Cultural Evolution and a Rubber Band

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I disagree with two points in this article on biological, cultural, and technological evolution: (1) it suggests that biological, cultural and technological evolution are separate processes, while I see them as deeply connected; (2) it suggests cultural evolution/history must be read as the emergence of different 'stages', leading to ever greater […]

Interview With Judith Rich Harris (The Nurture Assumption)

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I noticed this interview with Judith Rich Harris, who wrote The Nurture Assumption. Without endorsing her book as the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (here's a balanced review), I must admit I liked the book when I read it a few years ago (in the Dutch edition). More than […]

A Theologian on a Science Conference?

– Tom Uytterhoeven – Someone tweeted this announcement for a workshop on human evolution. Whenever I notice something similar, I usually scramble for my calendar. But even before I check the dates to see if I could go, and certainly before I check whether my budget allows me to go, doubts start raising their ugly […]

Dreaming of a White Christmas on Different Levels of Reality

– Tom Uytterhoeven – It's that time of the year again when people start dreaming of (or dreading?) snow. Is it Christmas romanticism? Or just the memory of playing in the snow as a child? Maybe that's why the Calvin-makes-a-snowman cartoons are so popular…     This video shows us different aspects of snow. That […]

Science and Religion: Has the Conflict Model Won the Popularity Vote?

– Tom Uytterhoeven – This morning my wife posted a picture on my Facebook wall. It shows two Post It notes on a wall in a community center in a Belgian town. The center had organized a cultural activity for kids: they were invited to write down who their hero was. So one kid posted: […]

Returning to the centre: Reflections on the Hajj – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

See on – Evolution and Religion The ritual of Hajj is about being realigned with what our inner selves ought to be orbiting: presence with Allah, a focussed consciousness that is often absent in the giddy spin of normal life. (What does your life revolve around? Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Walking must be one of […]

Sorry, Your Selfie Isn’t Art

See on – Cultural evolution And that’s okay (Sorry, Your Selfie Isn’t Art vía @EsquireMag) Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: Once more an article that is not about cultural evolution per se, but it’s just too good to ignore. "The selfie is a result of this new reality. The selfie (…) a disengagement from the […]

Ordering Noise: The Importance of Classical Music | Fair Observer°

See on – Cultural evolution Classical music is just sound, and it is beautiful to hear highly ordered sound. (If you ❤ opera, check out this article on the evolution of this art form & its cultural/societal impact. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: It’s not about cultural evolution, strictly speaking, but this article gives a good view […]