Category Archives: Human Nature-Scientific

Evolution, Ethics, Hope, and Religion

Trees and Bushes

There are many issues surrounding the connection between evolution and: progress, ethics, hope, or religion. For instance, some Darwinists and philosophers think of the evolution of species as progressive, that some animals have increased in complexity over time thus resulting in, for instance, bigger brains. But Darwin generally used the term “descent with modification” which doesn’t connate progress. Continue reading Evolution, Ethics, Hope, and Religion

Is Monogamy Natural?

(Humphrey Bogart): A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.
 (Katherine Hepburn): Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.
~ The African Queen (1951)

Which is more natural for human beings, monogamy1 or polygamy? If one is more natural, does that make it preferable? Continue reading Is Monogamy Natural?

Summary of Darwinism on Human Nature

Three quarter length portrait of Darwin aged about 30, with straight brown hair receding from his high forehead and long side-whiskers, smiling quietly, in wide lapelled jacket, waistcoat and high collar with cravat.

Darwinian Theories of Human Nature

(This is my summary of a section of a book I often used in university classes: Thirteen Theories of Human Nature,  Oxford Univ. Press. There is also an outline of the material at the end of the post. And if for some reason you doubt that evolution is true beyond see
Is Evolution True? Yes, and the World is Round Too.“) Continue reading Summary of Darwinism on Human Nature