Last week our topic was on Evolution and the Problem of Evil. This week the discussion will be on something a little more personal and relevant, which is if we apply the idea of evolution to human society. This week's reading will be Exodus 21-23, Deuteronomy 1-6 (RSV), Francis Galton's, Hereditary Genius (2nd edition, pp. 1-49, … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Social Darwinism
Known for his ability to recreate Russian life succinctly through representative anecdotes, Anton Chekhov creates female protagonists who uphold morals and expose flaws of Russian society through silent suffering and endurance. Due to their honesty and innocent malleability, these females are wronged and exploited as marginalized members of society. Olenka, Anyuta, and Vanda, from “The … Continue reading Passive female figures in Chekhov’s “The Darling”, “Anyuta”, and “A Gentleman Friend”
Now, let's be mature about this. The fundamental aim of fish is to reproduce as many offspring as possible during their lives. Scientists' observations of certain species of fish have led them to conclude that a single gene can code different expressions in different environments, which doesn't change the actual gene but changes the sex of … Continue reading The Plastic Trait: Hermaphroditism Under the Sea
It has always been in human nature to desire to know where we come from and our place in the universe. Culture, though less profound than explaining the big bang or evolution, provides at least a concrete acknowledgement of our place among other societies and a sure identity for a people distinct to that of … Continue reading The Importance of Culture
To be human is to feel. Why is society okay with so many emotions, but not those that leave us vulnerable? It's okay to argue, shout, get angry, get passionate, become bored, show annoyance, to laugh, to be tired, to show love, or feel amazement, but it's not okay to grieve, to feel hurt, or scared, to be sad or lonely. We would sooner go up to someone and talk about our achievements with pride than burden them with our sadness.