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Entries from December 2006

Cargo cults, Axial Age, Cargo cults

December 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Cargo Cults and religion. If you sometimes wonder how God came into being, it’s really quite simple. When a primitive culture encounters a more advanced culture (and not necessarily of a different species), engendering godlike status is a natural, if illogical reaction. Monotheism, sourcing in the Old Testament period resembles a cargo cult phenomenon, but, […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Axial Age

Armstrong’s bio: Muhammed and Marx

December 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Introducing the one and only Mohammed

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Tags: Evolution

Science of history–an antinomy

December 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Email exchange at kant@yahoogroups.com:

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Tags: Evolution · History · The Eonic Effect · World History and The Eonic Effect · you've got mail

Darwinism disallows moral agents?

December 21st, 2006 · 1 Comment

review of God Delusion.

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Tags: Evolution

Darwin, Marx, Freud

December 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Reference: UD. The problem here is that Darwin didn’t show anything of the kind. And such is the botched science education now dominant that even writers of textbooks are confused and incapable of seeing the howlers in their pronouncements. Actually, Marx’s theories are not so well founded, but one thing he did do was to […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Armstrong on Muhammad

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Times on Armstrong. Having endured Armstrong’s disastrous treatment of the Axial Age, it is with caution that one approachs here biography of Muhammad. Then again, I welcome an attempt at defense, even as I welcome the recent attempted exposes or revisionist bios (some of them from current rightist Islamophobes). Personally I find the figure of […]

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Tags: History · The Axial Age

The Eonic Effect vs Hegelianized Kant

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Another post at kant@yahoogroups.com, this time concerning Kant, Hegel, the categories and the attempt to ‘historize’ Kant.

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Kant’s Challenge, and a challenge to Kant

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

A post at kant@yahoogroups.com dealing with the issue of Allen Wood’s discussion of natural teleology and unsocial sociability.

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How about it, Dawkins

December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

From India Times Charles Darwin’s theory that humans have descended from the apes has long been assailed by Christian ‘creationists’. Now, Darwin’s theories are under attack by Islamic fundamen-talists in Turkey as well. In contrast, no one has made much of a fuss about Darwin in India. This is not surprising as most subscribers to […]

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Tags: Evolution

Is Darwinism still necessary?

December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Is God Still Necessary?. There seems to be an implication that God was once necessary. In any case, one can ask if Darwinism is still necessary. All the elements are there for a more intelligent approach to evolution. Meanwhile, a culture dominated by reductionist Darwinism seems doomed to the resurgence of religion, necessary in some […]

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Tags: Evolution

Art and homo sapiens

December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

THE CAVE PAINTERS Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists

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Tags: Evolution

Kant, unsocial sociability, and history

December 17th, 2006 · No Comments

email on Kant’s unsocial sociability at Kant@yahoogroups.com: In a message dated 12/17/2006 7:24:05 PM Central Standard Time, x@X replies: Unsocial sociability amounts to Kant’s appropriation of the rationalization of “commercial society” advanced by Hume and Smith, whereby, paradoxically, the conflict of individualist self-interest results in material, social-psychological, and institutional benefits. The crucial fact here is […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution · Philosophy · The Eonic Effect · you've got mail

Evolution is NOT economics

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Panda’s Thumb is debating evolution and conservatism with Arnhart at Darwinian Conservatism. There is a simple answer to Arnhart, and not only to him: Evolution is not economics. The figures of Adam Smith, Burke, Hayek give us no special insight into evolution, cultural or otherwise. Adam Smith was an economist, Burke a conservative propagandist given […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Meera and religious right

December 10th, 2006 · No Comments

Secularism, science and the Right: New book by Ananda Meera whose ‘Breaking the Spell of Dharma’ is the source for Dennett’s title, ‘Breaking the Spell’. The religious right in India is easy to denounce, but as with Dawkins and Dennett, Meera picks on one manifestation to reject a whole tradition

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Tags: Booknotes

Lemaitre

December 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Priest of the Cosmos. So Lemaître maintained that God preserved those truths in Scripture related to salvation. But Scripture had nothing to say on specific scientific questions, and might even be full of scientific errors. The problem here is that Scripture had a look to say about everything, and wasn’t taken symbolically, or compartmentalized.

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Tags: Evolution

Was Marx a Darwinist?

December 9th, 2006 · No Comments

A Marxist critique of the La Jolla conference By Deirdre Griswold

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Tags: Evolution