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I am a Christian. Although I have an abiding interest in science and philosophy, I view things from a distinctly Christian vantage point, which harmonizes human well-being with what we know of the natural world.

Here's a nice quote I came across:

"The spectacle of the universe seems all the more grand and beautiful and worthy of its Author, when one considers that it is all derived from a small number of laws laid down most wisely." -Maupertuis, 1746


Feb
19
comment Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
Sorry, I should have been more specific that I meant human altruism.
Feb
15
comment Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
@ArtemKaznatcheev: Thanks, that was quite an interesting video. However, I do think he's throwing the baby out with the bathwater. He's taking the so-called "bugs" in perception as evidence that perception is completely flawed. But, he does raise some interesting philosophical points about the truthfulness of perception, which is relevant to my question. (In general, I think throwing out conventional wisdom in favor of a computer simulation of evolution is dangerous).
Feb
15
comment What is the current consensus, if any, about why long term potentiation is not clearly correlated with learning?
I meant the strengthening of synapses. Some studies show that when synapses strengthen the learning is better, while others show that when they weaken, it is better. (There was no more detail given, but the professor just mentioned that it is an area that is controversial).
Feb
14
comment Evolution, self organization and neuroscience
@Remi.b: My assumption, stated more simply, is a sort of "maximum efficiency hypothesis". That is, that evolution assumes the environment to be a certain way, and codes this into the developmental program, and therefore implicit in the developmental program are certain invariant features of the world, which the program uses to develop the brain fully. I think my question is more about developmental biology than it is about evolution.
Nov
20
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
This is a complicated topic. Basically, we differ on what can be known. Knowledge of God more properly falls into "personal knowledge", like knowledge of a particular person. You're quite right to demand a certain level of "proof"(proof, i.e. 100% certainty, only exists in mathematics), and for that I'd recommend Vishal Mangalwadi's "The Book that Made Your World". But to go from mere propositions about God to a personal understanding takes faith.
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@Nico: I am aware of this. I was primarily interested in the philosophical underpinnings of the naturalistic worldview -- i.e. why certain scientists dismiss God from their personal worldview based on the science. (I initially wanted to post this in philosophy but I wanted a good answer to my question from the biology).
Oct
25
comment How is evolution possible in contemporary humans?
Thanks for the answer. A follow-up: It's true that not all couples have the same number of children, but it seems like whether or not they have more children than average is no longer strongly dependent on biological fitness. Therefore, given that reproductive rates are fickle from one generation to the next (due to cultural factors), the signal would not have time to develop, right? It seems to me that there should be a persistent multi-generational selection pressure for the phenotype to develop, which is missing in the modern context. Maybe evolution is occurring, but significantly slower?