Pose Francis and Conscience

Is Conscience a Result of Natural Selection?

Filed under: Faith, God, Human Nature, The Ascension of the Human Spirit | 1 Comment

At the beginning of April, Pope Francis issued an “Apostolic Exhortation” on the subject of “Love in the Family,” which addresses the issue of divorce. Of great interest to the Blog is that the Pope has reintroduced conscience into Catholic dialogue. The Blog holds that the introduction of a collective conscience right at the beginning …

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Sexual selection

Trump and Carson: Archetypes in Human Evolution

Filed under: Belief, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Popular, Sexual Selection | 15 Comments

Ben Carson can be understood as an archetype of our “old-mind” in which dominance and submission in apes evolved into obedience to the sacred authority of justice that has sustained our bounty and fertility. When our own species arose 200,000 years ago, superimposed upon our six million year evolution since apes, we evolved the passionate desire to attain social admiration, traditionally known as vanity. No one—no one—is going to make the claim that Trump is not vain.

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Tiptoeing Through the Politics of Evolution and Religion

Filed under: Belief, Evolutionary psychology, Faith, God, Group Selection

Note the blog’s new logo:  This blog is a response to this quotation: For centuries the writ of empiricism [science] has been spreading into the ancient domain of transcendentalist belief, slowly at the start but quickening in the scientific age. The spirits our ancestors knew intimately fled first the rocks and trees and then the …

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Secular View of Religion Won’t Cut It In 21st Century

Filed under: Enlightenment Narrative, Faith, God, History | 1 Comment

in the 21st Century, the secularist view that religion is a Darwinian side-effect, or an emotional “complex” of childlike Freudian defenses that should/will go away, has become an alarmingly dangerous abdication—nay, an abject surrendering—of the received power of the collective being that is the very heart of who we are.

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Another “Mosaic” Hominid: Australopithecus sediba

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, God | 1 Comment

The big news in the world of paleoanthropology this week was the publishing in Science (340:163-5) of six articles specifying aspects of the two million year old hominid, Australopithecus sediba, found in South Africa in 2008. Studies of this hominid, who lived after our own Homo genus appeared about 2.4 million years ago, show a …

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Religion and Mental Illness

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolutionary psychology, God

Religion is present in two of the illnesses I treated and studied. I am fairly certain that, in both of these mental conditions, it had to do with the patients’ belief system prior to the illness—with whether the individual was primarily motivated by money and status or by religion and morality. In a small number …

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A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir;#11: Progress, 2 Visions, and Abe Lincoln

Filed under: God, Group Selection, History, Language, Summary of Philosophy

I came to an understanding that the secular progress in the history of our fallen species has been due the long evolved capacity for individuals to construct and subjugate themselves to rules of fairness in the form of secular law in ever expanding groups. Under the authority of law, political and economic competition has progressively …

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Okay, So God created me. So What? —#3: Death (see categories for other “God’s Meaning” posts)

Filed under: God's creation-What does it mean | 2 Comments

The following is a meditation taken from the end of my book in which I am grappling with the fear that my conclusions about the existence and reality of God are mere “rationalizations.” This scene takes place in the presence of the ashes of my beloved brother: I think of myself as someone who now …

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