Our very own Ron Garret is going to talk about where our morality comes from (hint: it wasn't magic)
It is often alleged that atheists have no moral compass, that without God there can be no way to escape moral relativism, no basis for judging right from wrong. Empirically this is obviously not true, as there is an inverse correlation between religiosity and violent crime. But *why*?
Where does secular moral intuition come from if not from God? Intuitively it seems that Darwinian evolution cannot produce a sense of morality, and in particular cannot produce a drive towards altruism and self-sacrifice, because these traits cannot possibly advance an individual's reproductive fitness. But this intuition is wrong. Exactly how moral intuition in general, and altruism in particular, can evolve was discovered only recently, in the 1980s, by a man named Robert Axelrod, the most important scientist no one has ever heard of.
After Ron's presentation, we can open it up for discussion. This is one of my favorite topics, hope to see you there!