rocket888 commented on the post, The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40 4 weeks, 1 day ago
“Ageing is controlled by telomeres, so is very much related to strings of genes in chromosomes.”
I think these are now thought to be only one of many things that cause aging.
Bowles main argument is that it is the pressure from predators that drives programmed death (aging) and led to the evolution of sexual reproduction. If…[Read more]
rocket888 commented on the post, The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40 1 month ago
I recently read a book with a somewhat pointed title:
The Unselfish Genome- How Darwin & Dawkins Missed The 2nd Half Of The Theory Of Evolution:
I found the arguments in this book quite compelling. His main argument is that the selfish gene misses the top down analysis because it concentrates on the bottom up approach that the gene is…[Read more]
“It just makes it more likely that ones beliefs are true and far less likely that ones beliefs will be false”
But in a world this complex, it’s extremely rare that one has first hand knowledge of evidence; rather, we all (mostly) make our judgements based on the (faith based) belief that others have had first hand evidence. And today, more often…[Read more]
If I were a politician in America, and wanted to get elected, I’d (have to) lie about everything, not just religion. Let’s face it, in America at least half the people WANT to be lied to – the half that lives off the other half. They expect it. I’d have to promise them everything, while never telling them they might have to pay for it. I’d tell…[Read more]
rocket888 commented on the post, Does terrorism work as a political strategy? The evidence says no 2 months, 3 weeks ago
I thought Bin Laden said he wanted to bankrupt the US as one of his top goals for 9/11. He also wanted to make us feel the oppression of our own government. What with the militarism of the police (no more peace officers) using swat teams to enforce parking tickets, I think something has definitely changed this century.
Considering how broke we’ve…[Read more]
Unfortunately, “free market capitalism” can mean many different things.
Is it FMC (free market capitalism) if one competitor uses force (directly or indirectly) to wipe out another competitor?
Is it FMC if there are no private property rights?
To change the example of the trees slightly, is it FMC when after my neighbor erects solar panels on…[Read more]
rocket888 commented on the post, Paper Claiming Human Hand Was “Designed by Creator” Sparks Concern 3 months, 2 weeks ago
God was not a good number theorist, or we’d have that 6th finger!
If we all had 6 fingers on two hands for a total of 12, then we would likely have used a base 12 system instead of the decimal system. Base 12 […]