Just got this info from Christopher R. Scotese, Director of the PALEOMAP Project. No matter where and when your time travel machine dumps you, you’ll be able to navigate the changing world around you!
For those of you familiar with earlier bouts of unpleasantness between Greg Paul and the paleoartist communities, you may be surprised to find me writing positively about Greg Paul. I hope you’ll agree with me to the degree that I do by the end of this train-of-thought post.
I don’t have the intellect to warrant a sandwalk, but I do have the belly to deserve a jogging track. Its down the street, where I jog around the park through some woods, up and down in various stages of physical distress. But the effect is very much my own little sandwalk as all sorts of thoughts drift through my head. (If you’d like to try this out I recommend leaving your earphones at home. Running to music puts me, at least, in a pleasant but thoughtless zone.)
So today, recent internet discussions about the morality of atheism decided to accompany me on my trot. You know, those discussions about how atheists should more assertively respond to the religious claims to morality. Just – the arguments always seemed so tit-for-tat:
- studies showing how altruism exists in the animal kingdom,
- historical explanations of how religions’ own morals evolved from previously existing cultural expectations, etc.
Those are potent arguments, yet they seem a bit fad in that they seem to be arguing for a piece of the pie, which is currently sitting on religion’s table. The church has no universal claim to morality and so it seems there should be an argument that inherently confronts them with this fact. Then I turned the corner after wheezing up a hill and ran into Greg Paul. Well, not him, but the power of his statistical research such as Religiosity Tied to Socioeconomic Status. They argue scientific morality with a wonderful ex post facto punch to the ribs. Religious morality exposed as idle talk. By the time I caught my breath again I felt deep admiration for Greg Paul once again, and that feels good.
Palaeoart (or palaeontography) by paleontologists always has a special quality about it, as the questions flashing about the artist’s head while drawing isn’t just about visual awesomeness but also about physiological awesomeness. Darren Naish does some great line drawings worthy of more attention, and they can be seen at his eotyrannus profile at deviantart. I’m itching to do some work based on these. But then… I’m itching lots lately.