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Entries from August 2007

Attack on scientist

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Car bomb against scientist

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Tags: Evolution

Problem is, Dawkins is himself a fake

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins and the New Age fakers New Age fakers beware, the tireless Richard Dawkins is on your trail Problem is, Dawkins is himself a fake. His ‘climbing Mr. Improbable argument is either self-deception, or deliberate deceit’. In any case, fake.

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Tags: Evolution

Genetic determinism

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Prisoners of our genes? Many people find this dispiriting. They say it suggests we are prisoners of our genes, automatons formed by an arbitrary, inherited nature from which we cannot escape. It certainly threatens the postmodernist view that holds social conditioning to be vital to behaviour. A large role for genes, though, need not threaten […]

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Tags: Evolution

Alien life

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Could alien life exist in the form of DNA-shaped dust? Could alien life exist in the form of dancing specks of dust? According to a new simulation, electrically charged dust can organise itself into DNA-like double helixes that behave in many ways like living organisms, reproducing and passing on information to one another.

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Tags: Evolution

Controlling free speech in schools

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Questioning Darwin’s Theory in Your Child’s School: You Have the Right to Remain Silent…

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Tags: Evolution

The Left paralyzed by Darwinism

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

With the exception of Louis Proyect, who at least has the courage to address the question, the left, we can bet, will remain largely silent on Gregory Clark and his Social Darwinist theory. (along with the ‘liberal’ Darwinists a la Pharyngula and the Science Blogs). Unless forced to speak out. The problem is the ideological […]

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Tags: 1848+

Darwinism as class warfare

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

In defense of dangerous ideas In every age, taboo questions raise our blood pressure and threaten moral panic. But we cannot be afraid to answer them. July 15, 2007 BY STEVEN PINKER Pinker likes dangerous ideas. How about the negative secual feedback on the ‘rich horny brits’ of Mr. Clark’s theory of industrialism. And there’s […]

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Tags: Evolution

Too bad, it’s the age of Darwin

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Yangtze river dolphin is almost certainly extinct Too bad, it’s the age of Darwin The Yangtze River dolphin is no more – the first cetacean to disappear as a result of human activity. After a fruitless search lasting six weeks, scientists failed to find a single Yangtze river dolphin, also known as the Baiji, in […]

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Tags: Evolution

Clark’s ‘rich horny English’

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

On the Industrial Revolution – another weary theory Although not explicitly mentioned, it also seems that he does not seem to credit the Enlightenment and the ‘age of reason’ (1790’s) as a major lubricant for oiling the locomotive of the industrial revolution… Isn’t attributing a cultural tour de force like the Industrial Revolution to the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Two chunks of bone and a side of theory (please)

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

New Fossils and Our Understanding of Human Evolution PT protests the new fossil discoveries (habilis/erectus) don’t throw doubt on the question of evolution. Right. But it is not the usual tactic for Darwinists to complain that the data is thin. But, beyond that, the fact of the matter is that our data about human origins […]

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Tags: Evolution

Cohen’s The Last Days of Democracy

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

The Last Days of American Democracy? By James Harris and Joshua Scheer, Truthdig. Posted August 9, 2007. Elliot Cohen, author of The Last Days of Democracy, argues that the United States is in political and cultural decline, with media and telecommunications giants engaged in “a well-organized effort to hijack America.” Let’s hope it’s just the […]

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Tags: 1848+

Habilis/erectus

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Paleoanthropologists Disown Homo habilis from Our Direct Family Tree

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Tags: Evolution

The democratic deficit

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Chomsky/Zmag On all these topics, White House policy is completely at odds with what public opinion wants. But the media rarely publish the polls that highlight this persistent public opposition. Not only are citizens excluded from political power, they are also kept in a state of ignorance as to the true state of public opinion. […]

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Tags: 1848+

NS inadequate for complexity

August 7th, 2007 · No Comments

NRC Admits Mutation Not Sufficient Explanation for Evolution On Page 8 of a Report from the National Research Council there is an interesting admission: “Natural selection based solely on mutation is probably not an adequate mechanism for evolving complexity.” Of course the report itself supports the concept of Darwinian evolution. But I think the admission […]

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Tags: Evolution

Review of a Lundberg book

August 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg’s “Cracks in the Constitution”

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Tags: Booknotes · Critique of Evolutionary Economy