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    • Evolution and Morality By Jen Blackthorn
    • Where Does Morality Come From?
      • Dennett discussed the complexity of the origin of morality.
      • Memes and language, religion, authority figures, family members, and friends.
      • Morality and ethics have an influence on our thoughts about evolution.
    • Religion
      • Religion is a major source of our perception of morality.
      • Different cultures have different beliefs.
      • “ Without religion, we would have no moral values.”
      • “ Humans are the only ones with a conscience; therefore, we are the only ones who have a sense of morality.”
      • “Religion is connected to violence”
      • Dennett-Religion should not be viewed as a source of ethical wisdom that is superior to science.
      • Though religion has an enormous influence on the decisions people make, religion is not the only reason why we have a sense of morality.
    • Altruism
      • Altruism can be defined as the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.
      • Our concepts of morality are similar to the morality of other animals.
    • Chimpanzees
    • Why Darwin’s Idea is Dangerous
      • People fear that the theory of evolution will interfere with their sense of morality, as well as their sense of purposefulness in their lives.
      • Most people would rather believe in religion than learn more about the theory of evolution.
      • “The best we can achieve is the courage to face the fact that the human race is a cosmic accident, and we must therefore create as much meaning during our short individual and species’ lifespan as possible.” Dawkins
    • The End