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Religions are not “Viruses of the Mind”

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Sue Blackmore was a champion of the idea that religions are “memeplexes” that act purely in their own self-interest, to the detriment of the population whose minds they infect. She wrote a couple of books on the topic, to explore the extend in which this theory could be true. I recently stumbled on an article […]

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It’s Everywhere… Creationism in The Netherlands

February 26th, 2009 · 16 Comments

For those that can read Dutch: Terug Naar Je Maker. Here is my haphazard translation of the front page: BACK TO YOUR MAKER Valued Visitor, It is 2009, Darwin Year. Exactly a hundred and fifty years ago, scientist Charles Darwin published his seminal book “On the Origin of Species“, wherein he introduced the theory that […]

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Evolution… of Language, Culture, Technology, and Religion

June 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

There are various uses of the word “evolution”. Some talk about “Stellar Evolution” when referring to the development of stars. (Carl Sagan does this.) Others complain the word is too widely used, and is losing its meaning, suggesting we should only use it to refer to biological evolution. (I’m under the impression that Stephen Jay […]

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The First TTM Gathering: Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Episodes 1 to 3

May 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Thursday saw a small social gathering of four friends, but also an event that I’d like to dub the first official “Think Too Much” gathering. (Yuck, I need a better name for that.) Oh, and no, it wasn’t official at all, it really was just a couple of friends that joined me as I was […]

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Scientists Have To Believe In Evolution…

May 15th, 2008 · 22 Comments

A recent email exchange with a creationist brought up this sentiment again: He has to believe in evolution because that is the career he chose. He sucked up what they told him. This creationist tactic is disingenuous. They are taught that the reason scientists accept evolution, is because they would not otherwise get a job, […]

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Darwin Day: 12 February

February 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

From the sound of it, South Africa has only very recently started teaching evolutionary theory in schools. I only recently started noticing how few people really know much about it. (Humans often assume that everyone knows what you know… agree or disagree?) Here is an opportunity to learn more about evolution: Greetings Freethinkers! Tuesday 12 […]

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Societies Exhibition (2 of 2)

January 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

In my second pass around the stalls, I came across another two Christian societies: Vineyard Christian Fellowship and Stellenbosch Baptist Students. I also failed to mention TBT — The Bible Talks — associated with The Church of England in South Africa. (Oh, and I also neglected to mention Die Voortrekkers / Staatmakers.) I was hoping […]

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Evolution: Does it Really Matter? (Seminar!)

October 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

On Thursday, 18 October, there will be a lecture titled “Wat is Evolusie en Maak Dit Regtig Saak?” in Stellenbosch. (Translated: “What is Evolution and Does It Really Matter?”) Read on for more details.

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Evolution of the Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

October 14th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Pharyngula started a particularly interesting mutating meme experiment, or possibly just a fun little game. I end the post with an attempt to draw some parallels with genetics, evolution and natural selection.

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It’s not about evolution…

May 13th, 2007 · 6 Comments

In some circles there is great conflict about “creation versus evolution”. The debate is a Vietnam. (While some see the Vietnam War as a civil war between communists and non-communist factions, it may also be seen as a Cold War conflict between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.) As Wikipedia points out, “other fields of […]

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