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Entries from March 2009

Are the lab rat’s days numbered?

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Bioengineers are striving to topple a scientific icon: the lowly lab mouse. And to replace bunnies, beagles, and other warm-blooded animals with insentient but biologically sophisticated substitutes http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/articles/2009/03/30/are_the_lab_rats_days_numbered/

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Tags: General

Genetic fine grain

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Nicholas Wade: With the help of powerful gene chips, geneticists are able to distinguish between northern European populations http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/31/science/31visuals-web.html

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Tags: Evolution

Freedom’s causality, and an absence of antecedent cause

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom’s Causality The issues of the previous two posts can be grasped by reflecting on Kant’s third antinomy, in factually historical terms! The link is to a passage from a text that deals with the idea of ‘freedom’s causality’. Actually freedom has no direct standard ‘causality’ in time, that’s the whole point. The detection of […]

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Tags: The Eonic Effect

Evolution: need for a macro factor

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http://history-and-evolution.com/whee/chap2_1.htm The issue of the previous post on evolution and space-time raises some devastating questions for standard science, the reason, no doubt, people are unable to get a handle on it. But the logic is sound, and has data to back it up. Normal theories of evolution are clearly doomed to confusion because they want […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Evolution and space-time

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Perhaps History Holds The Key The eonic effect reconciles the relationship of evolution and history, but evolution, if we examine the eonic sequence in its mysterious logic, ends up with a structure analogous to what in Kant is the phenomenal/noumenal distinction. This suggests that there is an element that is beyond space-time, a […]

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Tags: Evolution · The Eonic Effect

Empires of the Silk Road

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

I have just been looking at: Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Hardcover) by Christopher I. Beckwith Our discussions of PIE (proto-indoeuropean…) and the homeland question are discussed in this book, which takes no final position, but which tends toward assuming a central Eurasian […]

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Tags: Booknotes · History

Perhaps history holds the key

March 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

History And Evolution, Darwinian Or Eonic? Why is it that we take evolution to be purely genetic? Think about it. Is it merely a convenience for reductionists to define evolution in terms of a tangible entity? The problem is that this way of defining evolution throws our thinking out of whack. But it is a […]

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Tags: Evolution · History

Risk of extinction underestimated

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Slip Sliding Away: Faster Extinctions Predicted by Mathematical Model

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Tags: Evolution

Resistant to science

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Why Are Americans Resistant to Science? by Dov Michaeli , MD, Ph.D Reposted from Dakwins site http://www.thedoctorweighsin.com/journal/2008/3/26/why-are-americans-resistant-to-science.html This is unfair, referring to ‘Americans’ in general. Since the current generation of science, Dawkins style, has gotten a lot wrong, maybe it is natural for kids to be wary. Typically, this article adopts the religious tactic: start […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Evolution and economic ideology

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Evolution and our capitalist institutions Written by Free Enterprise / Gary P. Cheng Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:13 As noted here dozens of times, hundreds, the connection between economic dynamics and Darwinism is misleading and false. Darwinism suffers underground influence from that economic ideology. The problem is that Darwin’s theory is false, and doesn’t describe […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy

Docility before ‘experts’

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

My Son the Expert! Part I: An Introducation to the Debate Over Evolution in Texas As the world now knows, the TSBE ultimately voted with McElroy and against the majority of experts, adopting science standards that specify the precise headings under which Darwinian theory most urgently needs to be questioned — or, in the Board’s […]

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Tags: Evolution

Would someone please teach the Times gang the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ of Darwinism

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Editorial Evolutionary Semantics, Texas-Style This is just knee-jerk response here: the routine of debate has gone on so long people just react according to ‘prior viewpoint’, failing to note the significance of this case in Texas. I fail to see the objection to teaching students to beware of what it is proposed as science. The […]

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Tags: Evolution

Behe lecture

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Behe lectures on ID Behe came close to something very devastating for Darwinism, but then threw away his critique with the suddenly facile thinking about design, and his confusion over the limits of nature in that regard. Behe said design is not mystical, explaining that one can tell when something is designed. Behe used Mount […]

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Tags: Evolution

Biofuel from algae

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

‘First Economical Process’ For Making Biodiesel Fuel From Algae ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — Chemists reported development of what they termed the first economical, eco-friendly process to convert algae oil into biodiesel fuel — a discovery they predict could one day lead to U.S. independence from petroleum as a fuel.

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Tags: environment

New theory on mass extinction

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

New Theory On Largest Known Mass Extinction In Earth’s History ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — The largest mass extinction in the history of the earth could have been triggered off by giant salt lakes, whose emissions of halogenated gases changed the atmospheric composition so dramatically that vegetation was irretrievably damaged.

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Tags: Evolution

Treating mice more as individuals

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Mice And Humans Should Have More In Common In Clinical Trials ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — Just as no two humans are the same, a Purdue University scientist has shown treating mice more as individuals in laboratory testing cuts down on erroneous results and could significantly reduce the cost of drug development.

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Tags: General

Natural-selection Studies Could Be Wrong

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Hundreds Of Natural-selection Studies Could Be Wrong, Study Demonstrates ScienceDaily (Mar. 31, 2009) — Scientists at Penn State and the National Institute of Genetics in Japan have demonstrated that several statistical methods commonly used by biologists to detect natural selection at the molecular level tend to produce incorrect results.

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Tags: Evolution

Quantum computers

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

New Step Towards Quantum Computers ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2009) — The intrinsic rotation of electrons – the “spin” – is a promising property for future electronics devices. If use as an information carrier were possible, the processing power of electronic components would suddenly increase to a multiple of the present capacity.

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Tags: Science

Power to destroy the planet

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

‘We’re the first generation that has had the power to destroy the planet. Ignoring that risk can only be described as reckless’Decca Aitkenhead meets Nicholas Stern

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Tags: environment

Mother Nature’s Dow

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Mother Nature’s Dow While I’m convinced that our current financial crisis is the product of both The Market and Mother Nature hitting the wall at once — telling us we need to grow in more sustainable ways — some might ask this: We know when the market hits a wall. It shows up in red […]

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Tags: environment

G20: Nature Doesn’t Do Bailouts

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by The Guardian/UK G20: Nature Doesn’t Do Bailouts Climate Camp in the City allows us to come together and learn about the problems of global warming, so we can take action by Jody Boehnert There is a broad consensus across the political spectrum that we need to reduce carbon […]

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G20 and climate change

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by The Guardian/UK Climate Change Experts Call on G20 Members to Commit to Action • Last-ditch effort to gain specific promises at G20 • Leaked communique all but ignores green issues by Patrick Wintour, David Adam and Damian Carrington A last-ditch effort is being made to insert clearer green […]

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Tags: global warming

Cyberwar

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The World’s Hottest Cyberwar Battlefield Ghosts in the Machine By PETER LEE The Information Warfare Monitor (a joint venture of Toronto University’s Citizen Lab at the Munke Centre for International Studies and a Canadian think-tank called SecDev) teamed up with the Tibetan Government in Exile for a nine-month multi-continent investigation to develop a remarkable report […]

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World depression

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

mxmail World Depression: Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire Part I By Prof. James Petras URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12955 Global Research, March 30, 2009 Introduction All the idols of capitalism over the past three decades crashed… The assumptions and presumptions, paradigm and prognosis of indefinite progress under liberal free market capitalism […]

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