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Entries from February 2009

ID reaches Hong Kong

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Hong Kong evolution curriculum row Intelligent design ‘debate’ sparks controversy. Scientific and religious attempts to control the evolution ‘idea’ will tear themselves to pieces. At that point the real understanding of evolution might begin. But not with a ‘knowledge’ of evolution. We can construct an empirical map, a get a ‘glimpse’ of evolution at the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Darwin’s thinking as he receives first letter from Wallace

February 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Unfortunately obtaining The Darwin Conspiracy: Origins Of A Scientific Crime is difficult, but you can get the book from Amazon.co.uk. It is a pity since just at this point a larger public needs to become aware of this material, since the scientific community is simply going to ignore it, or lie if confronted by it. […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

More on ‘end of history’

February 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

End of eonic sequence, end/beginning of history The history of vitalism is very tricky, as is the critique of it in the coming of scientism. The problem is that we have to name a ‘biological force’ to fill the slot created by the invocation of ‘vitalism’ as an abstraction. That is hard to do. In […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

ID vs the Denton/Wesson/Lovtrup Darwin critics

February 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Comment on A pox on both houses James said, February 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm “Just at the point that the critique of Darwinism was gaining steam, in the period of Michael Denton that effort was suddenly hijacking by the imposition of design arguments on the whole question of the flaws of Darwin’s theory.” I […]

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Tags: Evolution

Review of sociobiology book

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Book Review:Men, Science And Evolutionary Theory Harvey Mansfield, 02.26.09, 12:01 AM EST In a new book on human biology, nurture loses to nature. Evolutionary theory is at odds with itself: It cannot accept that man is a special being, raised above all others in evolutionary history, and it cannot deny that only man is capable […]

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Tags: Evolution

Blaming the public for the faults of theory

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

A Skeptic’s Take on the Public Misunderstanding of Darwin On the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday two myths persist about evolution and natural selection By Michael Shermer Now Darwinists want to blame the public. I find it remarkable that people aren’t more confused than they are, since there is no real standard for what […]

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Tags: Evolution

Pseudo-debates

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Ruse / Dembski Debate at the University of Oklahoma These evolutionary debates are really pseudo-debates: there are two fixed sides, whose arguments are fixed cliches by now, and no other persons are admitted. Why won’t someone debate me? I am not a celebrity, among other reasons. They would be afraid to, but more than that […]

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Tags: Evolution

Platinga/Dennett

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Plantinga versus Dennett at the APA A friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous took an account of the dialogue between Plantinga and Dennett at last weekend’s APA.

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Who should apologize to whom?

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Nevertheless, They Will End Up Apologizing: Galileo, Darwin And The Vatican February 27, 2009 This lingering discontent over Darwin and a seeming inability to fashion a coherent statement of where the church stands in relation to his theory has done the Vatican no credit.

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Tags: Evolution

12 major theories of evolution

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Join the real Darwin debate There are fully 12 major theories of evolution in circulation but Canadians know little about any of them

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Tags: Evolution

Babies Learn Music While Sleeping

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Babies Learn Music While Sleeping ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 2009) — Early screening and treatment for infants with hearing problems, and the ability to computer-generate musical scores, are two very different possible outcomes of some “off-the-wall” research.

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Tags: General

Desert Ants

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Desert Ants Smell Their Way Home ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2009) — Humans lost in the desert are well known for going around in circles, prompting scientists to ask how desert creatures find their way around without landmarks for guidance. Now new research shows that Desert Ants input both local smells and visual cues into their […]

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Tags: Evolution

HIV evolving

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

HIV Is Evolving To Evade Human Immune Responses ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2009) — HIV is evolving rapidly to escape the human immune system, an international study led by Oxford University has shown. The findings, published in Nature, demonstrate the challenge involved in developing a vaccine for HIV that keeps pace with the changing nature of […]

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Tags: Evolution

More Troops + Afghanistan = Catastrophe

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

More Troops + Afghanistan = Catastrophe: Video

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Tags: In the News

Goodall on chimps as pets

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Chimps Belong in the Wild by Jane Goodall Last week in Stamford, Conn., a chimpanzee named Travis was shot and killed after he mauled a friend of his owner. The chimpanzee lived with a widow, eating lobster and ice cream at the table, wearing human clothes and entertaining himself with a computer and television. But […]

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Tags: Evolution

Price of the tomato

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

mxmail http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2009/03/politics-of-the-plate-the-price-of-tomatoes?currentPage=1 Driving from Naples, Florida, the nation’s second-wealthiest metropolitan area, to Immokalee takes less than an hour on a straight road.

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Tags: you've got mail

Airbrushed from history

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail How the poor were airbrushed from history by George Monbiot The Guardian (February 24 2009) Is there any other democracy so adept at editing its history? Even Spain, for years notoriously reluctant to get to grips with the legacy of Franco, has begun to acknowledge the past, as the success of Guillermo del […]

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DC global warming action

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.alternet.org/story/129320/ Massive Climate Change Action in DC Scores Early Victory By Jeff Biggers, AlterNet Posted on February 27, 2009 In addressing our nation this week, President Barack Obama called on us to “confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.” Thousands of American citizens are taking the […]

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Forests pay the price

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Forests Pay the Price for America’s Love Affair with Really Soft Toilet Paper By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. Posted February 27, 2009. Why the best use of 300-year-old trees might not be in the bathroom.

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Tags: environment

The education industrial complex

February 28th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Forbes.com (February 02 2009) As steadily as ivy creeps up the walls of its well-groomed campuses, the education industrial complex has cultivated the image of college as a sure-fire path to a life of social and economic privilege. Joel Kellum says he’s living proof that the claim is a lie. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0202/060.html

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Darwin was a lying cheat. So what’s next for science?

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

I receive my own posts from Sciftp. Amusing. See below the flap. Not so funny. Science is in real trouble on the Darwin question. Davies’ The Darwin Conspiracy corrects the blunders made by John Brooks in his Just Before The Origin, on the dates of the various key letters that show the suspicious activity of […]

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Tags: Evolution · you've got mail

A pox on both houses…

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

http://www.uncommondescent.com/faq/ I get a bit impatient with these endless defenses of ID against what, to be sure, are often vituperative rather than intelligent critiques. I think there is something sad about ID (but by comparison Darwinism is turning into a tragedy). Just at the point that the critique of Darwinism was gaining steam, in the […]

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Tags: Evolution

Log of recent posts

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Some recent posts: http://darwiniana.com/2009/02/27/end-of-eonic-sequence-endbeginning-of-history/ http://darwiniana.com/2009/02/26/evolving-freedom-and-the-end-of-the-eonic-sequence/

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End of eonic sequence, end/beginning of history

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Evolving freedom, and the ‘end of the eonic sequence’ Stephen P. Smith said, February 27, 2009 at 12:02 am “… At the end we will suspect that we are at the end of the eonic sequence since observing the eonic effect probably preempts its future action.” Perhaps this is the primal or panpsychist […]

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