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Entries from April 2008

Science, atheism, and metaphysics

April 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Berlinski: The Scientific Embrace of Atheism Why shouldn’t the scientific community find atheism so attractive a doctrine? It is only sensible for scientists to suggest aggressively that no power exceeds their own. It is entirely apt to point out that many of the early modern, indeed, nineteenth century, scientists were not atheists. And it is […]

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Tags: Evolution

What’s Fukuyama’s game?

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

China’s powerful weakness Beijing’s reach isn’t big enough to stop local governments from abusing the rights of ordinary citizens. What? Is Fukuyama going to exempt China from the end of history? His analysis seems suspicious, another neoliberal sleight of hand. China needs democracy, period.

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Tags: 1848+

Peter Gay and modernism

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Modernism and the ‘lure of heresy’ Peter Gay’s authoritative and lively history of the modernists captures their personalities and heretical approach. But it fails to place them in their profound historical context. by Tim Black

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Tags: The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

New Sober book: Evidence and Evolution

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Evidence and Evolution The Logic Behind the Science Elliott Sober University of Wisconsin, Madison Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521871884) Also available in Paperback

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How to reconcile Richard Dawkins?

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

How to reconcile Richard Dawkins? by Peter McKnight Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=8a47c504-1b56-4492-805d-90f427e20422 Author of The God Delusion in person is a lot more open-minded than his critics would have you believe.

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Tags: Science & Religion

Dawkins interview

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Bill Good Interviews Richard Dawkins CKNW Vancouver For more information go to: http://www.cknw.com/ Date: Monday, April 28, 2008 at 09:00 AM The Bill Good Show CKNW News Talk Radio AM980

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Tags: Science & Religion

Neolithic mummy

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Reconstructing Oetzi’s, The Neolithic Man Family Tree with 454 Sequencing

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Tags: Evolution

Ayala article: Times

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Roving Defender of Evolution, and of Room for God

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Tibet Sign Costs Climber Everest Trek

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Tibet Sign Costs Climber Everest Trek Va. Man Finds Politics Don’t Play on World’s Highest Peak

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Tags: Tibet

US concerned at China’s jailing 30 for Tibet riots

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday expressed concern about a Chinese court’s jailing of 30 people for their roles in Tibet’s deadly riots, which triggered anti-China protests across the globe ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

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Persecuting monks

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Activists: China persecuting Buddhist monks in Tibet By TINI TRAN – 3 hours ago BEIJING (AP) — China has stepped up persecution of Buddhist monks with mass detentions, Tibet activists said Wednesday, as China prepares to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest.

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Cartoon

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Olympic run

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Distant Echoes

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Distant Echoes of Vietnam The Day I Lost My Innocence By WILLIAM P. O’CONNOR

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Brain energy

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

New study shows why the brain drains so much of the body’s energy http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=why-does-the-brain-need-s

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Figment of the imagination?

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Humans alone practice religion because they’re the only creatures to have evolved imagination. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13782-religion-a-figment-of-human-imagination.html

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WH undermines EPA

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

SciftP White House undermines EPA on cancer risks, GAO says

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Chalmers Johnson on Rand Corporation

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

The RAND Corporation: America’s University of Imperialism By Chalmers Johnson, Tomdispatch.com. Posted April 30, 2008. For decades these self-professed saviors of the Western world helped precipitate U.S. foreign policy disasters like the Vietnam War.

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Raising Climate Fears

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Raising Climate Fears by Elisabeth Rosenthal At a time when the world’s top climate experts agree that carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to hold down global warming, Italy’s major electricity producer, Enel, is converting its massive power plant here from oil to coal, generally the dirtiest fuel on earth.

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EI update

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

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

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Wealthy nations fuelling unrest

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Wealthy nations fuelling unrest Susan Walsh and Wilhelmina Pelegrina Citizen Special Wednesday, April 30, 2008 http://www.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=2771fe97-7c21-4dad-81ad-97633ac0f019&sponsor=

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Whistleblower

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Times April 29, 2008 Ex-prosecutor tells of push by Pentagon on detainees By William Glaberson Guantánamo Bay, Cuba The former chief prosecutor here took the witness stand on Monday on behalf of a detainee and testified that top Pentagon officials had pressured him in deciding which cases to prosecute and what evidence to […]

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Not celebrating

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G We’re not celebrating Israel’s anniversary

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Dead ducks

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From R-G Wildlife group complained years before ducks got stuck in Alta. oilsands waste Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 11:48 AM MT CBC News A wildlife group says it predicted problems years before hundreds of migrating ducks were found dead and dying this week in a pond of toxic residue at a Syncrude oilsands plant […]

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A Blood Libel on Our Civilization????

April 29th, 2008 · No Comments

John Derbyshire at National Review can’t take Expelled: Can I expell Expelled?. Derbyshire is going off the deep end on this. ID may bug Darwinists but it can’t be the epitome of evil. It seems doubtful to me, you know. Kant noted that the design argument deserved our respect–before he exposed its difficulties. If Darwinists […]

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