Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a by Greg Graffin, Steve Olson

By Greg Graffin, Steve Olson

most folk comprehend Greg Graffin because the lead singer of the punk band undesirable faith, yet few comprehend that he additionally acquired a PhD from Cornell collage and teaches evolution on the collage of California at la. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that paintings and technology have a deep connection. As a youngster growing to be up whilst "drugs, intercourse, and bother may be had on any given night," Graffin chanced on that the learn of evolution supplied a framework in which he can make feel of the realm.

during this provocative and private booklet, he describes his personal coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions regarding God, technology, and human lifestyles. whereas the conflict among faith and technology is frequently displayed within the starkest of phrases, Anarchy Evolution presents clean and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate approximately atheism and the human . it's a e-book for a person who has ever questioned if God particularly exists.

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Psychologist Mary Rig- 21 22 Chapter 2 don and her colleagues took advantage of the fact that such a configuration is known to weakly but consistently activate the face-­recognition (or fusiform) area of the brain. They randomly assigned some of their US participants to look at this configuration, while other participants were randomly assigned to a control condition, where they also saw identical three black dots, but in a triangular configuration, which does not suggest a face or gazing eyes.

Evolutionary explanations of religion have largely focused on universal building blocks, and certainly these re-occurring tendencies are extremely important. Yet, there is also vast cultural variability in religious beliefs and practices. This diversity is as important and consequential as the universal aspects. 29 30 Chapter 2 In their landmark book Not by Genes Alone, Pete Richerson and Robert Boyd show how profoundly important the cultural inheritance system is for understanding the peculiarities of human evolution.

One study by Benjamin Edelman compared Internet porn consumption rates in highly religious and not-­so-­religious 37 38 Chapter 3 US states. One might expect that, availing oneself of adult entertainment—­of all things—­would clearly distinguish religious and nonreligious folks. It may come as a surprise that, once a number of demographic factors were statistically controlled, religious and nonreligious states did not differ. On average, states that teemed with regular churchgoers had no fewer porn subscribers than those with few churchgoers.

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