Great vídeo published yesterday.
“We don´t have that option”
“I offer this four-minute video on “Science in America” containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken.
As always, but especially these days, keep looking up.”
—Neil deGrasse Tyson
(Unless, Universities dec…[Read more]
and Richard’s comment that it’s poorly-written is an understatement
where does Prof. Dawkins make such statement?
I can tell you I know at least one person that seems to dislike The Selfish Gene, shall I accept that no one else does?
what could possibly someone expect when reading an autobiographic book other than it´s authenticity?
What I´ve came about to know now is that Carl Sagan received (after his death) through Ann Druyan in 1998, by the inniciative of Mariano Gago as Minister a honorary nobiliatic medal for having attacted the interest for science in a large part of young population.
For that matter, nothing would be better than a scientist as Minister of Education, and, of course no University could ministrate such scientific illiteracy as dinossaurs replica dated 6.000 years, that would not be accepted and I am afraid the course would never be approved in first place to open to students (Universities should never become a…[Read more]
I have merely tried to point out how Prof. Dawkins’s apparent surprise
expressed in the above article, that Tim Short retained some regard
for his theological alma mater
It seems the graduate student Timothy Short reports in the page above that Prof. Dawkins was perturbed with the dated dinossaur fossil replica displayed in the h…[Read more]
Memories are more like spiders’ webs than apples. They are in effect
hyper dimensional in their linkages to each other and without clear
boundaries. Forgetting someone’s name doesn’t mean the name is not in
your head (it is nowhere else however you wish to interpret) just that
that route to it is fritzed. There are nearly always other…
My point was only that ex-religionists who were once fully immersed
in the culture of the relevant religious community naturally retain
the memories and emotional effects of the naturally positive
experiences of their religious lives after they have repudiated the
religion and are working to overcome the ill effects of indoctrination…
it makes no difference whether our moral impulses are evolved or
Actually I think it does. Not arguing too deep about it I know someone that I think is really cruel, however capable of being gentle afterwards, what made someone argue “even the Devil is gentle sometimes”, I guess we all know the difference between being gentle by…[Read more]
By defintion culture stands for what is not inherited, but learnt through cultural transmition by mechanisms of socialization, so the sentence formulated
“instinct” is purely biological or a learned habit
Instinct is in a sense the opposite: what is innate (not learnt), no need to teach a baby suckling.
I am capable of saying nonsense e…[Read more]
Whether you think “instinct” is purely biological or a learned habit,
or a combination of the two, it comes down to the same goal: the
minimization of harm to biological organisms.
One just have to consider that some patterns of culture are harmful for individuals, for ins…[Read more]
You said that babies have no sense of selves; so you are talking about
selves. I say they do have a sense of self in so far as the light of
the sun or the cool air is – well I can’t really prove this – not part
of that self – its experience within its own body, that is. It doesn’t
know what a body is or what light or warmth is but it fe…
What is a Kantian spirit? I don’t know what that means. Dan
I was quoting the same exact words used by the author.
The reference of the author in footnote is “Sagesse et illusions de la philosophie” de Jean Piaget p. 82, perhaps you can find a PDF available in the internet. Where Piaget confessed to be close to Kant but diverged f…[Read more]
No knowledge of space or causality, you see Dan
I really loved to watch Prof. Dawkins explaining the formation of the eye with a model. Well it was these single-cell organisms that formed the eye, the brain… to better have notion of space.
maria melo commented on the post, Ancient Cannibals Didn’t Eat Just for the Calories, Study Suggests 1 week, 4 days ago
Thanks for your careful answer.
The headline is obvious, of course no eats just for calories (not even my cats).
(A living being without a brain, such as a cell, cannot do this.) Dan
Amoebas that don´t have brains can avoid danger, even avoid to feed from what causes it harm.
I cannot answer extensively right know, cause I don´t have time right now, but from what I´ve quoted it is clear that Piaget has taken into account Kantían formulation of “a priori”.
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