The Case for Humanism: An Introduction by Austin Dacey

By Austin Dacey

The Case for Humanism is the optimal textbook to introduce and aid scholars imagine severely concerning the _big ideas_ of Western humanism--secularism, rationalism, materialism, technology, democracy, individualism, and others--all strong subject matters that run via Western suggestion from the traditional Greeks and the Enlightenment to the current day.

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30 Chapter I NOTES 1 . Andrew L. Slayman, “A Battle Over Bones,” Archeology 50, 1 (January/February 1997). 2. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, “Press Statement Following Federal Court Hearing ,” 2 1 June 200 1 . 3. “Three Years Later, Ancient One Still Unearthed,” Confederated Umatilla Journal ( 5 August 1999). 4. From John Davidson Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (New York: Basic Books, 1991), 21-28. 5. Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984).

W. A . : Harvard University Press, 1925). 10. ’ The Portable Enlightenment Reader (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). 11. Benjamin Franklin, “Letter to Joseph Priestly,” The Portable Enlightenment Reader (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). 12. : Prometheus Books, 1990). 13. Michael Scriven, Primary Philosophy (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966), 1-2. 2 Human Nature Austin Dace) As a young child, you may have thought that the world revolved around you. In one sense you were naively mistaken. Plenty of people, objects, and processes were totally insensitive to your existence.

There are more E-coli cells . . in the gut of every human being than there have ever been people on earth. So this is a bacterial planet? The preeminence of simple things should not surprise, given the fundamental conservatism of the evolutionary process. Complex additions and modifications are risky and they consume time and energy, so selection favors those who can adapt to their environment with the least possible effort. Becoming more complex is only one way to adapt to an environment. Sometimes the best way is to lose complexity or to move to a different environment altogether.

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