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Skyhooks and cranes-9: The resurgence of natural selection and the resurgence of religion

(For other posts in this series, see here.) I am going to conclude this series by arguing that it was more-or-less a coincidence that led to the deep-seated animosity towards evolutionary theory in America. The early 20th century was the...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 13, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-8: Alternatives to natural selection

(For other posts in this series, see here.) In the half century after Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species in 1859, the idea of evolution gained considerable ground but the theory of natural selection was just one...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 12, 2009 08:46 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-7: Early American reactions to evolution

(For other posts in this series, see here.) The original question that started this series was why there is such deep-seated and long-standing hostility to Darwin's theory of evolution, especially in America. It is one that I am often asked...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 11, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-6: Why some atheist scientists support the morality skyhook

(For other posts in this series, see here.) One can understand why the Pope and religious scientists want to promote the unsustainable idea that the world of morality and ethics lies in a separate domain outside the reach of scientific...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 8, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-5: Darwin and morality

(For other posts in this series, see here.) The final skyhook that is invoked is the one of morality. It is argued by some religious apologists that we cannot explain the universality of some ideas of right or wrong or...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 6, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-4: Understanding the mind

(For other posts in this series, see here.) Currently people seem to be pinning their hopes for a skyhook on the workings of the human mind. This is not because the case here is stronger. In fact, there is no...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 4, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-3: The last four skyhooks

(For other posts in this series, see here.) Some people simply cannot get over their childhood infatuation with magical thinking. They want and need to believe in skyhooks. They do not want science to fill in all the gaps in...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on May 1, 2009 08:45 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-2: Replacing skyhooks with cranes

(For other posts in this series, see here.) Darwin's big idea of natural selection essentially removed the necessity for skyhooks. According to natural selection, complex things could and did emerge from simpler things and hence we no longer need to...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on April 29, 2009 08:47 AM

Skyhooks and cranes-1: Why skyhooks are appealing

I occasionally meet people who, knowing something about my interests with science and religion, say something like "I am not religious but I am skeptical of the theory of evolution." These people are often well-educated but not biologists or archeologists...

Posted in Mano Singham's Web Journal on April 27, 2009 08:40 AM