This week’s Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week comes from an Arizona State evo-psych press release echoed on News-Medical.net and EurekAlert: “Contrary to what most people believe, the tendency to be prejudiced is a form of common sense, hard-wired into the human brain through evolution as an adaptive response to protect our prehistoric ancestors from danger.”The authors of the study hasten to add that their hypothesis does not mean we can’t change our prejudices:People sometimes assume that because we say prejudice has evolved roots we are saying that specific prejudices can’t be changed. That’s simply not the case,” [Steven] Neuberg [ASU professor of social psychology] says. “What we think and feel and how we behave is typically the result of complex interactions between biological tendencies and learning experiences. Evolution may have prepared our minds to be prejudiced, but our environment influences the specific targets of those prejudices and how we act on them.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Neuberg can’t get off the hook so easily. If prejudice is an evolved adaptive strategy, then it has no moral implications whatsoever. Nobody can say that this or that target of our hardwired prejudice is wrong. Prejudice, if it evolved, is as “good” as eyesight or hearing. If anything is “wrong” to a consistent Darwinist, it is standing in the path of evolution. But ironically, their very claim shoots itself in the foot. If what they were saying was true, then we would have to dismiss their claims as evolutionary adaptive strategies for their own self-protection, and therefore inapplicable to our own interests. The press release avoids words with moral connotations, like right or wrong, good or bad: instead, it sidesteps moral implications with words like inappropriate – “One important practical implication of this research is that we may need to create different interventions to reduce inappropriate prejudices against different groups.” Well, for crying out loud, who decides what is appropriate? It doesn’t seem very appropriate in a Darwinian world, where might makes right, to deny a bigot his adaptive self-protective strategies. Isn’t that like trying to stop rams from banging their heads together? What gives these ivory-tower intellectuals the power to tell their fellow academics that “we may need to create different interventions”? What does need mean in an amoral world where selfishness rules? Whatever happens is what evolution does. If race riots happen, just observe and take notes. Only those with a foundation for morals can dare to say we should intervene. You’ll notice that the news media never question this stuff; they just regurgitate the barf and say, “Well, I’ll be, isn’t evolution interesting.” No other human enterprise seems so immune from criticism as Darwinian propaganda, even when it is as politically charged as this. What gives any fallible human, including scientists, the right to claim that human evils are amoral artifacts of evolutionary adaptive strategies? Is it their superior wisdom? Is it their empirical evidence? Is it their philosophical neutrality? Don’t be conned. If you get angry at the Darwin Party’s rationalization of everything evil as an evolutionary adaptation, including rape and child abuse, then join the anti-Darwin revolution and help put this foolishness into the dustbin of discredited ideas, where it can take its place beside Bad Marx and Sickman Fraud.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingPerfecting your geocaching treasure-hunting technique takes practice. The best kind of practice is simply to geocache more. Here are 3 quick tips that can help add more joy to geocaching for new cachers and those who have a few finds under their belts.1) Set Yourself up for Success — Start your first geocaching adventure looking for difficulty 1, terrain 1 geocaches. Check the logs to make sure the geocache has been found recently. This will let you know the geocache will be in place. Search for a “regular” or larger geocache that has at least a few Favorite Points.2) Know Your Cache Containers — Geocaches are often cleverly hidden. They might be camouflaged to look like a rock or to blend into the environment. Check out this video to see 5 Geocaches in 30 Seconds. If you’re still stumped while looking for a geocache, check out the recent logs and the hint. As a last resort, you can email the cache owner for an additional hint.3) Find a Geocaching Friend — Geocachers love to share the location-based adventure. Attend a local geocaching event to meet other geocachers. They’ll be glad to help with any questions and offer a wealth of knowledge into geocaching around your region.Once you’ve found your first geocache, make sure to write a log thanking the cache owner and detailing your adventure. You might even spice up your log with some geocaching lingo like TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing). You’ll be a geocaching pro in no time. Check out the benefits of Premium Membership to really kick your geocaching adventure into high gear.Trackable Week 2012Join your fellow geocachers in celebrating all things Trackable on the official Geocaching.com blog from Sept 17th through the 23rd. How far has the furthest active Trackable traveled? Who’s the 14-year-old that has moved more than 25,000 Trackables (so far)? And who do you think will win the Great 2013 Geocaching Block Party Travel Bug Race? Watch the official Geocaching.com blog for the answers to these questions and more about trackable Geocoins, Travel Bugs® and Promotional Trackables. You’ll be able to share your favorite Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Geocoin.During Trackable Week 2012, special discounts on Trackables and limited time special offers will be available through Shop Geocaching and Shop Geocaching Participating Vendors around the world.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThree Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingSeptember 25, 2018In “News”Be a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News”Geocaching in Harmony with Nature (Part 2)November 23, 2013In “Community”
The body of a 65-year-old woman from Rajasthan’s Barmer district, who died in Pakistan last week during her visit to her relatives, was brought back to India via the Khokhrapar-Munabao zero point road route on Tuesday. The Pakistan Rangers handed over the body to the Border Security Force at the India-Pakistan border.The deceased, Reshma, a resident of Agasadi village in Barmer district, went to Pakistan’s Sindh province along with her son Sahib Khan on June 30 to meet her sisters. She fell ill there a few days before she was scheduled to board the Thar Express connecting the two countries and died on July 25, a day before her visa was to expire.The Indian High Commission in Islamabad swung into action after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked it through a tweet to help out Reshma’s family members who had submitted a memorandum. Though a prompt action was launched with the help of Pakistan government officials to facilitate repatriation of the body, it could not be brought by the Thar Express because of delay in legal formalities.BSF help soughtBarmer Collector Shivprasad Nakate said he took up the issue with the BSF to allow Reshma’s son to enter India along with the body through the road route parallel to the Thar Express’ railway line. The body arrived at the international border near Pakistan’s Khokhrapar zero point railway station and was handed over to the BSF after the gates at the fencing were opened.The body was first sent in an ambulance to Munabao for the immigration formalities and was later transported to Agasadi village, where Reshma’s four daughters and other relatives were waiting for it.The Khokhrapar-Munabao road route was utilised for the first time on Tuesday after the revival of rail link between India and Pakistan through the Thar Express in February 2006. A fortnight before the train started, former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, along with an 85-member delegation, had gone to Pakistan via this road to visit the ancient temple of Hinglaj and other shrines in Sindh and Balochistan.The rail link at Munabao was revived after a gap of 41 years.