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Entries from February 2008

The importance of fossils

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Evolution: What The Fossils Say And Why it Matters. Fossils are crucial, I agree, but haven’t they turned Darwinism into a theory fossil? As far as the evolution of man is concerned, the list of fossils does not constitute a theory of evolution. And the thinness of the record tells us very little about how […]

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Tags: Evolution

From Iran: debunking Hitchens

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Debunking Christopher Hitchens By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In a sheer exercise of futility that makes a mockery of his penchant for (George) Orwellian critique of power and domination, Christopher Hitchens, a darling of mainstream American media, has penned a letter to President George W. Bush in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of Iran […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Dowd tries hard

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Science meets belief as couple put evolution in a sacred context Some say you can tell a lot about people from the cars they drive. The Rev. Michael Dowd drives a camper van with drawings of two fish, one labeled “Jesus” and the other “Darwin,” who are kissing each other with red hearts above them. […]

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Tags: Evolution

Miller interview

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Brown professor says beliefs in Darwin, God can co-exist Kenneth R. Miller has debated William F. Buckley Jr., testified as an expert witness in federal court and traded one-liners with Stephen Colbert. Just be careful about getting him started on evolution.

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Protein ‘Shocks’ Evolution Into Action

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Protein ‘Shocks’ Evolution Into Action ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2008) — Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) has a greater impact on the appearance of new traits than previously expected, according to two articles published on February 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) by researchers in Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist’s lab and […]

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Tags: Evolution

Design inference

February 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Wired Magazine Makes Biological Design Inference We are often told by Darwinists that design cannot be detected in biology. But an article entitled “Wired Science Reveals Secret Codes in Craig Venter’s Artificial Genome” reports that “Wired Science has ferreted out the secret amino acid messages contained in ‘watermarks’ that were embedded in the world’s first […]

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Tags: Evolution

Global trade

February 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Obama and Global Trade By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Unique among the contenders for the presidential nominations, Barack Obama has raised the issue of US job loss from US corporations moving operations abroad in order to lower their labor costs and, thereby, boost profits. As reported by the Financial Times, Obama proposed a lower tax rate […]

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Tags: In the News

Predictably irrational

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the way people make economic decisions. In his book, Predictably Irrational, he explains how the reasoning behind these decisions is often flawed due to invisible forces at work in people’s brains. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19231906

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Biology invades philosophy

February 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Biology invades a field philosophers thought was safely theirs http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10717915

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DNA study supports African origin of man

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

DNA study supports African origin of man

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Tags: Evolution

SK, I am not a guru, nor even a mystic

February 18th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Comment form Sillykitty to Note to SK: Sufi hyenas, poets beware Note: Sillykitty has been a frequent contributor here, and this blog pursued the ‘deprogramming’ option with respect to the shadowy ‘sufi’ school of the ‘notorious rogue sufi’ e. j. gold. This issue and sk’s case actually made it into Wikipedia in the entry on […]

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Tags: New Age

Incoherence of theistic evolutionists

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

James comments on Natural selection not an obstacle to religious faith?? James said, February 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm Rosenhouse on the incoherence of theistic evolutionists: http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2007/10/in_which_i_agree_with_michael.php

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Can Evolution Be Tested?

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Can Evolution Be Tested? Granted we can’t recreate the events leading to human evolution in a laboratory but we can certainly test hypotheses related to even human evolution. Besides if your definition of science is so strict that only laboratory tests make the cut then you leave out huge areas of science beyond evolution. For […]

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Tags: Evolution

Not getting it straight…

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

John Glisch: An evolutionary dead end No place for intelligent design in science Let’s see if I’ve got this straight:

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Tags: Evolution

…just hook yourself up to an IV

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Pollan’s Eater’s Manifesto What’s so bad about convenience food?, I asked Michael Pollan – his new book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” has been the number one best-seller nationally for the last few weeks. “I need to eat in a hurry,” I told him, “so I can rush back to checking my email. […]

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Tags: Booknotes

Poverty is poison

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Via Common Dreams Poverty Is Poison by Paul Krugman “Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain.” That was the opening of an article in Saturday’s Financial Times, summarizing research presented last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

Earthlike planets in Milky Way

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Many Earth-like planets may exist in Milky Way 17:44 18 February 2008 NewScientist.com news service Phil McKenna, Boston As many as 60% of Sun-like stars in the Milky Way may form rocky planets similar to Earth, according to recent findings from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The findings suggest that other worlds with potential for life […]

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Tags: Science

What Do We Stand For?

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

What Do We Stand For? By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Americans traditionally thought of their country as a “city upon a hill,” a “light unto the world.” Today only the deluded think that. Polls show that the rest of the world regards the US and Israel as the two greatest threats to peace.

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Socrates and ambiguity

February 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Socrates in the 21st Century Is the endlessly examined life still worth a look? Given the choice between Socrates dead or alive, Western thinkers have preferred him dead. At least as a symbol. A symbol of what? That’s where it gets complicated.

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Tags: History · Philosophy

Jacoby, new book, and essay

February 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Dumbing Of America Call Me a Snob, but Really, We’re a Nation of Dunces By Susan Jacoby Sunday, February 17, 2008; B01 “The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson offered that observation in 1837, but his words echo with painful prescience in today’s very […]

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Tags: Booknotes

Genetically modified sugar beets

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

American farmers want to change the way they make sugar. This spring, a huge number of growers plan to switch to genetically modified sugar beets. But some groups have asked a federal court to stop them. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18817571

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The coming tragedy of scientism

February 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Evo-News on brain science…. It gets hard to read these articles on otherwise important issues of dissent when they are cast in their rants against ‘atheism/materialism’. I am struck over and over again by the way that scientism and Darwinian paradigm control has unwittingly polarized the debate over, not only evolution, but a host of […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Designed ambiguity of ID challenge

February 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

James and Hucklebird comment on ID only about rejecting evolution? In theory the ID movement is only challenging natural selection theories, but in practice their arguments seem designed to be ambiguous, playing to several audiences.

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Tags: Evolution

Nemo soliloquy

February 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I was clearing out an old cabin in back today and came across some long lost sonnets written years ago, as I roamed the country, the penniless scholar of Greek. Here’s a nemo piece rescued from the gnawing mice. I had forgotten all about it. Nemo (an Indian prince) surfaces in the South Pacific and […]

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