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Entries from March 2006

The Empty Tomb

March 18th, 2006 · No Comments

An interesting new book on the Resurrection myth, The Empty Tomb. The review notes below are very hostile, but in fact this is a book worth reading. Check some of the reviews at the Amazon site.

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American Theocracy

March 18th, 2006 · No Comments

The Times book review tomorrow has a review of Kevin Philips’ alarming new American Theocracy, which looks to be important reading. American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury In his two most recent New York Times bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin […]

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Tags: Booknotes

Armstrong review

March 18th, 2006 · No Comments

A Guardian review of Armstrong’s new book has some useful criticism. The eonic model, a generaliztion of the Axial Age concept, that ‘does it right’, survives every one of these criticisms. Please note that the establishment will publish Armstrong, and then critique her. My version they will try to ignore, because then they would have […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Three cheers for economics

March 18th, 2006 · No Comments

It might backfire to suggest it, since Darwinists are already peddling a disguised economic ideology, but they might learn something from economists, as with this challenge to the myth of Economic Man. At least with economists they don’t take themselve so seriously as Darwinians. The reason is obvious: economics deals with real money. Darwinism is […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

The Burden of Proof

March 17th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Since we have no account of language evolution, the burden of proof is on biologists to produce one, til then… Chomsky, Pinker, language and natural selection

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Tags: Evolution

Dennett and scientology

March 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Dennett mentions scientology in an essay in Seed magazine. Scientology is an exceptional vicious but clever outfit that has claimed a lot of Hollywood actors, idiots like Tom Cruise. I remember years ago meetins some sufis spying on Scientology in Los Angeles, shaking their heads in sorrow at the mess created by shit head Crowley […]

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Sam Harris a Darwinist?

March 16th, 2006 · No Comments

Sam Harris writes a letter to the editor re: Weiseltier’s shellacking of Dennett. I am a little puzzled. Is Harris a Darwinist? His book on the end of faith had a mysterious New Age strain that invoked what seems like Buddhist/Vedantic themes in the background. Let’s hope this isn’t going to be passed as play […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Armstrong’s buddhist sausage

March 16th, 2006 · No Comments

An interview with Armstrong in the Independent: now the basis of religion is ‘compassion’. Doubtful. But I can see the PR strategy. To find the common denominator for the ‘Axial Age religions’ takes a bit of doing. Something neutral and Dalai Lamaish like compassion might do it. Buddha was compassionate, so was Mohammed. So it […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

No Feathers

March 15th, 2006 · No Comments

New fossil complicates picture of feather evolution. Associated Press NEW YORK — A 150 million-year-old fossil from southern Germany has paleontologists ruffled over how feathers arose in the line of dinosaurs that eventually produced birds.

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Tags: Evolution

Time’s Up

March 15th, 2006 · No Comments

I just finished reading Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. Time’s Up

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Tags: Booknotes · General · In the News

Mystic physics

March 15th, 2006 · 1 Comment

The Times has an article on Quantum Mysticism. The abuse of quantum mechanics by New Age, and other, groups is a well-known phenomenon, but is the current understanding by of QM by realists that much better.

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Tags: Evolution

Beyond the Selfish Gene

March 15th, 2006 · No Comments

Fwd’d from Science for the people

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Tags: Evolution

Dennett debates Swinburne

March 15th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Dennett debates Richard Swinburne,How should we study religion. The self-programmed stupidity of scientists attempting to study religion is often baffling, and Dennett simply makes this more visible. It is small wonder people recoil and end up dialectically propelled back into traditionalism. Maybe if scientists shut up on the subject this reverse gear effect would go […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Evidence?

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

Paul Gross tells us Darwin’s theory is distinguished by evidence. The Eonic Effect shows clear evidence of evolutionary directionality, witout a design argument, but unfortunately scientists, so-called, haven’t the slightest interest in evidence. Methodological naturalism — and science — are about evidence. “Truth” without evidence is a philosophical bauble. Contra Teilhard de Chardin and other […]

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Tags: Evolution

Deconstructing Darwin

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

Deconstructing Darwin

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Tags: Evolution

So You Think You Are A Darwinian

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

David Stove’s So You Think You Are A Darwinian

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Tags: Evolution

Review of Darwinian Fairytales

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

David Fontana’s review of Stove’s Darwinian Fairytales, now being republished.

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Tags: Evolution

DarkSyde on ID strategy

March 14th, 2006 · No Comments

DarkSyde on the tactics of the Darwin wars. But I think that Democrats ought to do some hard thinking before they expect everyone to share the Talk.Origins view of evolution in their party. The alternative is not intelligent design, but an intelligent social philosophy that is Postdarwinian, and not some adjunct to scientism. Who is […]

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Tags: Evolution

Darwinian Fairytales

March 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Darwinian Fairytales : Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution has been republished and is well worth reading. It contains one of the most devastating critiques of Darwinism ever written, and should have been better known. But the original edition lingered in the stacks of research libraries generally unknown. This new edition […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · Philosophy

Kant, postmodernism, enlightenments

March 11th, 2006 · No Comments

Was looking at an unusual ‘quick summary’ of the emergence of postmodernism,

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Tags: Booknotes · Philosophy

The Gurdjieff Deception

March 9th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Start of a series on the writer Ouspensky and the world of shark sufis. This question is from one of the comments, and I am going to begin some posts on this subject, which is quite controversial and distressing–very hard to deal with. What is the source of your antipathy toward Gurdjieff, if I may […]

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Tags: New Age

Platinga on Dover

March 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Platinga discusses Dover ruling.

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Tags: Evolution

On the Front Lines

March 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Fwd’d from Science For The People On the Front Lines in the War Over Evolution

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Tags: Evolution

Reincarnation: A Darwin buster

March 8th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Someone asked me about my reference to, and beliefs in/about, reincarnation in the post on the seventeenth Karmapa of Tibet (scroll down). I cannot vouch for the claims of reincarnated lamas of Tibet, the labyrinth is too tricky to figure out. It seems to me however they once had the extraordinary knack of doing what […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · Science & Religion