Tagged: natural selection

Caw Caw! Magpies living in bigger groups are no bird brains - News

Jean Balchin Feb 13, 2018

A recent study conducted by the University of Exeter and the University of Western Australia has found that wild magpies living in larger groups are more intelligent than magpies living in smaller groups. The study also found smarter female magpies had greater reproductive success. The research suggests that the demands of living in complex social groups may play a role in … Read More

Attitudes and antibiotics - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Nov 20, 2017

A recent FB post from Stuff discussed the rising concerns about the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (This is something that Siouxsie Wiles has often written about: here and here, for example; her excellent book on the subject is reviewed here.) Fairly predictably, it didn’t take long for the proponents of essential oils to turn up, soon to be joined by the … Read More

Time for philosophical honesty about Darwin - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 27, 2012

Credit: The Teaching Company John S. Wilkins, at the Evolving Thoughts blog, has a nice short article, Why is Darwin’s theory so controversial?, on the so-called “controversies” around Darwin’s theories. I think he nails it. He shows that the usual tired … Continue reading → … Read More

From evolution to belief - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 14, 2012

How reliable do you think your cognitive facilities are? Your eyes, ears, etc? Your brain,  memory and mental processes? According to philosopher of religion Alvin Plantinga, not very good. He asserts any belief you form using these facilities is as … Continue reading → … Read More

Evolutionary cooperation - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 26, 2011

Here’s a lecture on evolutionary cooperation by PZ Myers. Ok, it’s pretty long, but it’s worth downloading and watching (or even listening as the video doesn’t catch most of the slides). Click on World Humanist Congress 2011 08/13/11 07:32AM. Cooperation … Continue reading → … Read More

A scientific consensus on human morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 21, 2010

There has been some local discussion of the scientific approach to morality. Unfortunately some of this has concentrated on only one source (a TED talk by Sam Harris – see Can science answer moral questions?). I believe Sam makes some … Continue reading → … Read More