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Hauser guilty of cowardice?

December 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

IT SEEMS BIOLOGY (NOT RELIGION) EQUALS MORALITY I was perhaps overly hasty in dismissing Hauser’s work today in a previous post. His thesis makes a good deal of sense, and shows a strong resemblance to Kantian thinking on morality. The problem I have is, not the suggestion that our sense of morality has ‘evolved’, but […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Kant

Bias and reductionist limits in bioethics

November 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Is bioethics and ally of atheism? The very nature of the question is somehow alarming, and a warning that ethical judgments from atheists/darwinists are all going to be reconciled with scientism, a recipe for disaster in the end. It is a form of bias.

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Tags: biology · ethics

Bioethics an ally of atheism?

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Is bioethics an ally of atheism? by Michael Cook – BioEdge http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/8756/ from dawkins site From a professional bioethicist’s point of view, one of the disturbing facts to emerge from the heated debate over Obamacare is that “bioethicist” has become a dirty word for many Americans. Few had ever heard of bioethics before, but healthcare […]

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Tags: atheism · ethics

Kant vs Nietzsche on ‘death of god’ and rebirth of morality

October 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Does the Death of God Mean the Death of Morality? A Darwinian Response to Nietzsche’s Challenge Actually not, the ‘death of god’ (a false concept in any case) can be a precondition for a real morality, without the theistic confusion over autonomy criticized by Kant. Behind all the hot air of Nietzsche’s ‘death of god’ […]

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Sandel on justice

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

http://chronicle.com/article/Michael-Sandel-Wants-to-Talk/48573/ Michael Sandel Wants to Talk to You About Justice Taking his popular Harvard course to public television may raise the scholar’s profile and, just maybe, the tone of political discourse Sandel’s discussion has a strong Kantian component, and the place of this in the Darwin universe is problematical, which means that Darwinism is problematical.

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Tags: ethics · liberalism

Booknotes: Darwin’s Ethic

September 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Arnhart reviews/discusses Weikart’s new Darwin’s Ethic According to Weikart, the fundamental end for Hitler’s ethic was the evolutionary improvement in the human species. Hitler interpreted the Darwinian conception of evolution as dominated by a struggle for existence as teaching that the only moral imperative was the survival and reproduction of the superior races over the […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Common ordinary morality?

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments

The discussion of evolution and ethics is an ironic challenge to human intelligence, with the inexorable conclusion that we don’t have the facts required to produce a theory of ethics or its evolution. To see the point it is worth considering Kant’s discussion of ‘common ordinary morality’ beginning in his Grundlagen. He claims to be […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Kant

‘Morality doesn’t equal God’

August 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Morality doesn’t equal God The Darwin faithful are on the attack against Wright, whose confusions over evolution and morality are still not kosher with the Darwinian literalists. Myers relieves himself of some Nietzschean impatience: Nope, says I. First, there is no moral law: the universe is a nasty, heartless place where most things wouldn’t mind […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Kant · Science & Religion

Don’t be intimidated by Darwin thugs like Sam Harris

August 7th, 2009 · No Comments

The strange case of Sam Harris I find this article by Sam Harris, discussed yesterday, genuinely shocking, because it shows how the current regime will make intelligent people (like Harris, supposedly) stupid via the obsessive education in Darwinian fundamentalism. Such people are dangerous, far more so than a pleasant fool like Collins. Harris should know […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

The strange case of Sam Harris

August 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The Strange Case of Francis Collins I have frequently been critical of Francis Collins, and find the attempt to create a hybrid Christian Darwinism to be incoherent. But the current witchhunt against him by the New Atheists is entirely alarming, and the obsessive efforts of Sam Harris, of all people, in this direction are a […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · New Age

Booknotes: Neiman’s Moral Clarity

August 1st, 2009 · No Comments

world, not be determined by it’Susan Neiman talks to spiked about the death of philosophy, the need for moral reasoning, and how the Enlightenment taught us to live without absolute certainty.

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Tags: Booknotes · ethics

Evolution and ethics, Darwinian confusion

July 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Harris’ attempt to criticize Collins for his beliefs on evolution and ethics are the height of Darwinian naivete. I am not endorsing Collins’ views, but at leat he can see that the domain of scientism is unable to explicate the complexities of ethics. If we examine the eonic effect it becomes clear immediately that the […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Who is more confused, Collins or the Darwin fanatics?

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Francis Collins and the God of the Gaps I fear that Collins bungled his case here. But the problem is acute for Darwinists. To say that sociobiology explains the evolution of altruism, after considering hypothetical scenarios with worker ants shows that biologists are completely out in left field, and, worse, don’t realize it, and can’t […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

The myths of revelation and the actual perception of ‘eonic’ evolution

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Two comments on The Eonic Effect and the Emergence of Values in History/Evolution James said, July 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm No doubt about it, but I was backing up your point that neither side gives us any insight into our moral sense. James said, July 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm …and I can sympathize […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · History · Kant · The Eonic Effect

Kant, ethics, and ‘common ordinary morality’

July 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Do Atheists Borrow Religion’s Morality? These proponents of religious morality are overconfidernt of their position. I see no reason, in principle, why atheism can’t be as moral as anything else. But, historically, it didn’t work that way, and, what is more, figures like Nietzsche misled immense numbers of secularists into thinking that morality was finished […]

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Tags: atheism · ethics · Evolution

Atheists, religion, and morality

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Do Atheists Borrow Religion’s Morality? This article raises some important questions, but finally misses the point. What is Religion’s Morality? Which religion is being referred to? If we restrict the question to Christianity, then what morality is proposes by Christianity? It is not use saying that Moses received the ten commandments on Mt. Sinai! Please, […]

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Tags: ethics · Science & Religion

Kant, virtue and happiness

July 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Kant, freedom, science and modernity dandy said, July 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm · “This is significant feedback: noone can understand what is being pointed to: the discrete freedom sequence, or more simply the double birth of democracy, according to a complex pattern of emergentise. As we study the eonic effect a whole […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant

Common ordinary morality

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Ethics and Freedom Kant’s ethics is really several things. The first issue is the nature of freedom, the second the derivation of ethical principles from reason. The latter is very controversial, and yet I think that Kant’s ethics is merely incomplete. There is something like an unfinished building about the effort. In any […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Animals can tell right from wrong?

May 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Animals can tell right from wrong I find the material here interesting, and if it were from any other source than Darwinian scientists I would even be enthusiastic, but since it is from Darwinists a full red alert takes effect immediately. Part of the problem is the title here: it is obvious that animals can’t […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

The atheist and morality

January 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Today’s post: Atheists and morality, on Atheists have moral reflections too by Sue Blackmore Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/04/religion-atheism-radio4-bbc Blackmore raises some perfectly valid points, but some distinctions should be made here. We might distinguish atheists in general atheists who are Darwinists/Dawkins followers, and/or adopt Darwinian views of the evolution of ethics [many other possibilities, […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Philosophy

Comment on New atheists discrediting themselves?

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

James comment on New atheists discrediting themselves? James said, November 13, 2008 at 6:05 pm The whole “God” debate is completely irrelevant and boring to me and I don’t care for any of the parties involved. My point is that there is a logical contradiction in the marriage of ethics and a mechanistic theory like […]

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Tags: ethics

Atheists and morality

November 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Comment from Brandon, New atheists discrediting themselves It’s not that they are discrediting themselves, it is merely because their foundation to speak on morals and ethics is very fragile with no absolute guideline. In an atheistic world, anyone can hold any position on morality/ethics and any defense for it is purely subjective and because of […]

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