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Entries from September 2008

Server down today, so scroll down for the yesterday’s posts

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

The server was down today, and much of yesterday’s posting was blocked: so I have cut short today’s articles so you can scroll down to the lower half of the today’s page to get at the ‘good stuff’.

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Weinberg at Discovery

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Evo-News takes on Weinberg in ‘Without God’ (NYRB) …the worldview of science is rather chilling. Not only do we not find any point to life laid out for us in nature, no objective basis for our moral principles, no correspondence between what we think is the moral law and the laws of nature, of the […]

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Dinosaur with bird-like breathing system

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Meat-eating Dinosaur From Argentina Had Bird-like Breathing System ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2008) — The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina’s Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system.

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Dinosaurs and mass extinctions

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Mass Extinctions And The Evolution Of Dinosaurs ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2008) — Dinosaurs survived two mass extinctions and 50 million years before taking over the world and dominating ecosystems, according to new research published this week

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Respect for religion now makes censorship the norm

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

by Guardian From Dawkins site http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/30/pressandpublishing.religion

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Scientists unite for science curriculum

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Scientists unite for science curriculum By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer © 2008 The Associated Press Sept. 30, 2008, 4:54PM — Scientists from Texas universities on Tuesday denounced what they called supernatural and religious teaching in public school science classrooms and voiced opposition to attempts to water down evolution instruction.

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Didn’t Dare Say Yes

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Congress Didn’t Dare Say Yes What Wall Street Hoped to Win By PAM MARTENS “I got a lot of Ph.D. types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, ‘Mr. President, here’s what’s on my mind.’ And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device (sic), I […]

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The Bailout and a Corrupt Ruling Class

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Glenn Greenwald | The Simultaneous Rejection of the Bailout and a Corrupt Ruling Class http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/09/30-8

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Greider on bailout

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

William Greider | Political Turmoil as House Rejects Bailout http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/09/30-2

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No bailout for poorest

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

No Bailout for World’s Poorest http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/09/30

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Migration models

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Researchers have proposed a new model for how populations migrate from one country to another, which they say could improve population projections for countries worldwide. http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/09/29/human-migration.html

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Eating and brain

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Sugar is still pleasurable even when it isn’t sweet—an important clue to the rise of obesity http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=why-calories-are-delicious

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Blaming genes

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp The “stress hormone” cortisol may be responsible for aggressive antisocial behaviour in delinquent males, research suggests http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14844-bad-boys-can-blame-behaviour-on-their-hormones.html

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Palin Claimed Dinosaurs and People Coexisted

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Palin Claimed Dinosaurs and People Coexisted “I need to know if she really thinks that dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago … because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.”

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Let’s play bailout…

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Let’s Play “Wall Street bailout” U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur [1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S27yitK32ds…. The Subprime Primer [2]www.codepinkaction.org/downloads/subprime_mess_explained.pps References 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S27yitK32ds 2. http://www.codepinkaction.org/downloads/subprime_mess_explained.pps

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Server down

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Sorry for delay today: server was down

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Beyond the Synthesis…and no new Synthesis

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

We cited Cosmic Ancestry today on the Altenberg Conference. On the same page there is a quote from Massimo Pigliucci: If there is one thing we don’t want it’s that there’s a bunch of theories out there, and they’re all equal Massimo Pigliucci I fear that it has already happened, and about to get worse. […]

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What is evolution?!!

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

The previous post illustrates the possible difficulty in getting the knack of seeing the eonic effect. After so much Darwinian conditioning we aren’t prepared for the shock of seeing that evolution is something different from what we thought it was. The confusion arises because we project backwards onto unseen times a set of generalizations, like […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

The eonic effect, art, language, and evolution

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Comment from Larry Arnhart on post on language and evolution Larry Arnhart said, September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm · I say that the English language has evolved–and continues to evolve–through the utterances of millions of English speakers over centuries of linguistic behavior. You say, No, it has all been designed by a “macro driver.” […]

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

Woodstock of evolution

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

From Cosmic Ancestry 20 September 2008 Woodstock of evolution? That’s how Nature descibes a meeting among sixteen leading biologists at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Altenberg, Austria, 10-13 July 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to go beyond the modern synthesis that has held evolutionary theory together for more […]

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Blinded by a divine light

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

by Guardian from Dawkins http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/28/religion

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Brunswick school board to consider creationism teaching

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

by Star News Online from Dawkins site http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20080916/ARTICLES/809160338/1018/letters

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Dawkins video

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins at the Edinburgh Book Festival Edinburgh International Book Festival, Richard Dawkins Video

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Religion of science

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Wired.com: Can science replace religion without falling into the trap of, say, Nazi science or social Darwinism?

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