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Entries from January 2007

Darwin day: time for ‘Grubby Whigs Award’

January 31st, 2007 · No Comments

UW-Whitewater 9th Annual DARWIN DAY, 2007. Time to award this years ‘Grubby Whigs Award’. Dawkins and Dennett are currently the two finalists.

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Tags: Evolution

Randi’s million dollar reward fraud

January 30th, 2007 · No Comments

One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.

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Tags: General · Science & Religion

The basic Darwin fallacy

January 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Wild Neighbors: Bug Bombs: The Stink Beetle Meets the Killer Mouse I’ve always been fascinated by evolutionary arms races. In his The Ancestor’s Tale Richard Dawkins makes the point that if you can see progress anywhere in evolution, it’s in these ongoing duels between predator and prey. Each, over time, gets better at attack or […]

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Tags: Evolution

Myers, Dawkins collude

January 30th, 2007 · No Comments

PZ Myers exchanges theories with Richard Dawkins Paul Z. “PZ” Myers, assistant professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, has a theory of evolution that he recently took right to the source – the birthplace and home of Charles Darwin. Myers’ long-time colleague, Larry Moran of the University of Toronto, arranged for Myers […]

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Tags: Evolution · In the News

Harris, free will, and scientific incoherence

January 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Sam Harris’ End of Faith is such a curious hybrid. Scientism, a bit of Buddhism, a mishmash of post-analytic philosophy, a washed out discussion of ethics … This is no way to challenge religion. The principle difficulty is that, despite the surface eloquence about the problems with religion, what is provided as a substitute is […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science & Religion

Why does Darwin debate persist?

January 16th, 2007 · No Comments

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has an opinion piece: Why Can’t We Discuss Intelligent Design?. Since the article is by subscription, Recursivity has posted some excerpts, below.

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Tags: Evolution

Buddhism non-violent? Maybe they’re kidding

January 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Robert Thurman (Buddhist scholar) on Buddhism and violence. The Buddhist tradition has no theory of “just war.” Its major relevant doctrine is that of “nonviolence” (ahimsa). “Hatred will not put an end to hatred; only love can put an end to hatred.” Such is a central tenet of all forms of Buddhism. However,… The question […]

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Tags: History

Reincarnation–hopeless confusion

January 13th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Googling ‘reincarnation’. Ancient Buddhism spoke of the special attainment of those who could grasp the issue of reincarnation, a very rare attainment.

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Reincarnation, Schopenhauer and death

January 13th, 2007 · No Comments

The controversy over Harris, reincarnation, and religion is hampered by the confusions believers in reincarnation bring to the subject. One of the best ways to approach the subject is to reconstruct the issue via ‘transcendental idealism’ (which isn’t ‘transcendental’ or necessarily an idealism) and the questions of ‘representations’, a la Schopenhauer: Schopenhauer on death

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Tags: Philosophy · Science & Religion

15 questions for the militant atheists

January 6th, 2007 · No Comments

15 Questions Militant Atheists Should Ask Before Trying to “Destroy Religion”

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Tags: Science & Religion

New Atheists and New Agers

January 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Without God, Gall Is Permitted

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Tags: Science & Religion

Top ten myths, plus the Darwin myth

January 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Dispel the top 10 myths about evolution Average Americans misinformed about the science behind evolution By: Prometheus Books

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Tags: Evolution

Robert Solomon obit

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Robert Solomon obit: I am only familiar with Robert Solomon’s In the Spirit of Hegel, which might induce in the New Atheists a kind of hem-hawing double take: Solomon attempted to show that Hegel, behind all his Geist fireworks was an atheist. Your move.

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Tags: Philosophy

…better off without religion…

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins and Fundamentalist Atheism with a quote from E.J. Eskow:

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Tags: Science & Religion

End of Science?

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

From Edge World Question Center \dusting off ‘Canticle for Leibowitz’

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Tags: Science & Religion

Are Harris/Dawkins Buddhist proxies?

January 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Sam Harris’s Faith in Eastern Spirituality and Muslim Torture By John Gorenfeld, AlterNet. Posted January 5, 2007.

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Did Armstrong read World History and The Eonic Effect?

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

New in paperback: A Short History of Myth,” by Karen Armstrong (Canongate): the incoherence of Armstrong’s treatment of the Axial Age in her book on the subject comes out in this treatment of myth, where the rise of the modern suddenly becomes the (other) great transformation. I have a feeling Armstrong was writing her book […]

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Tags: The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect

Worms

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Earthworms, Burrowing and Evolution Darwin is well known for advancing Evolution into the scientific mainstream. His last work though is not as well known. Bioturbation is the science of biological reworking of the local soils, in this case, by the lowly but pretty important earthworm.

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Tags: Evolution

Does anyone trust scientists on evolution?

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Refuting evolution’s Cambrian controversy;

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Tags: Evolution

Fundamentalist scavengers

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

In Search of the Designer of Intelligent Design The movement known as intelligent design (ID) is gaining momentum across the nation, and even beyond America’s borders, causing considerable alarm among Darwin’s disciples. Darwinists have only themselves to blame for this situation. Their position is something frozen from the eighteenth century, and now they confront the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Dawkins echoes the left’s ignorance of religion

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

From richarddawkins.net: If they preach the cause of the poor, they’re my people

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

ID coopting Darwin critique

January 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Evo-News picks up on Orr’s critique of Dawkins. No sooner said than ID is given its false plus. There is a critique of Darwin beyond the ID argument. In fact the term ‘design’ is a complex pun: any complex molecular structure/sequence shows ‘design’, but that doesn’t tell us how it evolved. Complexity is merely an […]

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Tags: Evolution

Science muddles free will antinomy.

January 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Free Will: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t .

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Tags: Philosophy