MLK (and moral progress, knowledge, biases and cultural diversity)


The Washington Post has recently been indulging its readership in a series of articles proclaiming that a new progressive movement is taking form, and that changing demographics in battleground states suggest that Democratic presidents will become a norm. As a bleeding heart liberal – I was fairly progressive before living in Denmark, but seeing socialist policies first hand made me a true believer – I take great comfort in this. For too long the Tea Party has been the only extreme political movement on the ideological landscape, it’s time liberals offer a competing view to balance out the political spectrum. An outspoken progressive group would, at least I hope, get food stamp cuts off the negotiation table. But while I think the progressive has much to be excited about, I think that Americans as a whole should be hearted by this news – that changing demographics improve the chances of…

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Newly translated pre-Biblical tablet describes a great flood and a “rescue boat” with wild animals aboard—in pairs!

Why Evolution Is True

We’ve known since at least 1872 that the Great Flood detailed in Genesis is a descendant of earlier flood myths from Mesopotamia.  And there may be some credibility to the presence of at least some serious floods then, based on the fact that Mesopotamia is a giant flood plain and the presence of some archeological evidence for a big flood around 5000 BC. But what we didn’t know until now is that those earlier flood myths also incorporated a boat onto which species of wild animals were sequestered to save them—two by two!  This clearly shows, as if we didn’t know it already, that the Genesis story of Noah and the Ark isn’t true, but was simply an embroidery of earlier flood stories. (It will be interesting to see how Biblical literalists like Ken Ham react to this finding.)

This has all come to light since the recent…

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Falsifiability is useful, but a matter of judgment

Our discussions last week on Jim Baggott's book, 'Farewell to Reality', and Sean Carroll's Edge response, left me pondering falsifiability, the idea that theories should be falsifiable in order to be considered science. Falsifiability is a criteria identified by the philosopher Karl Popper.  Popper was arguing against a conception held at the time by logical … Continue reading Falsifiability is useful, but a matter of judgment