Genetics

a. The history of genetics At the end of the last ice age, roughly 10,000 B.C.E., humans began intensively cultivating plants into crops and domesticating animals. Agriculture and livestock breeding selected a modest set of desirable traits such as caloric content, palatability and medicinal value, while animal husbandry improved strength, stamina, appearance and behavioral profile … Continue reading Genetics

Belief – A Constructive and Destructive Reasoning Instinct

Judging the import of environments is reasoning’s foremost concern, and this effort evinces constancies due to the rigidifying of cognitive approach despite transient and diversifying contexts of cultural development with their accumulating complexities.  We desire progress, an improved future, and occasionally attain some of our enlightened ideals, but also demand continuities in our ways of life, thinking and modes of believing, stimulated by childhood conditioning, ingrained as dispositions, and assumed … Continue reading Belief – A Constructive and Destructive Reasoning Instinct

Standards for Behavioral Commitments: Philosophy of Humanism, free download!

A free download of the book Standards for Behavioral Commitments: Philosophy of Humanism, also available for preview below.  Topics covered include chemistry, biology, genetics, neuroscience, epistemology, the history of Western philosophy, cultural evolution, theory of cognition, ethics and much more. https://philosophyofhumanismcom.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/standards-for-behavioral-commitments-philosophy-of-humanism.pdf The following is a brief outline: The book is divided into four sections, less … Continue reading Standards for Behavioral Commitments: Philosophy of Humanism, free download!

Causality and Uncertainty

We have thus far talked of the science, psychology and institutions of human health, food consumption, combat and reproduction as if they are distinct modules with separate developmental histories, but they interact in profound ways.  All four of these domains are interdependent: an immune system is useless without adequate metabolism, both of these are impotent if the … Continue reading Causality and Uncertainty

The Synergistic Function and Coevolution of Language and Theoretical Thought

One of the most apparent aspects of modern theory is its intimate relationship with language.  Settings where theories are taught, applied and analyzed often feature a barrage of verbiage, and this becomes truer the farther individuals advance professionally.  It seems language is a condition of the possibility for highly developed theoretical frameworks: spoken and written … Continue reading The Synergistic Function and Coevolution of Language and Theoretical Thought

Perception of Perception: History in the Theorizing of Reason, Mind, Matter and Soul

As mentioned in chapter 8 of section 1, “A Brief History of Quantification in Science”, awareness in early humans and other intelligent organisms almost certainly made no distinction between spirit and matter, but the most cognitively advanced species at the same time had their dispositions to experience the environment as consisting of causal order manipulatable in predictable ways by behavior, such as in nest-building, … Continue reading Perception of Perception: History in the Theorizing of Reason, Mind, Matter and Soul