Friday, August 12, 2005


There's a pretty good article in Time this week about the Evolution debate (which is actually also happeneing here in PA) which isn't really a debate, but a flat out excellent attempt to mix religion and science. But anyway, the part I liked was the little mini expert opionions and particularly the one by Steven Pinker a Harvard Psychology Professor who worte an excellent book about the brain/mind and Evolultionary Psychology that read a long time ago called "How the Mind Works". Anyway, part of what he writes is below:

Many people who accept evolution still feel that a belief in God is necessary to give life meaning and to justify morality. But that is exactly backward. In practice, religion has given us stonings, inquisitions and 9/11. Morality comes from a commitment to treat others as we wish to be treated, which follows from the realization that none of us is the sole occupant of the universe. Like physical evolution, it does not require a white-coated technician in the sky.

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