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The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law

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In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon — the idea that nature itself can have rights.

Source: The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law

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from last week…

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http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/16/nemini-speaks/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/16/the-suspicious-connection-with-transcendental-idealism-the-trouble-with-quantum-mechanics/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/15/an-evolutionary-path-to-some-version-of-democratic-market-neo-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/15/rules-for-revolutionaries-for-democratic-market-neo-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/not-our-president-mr-lewis-gets-it-right-trumps-presidency-is-illegitimate/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/after-all-the-labors-of-two-centuries-on-the-left-a-coherent-platform-still-doesnt-exist/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/beyond-marxismmarxism-an-introduction-to-a-misunderstood-philosophy/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/13/economic-determination-versus-free-agency/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/12/is-trumps-climate-denialism-going-to-generate-a-crime-against-humanity/

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Global Sea-Level is Rising Faster and Faster: Part 3 of 4 – YouTube

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Jacob Grimmer (attr) Ruine in Waldlandschaft
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http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/16/nemini-speaks/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/16/the-suspicious-connection-with-transcendental-idealism-the-trouble-with-quantum-mechanics/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/15/an-evolutionary-path-to-some-version-of-democratic-market-neo-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/15/rules-for-revolutionaries-for-democratic-market-neo-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/not-our-president-mr-lewis-gets-it-right-trumps-presidency-is-illegitimate/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/after-all-the-labors-of-two-centuries-on-the-left-a-coherent-platform-still-doesnt-exist/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/14/beyond-marxismmarxism-an-introduction-to-a-misunderstood-philosophy/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/13/economic-determination-versus-free-agency/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/12/is-trumps-climate-denialism-going-to-generate-a-crime-against-humanity/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/12/booknotes-crisis-of-modernity-chaotification-in-the-midst-of-the-immense-development-from-the-initial-conditions-of-the-modern/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/11/sahel-the-apocalypse-has-already-arrived-a-collation-of-opposites-and-a-neo-communist-global-military/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/11/ubi-automation-and-postcapitalism-by-default/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/10/can-american-democracy-actually-come-into-existence/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/09/not-our-president-is-trump-being-run-from-an-occult-underground/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/09/america-on-the-brink/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/09/it-should-be-over-no-growth-economics-is-growth-over-democracy-journal/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/09/can-anyone-get-it-straight-chris-hedges-the-real-purpose-of-the-u-s-governments-report-on-alleged-hacking-by-russia-truthdig/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/09/evolution-and-metaphysical-limits-to-knowledge/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/08/lamarck-epigenetics-and-two-level-evolution/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/07/trumps-idiocy-on-climate-change-as-economic-suicide-china-to-plow-361-billion-into-renewable-fuel-by-2020-climate-central/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/07/not-taking-the-idea-of-revolution-at-face-value/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/07/enigma-of-the-axial-age-5/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/07/irreversible-the-judeo-christian-is-reversible-the-problem-with-settlements/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/07/the-lefts-fumble-on-the-911-conspiracys-undermining-of-dissent-what-is-a-terrorist-the-criminalization-of-american-dissent-in-the-21st-century/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/06/not-our-president-a-fraudulent-and-invalid-election/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/06/evolution-paradigm-shift-on-the-left/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/06/suddenly-arriving-opportunity/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/05/r48g-constituent-assemblies-and-democratic-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/04/r48g-a-comprehensive-strategy-revolution-or-not/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/04/red-forty-eight-group-a-turning-point-in-leftist-perspectives-the-question-of-revolution/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/03/red-forty-eight-group-the-r48-group-is-ready-to-go-with-a-successor/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/03/r48g-revolutionary-options-our-revolution-is-the-american-system-corrupted-beyond-repair/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/02/r48g-neutralizing-the-cia-mafia-embedded-in-the-us-political-system/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/02/a-terminal-indictment-of-american-political-realitythe-cia-as-organized-crime/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/01/secular-humanism-and-its-discontents/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/01/01/confusion-over-the-term-samkhya/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/12/30/r48g-the-n1st-internationale-one-step-ahead-of-all-of-them/ [Read more →]

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Sandwalk: Why are most biologists adaptationists?

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Source: Sandwalk: Why are most biologists adaptationists?

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Sandwalk: The dynamic duo tell us about five problems with evolution

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Source: Sandwalk: The dynamic duo tell us about five problems with evolution

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Thermodynamics, Information & Consciousness in a Quantum Multiverse (Max Tegmark) – YouTube

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Materialist’s dream: Consciousness as a state of matter | Uncommon Descent

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Great physicists have seen mind as underlying matter but a new school of thought argues that consciousness is a form of matter, like solid, liquid, or gas.

Source: Materialist’s dream: Consciousness as a state of matter | Uncommon Descent

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It’s You, Again | Articles | Inference: International Review of Science

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Must there be an infinite number of copies of you, in an infinite number of local universes? Mathematician Daniel Kleitman says no. A review of Max Tegmark’s Our Mathematical Universe.

Source: It’s You, Again | Articles | Inference: International Review of Science

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We have infinite selves in a multiverse? No, sorry, goodbye all youse, says math prof | Uncommon Descent

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 In a review of Max Tegmark’s 2015 book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, mathematician Daniel Kleitman observes at

Source: We have infinite selves in a multiverse? No, sorry, goodbye all youse, says math prof | Uncommon Descent

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Giant Middle East dust storm caused by a changing climate, not human conflict — ScienceDaily

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Source: Giant Middle East dust storm caused by a changing climate, not human conflict — ScienceDaily

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“You Don’t Care About Jobs”: Why the Democrats Lost

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‘You stopped talking my language; you don’t care about jobs.’ ” – Iowa union members quoted by NYT reporter Trip Gabriel, the New York Times reporter, found many Trump signs in the front yards of l…

Source: “You Don’t Care About Jobs”: Why the Democrats Lost

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Paul Krugman: Why John Lewis Has Committed a Great Act of Patriotism | Alternet

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments

No, we should not always say a president is not legitimate, but if the shoe fits . . .

Source: Paul Krugman: Why John Lewis Has Committed a Great Act of Patriotism | Alternet

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Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably in Millenia’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center.In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic may be attributed to natural variability, the center said.

Source: Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably in Millenia’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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Near term climate catastrophe Jan2017 – YouTube

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Nemini speaks…

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As the Trump era dawns the theme of revolution will become the object of possible predatory attacks on dissent. We can’t be sure. Probably the small fry will get away with revolutionary talk while anyone important who has the power to actually threaten elites will be at risk. The small fry may have to carry the day. More generally we can’t mediate the ambiguities of revolution, actual or symbolic jargon. We can ‘worry’ this all the way to not worrying about it. It is very easy to make the case for ‘real’ revolution, but the reality on the ground is the stubborn persistence of social democratic wish fulfillment disguised as ‘revolution’. But that can serve a purpose here as a way to forestall persecution. Social democratic activism is not illegal. Revolutionary gestures, here purely virtual however, are technically going to be the object of murderous far right vultures, Trump numero uno.
We have by the way distinguished nemo from nemini/ This post is an interpolation from the nemini’s…Who’s who and who will you persecute or subject to drone attacks?

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 “Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power”

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The US was never great: it was always about the strange emergence of a titanic entity with at least something like a democratic potential. The strange resemblance to the case of the Roman Republic, easy to overdo and confused with declinist ideologies, is cogent. Rome was great in the titanic sense but it was always a shadow to the real greatness of the earlier Axial Age transformations (in which it indirectly participated). This kind of thinking has its own liabilities and at some point many power beings in this system must have befuddled themselves with ideas of historical destiny a la Rome and succumbed to the indulgence of imperialistic and empire fantasies. The core of this failure to achieve greatness lies in the flawed democracy that has stunted the true realization of the original vision. Perhaps the vision itself was flawed: the conjunction of capitalism and the american juggernaut suggests screamingly that a real democracy must transcend the capitalist factor. There true greatness lies, and might grace the sytem for the first time.

ROBERT J. SHILLER on JAN.12, 2017 wrote in https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/upshot/make-america-great-again-isnt-just-about-money-and-power.html : “But forcing employers to restore or maintain jobs isn’t reasonable, and creating sustainable new jobs is a complex endeavor,” and that’s why the state has to fill the important role of job market competitor and one doesn’t need to read a “capitalist bible” in order to comprehend how important competition is in a free job market. Whether it’s a great country in DJT’s slogan or a great society of LBJ’s or the slogan “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité,” nothing changes much within the capitalist confines because income, wealth, and power are sole and exclusive right of the relative few; marginal ameliorations more often than not benefit the few than the multitude. Greatness can be achieved only outside of the capital confines by revolutionaries adept at transforming state to own the means of production. A new democratic revolution is needed to bring about greatness to the great majority of the society through reinventing the political landscape where the power elite – economic, military and political power or, what is the same, the Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex will have to have their wrongdoing curbed first and the whole Complex illegitimated later. “Opportunity is not equal for everyone in America… But there are limits to what government can do.” This viewpoint is right within the confines of capitalism but it’s wrong outside of the scope. In fact, the state is omnipotent once the working class seizes power to the extent that collective wisdom replaces the elite’s much ballyhooed “omniscience.” Opportunity will then become socialized and so will the state power. “Greatness reflects not only prosperity, but it is also linked with an atmosphere, a social environment that makes life meaningful.” Obviously this assertion is futuristic in the sense of the American dream in which far and wide prosperity takes precedence of almost everything else. The dream has been proven elusive since the Golden Age of 1950-1960 after which labor had lost power as unorganized unemployed couldn’t be organized and automation as well as automated unemployment had made unions powerless. In a nutshell, a working class which loses its ownership of means of production loses also its political power, let alone its meaningful life. Everything boils down to enabling the state to do an about face in the exclusive interests it serves; specifically, it must change the system of ownership of means of production and political power that comes into possession of capital to the one that shares with the working class at the minimum.

Source: [pen-l] Comment on “Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power”

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The suspicious connection with transcendental idealism //The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics 

January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

One of the developing aspects of the great QM mystery is the suspicious resemblance to the question of Kant’s transcendental idealism (with Schopenhauer’s in the forefront) and next to that the basic perspective of Advaita’s atman/brahman discourse. The New Age aspect has been so close to mystical abuse of physics for so long we might reject any such connection. But however muddled we suspect there must be a connection.
Finally we have discussed the framework of J.G.Bennett here, and one aspect of his work is his (perhaps premature) construct of ‘time/eternity/hyparxis’ which, however speculative, focuses on the obvious issue with QM and the entanglement problem: something obviously strange about the boundary of space and time in physics: something beyond the spatial/temporal seems intimately involved and this connects at once to Kant and to the Bennett constructs.

Let us hope that physics will be the candidate to resolve this quadruple mystery, but the Kantian distinction of noumenal/phenomenal may be at the heart of difficulties of closing the case in any direction.

Regarding the future of quantum mechanics, I have to echo Viola in Twelfth Night: “O time, thou must untangle this, not I.” Steven Weinberg New York Review of Books

Source: The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics | Portside

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U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered | Climate Central

January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

The bumble bee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has plunged nearly 90 percent in abundance and distribution since the late 1990s.

Source: U.S. Lists First Bumble Bee Species as Endangered | Climate Central

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Climatologist James Hansen ‘We’re Already at a Level of Emergency’ – YouTube

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MLK: Why I Am Opposed to The War in Vietnam

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A new general book on evolution by Steve Jones (and one on climate change by Prince Charles) « Why Evolution Is True

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I often get emails from parents asking if there are good books on evolution for their kids. I’ve recommended some (Grandmother Fish is quite good), and some day I’ll compile a list, tho…

Source: A new general book on evolution by Steve Jones (and one on climate change by Prince Charles) « Why Evolution Is True

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On Martin Luther King Day, Consider This About Intelligent Design – Evolution News & Views

January 16th, 2017 · No Comments

For every Cecil Phillips, for every David Coppedge, there are countless other people who share their scientific doubts about Darwin, their openness to seeing evidence of design in nature, but who keep their views to themselves in a strategy of self-defense. They are teachers, professors, students, and other thoughtful open-minded citizens, who can’t exercise their right to advocate a particular scientific view. They reasonably fear censorship and bullying. When folks like the National Center for Science Education tell you there’s “no controversy,” “no debate” about Darwinian evolution, that’s true only insofar as the controversy and the debate are deliberately suppressed through intimidation. Civil-liberties organizations like AU and the ACLU ought to be in the thick of the fight to protect free-expression rights for Darwin doubters. Instead, they stand firmly with the censors and the bullies.

Source: On Martin Luther King Day, Consider This About Intelligent Design – Evolution News & Views

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No need for a fine tuner for fine-tuned universe? | Uncommon Descent

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This new fine-tuning design argument claims the imprimatur of physics, and is presented in quantitatively precise terms: among the set of all possible universes, the percentage that could sustain life is so small that the human mind cannot imagine it. By all rights, our universe shouldn’t have existed. What wonder that our universe has given birth to life, especially intelligent life. It seems the only explanation for this wildly improbable outcome is the supposition that there is a Designer. … There’s a deep problem lurking in the background of the fine-tuning argument, which rests on two factual claims. One is that a life-conducive universe exists. And the second is that this kind of universe is improbable.* It’s the second fact that is responsible for the resurrection of the design argument, and fine-tuning advocates are so focused on using it as a premise that they’ve failed to see that it needs explanation. That is, why is it the case that it’s unlikely for an arbitrary universe to be conducive to life? It’s not plausible to write it off as a brute necessity, because it’s not obvious that this had to be the case, nor could it have been discovered by pure reason alone. The reason to believe the second fact is because it is a prediction of our best physical theory.

Source: No need for a fine tuner for fine-tuned universe? | Uncommon Descent

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