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Category : Evolution

The Elusive Definition Of ‘Life’

Ever since we humans developed language, certain words have had exact and universal definitions. But other words… not so much. Perhaps strangely, some of the most important words/concepts have been the most difficult to define. Dead As Dirt This patch of dried mud looks entirely dead. However, a microscope would reveal that it’s teeming with[…]

Are Humans A Superior Species?

Here’s a question I found in a Facebook forum recently: Why Nature Choosed? English almost certainly isn’t the questioner’s first language, so I’m only considering the underlying assumptions in the question(s). Why nature choosed humans to be superior . . . ? Why not cats, whales, or eagles to lead . . . ? English[…]

13 More Christian Questions

Categories: Evolution, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2017.03.03

The definition of atheist is straightforward. In November, I responded to “10” (turned out to be 12) questions that a Christian supposedly posed to atheists. Today, I ran across another list. In case the Christians in my life have similar questions in mind but are unwilling to ask them, I post my answers here:

Survey Results: Surprising?

Thank you to everyone who participated in my short, non-scientific survey. Here are the results, which surprised me somewhat — the entire reason I conducted the survey was to either support or correct my assumptions about those who follow me on social media. I asked five simple questions relating to the underlying perspectives through which[…]

Short Survey, Please [Closed]

Click here to take the survey Though I’m pretty sure I already know most of my blog readers’ beliefs, I am trying to get a more complete picture of my social media circle’s positions on a few questions — just out of curiosity. If you have 10 seconds, please answer the five questions on this[…]

No, Ben Carson Is Not An Idiot

There is no shortage of people willing to call Dr. Ben Carson an idiot, despite clear evidence that he’s quite intelligent. This isn’t helpful to the national political conversation, in the same way it’s not helpful to call Senator Bernie Sanders a “commie” (something I’ve also seen quite frequently). Neither is true; both are personal[…]

Time Is Why We Haven’t Seen ETs

Central region of the Milky Way Galaxy Courtesy of NASA Some rights reserved A few weeks ago, someone told me they don’t believe there are “aliens”, by which they meant sentient extraterrestrial life*, because “if they did exist, we would have met them by now.” Time, of course, is the answer to this. The statement[…]

Racism Is Natural? No. No, It’s Not.

Categories: Evolution, Racism
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Published on: 2015.04.30

Is racism inborn, or taught, or some combination of the two? This question has been actively explored by psychologists, neuroscientists, and others in various fields — and of course it’s been pontificated on by people with no expertise in any particular field, kind of like what I’m about to do. • Racism Is ‘Hardwired’ Into[…]

The War On Science, Republican Version (UPDATED)

Categories: Evolution, Politics, Science
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Published on: 2015.01.13

(In case you missed it, I haven’t blogged here much in the past couple of weeks. Partly this is due to being tired of outrage. I exhausted myself a bit last year being outraged. Also, because I did a ton of research for some of my entries, and I grew tired of that too. Also,[…]

Book Review: The God Delusion (Dawkins, 2006)

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Published on: 2014.12.10

The God Delusion, trade paperback (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The God Delusion Author: Richard Dawkins Year: 2006 (mine was 2008 paperback) Publisher: Mariner Books ISBN 0-618-91824-8 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it on Google Books Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Dedicated to British humorist and science fiction[…]

It Took A Study To Tell Them This?

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Published on: 2014.09.19

I was startled by the “findings” reported in this Mother Jones article. It struck me as another study that didn’t need to be done. “…if you ask the questions the right way, Americans know a lot more … than you might think.” Well, der, Mother Jones (and Yale law professor Dan Kahan, who released the[…]

The Problem With ‘Faith vs. Evidence’

Baby gorilla, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) The difference between a Creationist and an Evolutionist is that one accepts on faith the words found in a very old book while the other accepts only hard scientific evidence. Right? That’s that narrative I see when browsing writings by those who fall[…]

Science: Cooperation Beats Selfishness

Categories: Evolution
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Published on: 2013.08.02

Another scientific study has shown what common sense already knew: that cooperating individuals will eventually win out over selfish lone individuals. A Michigan State University team published it study yesterday (reported in BBC News and, among others), saying “Being mean can give you an advantage on a short timescale but certainly not in the[…]

Future Possibilities Of Evolution

Categories: Evolution
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Published on: 1996.07.31

[Started 1996.07.31] A strange thought just struck me as I was reading Douglas Adams’ novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” Not that the novel was the catalyst of this strange thought, although it could have been. For the most part, science fiction usually assumes, and many times even states implicitly that the world as we[…]

Creation Or Evolution

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Published on: 1996.07.23

or “What Difference Does It Make?” July 23, 1996 It has long been mankind’s nature to argue. For many dozens of centuries humans have attempted to search for “Truth”, by which we mean: “that which relates events and/or facts as they actually exist“. In this quest for “Truth”, we are limited by our sensory perceptions,[…]

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