February 17, 2009

Morality and Monkeys

Posted in Answering Apologists, Atheism tagged , , at 1:24 pm by Andrew

At some point in the near future, I intend to discuss the popular (but in my view, wildly misguided) Argument from Morality as Christian apologetics.

To tide you over until then, I offer this charming account of moral development in monkeys. Frans de Waal is probably the foremost authority on primate studies in the world today.

EDIT: PZ Myers has, of course, weighed in on the article.

SECOND EDIT: In his wonderfully eloquent blog post on Darwin, official Friend of Science Roger Ebert gives us a beautiful, zen-like response to the age-old creationist canard, “if we evolved from monkeys, how come there are still monkeys?”

Ebert: Monkeys are much better at being monkeys than we would be.

Brilliant!

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2 Comments »

  1. monado said,

    My response about “Why are there still monkeys?” is, “I don’t know. Did your uncle die when you were born?”

  2. Andrew said,

    That’s a good one. Personally, I’ve always been fond of, “If Protestants evolved from Catholics, why are there still Catholics?”


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