Tag Archives: Evolution

I believe we inherit a great river of knowledge, a flow of patterns coming from many sources. The information that comes from deep in the evolutionary past we call genetics. The information passed along from hundreds of years ago we call culture. The information passed along from decades ago we call family, and the information offered months ago we call education …

— What the science of human nature can teach us : The New Yorker ‘I guess I used to think of myself as a lone agent, who made certain choices and established certain alliances with colleagues and friends,’ he said. ‘Now, though, I see things differently. I believe we inherit a great river of knowledge, …

We are survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment. Though I have known it for years, I never seem to get fully used to it. One of my hopes is that I may have some success in astonishing others

Richard Dawkins We are survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment. Though I have known it for years, I never seem to get fully used to it. One of my hopes is that I may have some success in …

The chimpanzee and the human share about 99.5 per cent of their evolutionary history, yet most human thinkers regard the chimp as a malformed, irrelevant oddity while seeing themselves as stepping-stones to the Almighty. To an evolutionist this cannot be so

Richard Dawkins The chimpanzee and the human share about 99.5 per cent of their evolutionary history, yet most human thinkers regard the chimp as a malformed, irrelevant oddity while seeing themselves as stepping-stones to the Almighty. To an evolutionist this cannot be so.”

The ancestral environment rewarded actions before thought, emotion before reason

Feelings and instincts helped our ancestors navigate the world. The ancestral environment rewarded actions before thought, emotion before reason. Fast intuitions and quick reactions are vital responses for organisms. Spending time pondering may be dangerous. The problem is that feelings can be twisted. Intuition is inconsistent and feelings can sometimes get out of control. Especially …