Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt. 1

Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt. 1 Intellectuals have been discussing the idea of biological evolution for much longer than is generally believed.  Evolutionary thought has its roots in ancient Eurasian intellectual traditions and was widely discussed for centuries before the rise of Christianity. Full Article: Evolutionary Thought Pre-Darwin Pt.1 on The Advanced Apes

Welcome to the South

Welcome to the South ​ During a research trip in the south I encountered a culture I had read and heard about, but had never directly experienced.  As a result I did experience a degree of culture shock.  Throughout the experience I spoke with a few different people about some sensitive issues and had to … Continue reading Welcome to the South

A Good or Bad Exchange?

A Good or Bad Exchange? The world changed in profound ways after 1492.  The Columbian Exchange resulted in the transfer of divergent and previously isolated flora and fauna becoming transported to new landscapes.  This forever changed natural history and human history.  However, did the Columbian exchange reap irreparable damage on the biosphere as a whole? … Continue reading A Good or Bad Exchange?

Do We Deserve Mars?

Do We Deserve Mars? In the coming decades humans will have to make a decision about whether our species is ready to colonize another planet.  This may result in the possibility of permanent settlement.  However, this raises important moral question regarding our presence in the universe.  Currently, we are engaging in global activities that are … Continue reading Do We Deserve Mars?

Developed World Economics for the 21st Century

Developed World Economics for the 21st Century Understanding how to organize a global economy has been one of the most difficult things for humans to do over the past few centuries.  As we enter the 21st century we need to learn from past economic structures and deconstruct what has worked best and what has failed. … Continue reading Developed World Economics for the 21st Century

The “Othering” Process

The "Othering" Process It is a natural tendency for humans to 'other' i.e. to believe that the group (race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, country, sexual orientation, species etc.) that they are a part of is inherently the ‘right’ way to be human or to exist.  For important evolutionary reasons this tendency is still ubiquitous today.  However, … Continue reading The “Othering” Process

A Historically Contingent Discrimination

A Historically Contingent Discrimination Over the past few decades western society has made great strides to eradicate discriminatory practices and policies directed towards non-heterosexuals.  However, we have to understand why this was even necessary in the first place.  Why did people throughout the western world discriminate against non-heterosexuals?  Is it inherently human to discriminate against … Continue reading A Historically Contingent Discrimination