Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Human Origins: All in the Family

art, Australopithecines, burial, chain mail, Creativity, Culture, Donald Johanson, Erik Trinkaus, footprints, fossil record, Fossils and Human Evolution (series), Francesco d’Errico, habilines, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, Nature (journal), Neanderthals, Oxford University Press, paintings, paleoanthropologists, paleontology, Siegrid Hartwig-Scherer, Stephen Molnar, symbolic thought, Technology, total energy expenditure, University of Bordeaux, Washington University
If a Neanderthal walked down the street, appropriately dressed, you probably wouldn’t notice. Source
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The Big Bang Origin of Homo

Allen Institute for Brain Science, Australopithecines, Australopithecus, biology, brain size, Christof Koch, cranial buttressing, dental function, Ernst Mayr, Eurasia, Evolution, fossil record, Fossils and Human Evolution (series), hominins, Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, humans, Journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution, paleoanthropologists, Pleistocene, skulls, Southeast Asia
This unbridged gap between the ape-like australopithecines and the abruptly appearing human-like members of our genus challenges evolutionary accounts. Source
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Brain Size Doesn’t Determine Intelligence

Ars Technica, birds, brain size, brains, chimpanzees, genetic engineering, Homo sapiens, human brain, humans, information processing, Intelligent Design, jetliner, John Timmer, lemurs, London School of Economics, Michael Denton, Michel Hofman, monkeys, Neuroscience & Mind, octopus, oxygen, Peter Cochrane, primates, psychology, superintelligence, synaptic connections, The Miracle of Man
Brains are not simple, so many “just common sense” theories have fallen by the wayside. Source
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Earth’s Atmosphere Demonstrates Stunning Biocentric Fine-Tuning

absorption spectrum, aerobic life, atmosphere, atmospheric gases, biology, carbon dioxide, Carl Sagan, Chemistry, earth, Encyclopaedia Britannica, extraterrestrial life, greenhouse effect, Homo sapiens, infrared radiation, Intelligent Design, light-eaters, metabolism, NASA, nitrogen, oxygen, ozone, photosynthesis, Physics, Earth & Space, silicate weathering, sun, sunlight, The Miracle of Man, Venus, visual light, volcanic activity, water vapor
For photosynthesis to proceed on a planet like Earth, sunlight (visual light) must penetrate the atmosphere all the way to the ground. Source
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Traditional or Not? Assessing William Lane Craig’s Model on Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve, Aeon, Annual Review of Anthropology, Bernard Wood, brain size, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, chimpanzees, Denisovans, DNA, Donald Johanson, Evolution, Evolutionary Anthropology (journal), Faith & Science, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, In Quest of the Historical Adam, Joshua Swamidass, Lucy, Mark Collard, Middle Pleistocene, most recent common ancestor, Neanderthals, nonhuman hominins, paleontology, pseudogenes, Review of Craig's In Quest of the Historical Adam (series), Science (journal), total energy expenditure, william lane craig
I’m having trouble making sense of exactly what his model holds. And it seems I’m not alone. Source
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Is Genesis “Mytho-History”? As a Guide to Scripture, William Lane Craig’s Book Falls Short

Adam and Eve, Ancient Near East, biblical flood, Christianity, Denisovans, dinosaurs, Evolution News, Exodus, Faith & Science, Genesis, gospels, Hebrew, hominids, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, In Quest of the Historical Adam, John Oswalt, Mesopotamia, Middle East, mytho-history, Neanderthals, Noah's Ark, Old Earth Creationists, Persian Gulf, Review of Craig's In Quest of the Historical Adam (series), Satan, scripture, Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb, William Laine Craig, Young Earth Creationists
As an old earther, I was dismayed by Craig’s failure to engage with common old earth interpretations of Genesis. Source
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Reviewing Sapiens: An Evolutionary Deconstruction of Human Rights

animism, atheists, creator, Culture & Ethics, David Klinghoffer, Declaration of Independence, elites, equality, ethics, Evolution, freedom, Hammurabi, Homo sapiens, human rights, monotheism, morality, myths, polytheism, religion, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, social order, Thomas Jefferson, truth, Voltaire, Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari deconstructs the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence. Source
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