-wall-and-the-confusion-of-darwinian-pseudo-science-on-the-evolution-of-morality/ the link is to the discussion yesterday of de Waal’s book on evolution and morality. It is remarkable how tenacious the Darwinian belief system is among secular humanists. It is undermining such groups, quite needlessly. A similar statement can be made about the left: its embrace of Darwin’s theory eroded the critique of economic […]

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De Waal and the confusion of Darwinian pseudo-science on the evolution of morality

June 4th, 2013 · 2 Comments

If Apes Could Talk to Atheists: How Religious Life Has More to Do With Animal Instinct Than You’d Think Frans De Waal’s new book, “The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates” hits some hot button issues. http://www.alternet.org/books/bonobo-and-atheist-review?paging=off This article at Alternet is a good moment to challenge Franz de Waal’s […]

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Darwinism and classical liberalism: the incestuous relationship

May 4th, 2013 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/05/04/classical-liberalism-and-evolution/ Amazon: Darwinian Evolution and Classical Liberalism canvasses an array of thinkers from the past to the present as it examines fundamental political, philosophical, ethical, economic, anthropological, and scientific aspects of the ferment between Darwinian biology and classical liberalism. Early chapters focus on classical thinkers like John Locke and Adam Smith, while later chapters provide […]

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Darwinism and the failure of humanist ethics

April 10th, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/10/free-speech-culture-wars-and-enlightenment/ This a good piece, but the idea that game theory, fitness landscapes, and darwinism in general can resoleve ethical issues better than religion is highly dubious. Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham, Isaiah Berlin, John Rawles, and a host of other modern philosophers have variously come up with universalist moral systems, all based on the common […]

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We can bet our buffalo nickel this gang can’t figure ‘morality’ (as a science)

October 12th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2012/10/03/the-science-of-morality-part-1/ We can explore this page and its sources over time here, but we have mostly done this already, and a quick look at the prospectus and contributors doesn’t generate confidence. We have reviewed/critiqued most of the contributors here, and WITHOUT EXCEPTION their basic assumptions (usally about scientism/science and/or darwinism) vitiate their perspective. Before pursuing […]

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God and morality…

July 26th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/dawkins-dont-need-god-to-be-good–or-generous/2012/07/06/gJQA4fvLSW_blog.html: Dawkins: Don’t need God to be good … or generous While it is important to consider this perspective it is also important to not be naive here. The elite of well-educated secular humanists might well be highly moral, but the endless religion-bashing in the name of atheism and behind that the full set of […]

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GOP embraces social Darwinism

January 27th, 2012 · No Comments

GOP embraces social Darwinism By Carl Koch | The religious right rails against Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory that species evolve because only the fittest survive. Many Republicans favor the Genesis creation story. Nevertheless, members of the religious right embrace laissez-faire, anything-goes capitalism rooted in Darwin. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie summarized social Darwinism this way: “The law […]

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Darwinism and the failure of science, the coming ‘end of science’: redefining who is intelligent

August 5th, 2011 · No Comments

The issue of science, evolution, and morality is almost alarming to follow via the various debates and their constituencies. How did it come to pass that, against the insight of Alfred Wallace, the co-founder, probable real founder, of Darwinism, the whole muddle of evolutionary morality and religion came to haunt social scientists, so obsessively, without […]

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Darwinian confusion over morality

August 1st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-07-31-atheism-morality-evolution-religion_n.htm The issue is falsely posed: morality may not come from ‘god’, but it doesn’t arise by Darwinian evolution either. Darwinism cannot explain the emergence of morality. Thus, to say that one can be moral without ‘god’ is misleading. It is true, but it is also true that can’t be any real morality with Darwinian […]

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Darwinism neither a science nor a religion

July 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Is Darwinism a Religion? Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion — a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint — and Mr. Gish […]

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Harris’ destructive pseudo-ethics. There is no morality without free will

June 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Morality Without “Free Will” Harris’ take on morality is so mediocre that it hardly deserves any attention, but since his media celebrity started with his book on atheism people will take his stance seriously. These people attract ‘respect’ because they are smart, or seem to be, but people fail to see the extraordinary deadening effect […]

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Evolution, ethics, and Darwinism’s sick joke

March 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The current controversy over kin selection is overdue: it was always another one of those ‘smart’ stupid bits that fed the mystique of Darwinism. It is hard to pass judgment on the mechanics. In general if you breed a group of people for crime based on a population selected from a prison population (or any […]

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Science can’t do morality. Period

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Moral scepticism versus Sam Harris’s moral realism Harris’ ethics/morality is an empty brand of scientism, and no morality at all without addressing the issue of free will. These people are betting the public will never encounter the works of figures like Kant who have created the real foundations for ethics. Behind these science gangsters lies […]

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The Return to Social Darwinism

January 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

America’s Moral Crisis The Return to Social Darwinism By DAVID ROSEN The Great Recession of 2007-2009 was more than a financial and political crisis. At root, it was a moral crisis. http://www.counterpunch.org/rosen01282011.html Bernie Madoff and a handful of other racketeers were prosecuted, but all those actively or passively involved in the financial scam were not […]

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