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Deconstructing Social Darwinism – Part I

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Social Darwinism is one of those concepts that everyone knows what it is but few can define. I myself have sometimes reflexively used the concept without fully knowing the history of the term or its use as a political theory. In this series it…

See thro’ this air, this ocean, and this earth All matter quick, and bursting into birth: Above, how high progressive life may go! Around, how wide! how deep extend below! Vast chain of being! which from God began; Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, who no eye can see, No glass can…

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

His birthday is actually on Monday, but today marks the first annual event initiated by Broward College in Florida. In honor of the event, here is Carl Sagan’s final interview prior to his death. Amazing isn’t it that the science vs. religion debate hasn’t changed much after 15 years. But it must be the atheists…

As Jawaharlal Nehru wrote of his native land but as a stranger in the process of discovery, “India is a geographical and economic entity, a cultural unity amidst diversity, a bundle of contradictions held together by invisible threads.” These invisible threads were the spiritual beliefs of the people, the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita and the…

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

Michael Shermer in a video produced by the Richard Dawkins Foundation

Science and the Worship of Truth

I am tremendously excited to have David Sloan Wilson as a member of ScienceBlogs, and having had a small role in his decision is extremely gratifying. However, I take serious issue with the thesis of his first entry that bears the subtitle “Science as a Religion that Worships Truth as its God.” This sat uncomfortably…