The above paper will consider the effects that environmental variation will have on the information building process that is a fundamental requirement for progressive evolution. Although the theory of Punctuated Equilibrium asserts a positive role for these environmental changes, it will be argued that such changes will always, or nearly always, have a negative net impact on the amount of novel information that will be present in a population’s genome and thus undermine any possibility of progressive evolution.
This is a mathematical examination of the theory of progressive evolution. The basics of natural selection and how much of a shift in fitness can be expected from it are examined. A comparison of how natural selection actually functions to how it is portrayed in Dawkins’ “weasel algorithm” is made, and it is demonstrated via a more accurate simulation of natural selection that Dawkins’ algorithm is wholly inadequate and misleading. While Dawkins’ algorithm reaches the desired result rather quickly, a more accurate algorithm fails to provide for much more than the maintenance of a low level of fitness in the population.
This is a study that I’ve done, but not yet completed on the concept of reincarnation in Christianity. Since many who accept reincarnation claim that the concept was removed from the original documents by the church at the Council of Nicaea, I started by reading through the early church fathers (pre-Nicaean) and examining their views on reincarnation.
I’ve never gotten around to finishing the study, but I’ve included the views of: Justin Martyr, Theophilus, Tatian, Athenagoras, Irenaeus, and Minucius Felix. I’m nearly finished the work on Clement of Alexandria but it needs a little bit of polishing before I could post it. Relevant church fathers that I intend to include in the future are Turtullian, Methodius, Origen, Hippolytus, Lactantius, Archelaus, and Arnobius (I’ve read through the relevant passages, but haven’t written anything up on them yet, and intend to read through their complete books to get a complete picture). It will come as no surprise, of course, that none of the early church fathers gave any support to the idea of reincarnation, and many directly opposed it.
Scanned and converted from the original 1931 version. This is the first chapter of Wilhelm Schmidt’s “The Origin and Growth of Religion: Facts and Theories”. This chapter deals with “the comparative history of religion, it’s nature, aim, and methods”.
Scanned and converted from the original 1931 version. This is the second chapter of Wilhelm Schmidt’s “The Origin and Growth of Religion: Facts and Theories”. This chapter presents an “outline history of the subject”.
Scanned and converted from the original 1931 version. This is the seventeenth chapter of Wilhelm Schmidt’s “The Origin and Growth of Religion: Facts and Theories”. This chapter deals with the “origin and history of the primitive high god”.