Archive for the 'Science' Category

Taking Religion Seriously: Moral Minds and Mary Midgley

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Even though I’m sure I’ll disagree with a lot of what it has to say (I’m a post-modern deconstructionist, after all, and words like universal always raise my hackles), I am so glad that a book like Moral Minds has come out (Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right And Wrong, Marc Hauser). We need some sort of antidote from the scientific community to books which have recently been published denouncing religion as too silly to take seriously. I have not yet had a chance to read Moral Minds, but based on the NYT review and some brief participation in Professor Marc Hauser‘s online research project, it appears that, although Moral Minds does not address religion per se, focusing instead on what Professor Hauser believes is the significant role of morality in human evolutionary biology, Moral Minds at least opens the way for serious scientific discussion of the function of religion in human evolutionary biology – given that religion is a primary provider of moral system and therefore a shaper of moral minds.

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Myth, Religion, and Human Evolutionary Biology

Monday, December 15th, 2003

Somewhere in the distant past, in search of the ultimate survival strategy, humanity struck out on a path different from that of our animal friends, evolving from creatures ruled by instinct to creatures ruled by culture. This deviation from the animal norm is known as the human experiment, and the jury is still out as to its success. For, given the choices we are making and the direction we are taking, we may go the way of the dinosaurs.
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