http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_1_3.htm: The metaphysics of evolution
Much of the confusion in the Darwin debate is really a rehash of all the issues raised by Kant in his critiques of metaphysics: darwinism (and anti-darwinism) run into the three classic ones: the metaphysics of ‘soul’, of ‘free will’, and ‘divinity’. Study the Darwin debate and these three in various disguises constitute nearly the whole debate. And this confusion shows why a ‘theory’ of evolution is always a problem because it cannot even properly describe the ‘organism’ of man: what is it that evolved in fact?
The model of WHEE has a significant evidentiary construct that shows a form of the ‘evolution’ of ‘free will’. In fact something a little more elementary might be better: free agency. We can take that as the ‘power of choice’ which may be less than free will.
This is elemental reasoning: we frankenstein a beast with potential and then set it free. The macro effect shows an rough analog.
The evidence for that is: if something is to ‘evolve’ freedom it must be determinate in its induction of freedom: but this contradicts its own premise of creating free agency. The paradox is resolved in the ‘macro model’ in the way finite transitions (system action) alternate with ‘free action’, and this in turn is a clue to some of the most confusing aspects of world history. This does not prove the existence of free will, but we can at least see the way it is an actuality in formal observable terms–in world history.
There are other ways to resolve the contradiction: downscale free will to free agency (as above) and bring a third factor to the ‘contradiction’ or ‘dilemma’, i.e. ‘creative energy’ of the free agent is a state of innovation.
http://www.amazon.com/New-Pearl-Harbor-Disturbing-Administration/dp/1566565529/ref=sr_1_23?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427472376&sr=1-23&keywords=conspiracy+theories+9%2F11: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
The inability of the left to grasp the 9/11 conspiracy is getting to be a shocking statistic. And it is a puzzle why such a monumental deception by the American government is passed over by the left.
One of the reasons for this situation is the completely confused analysis by Noam Chomsky, and this began with the JFK assassination debate. We can set aside momentarily the latter, but the 9/11 false flag op has been pretty well documented. So there is not excuse for this situation, which results in complicity with the near persecution of muslim socities in the ‘war on terror’ meme.
Any deviation from dogma on this question results in instant excommunication by the left. Much of the rigidity here results from left/liberal journalists who can’t deviate from dogma on 9/11 without losing their celebrity status. Matt Taibi is a good example.
And Noam Chomsky is simply baffling: he has undermined his whole career here in the wreckage of his credibility.
A left as confused as this is obviously going nowhere.
We have discussed the issue of a ‘reformation’ for Islam here many times.
http://darwiniana.com/?s=reformation+islam There is a problem with the way the word is taken: it doesn’t mean the replacement of Islam with atheism. The Reformation was theistic throughout.
I don’t think Ayan Hirsi Ali deserves the total rejection she is getting lately. Islam has a violent history of Jihad Jihad…Fregosi.
A vital issue however is that the Islmophobic attacks on Islam in the age of the way on terror are false-flag distortions designed to justify the war on terror’s ideological basis.
9/11 and American Empire
The brazen persistence in the promotion of darwinism is going to explode the reputation of science. In the meantime people are frustrated by the contemptuous hatred of critics of the ‘paradigm’ by the mass of followers indoctrinated by darwinist fundamentalism
It is hard to believe that people like Dawkins aren’t aware of the challenges, but he is perhaps too far gone here to be open to discussion.
Something like a class action lawsuit for deceptive and fraudulent claims would be a cogent response. The gesture alone would jolt the biology propagandas into some realization of their false position.
Dear friends of NCSE,
A contest seeks short films about evolution, while the American
Federation of Teachers adds its voice for evolution. And NCSE is
pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award and the
Friend of the Planet award for 2015.
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Greece: Fascists At The Gate
Golden Dawn’s penchant for violence led to the charge that it is a criminal organization. It is accused of several murders, as well as attacks on immigrants, leftists, and trade unionists. Raids uncovered weapon caches. Investigators turned up information suggesting close ties to wealthy shipping owners, and the National Intelligence Service (EYP) and municipal police departments. Close ties between the extreme right and Greek security forces is not new in Greece.
Dispatches From The Edge
The stapes in the middle ear of a Neanderthal child shows anatomical differences from humans
March 27, 2015
University of the Basque Country
Scientists have produced a 3-D reconstruction of the remains of a two-year-old Neanderthal recovered from an excavation carried out back in the 1970s at La Ferrassie (Dordogne, France). The work reveals the existence of anatomical differences between the Neanderthals and our species, even in the smallest ossicles of the human body.
The CIA and Democracy, Never!
A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou
by DOUGLAS VALENTINE
John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured al Qaeda prisoner Abu Zubaydah on the waterboard.
IN terms of the last post we should consider that man is proceeding from passive evolution to conscious self-evolution, and in the process he is challenged by the mechanical character of markets and the way they capture even consciousness in modern capitalism. Thinking is beset with the dogma that markets are the only way to construct economies. But clearly that proposition is dangerously deluded at this point. This system can’t function properly and is wrecking a whole planet.
So the question arises: how to construct communist markets,–I meant economies. It is a scandal that this question is barely defined and this double entendre pops up as an amusing question: why can’t there be ‘communist markets’? This is not the same as illusory social democratic solutions. It means that property is put into the context of group ownership beyond the realm of ‘private property’. Whether there can be ‘markets’ without private property is an obscure question, but it might be the right question, as a gedanken experiment, to root out the mechanics of viable communist economies.
IN the meantime it just doesn’t register yet in the minds of contemporary brainwashed consumers that markets have become deadly instruments in the hands of capitalist maniacs.
It is surely a monumental distortion to think that a communist economy can’t be run efficiently. A close look shows that a great deal of social control already exists and always has: we have but to look at the madness of the current mania to privatize to see the point.
The larger evolution of man is still stuck in the darwinian master theme of random evolution, hence the fixation on ‘random’ economic activity. The evolution of organisms is not a random process and shows all the characteristics of controlled process.
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap3_5_1.htmA Gaian Matrix
It might help in moving to a new perspective on evolution to consider the Gaia hypothesis and the suspicion that planetary life has a planetary source and nurture.
If we examine the ‘macro effect’ we see something far more complex than one-track evolution: we see a complex directional system that can multitask and deal with complex cultural entities and show feedback over long periods of time (intermittent teleology).
One should avoid the mistake of thinking such entities as ‘alive': in all the muddle of J.G. Bennett’s work one issue seems to emerge as both novel and useful: the clear distinction between ‘aliveness’ and ‘consciousness’, a term whose semantics is completely scrambled. Bennett’s idea, which he could not complete coherently, was that ‘consciousness’, unlike the ‘vital’ energies of organisms in a natural environment, was a cosmic energy, was associated with the larger cosmic life. We don’t know what that means, and our discussions of consciousness in two or more almost opposite meanings is not helpful. Ordinary mechanical consciousness is not really conscious at all, as many in mindfulness workshops suddenly get a glimpse of. The issue of ‘cosmic consciousness’ is a new age plane wreck, but the core idea is onto something. The interest of Bennett’s take (although it is mangled Schopenhauer) is that the ‘will’ in nature can be a property of cosmic bodies. Beware of such a statement: it is not the ordinary sense of the will in man. And we should note that the planet Earth and the film called the ‘biosphere’ are related but different factors. The ‘will’ in nature is the higher end of the lower mechanical laws we find with physics. But the point is that ‘cosmic consciousness’ and the ‘will’ of cosmological entities are just about the right ‘bon idee’ for a future theory of evolution, if we can bypass the already accumulating pseudo-science being made out of Bennett’s fragile thinking.
The point is that we get a sense of something beyond life that can process the mechanics of a biosphere in the ‘gardens of evolving life’.
All of this amounts to saying that god as a designer in evolution/history no longer works. The ‘god’ factor has disappeared into a vast universe (or multiverse). The design of life springs from a lower scale of planets and biospheres.
This seems to suggest that cosmic entities, while not alive, are conscious. That doesn’t follow or make sense. Bennett’s system is too crude here. It refers to an ‘energy’ that is not focused via a ‘mind’. So what does it mean outside of that context? We don’t know, but pace Bennett it is the lowest cosmic energy. Note that the ‘will’ is not ‘conscious’.
The term ‘will’ is almost a mystery. The association with human ‘will’ power, confuses us. The laws of physics are to lower nature as the ‘laws of will’ are to a higher nature, thus in a continuum from the ‘laws of physics’ meanings. We see how the idea of ‘god’ so easily derailed into confusion here. This sounds weird, but this nexus of ideas is almost tautologous, given the right definitions of terms.
The Tragedy of Party Communism
“The consciousness that violence is always something evil, that it always violates human dignity, and therefore needs to be controlled very strictly — requiring the strongest moral and institutional checks — could quickly be lost in Leninism. Rosa Luxemburg’s dictum, that the ‘true essence of socialism’ is the connection between ‘ruthless revolutionary energy and tender humanity’, was continuously reduced to the remorselessness of the communist ‘cause’.”
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
MI5 and the Hobsbawm File
The British security service, MI5, its war on communism, and its file on Eric Hobsbawm, ‘one of the pre-eminent British historians of the 20th century.’
Frances Stonor Saunders
London Review of Books
Thousands of atoms entangled with a single photon
March 25, 2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physicists have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results represent the largest number of particles that have ever been mutually entangled experimentally.