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 Chomsky at the boundary of the Darwin paradigm

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

These two passges from the same essay show that Chomsky is a closet postdarwinist and critic of natural selection, as to language, at least, but this is often unclear to students of Chomsky, who is still constrained by the general paradigm, apparently. But in general he is to be congratulated for his view on natural selction…and on Wallace, although the fact that Darwin almost certainly plagiarized Wallace is lost to view, as usual.
Secondly, less understandably, Chomsky expects a single mutation to cause the language phenomenon, a highly implausible stance.

Chomsky’s well-known view is that language must somehow have emerged in a single step as a consequence of just one chance mutation, perhaps when a human ancestor was hit by ‘a strange cosmic ray shower’.
[…]… Chomsky has always agreed with Wallace on this key issue, joining with him in denying that natural selection could possibly explain language, morality or rational thought. The irony is that whereas Wolfe thinks he is fighting Chomsky by defending Wallace, he is actually supporting him. After all, Chomsky regards his own theory of a sudden leap to language as a modern refinement of Wallace’s notion of an unbridgeable gap between animal and human nature.[

Source: The Tom and Noam Show: a Review of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech”

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The Tom and Noam Show: a Review of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech”

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

In a spat between the notoriously conservative novelist Tom Wolfe and Noam Chomsky – resolute opponent of US imperialism – I know whose side I am on. But you can serve justice on Chomsky the scient…

Source: The Tom and Noam Show: a Review of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech”

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Ocean Acidification in the Arctic

September 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment

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Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska | Climate Central

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Researchers in Alaska startled to discover Caspian terns 1,000 miles further north than species had been previously recorded.

Source: Terns Flee Warming Temps in Epic Migration to Alaska | Climate Central

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Sea-Level Rise: Prof Michael Oppenheimer

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TPP Will Effectively Kill Climate Treaties

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http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/25/r48g-our-revolution-confronting-the-american-fascist-monstrosity-in-the-climate-emergency/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/25/red-forty-eight-group-a-new-political-party/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/25/red-forty-eight-group-a-new-political-party/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/25/philosophy-and-macrohistory/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/25/new-book-from-chomsky-on-language/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/23/from-burkinis-to-the-koran-why-islam-isnt-like-other-faiths-la-times-2/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/23/demand-the-impossible-does-ayres-concede-defeat-lets-demand-the-possible-a-communist-revolution-beyond-capitalism-to-reckon-with-climate-change/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/23/enigma-of-the-axial-secularists-and-religious-traditionalists-are-both-confused-about-the-historyevolution-of-religion/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/22/some-comments-on-alperts-beyond-marxism/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/22/mode-of-production-theory-and-the-macro-models-intermittentterminating-character/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/21/we-are-rapidly-being-imprisoned-in-a-complex-totalitarian-system-from-which-there-will-be-no-escape/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/20/the-axial-age-as-a-key-to-getting-past-the-confusions-of-religionanti-religion-to-say-nothing-of-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/20/red-forty-eight-group-the-necessity-of-reinventing-left-communismmarxism/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/19/red-forty-eight-group-our-revolution-sanders-lost-opportunity-toward-a-new-postcapatilist-civilization-a-movement-of-movements/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/18/sam-harris-new-atheism-a-bungled-job-from-the-start/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/18/red-forty-eight-group-our-revolution-breaking-out-of-the-capitalist-system/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/18/the-inadequacy-of-mode-of-production-theorymarxism-mode-of-production-theory-according-to-wikipedia/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/17/from-this-week/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/16/from-lamarck-and-the-teleomechanists-to-the-fallacies-of-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/16/voiding-out-the-calculation-debate/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/16/the-muddle-of-the-bourgeoissocialist-kerenskylenin-revolutions/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/15/our-revolution-item-the-irish-war-of-independence/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/15/red-forty-eight-group-our-revolution-2/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/12/toward-an-atheist-xtianity/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/12/atheism-the-axial-age-and-the-new-atheist-cult/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/12/911-the-covert-fascist-masterpiece-that-fooleddestroyed-the-whole-from-chomsky-to-cockburn/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/11/the-boycott-of-whee-shows-that-two-or-more-separate-agencies-are-afraid-of-it/

http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/10/notes-toward-a-tncm-version-3-0/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/10/a-controversial-stance-on-the-working-class/
http://darwiniana.com/2016/09/10/you-cant-have-a-left-that-gives-cover-to-one-of-the-greatest-crimes-in-history/ [Read more →]

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3.2 History and Evolution: A Paradox

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Source: 3.2 History and Evolution: A Paradox

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The Devil May Not Be in the Details — But the Truth Is – Evolution News & Views

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Evolution News and Views

Source: The Devil May Not Be in the Details — But the Truth Is – Evolution News & Views

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Serious humor on the evo-psych idiocy front//Blame evolution for socialism’s enduring, baffling appeal,  …

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Humans have no ‘evolutionary heritage’ to understand basic economics, says ‘Coddling’ co-author.

Source: Blame evolution for socialism’s enduring, baffling appeal, social scientists argue – The College Fix

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A Haunting Short Film Set in a World Where Evolution Happens Rapidly — And Is Often Deadly

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

In the dystopian world of Dust, evolution occurs at a breakneck rate, forming organisms that may hold miraculous powers or trigger deadly plagues. While most of humanity lives in walled cities, it’s the job of trackers to record the changes, and look for ways to cure the sicknesses.

Source: A Haunting Short Film Set in a World Where Evolution Happens Rapidly — And Is Often Deadly

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East Antarctic meltwater ponds seen for first time — ScienceDaily

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Source: East Antarctic meltwater ponds seen for first time — ScienceDaily

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Are You Ready for Democracy?

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Are the people ready for democracy? This question was leveled by monarchs, despots and authoritarian rulers post-World War II when stirrings for freedom in less developed countries blossomed. We of…

Source: Are You Ready for Democracy?

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“We No Longer Live in a Democracy”: Henry Giroux on a United States at War With Itself

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

To transform our society into a democracy, we first have to dismantle the myth of democracy as currently defined.

Source: “We No Longer Live in a Democracy”: Henry Giroux on a United States at War With Itself

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UN Experts to United States: Stop DAPL Now | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

September 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Backing up the Standing Rock Sioux and its allies, a United Nations expert has called on the United States to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Source: UN Experts to United States: Stop DAPL Now | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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R48G: Our Revolution: confronting the american fascist monstrosity in the climate emergency

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

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http://darwiniana.com/?s=market+neo-communism+communism

The idea of a new political party is nice, cute, but one more just now is superfluous while what is needed is a movement of movements to move as much as possible into the climate emergency situation. But I think that the idea of a virtual neo-communist movement should proceed on the sidelines, ready to move to the forefront, but short of that a constant expose of both established and pseudo-activist movements. The public, once they grasp the situation, will begin to converge away from the current false consensus. Consider 350.org: what else do we have. It is doing a lot a good. But we need to continue from the sidelines to remind such groups they will fail and be ready when the real rage/despair readies a new generation to revolt.
We confront a criminal mafia running the US, predating across a whole planet. There nexus is controlled by a deep state, democracy is an illusion, imperialism is wreaking havoc, the war on terror is a false flag construct, the political system has been essentially taken over by the right, the list is grotesque. We must proceed beside emergency actions NOW to deal with emergency to see how their at best partial success demands a larger comprehensive revolutionary solution.

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Recalculating the Climate Math | New Republic

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

The numbers on global warming are even scarier than we thought.

Source: Recalculating the Climate Math | New Republic

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Temperature Check – Medium

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

A glance at the planet and politics of 2016. Where we’ve come since COP21.

Source: Temperature Check – Medium

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Red Forty-eight Group: a new political party?

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

https://www.google.com/search?q=creating+a+political+party&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Great idea: a new political party for the Red Forty-eight Group. But the idea in general remains at the level of the ‘virtual’ seeking to generate the crisis response needed immediately to deal with a civilization on the brink. This requires something more than an american ‘third party’ ritual. A new communism needs something that echoes the older internationales, but with a new orientation altogether. The result has to be on the level of the world religions, in principle, please, in the sense of a comprehensive set of perspectives that stand beyond the marxist legacy with its crippled version of early positivism. But the core architecture of marxism is a useful framework.
What is needed is a streamlined postmarxist revolutionary (and/or evolutionary/electoral) path, witha crackshot economic study group that can handle economic ideology/mathematics/models and get it straight. We have suggested making the whole modernist legacy the foundation, which would guarantee the broadest philosophical foundation. Our idea of floating fourth turning points.

Marxists are befuddled: the whole trend of Marx/Engels to the Second and later Internationales is played out and won’t repeat. But even a set of very simple reformulations would ‘break the habit’ and allow new energy to enter the field.
But the climate crisis is immediate and will end up being the object of activist groups in a state of drift and unable to create a unified line of attack.
http://darwiniana.com/?s=red+forty-eight+group+fortyeight
http://darwiniana.com/?s=market+neo-communism+communism

It would be nice if the energy and legacy resources of the marxist tradition could generate a ‘snake shedding skin’ and a new set of perspectives. That legacy is a lot to lose. But the law of mechanization is grim: a frozen mental state is very hard to perk up.

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Philosophy and macrohistory

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/09/29/hobbes-spinoza-locke-leibniz-hume-wrestled-new/

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2016/09/philosophy-sartre-blend-uncovering-birth-existentialism

It is useful to step back and look at the remarkable correlation of the history of philosophy to the eonic effect, and the way that Kant appears at the climactic moment. And this can help to explain the drift of what comes later, the inability to maintain the Platonic/Kantian strain of the noumenal. Existentialism indeed, the endgame as philosophy in ‘mideonic’ chaos.

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New book from Chomsky on language

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37725-noam-chomsky-on-the-evolution-of-language-a-biolinguistic-perspective

Chomsky has a new book on language, a timely response, intended or not, to Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech: Why Only Us: Language and Evolution, MIT Press 2016
We have commented multiple times here on this. http://darwiniana.com/?s=chomsky+wolfe

A challenge by such as Everett to Chomsky is long overdue, and yet the basic thrust of Chomsky’s claims remain a major claim on any theory, and the generative grammar nexus is and remains compelling. But Chomsky, despite indirect intimations, never really takes on the reign of darwinism even as his theory breaks out of that paradigm. Chomsky acknowledges as much in his assertions about the rapid emergence of a linguistic faculty (and his assertion that homo sapiens sapiens alone has a faculty of language, which I would agree with, neglects the possibility of an earlier phase in homo erectus), but a direct attack on darwinism should be a part of this argument.

My view is that we are seeing something far more complex and general coming into existence very suddenly and language is only one aspect of this larger transition: one way to consider it would be to see the birth of mind/soul with its submodules of language, primitive ethical reasoning and a factor of will, a very complex instrument of ‘consciousness’, new forms of artistic creativity, and definite connection with what is traditionally called a ‘spiritual world’, the higher material mystery in which man is embedded and resulting in the ‘superstitious ape’ called man who enters the world of the shaman, witchdoctor and spirit guide. Although some of this must be granted by hypothesis to homo erectus, it would seem to have crystallized at a species level with homo sapiens sapiens in the time frame Chomsky indicates, ca. 200K BCE or so.
That is a remarkable indication of a design argument, one the ID folks are curiously unable to exploit, perhaps because of the muddle of religious views. So let us say it outright: a high level creationism, of a scientific brand completely sidelining biblical creationism, becomes an serious hypothesis.
I say this because we have often discussed one such here: J.G.Bennett’s version of the ‘intelligent designer’ called for by the ID folks: the demiurgic powers of nature, entities in the material realm and operating in the focus of ‘will beyond life’. This issue is discussed in the text of Enigma of the Axial Age.

The implication of this view is that some interaction with a designing level must have been involved in something so complicated. Asserted, but not proven. There is another perspective: a developmental teleology in nature that achieves the level of mind in man as a packaged target evolving (or involving, involution?!) from some unknown prior higher structure that we don’t yet find in physics.

http://darwiniana.com/?s=demiurgic+powers

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Noam Chomsky on the Evolution of Language: A Biolinguistic Perspective

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Noam Chomsky explains the biolinguist perspective — that language represents a state of some component of the mind.

Source: Noam Chomsky on the Evolution of Language: A Biolinguistic Perspective

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Jim Hansen at United Nations: We need dramatic policy change

September 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment

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Venezuelan Opposition Pushes Referendum Rife With Irregularities and Fraudulent Signatures

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