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Yes, Bobby, evolution is real!

Rice, Stanley [1].

Confessions of an Oklahoma Evolutionist: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

What would Darwin have to say about the conflict between science and religion in states such as Oklahoma? Religion is one of the most important human adaptations. In some cases, religious sensibilities have promoted, and in others it has had negative effects on, humans and our understanding of the cosmos. How can we promote the first and minimize the second? The amoral process of natural selection has produced adaptations that our instinctive moral sense considers to be good, such as altruism, and bad, such as aggression, and even ugly, such as complex traits of parasites. If creationists cite "good" adaptations as Intelligent Design, what can they say about the "ugly" ones?

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1 - SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1405 N. FOURTH, BOX 4027, DURANT, OK, 74701-0609, USA

Keywords:
evolution
Intelligent Design
religion
natural selection.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY04
Location: Grand Ballroom A/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Number: SY04004
Abstract ID:78
Candidate for Awards:None


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