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Entries from July 2008

American and Turkish creationism

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

American and Turkish Creationism

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Petras on Morris in the Times

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail The New York Times: Making Nuclear Extermination Respectable James Petras July 2008 On July 18, 2008 The New York Times published an article by Israeli-Jewish historian, Professor Benny Morris, advocating an Israeli nuclear-genocidal attack on Iran with the likelihood of killing 70 million Iranians 12 times the number of Jewish victims in the […]

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Myers’ review of Ken Miller

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

The creationist controversy PZ Myers BOOK REVIEWED -Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul by Kenneth R. Miller Viking: 2008. 256 pp. $25.95 Myers’ review doesn’t square with the facts and is the usual nonsense from the Darwin establishment. Exactly why the fundamentalists are stronger in America, and critical of evolution, remains […]

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Devil in Dover: Alternet on Darwin debate

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Despite Overwhelming Evidence, Creationists Cling to Unreality By Nathan Schneider, AlterNet. Posted July 31, 2008. Battling creationists will not fix science education. Teaching science will. An interesting article at Alternet, ironic after yesterday’s post, and here is a comment I left at the article: Why is the liberal blogosphere filled with Darwin dummies? Posted by: […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Stan Salthe essay on natural selection and complexity

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

http://eonix-papers.com/docs/NatselinComplexityALife.pdf And his website:

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Tags: Evolution

Obama and Tibet

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

US presidential hopeful Obama says backs “people of Tibet”5 hours ago DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) — US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has sent a letter to the Dalai Lama backing the rights of the “people of Tibet,” a spokesman for the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader said.

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Citizens of the World

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Citizens of the World by Robert C. Koehler What a surprising burst of hope I felt, looking at the photo in the newspaper the next day: Barack Obama stands before 200,000 Berliners and addresses them as a “fellow citizen of the world.” It may be premature, but I’m announcing it anyway: We’ve repealed the Bush […]

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Tags: In the News · politics

A Global Election

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

‘It’s a Global Election’ by Amy Goodman TALLINN, Estonia – When I arrived in Estonia last week — a former Soviet republic that lies just south of Finland — everyone had an opinion on Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin. The headline of the British Daily Telegraph we picked up in Finland blared “New Walls Must […]

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EI update

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

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

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Spencer

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp How a libertarian individualist was recast as a social Darwinist http://reason.com/news/show/127794.html

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Work and play

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Experiments show that threats and rewards tend to destroy inner drives. Paychecks and pink slips might be powerful reasons to get out of bed each day, but they turn out to be surprisingly ineffective — and even counterproductive — in getting people to perform best. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/27/AR2008072701440.html

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Schizophrenia triggers

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gnxp Genome deletions raise chances of developing mental illness. http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080730/full/news.2008.994.html

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Sleep, age and memory

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Scientists may have uncovered why some people naturally lose their ability to make new memories as they get older. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7528875.stm

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Media Hyping Viagra for Women

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp mail http://www.alternet.org/story/93226/ Media Hyping Viagra for Women for Drug Company Greed Drugmaker Pfizer is claiming a new use for Viagra, which would conveniently treat the side effects of one of its other drugs. By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet Posted on July 31, 2008 When headlines from 500 news sources screamed Women Need Viagra Too! on […]

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Devil in Dover

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sciftp mail http://www.alternet.org/story/93188/ Despite Overwhelming Evidence, Creationists Cling to Unreality By Nathan Schneider, AlterNet Posted on July 31, 2008 The great Harvard biologist Richard Lewontin once wrote — or, rather, sighed — that “creationism is an American institution.”

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Myers in trouble again

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Salon mail What’s wrong with science as religion Piercing a Communion wafer with a nail and throwing it in the garbage, as one crusading biologist recently did, does science no favors.

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Tar sands PR

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail Stepping up efforts to win over critics Lobby Group Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008 http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=690881 CALGARY – Faced with an unflattering image as a global environmental disaster area, the oil sands sector is stepping up its offensive to counteract critics.

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Castro still a force

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail Fidel Castro still a force, two years out of power JEFF FRANKS Reuter July 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM EDT http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080730.wcastro0730/BNStory/International/home HAVANA — The era of Fidel Castro appeared to be ending July 30, 2006, when the ailing leader handed over power to his brother Raul Castro. But two years later, he remains […]

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Evolution that is non-genetic

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

More from the comment thread on Climbing Mt. Improbable: http://darwiniana.com/2008/07/24/more-on-mt-improbable/#comment-142556 Here is my reply: nemo said, July 30, 2008 at 9:24 pm · I don’t propose ’still another theory’. What I do is to look at history, and detect a form of evolution there, and then create a barrier against misappropriation of history by stupid […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Darwin the first Social Darwinist

July 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Spencer was no Social Darwinian, picks up on the Reason mag article cited here a few days ago. I am all for taking a second look at Spencer, but he is not completely innocent. A third look would be appropriate. The point is not that he was a social darwinist, but that, along with Darwin, […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Why is the liberal blogosphere filled with Darwin dummies?

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Starting with Alternet, a site I enjoy visiting. Christopher Hitchens Attacked by Creationists Over Salamanders Creationists can be a nuisance, but the best defense is to get it straight, and Darwinists, here Hitchens and P.Z. Myers don’t get it straight. The question of these salamanders is complex and design argument don’t help, I admit, but […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Literary Darwinism, the verdict, ‘crap’

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

UD’s O’Leary takes on Literary Darwinism: crap The question of evolution and literature from a sociobiological angle is a useless fad, and bad science. But I recommend the study of the eonic effect, which brings together the idea of ‘evolution’, specially defined, and the emergence of art in world history, and there we can see […]

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Most popular posts for July

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2006/01/31/confusion-over-axial-age/ http://darwiniana.com/2008/07/26/frank-on-right-wing-con-men/ http://darwiniana.com/2006/10/23/marilynne-robinson-on-dawkins/ http://darwiniana.com/2008/03/15/john-gray-atheist-delusion/ http://darwiniana.com/2005/12/23/darwins-baleful-influence/ http://www.darwiniana.com/2008/07/18/the-hunt-for-black-gold http://darwiniana.com/2007/12/07/slavoj-zizek-and-hegelian-brain-damage/ http://darwiniana.com/2006/07/09/gurdjieff-comment-a-reply/ http://darwiniana.com/2008/07/01/evolution-a-muslim-perspective/ Note the surprising interest in the issue of the Axial Age. The post listed surpassed this month the frequent top post, Marilynne Robinson’s essay. Below these in the list begin the vast number of Darwinism-posts which are the bread-and-butter mainstays of the blog with averages under […]

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Tags: General

Zizek on Tibet, a correction?

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Daniel Miller: Slavoj Žižek’s newest book may cause readers to conclude that the superstar philosopher has misplaced his marbles. In early June the Slovenian philosopher, self-proclaimed Stalinist and academic superstar Slavoj Žižek was roundly upbraided in the letters pages of the London Review of Books for the second time in a year. Last November, the […]

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