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Entries from January 2009

“Darwinism,” then, was never distinct from “social Darwinism.”

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Darwin the abolitionist The theory of evolution is regarded as a triumph of disinterested scientific reason. Yet, on the 150th anniversary of “On the Origin of Species,” new research reveals that Darwin was driven to the idea of common descent by a great moral cause Adrian Desmond I was at first a little suspicious that […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · The Eonic Effect

The eonic effect, Axial Age and evidence of a ‘higher power’

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Why Do People Believe in God? By Larry Beinhart, AlterNet. Posted January 31, 2009. Many people continue to clutch to their belief in God, even though there’s no evidence of a higher power. Why? The harm done by Darwinism, and the New Atheists, on the issue of religion is fully in evidence here in this […]

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Tags: Science & Religion · The Eonic Effect

Kant, evolution and transcendental idealism

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The most beautiful part of the eonic model is the way it resolves a question latent in Kant’s essay on history. And this journey throughout the realm of so-called ‘transcendental idealism’ shows us why it is that the evolution question is so intractable: we are never really seeing evolution, only its outer representation. The term […]

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

Evolution today

January 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Some links for today on evolution ———————- Saving Darwin’s Soul: Does His 21st Century Fate Rest on Fighting 19th Century Battles? Steve Fuller This week marks the publication of the Darwin book that has so far received the most advance publicity in the UK, Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins, […]

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Tags: Evolution

Net notes…

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

———————– Most effective climate engineering solutions revealed For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide Many scenarios have been proposed to help us engineer our way out of potential climate disaster, and now a new study could point us towards the ones that are most effective. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16495-most-effective-climate-engineering-solutions-revealed.html ———————– The cost of rapidly reducing greenhouse […]

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Tags: In the News

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January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/4388351/Barack-Obama-abandons-Afghan-President-Hamid-Karzai.html Barack Obama abandons Afghan President Hamid Karzai The Barack Obama administration has abandoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and now believes he is a major obstacle to defeating the Taliban-led insurgency. ———————— Ha’aretz January 30, 2009 Netanyahu: I’m not bound by Olmert pledges, won’t evacuate settlements His guidelines – no division of Jerusalem, […]

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More on the Oedipus Paradox

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Are there really any scientific theories of evolution? Too bad, but maybe not. Alfred Wallace began to realize the problem. Duncehead Darwin never became the wiser. Scientists have little understanding of the way that scientific theories begin to lose their objectivity as they ascend from physics through biology into the the realm of history. The […]

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Tags: selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

‘We have discovered Huxley ’s evolution #2’

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom Evolves! Huxley’s Evolution #2 We have discovered Huxley ’s evolution #2, and we are in the strange position of trying to disprove Darwin in practice, the effect Huxley noted. And we should begin to share Huxley’s sense of alarm, for we see that the self-interaction of selectionist theory, as a belief system, with history […]

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Tags: selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

Log of recent posts of note

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Posts from the last ten days or so: http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/29/the-eonic-effect-self-consciousness-and-freedomcausality/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/29/reviews-of-mrs-critique-of-intelligent-design/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/29/desmondmoore-on-darwin-and-slavery/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/29/coyne-review-on-sciencereligion/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/28/position-of-science-in-society/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/28/in-search-of-history-crossing-a-threshold-of-observability/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/28/more-on-quantum-enigma/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/27/talking-about-spirituality/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/27/a-frequency-hypothesis-selections-from-whee/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/27/history-and-punctuated-equilibrium/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/26/is-there-a-science-of-history/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/26/unanimity-of-scientists-on-evolution/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/26/the-endless-debate/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/25/huxley-and-evolution-2/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/25/evolution-and-aesthetic-judgment/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/24/evolution-and-systems-in-long-range-frequencies/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/24/evolution-kant-and-the-noumenal/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/24/was-darwin-wrong-getting-news-from-anyone-but-scientists/ The previous log is here: http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/23/log-of-recent-posts/

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Evolution today

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

—————————– http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090127112043.htm ‘Fishy’ Clue Helps Establish How Proteins Evolve ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2009) — Three billion years ago, a “new” amino acid was added to the alphabet of 20 that commonly make up proteins in organisms today. Now researchers at Yale and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated how this rare amino acid — and, […]

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Tags: Evolution

Reposted: 1-3 pageviews/visit??? Thanks, new system on the way

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I am reposting this from a few days ago. A few more days….A new system is on the way! 1-3 pageviews/visit??? As explained yesterday I am a victim of this blog’s own success and am having a high-traffic crisis at my shared hosting service, and may be forced to find a new host process, perhaps […]

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Tags: Evolution

News & net notes…

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/davos-notes-contrition-pa_b_162290.html Day Two in Davos and some dominant themes are taking hold: contrition, paralysis, and the embrace of faith and philanthropy. Yesterday, I wrote about the aura of contrition surrounding the financial types here, wafting off them like cheap cologne on a disco Lothario. Today, at an off-the-record gathering of international editors and reporters, the […]

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Tags: In the News

RG mail

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail On the Celebration of King’s Birth: Israel in Gaza: “A Time Comes When Silence is Betrayal” January 20th, 2009 by michael Jews, Martin Luther King, Gaza, Palestine, Israel On the celebration of King’s birth I often read or listen to the anti-war speech that he gave at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967—A […]

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The eonic effect, self-consciousness, and freedom/causality

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The previous post discussed the issue of a Marxist critique of ID, but Marx’s philosophy of history was the object of a classic critique by Karl Popper, on the gournds of being an ‘historicism’. Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism. We should note the way that the eonic effect enters this terrain and survives […]

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Tags: selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

Reviews of MR’s Critique of Intelligent Design

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Steve Fuller has an amusing review of Critique of Intelligent Design, at Uncommon Descent. In any case, I rather doubt that Marx and Engels would have had any reason to believe in a planned anything (revolution, economy, etc.), if their materialism entailed the level of chance entailed by, say, Gould’s replayed tape of natural history. […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Desmond/Moore on Darwin and slavery

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is the Darwin bicentennial year, and, despite my respect for Desmond and Moore’s earlier book on Darwin, I find myself suspicious of their new effort. What drove Charles Darwin to his extraordinary ideas on evolution and human origins? Adrian Desmond, with co-author James Moore, argue in a new book that the great scientist had […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect · you've got mail

Coyne review on science/religion

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Seeing and Believing The never-ending attempt to reconcile science and religion, and why it is doomed to fail. Jerry A. Coyne I have already discussed this essay of Coyne here: Reconciling Science and Religion In one way, I agree with Coyne that reconciling science and religion is not straightforward. Actually, the real issue seems to […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Evolution today

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution today: links http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/7856157.stm Published: 2009/01/29 09:42:28 GMT Darwin’s twin track: ‘Evolution and emancipation’ What drove Charles Darwin to his extraordinary ideas on evolution and human origins? Adrian Desmond, with co-author James Moore, argue in a new book that the great scientist had a “sacred cause”: the abolition of slavery. “It makes one’s blood boil,” […]

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Tags: Evolution

From the net…

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/29-9 Published on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Huffington Post We’ve Arrived at a Moment of Decision by Al Gore Al Gore’s opening statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009: We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the United States of America as part […]

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Tags: In the News · you've got mail

RG mail News

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.alternet.org/story/122810/ AlterNet January 28, 2009 Controversial Bestseller Shakes the Foundation of the Israeli State By Joshua Holland What if the Palestinian Arabs who have lived for decades under the heel of the modern Israeli state are in fact descended from the very same “children of Israel” described in the Old Testament? And what […]

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Position of science in society

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy Trying to assess the position of science in society requires more than a one line answer, that is, like a dialectical question, the yes and the no come inexorably to answer the question multidimensionally, and with more than the adherence enthusiasm of believers. That dialectical moment (whatever we mean by ‘dialectic’) […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science

In search of history: crossing a threshold of observability

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments

We can braid together selections from World History And The Eonic Effect to clarify the basic arguments, beyond the divergent extra material. Our views of history are still based on a narrow set of facts beginning with the sources of our traditions. But the facts have long since exploded that, and produced a picture of […]

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Tags: selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

More on Quantum Enigma

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Commentary on Quantum Enigma http://darwiniana.com/2009/01/26/quantum-enigma/comment-page-1/#comment-324202 James said, January 28, 2009 at 2:43 am · It’s a good book, but I don’t think it takes Bohm’s and Hiley’s critique seriously: “M.P.: You say that the wave function is not a state function. Why not? HILEY: All problems with the interpretation of QM arise because of the […]

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Tags: physics

Evolution today

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Birds Survived Mass Extinction That Wiped Out Dinosaurs Because Of Their Larger Brains ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2009) — The Cretaceous–Tertiary mass extinction 65 million years ago may have wiped out the dinosaurs, but those that survived – the ancestors of today’s birds – may have done so because of their bird brains. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090127165505.htm ————————– Extending […]

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Tags: Evolution