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Entries from February 2008

Bigthink.com

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From Dawkins site Leaving the Faith BigThink.com, Ayaan Hirsi Ali See many more videos like this at: http://bigthink.com Leaving the Faith: Ayaan Hirsi Ali went from political Islam to apostasy. How has her attitude toward the religion changed? http://www.bigthink.com/features/284 More videos by Ayaan: http://www.bigthink.com/user/ayaan-hirsi-ali Videos by Sam Harris: http://www.bigthink.com/user/sam-harris

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Tags: religion

Veterans Break Silence on US War Crimes

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

via Common Dreams Friday 02.29.08 Headlines… Veterans Break Silence on US War Crimes http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/29/7368/

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Review of The Design Matrix

February 29th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Hucklebird revies The Design Matrix: The following is my Amazon review of Mike Gene’s “The Design Matrix.” Enjoy! Sincerely, Stephen —————– The Middle Way Is there a middle way between the design inference and natural causation? Between teleology and non-teleological evolution? Mike Gene’s “The Design Matrix” gives an affirmative answer to these questions.

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Tags: Evolution

Atheism as a Stealth Religion

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From David Sloan Wilson: Atheism as a Stealth Religion V: Ineffective, Silly, and Worse Sacred texts such as the Bible say so many things that almost any position can be supported by selecting the right passages. So it is with scientific hypotheses. In Stealth III, I listed six plausible scientific hypotheses about the nature of […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Monkey gene that blocks AIDS

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

The Evolution Of The Monkey Gene That Blocks AIDS There is a gene in Asian monkeys that could have evolved as protection against lentiviruses such as HIV, according to an article written by researchers at Harvard Medical School that is published in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens.

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Tags: Evolution

Talk.reason essay

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

How a ‘just so’ story turns into just ‘so?’– HIV and the failures of Intelligent Design By SA Smith http://www.talkreason.org/articles/just-so-story.cfm Abigail Smith, the graduate student conducting research with HIV viruses who recently forced Michael Behe to grudgingly admit error in his book “Edge of Evolution” (to our knowledge it was the first ever occurrence of […]

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Tags: Evolution

Neandertals and cannibals

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

A Neanderthal-eat-Neanderthal world may have spread a mad cow-like disease that weakened and reduced populations of the large Eurasian human, thereby contributing to its extinction http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/02/27/neanderthal-cannibalism.html

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Tags: Evolution

Documenting Social Darwinism

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Comment on Weikart’s book. The claimed connection between Darwin and the subsequent spread of Social Darwinism, thence all the way to Hitler is on one level obvious, on another a spurious assertion of causality. The case for the connection requires care, and Weikart tends to let his argument slip a little. That said, we suffer […]

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Tags: Evolution

Design ambiguities

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

comment from author of “Save Our Selves from Science Gone Wrong”, at self-evolved.com Shaun Johnston said, February 28, 2008 at 11:05 am · Edit If Miller’s take on evolution becomes adopted, then what is one say about science’s previous refusal to admit there’s design in nature? “It’s because we’ve changed what “design” means”? “We were […]

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Tags: Evolution

Dawkins to retire. Will Darwinism be retired also

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Who could replace Dawkins? – February 28, 2008 The Official Richard Dawkins website tells us that the (in)famous evolutionary biologist / aetheist and campaigner for ‘reason in science’ will be retiring from his post at Oxford in September (having reached the Chair’s mandatory retirement age).

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Tags: Evolution

From Cuba: Fidel on Darwinism

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Cuba: Fidel Surpasses Darwin in Humanism By Pastor Guzmán Castro The humanism of Fidel Castro, obvious in a variety of forms during the last 50 years of Cuban, American and world history, are a total contrast to the social Darwinism sponsored by his ideological enemies in the United States and its fellow neo-liberals.

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Tags: Evolution

Florida and wedge

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Presenting ‘the scientific theory of’ evolution February 28, 2008 Ironically, the Wedge strategy forced the issue on opposition to ID.

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Tags: Evolution

Taxi to the Dark Side

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Taxi to the Dark Side by Amy Goodman On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Obama: 2002 speech on Iraq

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, February 28, 2008 by CommonDreams.org October 2002 Speech: Against Going to War With Iraq by Barack Obama October 2, 2002 Good afternoon. Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. […]

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Tags: In the News

Hair analysis

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Scientists have developed a new tool for tracking a person’s movements — hair analysis. Researchers have discovered the link between drinking water, which varies from one region to another, and human hair, which acts as a geographic marker. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19357324

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Embryological dissent: from von Baer to Lovtrup

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Karl Ernst Ritter von Baer, Edler von Huthorn (1792-1876). Myers’ account is smothering von Baer, damnation with (faint) praise. The early embryologists had a hard time embracing Darwin because they saw that his theory wouldn’t work. The tradition of embryologists dissenting in the underground includes the more recent Soren Lovtrup, and his classic

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Tags: Evolution

Evolution of bat?

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Fossil Doesn’t Support Bat Evolution! A picture questioning the validity of evolution. Here we go again! Recently evolutionists have discovered a fossil of a bat which which they claim indicates that bats learned to fly before they developed the ability of echolocation (i.e. sonar ability).

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Tags: Evolution

DNA and environment

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

From IndiaPost

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Tags: Evolution

Three Trillion Dollar War

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

The Three Trillion Dollar War By Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, The Times of London UK. Posted February 25, 2008. The cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have grown to staggering proportions.

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Tags: In the News

Capitalism and apocalypse

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Capitalism in an Apocalyptic Mood By Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus. Posted February 25, 2008. Yes, global capitalism may be resilient. But it looks like its options are increasingly limited.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

The infant industry argument

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

by Ha-Joon Chang Independent.co.uk (July 23 2007) I have a six-year-old son. His name is Jin-Gyu. He lives off me, yet he is quite capable of making a living. After all, millions of children of his age already have jobs in poor countries.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

EI update

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

_______________________________ UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA http://electronicIntifada.net _______________________________

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Is Descent of Man overrated?

February 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Zimmer excerpt from Descent of Man. Is Darwin’s Descent of Man overrated? Even as he wrote this book, his codiscoverer Alfred Wallace had already put the pretensions of Darwinism on human emergence in their place. If Darwin’s book was a turning point it ought to be in the history of scientism, leaving behind the naive […]

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Tags: Evolution

Default philosophic ‘enlightenment’

February 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments

SK creates a comment thread, good:re: mysticism…. We can leapfrog with a series of topics here. As I said, the mystical path can prove most unpromising, while the historical survey of such can help to get the subject grounded. You express disinterest in Schopenhauer, but he at least points to the sudden perception of spiritual […]

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Tags: New Age · Philosophy