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Notice ID: 14127
Posted: October 1st., 2006
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Proclaimed by: Ezra the Cosmic Prankster
Proclaimed from: Tempe, Arizona
I’ve been invited to give a lecture at Arizona State University (USA) this fall on evolutionary science and its uses in human equality, personal empowerment, civil rights, environmental sustainability, and world peace. The evolutionary origins of human behavior is a gigantic topic, however, so the first version of my lecture, which covers the topic adequately well, turned out to be over 4 hours long. So while I’m trying to figure out how to condense it without leaving out anything critical, I recorded the 4 hour version and posted it on my website for free download. You can also read the text version there. (www.newbookforanewworld.com/lecture.htm)
In 1987, during the height of the Cold War, some scientists began studying human evolution specifically, to try to figure out why human behavior had turned so self destructive. They’ve made monumental discoveries that could be used to bridge the gaps that divide every group of people in the world. Unfortunately, that would require people to learn even more about evolutionary science than they are already, and there's a certain group of people in America who would have a serious problem with that...
The fact that we are all evolutionarily equal members of the same species proves that, indeed, all people are created equal. Now the science finally exists to show in secular terms based on observable evidence exactly -in what sense- all people are created equal.
Since human evolutionary science studies what everyone in the world has in common and where their differences originated, and does it in a way that’s unbiased to any religion or culture, that makes it the ultimate weapon for civil rights activists and international peace activists.
If we are ever going to build a peaceful, sustainable global community, we are going to build it on what everyone in the community has in common already, and not on the continued misperception that one culture is inherently better than all the others. The one most fundamental thing that everyone on Earth is guaranteed to have in common is human evolution.
While it might seem odd that I should post an announcement about science on a Pagan site, for anyone who's interested in gender equality, cultural equality, religious equality, GLBTQ equality, or environmental sustainability, a working understanding of science is the most effective means for minorities to make their voices heard in the courts, public schools and political races of a country with a secular government.
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