Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Are moderate muslims supposed to participate in honor killings?

I saw this today and was really surprised. A muslim man in NY decapitated his wife because she asked for a divorce. That in and of itself is not that surprising--what is surprising is the fact that he was putting together a tv show aimed at getting rid of muslim stereotypes. I'm sure middle america will disregard all of its stereotypes of muslims being irrational, violent and misogynistic. Or not. 

Wow! It's been so long

I have not posted in months but there is no time like the present.

This is an excellent article, and while I have not seen the primary research article, I hope it is done well enough to warrant serious consideration. This is interesting because of what it suggests--namely that altruism and a sense of fairness may have evolved in primates. One of the common arguments in favor of the existence of a god is that humans are moral and altruistic and that this trait could not have evolved. However, if you think about the types of animals primates are, I think it is entirely plausible that altruism could have evolved naturally. We are social creatures, and social creatures cannot exist together without at least some rudimentary sense of fairness and altruism. Hopefully more work like this will continue to come out and more firmly establish the roots of human altruism and fairness.