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Entries from November 2008

Reinventing the sacred: secularism

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

More on Reinventing The Sacred Modernity itself is an adventure in reinventing the sacred. Science has temporarily induced a kind of ‘seize the throne’ mentality in scientists who are attempting to ‘rule the universe’ to ‘rule culture’ armed with reductionist scientism. It might derail the modern initiative to ‘reinvent the sacred’. The number of attempts […]

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Tags: The Eonic Effect

The built-in Social Darwinism in Darwinism

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

The Legacy Of Social Darwinism One of the most ambiguous legacies of the rise of ‘Newtonian’ science has been the status of social theories in relation to the successes of theoretical physics. In fact, the issue is arguably present already in the question of biological science, but has shown itself to be especially acute on […]

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Tags: Evolution

From docstoc.com: Social Darwinism in Nazi Germany

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Impact of Social Darwinism in Nazi Germany – Get more College Essays http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=2801184

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Tags: Evolution

Methodological naturalism

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

UD discusses Judge Jones and the double standard, and here is the Judge: While supernatural explanations may be important and have merit, they are not part of science. This self-imposed convention of science, which limits inquiry to testable, natural explanations about the natural world, is referred to by philosophers as “methodological naturalism” and is sometimes […]

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Tags: Science

Review of ‘The Four Horsemen’

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From Dawkins site Review of ‘The Four Horsemen’ by Cineaste Magazine The winter 2008 issue of Cineaste (a film magazine) has a very nice review of The Four Horsemen DVD. It isn’t currently online, but I took pictures of the two relevant pages: http://media.richarddawkins.net/images/2008/secularismstrikesback1.jpg http://media.richarddawkins.net/images/2008/secularismstrikesback2.jpg The magazine’s website is here: http://www.cineaste.com/ The article is titled […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Marcus du Sautoy

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

How to sell science to the Big Brother generation by New Scientist Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026842.000-how-to-sell-science-to-the-big-brother-generation.html?full=true

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

No real evidence to suggest that religion is hardwired

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Children of God? by AC Grayling Fromm Dawkins site Reposted from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/28/religion-children-innateness-barrett There’s no real evidence to suggest that religion is hardwired – it’s just wishful thinking on the part of religious academics I thought it was wishful thinking on the part of evolutionary psychologists

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Vatican thanks Muslims for returning God to Europe

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

From Dawkins site Vatican thanks Muslims for returning God to Europe by Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor, Reuters PARIS (Reuters) – A senior Vatican cardinal has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in Europe and said believers of different faiths had no option but to engage in interreligious dialogue.

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Marilynne Robinson on science and faith

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Marilynne Robinson on science and faith Posted by Douglas LeBlanc Late last month, GetReligion considered the work of Marilynne Robinson — especially in response to an ill-founded claim by Ruth Franklin in The New Republic that Robinson is a fierce opponent of predestination.

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The Great Writ of Habeas Corpus

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

The Great Writ of Habeas Corpus by Christine Bremer Muggli

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Tags: 1848+

Printing money: $3.7 trillion

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

So Much for Letting the Free Market Rule by Joseph L. Galloway

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

From the birds

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Common Cold Virus Came From Birds About 200 Years Ago, Study Suggests ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2008) — A virus that causes cold-like symptoms in humans originated in birds and may have crossed the species barrier around 200 years ago, according to a new article published in the Journal of General Virology. Scientists hope their findings […]

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Tags: Science

The broken state

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081128/REVIEW/861067314 The National (Abu Dhabi) November 28, 2008 The Broken State The situation in Afghanistan is not as bad as you’ve heard – its worse. Nir Rosen reports from Kabul and its surrounding provinces as the Taliban attempt to wrest control from Hamid Karzai’s government.

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India’s 9/11?

November 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

RG mail Globe and Mail November 29, 2008 This is India’s 9/11? Think again Doug Saunders London — Mumbai and Manhattan share quite a few characteristics.

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Kristallnacht

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/924/re81.htm Al Ahram Weekly 27 November – 3 December 2008 Kristallnacht in Hebron

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Great Depression and Friedmanomics

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail November 28, 2008, 1:47 pm Was the Great Depression a monetary phenomenon?

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Bigger isn’t better

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Size does not matter when it comes to a sperm’s ability to reach and fertilise an egg, a study published today suggests http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article5225778.ece

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Neanderthals and Ice Age

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp Neanderthals may have gone extinct because adaptations to an Ice Age climate meant their bodies couldn’t cope as temperatures climbed http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16155-did-neanderthal-cells-cook-as-the-climate-warmed.html

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Gene kit for jocks

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp A genetics company is offering a $149 test that aims to predict a child’s natural athletic strengths. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/sports/30genetics.html

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Obama to broaden role of genetics in medical care

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

gnxp For years, scientists have held out hope that the rapidly evolving field of genetics could transform medical diagnosis and treatment, moving beyond a trial-and-error approach as old as the Hippocratic Oath. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j2O0spxR8aRN6vw7n67gl2XlAluAD94O401O0

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Failed drug war

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexdrugs27-2008nov27,0,7441414.story?track=rss From the Los Angeles Times MEXICO UNDER SIEGE U.S. war on drugs has failed, report says Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, who helped supervise the Brookings Institution study, says Washington needs to focus on consumption in addition to targeting traffickers.

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Record hurricane season

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp Hurricane season jumped gun, set plenty of records By CHARLES ELMORE Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Friday, November 28, 2008 The 2008 hurricane season just kept coming, and wound up making history. This is the first year since records began being kept in 1851 to feature hurricanes with 111 mph winds or greater in […]

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Tags: global warming

One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

sciftp http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/washington/30general.html?hp November 30, 2008 One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex By DAVID BARSTOW In the spring of 2007 a tiny military contractor with a slender track record went shopping for a precious Beltway commodity. The company, Defense Solutions, sought the services of a retired general with national stature, someone who could open doors at the highest […]

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Anti-semitism accusations

November 30th, 2008 · No Comments

RG mail Ha’aretz 28/11/2008 Norwegian ex-premier counters anti-Semitism accusations, slams Israel By Cnaan Liphshiz, Haaretz Correspondent

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