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Entries from November 2006

G factor

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Is the ‘g’ factor nothing more than a statistical construct?

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Tags: General

Darwin’s doubts and delay

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Darwin’s reluctance to publish is hardly so mysterious. It only seems so because people believe Darwin got it right. Darwin wasn’t so sure! When Wallace threatened to upstage him, he sensed his last chance for priority disappearing. This is not so distinguished. Darwin’s reluctance based on the idea of a challenge to ‘man’s godliness’ is […]

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Tags: Evolution

Darfur

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

alternet@democracyinaction.org The atrocities in Darfur have been going on for far too long and the violence continues to escalate. As a global community, we have a moral responsibility to do what we can to stop the brutality and help protect the millions of displaced people in the region. Please join AlterNet and the Save Darfur […]

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Eliminate altruism to give NS a free hand?

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

A Darwinian Just-So story. The absurdity of Darwinian accounts here can be seen from the ambiguity: if natural selection produces altruism, then why not eliminate altruism, so that natural selection can operate with interference to produce—? altruism. Note how incoherence enters into the explanation. Check out the Oedipus effect at the history-and-evolution website.

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Tags: Evolution

Do Darwinists respond to evidence?

November 28th, 2006 · No Comments

New Knowledge: Will the Theory Change?: the record is clear. It won’t change.

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Tags: Evolution

Crazy wisdom garbage; breaking the power of sufi sheiks

November 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Wikipedia article on E.J. Gold.

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Tags: New Age

Buddhism on the brain

November 27th, 2006 · No Comments

Salon on Buddhism

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Tags: Evolution

Help Wanted: occult private dicks

November 26th, 2006 · No Comments

There are no such private dicks, so the victims will perish anonymously as missing persons. So who will track down Gold’s victims? The previous post on Gold mentioned the Crazy Wisdon guru tradition, and here is the source, found via the Wikipedia article, a reference to G. Feuerstein.

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Tags: New Age

Armstrong rewarded for brazen propaganda

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Former Nun Receives Honorary Degree By Natalie Lescroart Special to The Hoya Tuesday, November 21, 2006 The secularists and religionists both are so nervous about the implications of the Axial Age that Armstrong’s complete trashing of the subject in the name of scholarship was bound to win an award, along with distorted and untruthful depictions […]

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Tags: History · In the News · The Axial Age

Beyond Reductionism

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred

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Tags: Evolution

Kauffman and self-organization

November 21st, 2006 · No Comments

BEYOND REDUCTIONISM. In all the obsession with natural selection, Kauffman’s redirected focus toward self-organization has remained in the background. It is a reminder that in fact we don’t have a theory of evolution as yet. While it may sound as if ‘order for free’ is a serious challenge to Darwinian evolution, it’s not so much […]

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Tags: Evolution

IQ and the puzzle of Darwin dummies

November 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Antievolution.org spits out this gem of wisdom, Numerous studies and meta-studies show that theistic belief is negatively correlated with IQ. I am fascinated by the causation aspect. Thick because they’re fundies? Fundies ’cause they’re thick. Shallow end of the gene pool? Does anyone have a hypothesis? reply at UD. This comment itself doesn’t strike me […]

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Tags: General

After ‘After Virtue’

November 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Rereading After Virtue.

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · Philosophy

Old Testament, Axial Age, and evolution

November 16th, 2006 · No Comments

The problem with Intelligent Design. The problem here can be seen by taking the same approach to the Old Testament. As we examine the eonic effect (Axial Age) we see that ‘historical evolution’ can’t be exempted from evolutionary dilemmas. But there we discover a non-random process that is neither Darwinian nor designed. Why are there […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Taking the eonic effect seriously

November 16th, 2006 · No Comments

critics say they might begin to take ID seriously if …. Several times over the years I’ve seen ID critics say they might begin to take ID seriously if supporters could show some prime number signatures in genomes (or other such stuff, mostly in response to Mike Gene’s perennial question: what would it take for […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Designed for randomness?

November 15th, 2006 · No Comments

Collins’ mixure of religion and science is unfortunately only proof that someone can do good research and still be confused. Colonizing the creationist world is a bit imperialistic. Collins’ argument is still a design argument (tantamount to the ‘designed randomness’ of evolutionary algorithms and software). Secular humanists and science supporters should look to Collins with […]

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Tags: Evolution

Darwin the Whig and his conservative coup

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments

The IDM’s attempt to challenge Darwinian conservatism is a jolting reminder of the cockeyed politics lurking behind their movement. Condemning it to failure, one might note.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Orientalism and its discontents

November 13th, 2006 · No Comments

Thirty years after Edward Said’s groundbreaking “Orientalism,” a British scholar responds.. Perhaps Said spoiled his case by implicitly inventing Occidentalism with an equal and opposite bias. Here the study of the eonic effect can help: There is no inherent distinction between Orient and Occident. We speak of Western Civilization, but that is misleading and counterproductive. […]

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Tags: Booknotes

Sufi hyenas in Londonistan

November 11th, 2006 · No Comments

Article from–the Monthly Review. The current interjunction of Marxists, postmodernists, and the Moslem world is producing some odd things indeed. Given the hysteria of rightist Islamophobes as seen in the recent book, Londonistan ( a wretched text, which unfortunately had some good points), this interaction is not without interest, especially after a century plus of […]

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Tags: New Age

Scifi sufis and Sirius aliens

November 11th, 2006 · No Comments

The previous post referenced the Seti issue connecting that spontaneously with an earthbound ‘esoteric’ (a word to be banished from my vocab) sector. But this question is actually …

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Tags: Evolution · New Age