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Entries from March 2008

Dawkins conned

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins Gets “Conned” by Filmmakers Ben Stein, noted author, game show host, and Clear Eyes spokesman, stars in a new documentary in which he argues that scientists who believe in so-called Intelligent Design have been systematically drummed out of academe. From the trailer, it appears to be a pretty slick production, with lots of […]

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Tags: Evolution

Rising boycott tide

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

China, Tibet, Olympics: Tension, bad timing and competing versions of what it means No, no, no, no, no. It wasn’t supposed to be like this – the run-up to the opening of the Olympic games that China will host for the first time ever, the world’s biggest sporting event that is due to open – […]

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Right Software for Socialism

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Santiago Journal Before ’73 Coup, Chile Tried to Find the Right Software for Socialism By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO Published: March 28, 2008 SANTIAGO, Chile — When military forces loyal to Gen. Augusto Pinochet staged a coup here in September 1973, they made a surprising discovery. Salvador Allende’s Socialist government had quietly embarked on a novel experiment […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

“Was George Washington a Terrorist?”

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

“Was George Washington a Terrorist?” Patriots, Refugees and Terrorists By JOANNE MARINER “Was George Washington a terrorist?” asked Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch’s refugee policy director, only semi-facetiously.

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War…and peace?

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Democrats and Their Lousy Options Growing Dread About Iraq By SAUL LANDAU Now that either could win the big race, Obama and Clinton fudge and hedge about withdrawing troops immediately from Iraq. Barack “will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within […]

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Tags: Evolution · In the News

100-mpg Car

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Will We Have a 100-mpg Car Soon? By Ron Scherer and Alexandra Marks, Christian Science Monitor. Posted March 28, 2008. A $10 million contest may get us there quicker then you think. Tools Drivers often joke their car “is running on fumes,” when the tank gets low. Well, how about an engine that actually gets […]

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Tags: global warming

Astronomy picture of the day

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Across the Universe

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Genetic traces

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Scientists have detected the faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7316281.stm

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Tuatara

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Study of the ‘living fossils’ may challenge theory of rate of evolution in cold-blooded organisms. http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080327/full/news.2008.695.html

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Genetic link to schizophrenia

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Researchers have found that people with schizophrenia are far more likely than other people to have a certain type of error in their genes. Scientists believe the finding will help them develop new treatments for schizophrenia and identify young people at high risk of developing the disorder. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89163694

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Chimps big risk-takers

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Chimpanzees are big risk-takers, being invariably tempted to go for the grand prize even if this also means frequent disappointment. Bonobos, like humans, are strongly risk-adverse, and prefer to go for the fixed, dependable reward. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g_p6d8jLopryaTvl9CT4D9Am9r7w

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Bird cooperation

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Who ever heard of birds cooperating on a project together? Sure, a pair may build a nest together, but cooperating on a single task to get food is something only primates have been thought capable of. Now it turns out that rooks, like chimps, can cooperate with each other – although they may lack the […]

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Chomsky: Iraq

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Noam Chomsky: Why Don’t We Ask What’s Best For the Iraqis? [VIDEO] Posted by Manila Ryce, The Largest Minority on March 28, 2008 at 6:08 AM. During this election season we’ve already heard Republicans and Democrats alike discussing the best way for America to save face in Iraq, as if the sake of our ego […]

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National birth defect

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Rice hits U.S. ‘birth defect’ Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national “birth defect” that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country’s very founding.

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Is Our Universe Ruled by Artificial Intelligence?

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Is Our Universe Ruled by Artificial Intelligence? Science fiction is filled with unusual alien species. But apart from the occasional robot, biological life is running the show. But NASA scientist, Dr. Steven Dick, sees a future Universe that has evolved past biology. Where every intelligence is artificial. Consider the likelihood of a postbiological Universe.

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Heisenberg: from Physics and Philosophy

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Heisenberg on Science and Religion

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Tags: Philosophy · Science & Religion

Complexity sophistries

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Deluded Darwinists make life hard for amateurs, intended: Evolution Gets a Boost: No Cost for Complexity. If the results in this article were on the level they would be in larger headlines. Also, note the denunciation of ‘creationists’, as if all critics were religiously motivated.

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Tags: Evolution

Tibet & CIA connections

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Exposing/documenting the hidden connections behind the Tibetan liberation movements is, of course, crucial, and such data should be welcome here. The insidious triangulations of the NED need to be understood by anyone who wishes to support a genuine liberation/independence effort. But it is also true that CIA bashing and demonizing the Dalai Lama miss the […]

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Tibet and ‘great game’

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Tibet, the ‘great game’ and the CIA

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Eagleton on religion

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

British Critic Terry Eagleton To Speak on “Faith and Fundamentalism” at Yale (Media-Newswire.com) – New Haven, Conn. — Acclaimed and controversial literary critic Terry Eagleton will deliver a series of lectures at Yale in early April on fundamentalism and religious faith as part of the Dwight H. Terry Lectureship.

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National darwinism

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

National Darwinism

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Darwinists “dragged into court, but not the physicists”

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

From The Daily Iowan “…always dragged into court, but not the physicists…” A revealing statement. The suggestion is clear that Darwinism isn’t really science after the fashion of physics. People get tired of being conned.

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Tags: Evolution

Astronomy picture of the day

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The NGC 3576 Nebula

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SW headlines

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Wall Street or homeowners: GUESS WHO’S GETTING A BAILOUT? The crackup of Bear Stearns ended with a bailout for Wall Street. But millions of homeowners will pay for the crisis Wall Street made. http://www.socialistworker.org/2008-1/667/667_06_Bailout.shtml more

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