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Entries from July 2008

Bogus Darwinian views of language evolution

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Language evolution topic at Scienceblogs The question of language evolution has been totally distorted by Darwinian thinking, which assumes that it knows everything and rotely applies basic Darwinism to explain what is still a great mystery, as Noam Chomsky certainly indicated many years ago. Darwinism simply strikes out on language evolution, and in any case […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

The eonic effect: falsifying Darwinism

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

comment on Climbing Mt. Improbable And my reply: nemo said, July 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm · Empty rhetoric the eonic effect is not. I don’t think there is a more comprehensive, detailed, and documented demonstration of a non-random pattern in world history than what is provided by the analysis of the eonic model. Period. […]

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Tags: Evolution · Third Edition · World History and The Eonic Effect

Religions thrived to protect against disease??

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Religions thrived to protect against disease by Roger Highfield, Telegraph Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/07/30/scireligion130.xml That’s a thoroughly empty approach to the study of religion. Scientists studying religion are remarkable for their lack of insight into what it is about.

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Tibet refugee tale

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Tibet Talk- Tibetan escapee recounts the horror of Chinese inhumanity Phayul[Wednesday, July 30, 2008 16:20] by Tenzin Sangmo New Delhi, July 30 – Kunsang Sonam was in the middle of the Lhasa uprising when it happened on March 10 this year. He managed to escape over into Nepal and live to tell of the terror […]

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Totalitarian Olympics

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

China to Limit Web Access During Games Teh Eng Koon/Agence France-Presse — Foreign journalists at the main press center on the Olympic Green in Beijing on Wednesday. BEIJING — The Chinese government has confirmed what journalists arriving at the lavishly outfitted media center here have suspected: contrary to previous assurances by Olympic and government officials, […]

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Buzzzzzzzz Kill

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Buzzzzzzzz Kill The loss of billions of bees raises questions about our pesticide controls.

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Strike On Iran Still Possible, US Tells Israel

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Strike On Iran Still Possible, US Tells Israel by Paul Richter and Julian E. Barnes WASHINGTON – Bush administration officials reassured Israel’s defense minister this week that the United States has not abandoned all possibility of a military attack on Iran, despite widespread Israeli concern that Washington has begun softening its position toward Tehran.

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Obama and empire

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

via marxmail inbox Obama and the Empire* *-Allen Ruff* * [The following article is scheduled to appear in the forthcoming /*AGAINST THE CURRENT*/, issue 136 (September-October 2008). For current and back issues of /*ATC*/, including analyses of the significance of the Obama campaign, go to www.solidarity-us.org ]

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Chalmers Johnson on military-capitalist complex

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG email Tom Dispatch 2008-07-27 Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Warning: Mercenaries at Work

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What’s wrong with the GDP

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG email Since its introduction during World War II as a measure of wartime production capacity, the Gross National Product (now routinely measured as Gross Domestic Product – GDP) has become the nation’s foremost indicator of economic progress. It is now widely used by policymakers, economists, international agencies and the media as the primary scorecard […]

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Literary darwinism?

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

gnxp A group of scholars thinks evolutionary science can reinvigorate literary studies http://chronicle.com/free/v54/i47/47b00701.htm

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Eye for an eye

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Naci H. Mocan, an economist at Louisiana State University, gathered information on 89,000 people in 53 countries to draw a map of vengefulness. What he found was that among the most vengeful are women, older people, the poor and residents of high-crime areas. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/arts/29veng.html

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Transsexuality gene?

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

A common gene variant seems to play a part in female-to-male transsexuality, although upbringing also has a role, say researchers http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14424-transsexuality-gene-boosts-male-hormones.html

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Thinking about morality

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

When we are in a pinch, surprising factors can affect our moral judgments http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=thinking-about-morality

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The forgotten ape

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Why can’t the gibbon get any respect? http://www.slate.com/id/2196275/

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Blacks and aids

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp email July 30, 2008– nytimes.com U.S. Blacks, if a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, the Black AIDS Institute, an advocacy group, reported Tuesday.

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SW inbox

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Editorial

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Persecution in the Pacific Northwest

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp mail Evan Kornfeldt reports on a police attack on nonviolent environmental protesters in Eugene, Ore. July 30, 2008 THE U.S. government is continuing its campaign against the environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest, with the latest attack in Eugene, Ore., on nonviolent protesters demonstrating against pesticide spraying.

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WH&EE, Third Edition, now at Amazon

July 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

World History And The Eonic Effect is now on sale at Amazon! Go for it.

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The fate of secularisation

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

This article deserves a lot of commentary, but for now… Breeding for God by Prospect Magazine. From Dawkins site. http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=7913

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Blogzone: epigenetics

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Obesity, epigenetics

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Tags: Evolution

Gurdjieff/Ouspensky confusion on evolution

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

A discussion of ‘evolution’ and its New Age confusions at The Gurdjieff Con: Gurdjieff/Ouspensky confusion on evolution One of the strains of the Gurdjieff corpus is the play of isolated remarks on evolution. Here we confront a tricky question. The issue of Darwinism is one thing, check out Darwiniana, the blog, for a series of […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

Christian mass man

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Darwinism and “Mass Men” Evo-News, egged on by First Things (see link at article), wants to blame the ‘mass man’ on materialists, and Darwinists. I blame Darwinists for a lot of things, but that charge is misleading. The problem here (and Ortega’s analysis seems to me flawed) is that every civilization that ever existed has […]

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Here we go again, literary darwinism

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Darwin to the Rescue A group of scholars thinks evolutionary science can reinvigorate literary studies This old chestnust joins mimetics as one of the failed, and probably useless, academic tired horses. I fail to see how Darwinism is going to produce anything of value here if Darwin’s theory itself is wrong, and if those plying […]

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