The Founding Myth: Andrew Seidel on Science Salon

I’m currently about half way through the book and it just gets better and better the deeper I get into it. It is a wonderful takedown of the myth that the United States was founded as a “Christian Nation” or “on Judeo-Christian Principles.” It’s a case that’s been built up by years of very carefully […]

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The origin of consciousness explained

Once you strip away the essentialist veneer from consciousness it becomes fairly easy to imagine a gradual natural process giving rise to it, particularly in a competitive environment like our biosphere where organisms needs to work harder than their neighbour to get food.

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Apparently We’re all Fish

I’ve known for a long time that humans are fish. Most people know the slightly less specific claim “There is No Such Thing as a Fish” (which has a wonderful podcast named after it.) The idea coming from cladistic taxonomy where the classification of species was redone with a focus on ancestry. (As opposed to […]

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On The Definition of Faith

For the past couple centuries, if not longer, the writing has been on the wall for the religious. You can’t use reason and evidence to demonstrate to the satisfaction of an outsider that religious claims of the supernatural are true. (This was eloquently outlined in John Loftus’ book The Outsider Test for Faith) It’s no secret […]

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