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Entries from September 2008

Anglican church gone ‘potty’?

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

The church has enough problems without backing fads of science By Rev Kevin Logan My Church has gone a bit potty. Fancy apologising to Charles Darwin for not immediately embracing his idea that all our intelligence, complexity and beauty have inexplicably evolved from a non-intelligent, simple blob of what!-we’re-not-quite-sure.

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Tags: Evolution

Trillion pound reward for fossil proof

September 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Creationist Adnan Oktar offers trillion-pound prize for fossil proof of evolution Adnan Oktar, a creationist and rival of Richard Dawkins, has offered trillions of pounds to any scientists who can show proof of evolution.

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Palin/evolution

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Plea for journalism fundamentals (updated) Posted by Mollie Let’s just get right to it. This Los Angeles Times piece about the religious views of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is pretty much worthless.

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Tags: Evolution

Chalmers Johnson

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

September 28, 2008 Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, The Pentagon Bailout Fraud

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Drowning in complexity

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail How does Christopher Booker get away with it? by George Monbiot Guardian (September 23 2008)

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EI update

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

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

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Wrecking, wrecked

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Wrecking, Wrecking, Wrecked by Thomas Frank

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A new era of American capitalism

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Published on Monday, September 29, 2008 by American News Project The End of Free-Market Fundamentalism? video But is it really? And where is American capitalism headed? Amid the chaos and chatter about this week’s financial bailout, one clear theme emerged in some quarters: The era of free-market fundamentalism is over. But is it, really?

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

Olmert on territories

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

mxmail Olmert says peace requires Israeli withdrawals http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ic6RWeorIMHJ_dmXOp7pIN3VWKiwD93GETMO0 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will have to give up virtually all of the West Bank and east Jerusalem if it wants peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a farewell interview published Monday.

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Strike-it-rich Wall Street

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

The End of the Strike-It-Rich Wall Street Culture The Bailout and the Economy By PETER MORICI

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Robin Hood-in-Reverse

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

September 29, 2008 And What to Do Instead “Just Say No!” to the Robin Hood-in-Reverse Bailout By JEFF GIBBS

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No on bailout

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

September 29, 2008 House and Global Investors Vote “No” on Paulson Bailout Black Monday? By MIKE WHITNEY

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Invisible hand theories, markets, and economies

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Having critiqued Wilson I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with the need for regulation. That’s not my point. Although I take seriously a number of left views on economies, I certainly would not reject out of hand ‘invisble hand’ thinking for the functioning of markets, not entirely. Note the distinction, economies and markets. The term ‘inivisible hand’ […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

The eonic effect, language, and the invisible hand

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In trying to justify the invisible hand idea, Arnhart at Darwinian Conservatism moves into dangerous terrain, The Invisible Hand of Regulation in the Evolution of Language. First, Arnhart is right to paint a more complex picture of Adam Smith whose views don’t correspond to those of most free market theorists, and his use of the […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

More from Wilson at Huffpost

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

David Sloan Wilson has second piece after his original The Invisible Hand ID Dead…, with commentary from Pigliucci, Arnhart, and here, here at Darwiniana, with a search box long list here Pigliucci rightly criticizes the crypto-sociobiological arguments about human nature. And Arnhart in his strange inverted consistency seems right to point out the invisible hand […]

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Tags: Evolution

Would we be better off without the Darwin religion?

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Debate: Would We Be Better Off Without Religion? Atheist Media Blog Dawkins site http://atheistmedia.blogspot.com/2008/09/debate-would-we-be-better-off-without.html Debate: Would We Be Better Off Without Religion? August 19, 2008 St James Ethics Centre – Sydney, Australia For the motion: Lyn Allison, Richard Ackland, and Vic Stenger Against the motion: Ian Plimer, Suzanne Rutland, and John Lennox While the world’s […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Neo-Darwinism dead: an idea ready for take off

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

An idea ready for takeoff by Ottawa Citizen From Dawkins site http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/movies/story.html?id=b24ed389-0752-4cfd-8837-d6423abaab33 An idea ready for takeoff Jay Stone, Canwest News Service Meme is a word for an idea that takes off, relying on its power — there’s nothing as strong as an idea whose time has come, especially if it has a blog — […]

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Tags: Evolution

Keith Ward on God

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Why There Almost Certainly Is a God, By Keith Ward by Laurence Phelan Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/why-there-almost-certainly-is-a-god-by-keith-ward-942327.html

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Gee on Reinventing the Sacred

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Hail, ceaseless complexity An argument that complex systems transcend natural law, and thus are symbolically sacred. Reinventing the Sacred

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Palin on evolution

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Palin treads carefully between fundamentalist beliefs and public policy Her faith views are strong and sometimes controversial. Her aides say she seeks to share but not impose her faith; her critics say she has ‘a fine-tuned sense of how far to push.’

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Tags: Evolution

Thurman plan

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Robert Thurman outlines a plan for Tibetan autonomy in his book Why the Dalai Lama Matters

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Fastest August Sea Ice Retreat On Record

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Arctic Saw Fastest August Sea Ice Retreat On Record, NASA Data Show ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2008) — Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are […]

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Tags: global warming

Mother Of A Goose

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Mother Of A Goose! Giant Ocean-going Geese With Bony-teeth Once Roamed Across SE England ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2008) — A 50 million year old skull reveals that huge birds with a 5 metre wingspan once skimmed across the waters that covered what is now London, Essex and Kent. These giant ocean-going relatives of ducks and […]

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Tags: Evolution

America’s Fall From Power

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Common Dreams A Shattering Moment in America’s Fall From Power The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over by John Gray

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