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Entries from March 2008

Dalai lama, non-violence, some thoughts

March 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

The recent protests in Tibet, and the Dalai Lama’s response have been compelling, and somewhat disturbing, for more than one reason. Some voices are whispering that something is awry with the Dalai Lama’s tactics, here’s one: …crowns are now turning into thorns. I don’t wish to offend anyone, nor do I endorse anyone suddenly changing […]

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Tags: Tibet

James reappears, fakirs, spiritual paths, and…the Dalai lama’s….

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

James reappears Thanks for your comment, I was worried, and also wary that someone might actually try my ‘meditation retreat’ suggestion, which was a bad one, since 1. I don’t do retreats (I am not a guru), and 2. I didn’t describe the situation referred to, which was far too severe to induce meditative states. […]

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Tags: religion

Stuart Newman’s “High Tea”

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Suzan Mazur: Stuart Newman’s “High Tea” Suzan Mazur While some scientists prefer shaping their opinions about evolution based on audience reaction while on book tour – others are actually busy looking for answers in the lab. Stuart Newman, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College, is the real deal.

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Tags: Evolution

Ben in the Lions Den

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Ben in the Lions Den By AFA Journal Staff, March 2008 CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY CHALLENGES EVOLUTIONISTS’ CLOSED MINDS As an economist, presidential speechwriter, author, columnist and actor (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Mask), Ben Stein has already had a full life. So why host a controversial documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which challenges the assumptions of […]

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Tags: Evolution

Expelled: editing P.Z. Myers

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Biologist Crashes Press Call for Intelligent Design Film “The Expelled movie was made under false pretenses, and despite their claims that they did not distort my interviews or [evolutionary geneticist] Richard Dawkins’ [who also appears in the film], I think that interleaving our comments with old video clips of Nazis and Hitler and Stalin is […]

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Tags: Evolution

…’evidence’ against Dalai Lama

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

China publishes ‘evidence’ against Dalai Lama BEIJING: China has published an anonymous confession from a Tibetan protester as part of a dossier of “evidence” it says proves the Dalai Lama and his allies were behind the recent deadly unrest in Tibet.

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Tags: Tibet

China asks Dalai Lama to use his influence’ to stop Tibet violence

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

China asks Dalai Lama to use his influence’ to stop Tibet violence Beijing (PTI): Facing mounting international flak for the crackdown on Lhasa, China on Monday gave first signs of softening its stand by asking the Dalai Lama to use his “influence” to stop violence in Tibet and said the “channels” for dialogue with him […]

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Tags: Tibet

Wake-up call

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Climate Change Is a Wake-Up Call to Radically Reform Our Economy By Preeti Mangala Shekar and Tram Nguyen, The people most affected by the injustices of the polluting economy are already helping to lead the way.

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Tags: global warming

Rumors of war

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Iran in the Crosshairs A Third American War in the Making? By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on Iran.

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With a few more brains

March 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Our competitiveness as a nation in coming decades will be determined not only by our financial accounts but also by our intellectual accounts. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/opinion/30kristof.html

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Dumbed down Darwinian irrationalism

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Kristof OpEd The dumbing down of America, if real, hasn’t been helped by Darwinists (‘with a few more brains??’) who have dumbed down Darwinism.

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Tags: Evolution

Slowing evolution

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Evolution Of New Species Slows Down As Number Of Competitors Increases ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2008) — The rate at which new species are formed in a group of closely related animals decreases as the total number of different species in that group goes up, according to new research.

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Tags: Evolution

How were Egyptian pyramids built?

March 30th, 2008 · No Comments

How Were The Egyptian Pyramids Built? ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2008) — The Aztecs, Mayans and ancient Egyptians were three very different civilizations with one very large similarity: pyramids. However, of these three ancient cultures, the Egyptians set the standard for what most people recognize as classic pyramid design: massive monuments with a square base and […]

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Tags: History

Astronomy picture of the day

March 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841

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Vortices in Brain Waves

March 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From [quantum_theory] Vortices in Brain Waves (2008) Walter J. Freeman and Giuseppe Vitiello

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The new gilded age

March 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Proud of a New Gilded Age by Louis Uchitelle The tributes to Sanford I Weill line the walls of the carpeted hallway that leads to his skyscraper office, with its panoramic view of Central Park. A dozen framed magazine covers, their colors as vivid as an Andy Warhol painting, are the most arresting. […]

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Uranium

March 29th, 2008 · No Comments

SciftP As Uranium Firms Eye N.M., Navajos Are Wary By Kari Lydersen Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, March 28, 2008; A02 AMBROSIA LAKE, N.M. — Twenty years after uranium mining ceased in New Mexico amid plummeting prices for the ore, global warming and the soaring cost of oil are renewing interest in nuclear power — […]

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Tutu and anti-apartheid

March 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Rev. Tutu Endorses Our Nov. 2008 Anti-Apartheid Speaking & Organizing Tour See the Video The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a nationwide speaking and organizing tour with high-profile South African and Palestinian leaders in November 2008.

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Tibet, the right and the left

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Tibet is caught in an acute difficulty, a theatre of rightist and leftist collision. The previous post cites a leftist expose routine, but its point is nonetheless essential to consider: Behind the anti-anti-China Olympics campaign. The left, witness the action of the Marxist cadres, a truly braindead faction of, yes, the bourgeoisie at its most […]

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Tags: 1848+ · religion · The Axial Age

Behind the anti-anti-China Olympics campaign

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Behind the anti-China Olympics campaign By Gary Wilson Published Mar 27, 2008 8:53 PM http://www.workers.org/2008/world/anti-china_olympics_0403/ Exposing these rightist connections is essential for any Tibetan freedom movement, but at the same time the left’s moral indignation comes to a halt confronted with Communist abuses, vitiating their critiques, which are as untrustworthy as anything from the NED.

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Tags: In the News

Religious change

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

John Gray’s egregious errors In an interview that appears on the website of the Edge Foundation (www.edge.org) under the title “The Evaporation of the Powerful Mystique of Religion”, he [Daniel Dennett] predicts that “in about 25 years almost all religions will have evolved into very different phenomena, so much so that in most quarters religion […]

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Tags: Evolution

Newtonian dinosaurs and scientism

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Why we need academic freedom…to question Newtonism The problem is not Newtonism, but the dinosaur Newtonians who are frozen in a state of ‘scientism’.

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Tags: Science

From the blogzone

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

More on Complexity

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Tags: Evolution

Darwinian wishful thinking

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Are evolutionists only wishful thinkers? BILL WESTCOTT Charles Darwin’s 1859 treatise, The Origin of Species by means of natural selection, is arguably the most controversial topic among educators, scientists, theologians, philosophers and those who study religion. Strong views still rage on both sides of the argument. In science, a theory is a rigorously tested statement […]

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Tags: Evolution