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Telling right from wrong?

This follows on from my post Can science shape human values? That included an audio of a discussion on science and morality recorded before the Origins of Morality Workshop held at Arizona State University recently. On November 6th a panel … Continue reading

Can science shape human values?

There’s been a bit of discussion lately about the relationship between science and human values. Partly because of the recent Edge Seminar (see The new science of morality, Is and ought and A scientific consensus on human morality). But also … Continue reading

The new science of morality

This last week saw the latest Edge Seminar – The New Science of Morality – held in the US. (see Edge: THE NEW SCIENCE OF MORALITY). This looks fascinating.  Nine leading researchers in the field gave presentations. Short abstracts are … Continue reading

Making room for faith in science?

Book review: Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science by Michael Ruse Price: US$18.57; NZ$79.97 Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 8, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0521755948 ISBN-13: 978-0521755948 Unfortunately this … Continue reading

The facts of evolution – and jealousy

Some time ago (Evolution – a theory or a fact?) I made the observation: “Our knowledge about evolution includes facts (e.g., fossil records, genetics, molecular biology of DNA), theories (e.g, natural selection, sexual selection, genetic drift) and speculation (e.g., much … Continue reading

Scientific laptop fashion?

I must upgrade my computer soon. Meanwhile I keep my eyes open to see what is available and what might be suitable for me. I have even considered a laptop – so am naturally interested in what people are using. … Continue reading

The greatest show

Here’s a book to look forward to. Coming this September is Richard Dawkins‘ latest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I understand that this book will engage more with the arguments of those who seek to … Continue reading

Where did we come from?

Anyone interested in this question (and aren’t most of us) could not do better than watch the videos coming out of the Origins symposium. With a mission statement of “Exploring Questions at the Edge of Knowledge: From the Universe to … Continue reading

Darwin, art and entanglement

It’s hard to beat a good book. I enjoy books but find reading from a computer monitor difficult. There’s something about words on paper. Mind you, computers and the internet do provide a beautiful compliment to books. I have often … Continue reading


This is a word I had never heard before – but instantly understood its meaning, and usefulness, when I did come across it. It leapt off the page while reading Steven Pinker’s book  How the Mind Works. Talking about  religious … Continue reading