Yearly Archives: 1999

Discovering God

I’ve decided god(s) exist(s) after all. It was quite a revelation. Or was it? Continue reading

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Dialogue with a Creationist

Excerpts from a recent discussion I had on email with a creationist. Continue reading

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Introduction to the Twilight of the Gods

Introduction to The Twilight of the Gods. Written by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and shortened by Carl Coon. Continue reading

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The Twilight of the Gods

The lead story. It is a fantasy that explains what happened to the deities of the Greek pantheon when their votaries turned Christian and no longer supported them. It’s a good tale in its own right and if you have a little background in Greek mythology it is even better. Continue reading

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Proselytizing

The Pope’s recent visit to India causes us to ask, is there that much difference between stealing someone else’s religion and stealing his property? Continue reading

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The Potion of Lao-Tsze

A time-twister in medieval China. Continue reading

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Group Selection

Many social scientists refuse to accept the idea that cultures evolve through competition and selection. The error in their thinking becomes clear when you re-define progress (see above) in terms of memes (see below, last item in this section). Continue reading

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What Am I?

The human brain is the product of an evolutionary process. The conscious mind is the brain at work. But how do we explain how the mind works? What is the essence of being? How does the mind create? Tough questions, but ultimately answerable. Continue reading

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Understanding Evolution

Another way of looking at the distinction between biological and cultural evolution. Theories based on cultural evolution should not be confused with the different approach known as “Social Darwinism” Continue reading

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David the Duck

A tale about a culturally challenged duck. Written for a grandson when he was about a quarter of his present size. Continue reading

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The Apostle of God

Even the most pious may fall prey to temptation. The setting is pre-Islamic Arabia. Continue reading

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Humanism and Sex

Can we explain the sexual taboos and hang-ups of the Victorian era in evolutionary terms? I’ve tried to do so, and to propose humanistic moral guidelines for sexual encounters. Continue reading

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The New Moral Majority

The Christian right’s claims to be a “moral majority” went down in flames when the effort to impeach Clinton failed. What can we say about the new “moral majority”? Continue reading

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