Thursday, January 1, 2009

Meanwhile, in the World Out There...

The Economist has a fine article about how booms and busts sometimes leave different legacies than the contemporaries thought; how Darwinism re-evaluated can explain parts of human nature; about William Tyndale, the real author of most of the King James Bible, murdered by Henry the 8th, tyrant of his day; and about the anonymous men, engineers and builders, who altruistically toiled to save lives of strangers by creating a spectacular lighthouse.

The Darwin article, though stimulating, does rather miss one point: Even if there are solid evolutionary reasons for patterns of human behavior - and on this, the article is rather persuasive - the ability to over-ride them through moral thought can always be stronger.

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