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Jen Blackburn's ppt

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Jen Blackburn's class final presentation on evolution and morality

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Jen Blackburn's ppt

  1. 1. Evolution and Morality By Jen Blackthorn
  2. 2. Where Does Morality Come From? <ul><li>Dennett discussed the complexity of the origin of morality. </li></ul><ul><li>Memes and language, religion, authority figures, family members, and friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Morality and ethics have an influence on our thoughts about evolution. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Religion <ul><li>Religion is a major source of our perception of morality. </li></ul><ul><li>Different cultures have different beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Without religion, we would have no moral values.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Humans are the only ones with a conscience; therefore, we are the only ones who have a sense of morality.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“Religion is connected to violence” </li></ul><ul><li>Dennett-Religion should not be viewed as a source of ethical wisdom that is superior to science. </li></ul><ul><li>Though religion has an enormous influence on the decisions people make, religion is not the only reason why we have a sense of morality. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Altruism <ul><li>Altruism can be defined as the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Our concepts of morality are similar to the morality of other animals. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Chimpanzees
  7. 7. Why Darwin’s Idea is Dangerous <ul><li>People fear that the theory of evolution will interfere with their sense of morality, as well as their sense of purposefulness in their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Most people would rather believe in religion than learn more about the theory of evolution. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“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 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The End

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