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Entries from January 2008

Links on Gould’s Structure of Evolutionary Theory

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Gould’s Structure of Evolutionary Theory

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Tags: Evolution

Confused by Nietzsche

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

A not very good article on Atheism and Violence quotes Nietzsche. It is a seeming ‘clever trick’ to cite Nietzsche against the current New Atheists, but the attempted put-down doesn’t really work. Nietzsche’s views show the sudden influence of Darwinism/positivism, as much as Nietzsche would attempt to deny it. Much of his rhetoric is based […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

From Schopenhauer to Freud

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Review of: Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis By THEODORE DALRYMPLE January 16, 2008 What, if anything, did Sigmund Freud actually discover? What concrete human knowledge would be lacking if he, or someone very like him, had never lived? It is worth backtracking via Nietzsche to Schopenhauer, looking at the context of Freud’s generation, […]

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Tags: Philosophy

Population growth

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

SciftP Population growth is a threat. But it pales against the greed of the rich It’s easy to blame the poor for growing pressure on the world’s resources. But still the wealthy west takes the lion’s share

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Big History, but check out the eonic effect first

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

A grand lesson in humility Brown weaves a compelling narrative about civilization, showing us where we really fit in the true scheme of things Jan 20, 2008 04:30 AM Hans Werner Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown New Press, 288 pages, $32.50

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Tags: Booknotes · History · The Eonic Effect

Tea and tobacco

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Painting the World How a hunger for tea and tobacco created global trade. By Michael Dirda VERMEER’S HAT The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World By Timothy Brook Bloomsbury. 272 pp. $27.95

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Tags: Booknotes · Critique of Evolutionary Economy

Potatos

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Using DNA, scientists hunt for the roots of the modern potato Jan. 28, 2008 by Nicole Miller More than 99 percent of all modern potato varieties planted today are the direct descendents of varieties that once grew in the lowlands of south-central Chile. How Chilean germplasm came to dominate the modern potato-which spread worldwide from […]

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Tags: Evolution

Open letter to Venter

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

An Open Letter to the J. Craig Venter Institute By Brandon Keim Dear Dr. Venter,

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Tags: Science

New essay from talk.reason

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Casey Luskin abuses what little credibility he has By Timothy Sandefur http://www.talkreason.org/articles/?http://sandefur.typepad.com/freespace/2008/01/casey-luskin-ab.html Timothy Sandefur points to another ridiculous escapade by Casey Luskin, a lawyer employed by the Discovery Institute. (Off-site link.) published: Jan 29, 2008

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Tags: Evolution

Suharto

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

ZNet Commentary Suharto, The Model Killer, And His Friends In High Places January 28, 2008 By John Pilger

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Making of a Tropical Disease

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

How colonialism & imperialism spread malaria WW book review, part 1

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Wikipedia, Ubuntu founders back ‘open education’

January 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Wikipedia, Ubuntu founders back ‘open education’ http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39292324,00.htm?r=4 Andrew Donoghue ZDNet.co.uk

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Israel and occupation

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Dark Truths About the Israeli Occupation

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Has global warming really stopped?

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Mark Lynas responds to a controversial article on newstatesman.com which argued global warming has stopped

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Tags: global warming · you've got mail

Rethinking the Meat Guzzler

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

SciftP Rethinking the Meat Guzzler By Mark Bittman Sunday 27 January 2008 A sea change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store – something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn’t oil. It’s meat.

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The eonic effect and the myth of spontaneous order

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Michael Shermer on The Market As An Evolutionary Process Michael Shermer of Scientific American fame has a new book out (which will be arriving in the mail soon, I hope) about evolution and economics, called The Mind of The Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, And Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics. His theme is how the […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · The Eonic Effect

Sci links

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp links

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Tags: links

Brain circuits

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Harvard scientists have embarked upon an ambitious program to create a circuit diagram of the human brain, with the help of new machines that automatically turn brain tissue into high-resolution neural maps. http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/01/connectomics

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Tags: Science

The evolution of religion

January 27th, 2008 · No Comments

at The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques, edited by Joseph Bulbulia et al. This volume at least asks a good set of questions about the adaptationist scenarios attempting to fix religion into the Darwin paradigm. But none of it will work, as a number of authors suspect. I can think of no approach […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

A marxism class??? Do Marxists ever study their history?

January 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Louis Proyect at The Unrepentant Marxist has an Introduction to Marxism class. Is there any way to rescue Marx from his history? The current Marxist left has a severe credibility problem. How can anyone familiar with the history of the Russian revolution still speak of ‘straight’ Leninism? It is not reactionary to say so.

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Tags: 1848+ · Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Ultra Far Left

New Joomla

January 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I have just downloaded and installed the New Joomla 1.5 (Stable) CMS system, interesting.

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Tags: Evolution · General

Blog links on Hopeful Monster

January 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Some of the links on the Hopeful Monster debate (article by Judson)

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Tags: Evolution

The Leo Strauss enigma

January 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Will the Real Leo Strauss Please Stand Up?

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Tags: General

From Panspermia

January 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

From Panspermia The latest morphological studies with nearly exhaustive sampling of Cretaceous fossils… have all shown significant gaps in the ‘younger’ fossil record compared to the much ‘older’ molecular dating of the marsupial and placental lineages, a phenomenon with which molecular evolutionists also agree. The Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Carnegie Museum of Natural […]

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Tags: Evolution