Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project

Pew has a number of articles up today showing poll results of Americans' views on end-of-life medical treatments, suicide, and related issues.  I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to see the enlightened views held by a majority of Americans, most of whom believe it would be acceptable to allow someone in a great deal … Continue reading Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project

A Society Without Marriage? | Psychology Today

Nigel Barber has a post up discussing a society without marriage, at least as we understand it, and its implications for the future of marriage in western societies. Anthropologists are constantly pointing out that the range of human behavior is vast.  Whenever people start thinking they've figured out the human condition, it always pays to … Continue reading A Society Without Marriage? | Psychology Today

Countering emotion with logic is often not effective

Massimo Pigliucci posted yesterday: Rationally Speaking: Irrationality, a personal study, his personal frustration in a conversation with a relative who, despite being a fairly rational person, had an emotional aversion to gay marriage.  Massimo lamented the difficulty in convincing people to approach things rationally. I think trying to counter emotional positions with logic is a tricky … Continue reading Countering emotion with logic is often not effective

The Varieties Of Scientific Experience

There are currently a lot of books on the market which deal with the question of God.  Most of them are either polemical, apologetic, or philosophically dense.  One that often gets overlooked is Carl Sagan's book, The Variety of Scientific Experience.  This book is a transcript of Sagan's Gifford lectures in the 80s, edited by Sagan's … Continue reading The Varieties Of Scientific Experience

Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? – Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

The Neuroskeptic has a post up about an experiment which seems to contradict the famous Libet experiment: Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com. I've personally never found the Libet experiment particularly compelling when it comes to free will arguments, but many do. Related articles The Hand-Waver's Guide to The Brain (jfnet.wordpress.com) The … Continue reading Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? – Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Buzz Blog: Getting Einstein to Say “I Was Wrong”

Buzz Blog: Getting Einstein to Say "I Was Wrong". An interesting post about how slow Albert Einstein was to accept the expanding universe cosmology.  It demonstrates that all of us, no matter how brilliant, are often unable to see past our own blind spots.  Of course, most of us would love to have Einstein's hit … Continue reading Buzz Blog: Getting Einstein to Say “I Was Wrong”

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

An interesting article at io9: 8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution. For most of the time that modern humans have existed on the planet, we've been hunter gatherers.  It's not until about 10,000 or so years ago that people started settling down and farming, with civilization cranking up around 5000 years ago. … Continue reading 8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution