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2015In the spring semester, I taught my undergraduate course on "Biopolitics and Human Nature." This course was cross-listed in the course schedule at NIU for both the political science and the biology departments. So there were biology majors as well as political science majors in the class. Show More Summary

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2014As has often been the case, some of my writing in 2014 reflected the courses I was teaching--in the spring, a course on "Hobbes, Kant, and Pinker: War, Peace, and Declining Violence," and in the fall, a course on Adam Smith. Although...Show More Summary

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2013 This was the year of my Darwinian Grand Tour--from Chicago to the Galapagos to Atlanta to Freiburg, and a few places in between. In April, I presented a paper at the Midwest Political Science Convention in Chicago on "Nietzsche's Darwinian Liberalism." In June, I was travelling in Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Show More Summary

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2012 In the spring semester, I taught a graduate seminar on Leo Strauss. Consequently, I wrote many posts on Strauss from January to June. Much of this writing was incorporated into my chapter on Strauss in Political Questions. Although...Show More Summary

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2011 In January and February, my posts on "Darwinian Marriage: A Response to Robert George" initiated a series of posts stretching over the next six years defending a Darwinian view of marriage as open to gay marriage against the argument...Show More Summary

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2009In January, my post on "Evolutionary Psychology's Slow Acceptance of Darwinian Morality" pointed to the most important turn in the recent history of evolutionary psychology--the acceptance of Darwin's evolutionary theory of morality in The Descent of Man. Show More Summary

A Thousand Posts

This is my 1,000th post!As suggested by my publisher in England, I began this blog at the end of August in 2005 to promote my book Darwinian Conservatism. I soon realized that I wanted to continue the blog as a way to collect and organize my thoughts about Darwinian evolution and political philosophy. Show More Summary

The Genetics of Flightless Cormorants as Evidence of Evolution

The flightless cormorant is found only in the Galapagos Islands and only on the coastlines of the two most western islands--Fernandina and Isabela--which are also the youngest islands geologically, with the most active volcanoes. Charles...Show More Summary

The Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens as Evidence for Evolution

Having debated scientific creationists and intelligent-design proponents who deny the evidence for evolutionary science, I have thought a lot about what counts as evidence for evolution, and about whether any evidence could settle this debate. Show More Summary

The Evolution of Mammalian Leadership

If Aristotle was right in claiming that political animals achieve the coordination and collective action of individuals for shared ends, and that leaders can help them solve coordination and collective action problems, then the comparative...Show More Summary

The Darwinian Critique of Trump's Social Darwinism

As President, Barack Obama often criticized the social policies of the Republican Party as based on what he called "Social Darwinism--every man or woman for him or herself." Now, Obama must see Donald Trump's presidency as continuing in that tradition of Social Darwinism. Show More Summary

Machiavelli's Aristotelian Liberal Republic

As I indicated in my May 19th post, Frans de Waal could not understand the political maneuvering of chimpanzees until he studied them with the help of Machiavelli's book The Prince. In particular, de Waal saw in chimpanzee politics a...Show More Summary

Peter Augustine Lawler, 1951-2017

I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Peter Augustine Lawler at his home in Rome, Georgia, where he was the Dana Professor of Government at Berry College.Peter and I were friendly debating partners. The importance of that debate...Show More Summary

Is Chimpanzee Politics Machiavelli's Politics?

The Picture on the Book Cover of Machiavellian Intelligence IIIn 1967, Antony Jay published Management and Machiavelli: An Inquiry into the Politics of Corporate Life. He argued that the pursuit of power in a modern corporation was just...Show More Summary

The Biological Roots of Monogamy and Parental Care as Natural Desires

My list of 20 natural desires includes monogamous mating and parental care. If the good is the desirable, then a good life for most human beings will include monogamous marriage and parental care.I have argued that the biological roots...Show More Summary

Slaves Did Not Abolish Slavery

In my chapter on slavery in Darwinian Natural Right, I compared human slavery and ant slavery. The similarities suggest that both for human beings and for ants, slavery is a form of social parasitism in which slavemakers exploit their slaves through coercion and manipulation. Show More Summary

The Genetic Evolution of Adam and Eve

On June 26, 2000, in Washington, D.C., in the East Room of the White House, "the language of God was revealed." That's the way Francis Collins describes his experience that day as he stood next to President Bill Clinton for the public announcement that the Human Genome Project had produced a first draft of the human genome. Show More Summary

"I Do Not Believe in the Bible": Darwin's Correspondence on Biblical Religion

In September of 2015, this one-sentence letter by Charles Darwin was sold in an auction in New York City for $197,000. This brief letter could command such a high price because scholars were unaware of its existence for over a hundred...Show More Summary

Darwin and the Bible

For the first edition of his Origin of Species in 1859, Darwin put two epigrams opposite the title page. The first was from William Whewell's Bridgewater Treatise: "But with regard to the material world, we can at least go so far asShow More Summary

Is Genesis History? The Dishonest Silence of a Young-Earth Creationist Film

Is Genesis History? is a documentary film that promotes young-Earth creationism. It was written, directed, and produced by Thomas Purifoy. Del Tackett takes the central role in the film as he travels around the world to interview over a dozen young-Earth creationist scientists. Show More Summary

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