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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse, a refugee from compulsory retirement laws, now living and working in Florida, was for 35 years a professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph. He has written many books on the history and philosophy of Darwinian evolutionary theory. With Socrates, he believes that good food and drink are highly conducive to deep philosophical thought.

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Michael Ruse

Unending Struggle

An engaging account of the development of evolutionary science. October 2015
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection, published in On the Origin of Species in 1859, is one of the great intellectual achievements of western civilization. The ideas on which it was based—the natural development of today’s organisms from forms far more primitive, perhaps ultimately from inorganic materials—had been around from the 18th…

Tales from the Barley Field

One man's quest for the perfect pint September 2014
Some change really is progress and beer is the perfect example. The Campaign for Real Ale, which started in Britain in the early 1970s, was a protest against the homogenization of beer that was a function of the big brewers buying up the pubs and filling them with wishy-washy products. And then came the era of…

Darwin on My Mind

Evolutionary theory best explains how—and why—we reason. March 2008
In Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind, Ronald de Sousa—a long-time member of the University of Toronto Philosophy Department, now cast out into the knackers’ yard of retirement—discusses two cases of people instructed by God to kill their children. First there was the wretched Texas housewife Andrea Yates, killer of her five…