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Entries from April 2009

Melanie Philipps on creationism and ID

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Melanie Philipps nixes the idea that Intelligent Design can be equated with creationism, and the post has ricocheted across the Debate divide. The equation is no doubt unfair, but in the final analysis the suspicious extreme conservativism and undoubted Christian comittment of ID-ists limits its consideration. How ironic! To me the problem is that ID […]

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Tags: Evolution

Complexity of human evolutionary psychology

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I promised another post on J.G.Bennett, in the previous post, Matter, life consciousness, but maybe that was enough. Dealing with Bennett is impossible at this point, as he carries too much baggage to be believable in the current culture. But modern civilization is lacking a decent brand of ‘spiritual psychology’, which should rebranded ‘evolutionary psychology’, […]

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Matter, life, consciousness

April 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

James posted a link to a book called Biocentrism, here’s some info: Amazon data on Biocentrism This book looks like it would be worth pursuing, thanks to James for the information. However,… Just to think with care here: people have been promising ever since the Romantic movement to rewrite science around consciousness and/or life, but […]

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Tags: General

Biocentrism

April 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Idealism vs materialism James said, April 29, 2009 at 11:50 pm · New book that proposes a biocentric theory of the universe (Lanza is not an ID theorist): http://www.amazon.com/Biocentrism-Consciousness-Understanding-Nature-Universe/dp/1933771690/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240888757&sr=1-1 Looks interesting, and I will attempt to read the book. However, I will comment in next post on some problems with this kind of […]

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Shoddy designs, shoddy designers

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Richard Sternberg on junk dna We often hear from Darwinians that the biological world is replete with examples of shoddy engineering, or, as they prefer to put it, bad design. The term ‘shoddy engineering’ is itself significant. Evidence of imperfection is not evidence, as such, against a designer, since we see imperfect designs (‘shoddy’) from […]

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Tags: Evolution

40 Million Nonbelievers?

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

40 Million Nonbelievers in America? The Secret Is Almost Out by Ronald Aronson – religion dispatches Thanks to Ron for the link. Reosted from http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/religionandtheology/1381/

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Tags: atheism

Summertime camps for atheists

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Summertime camps boom: The ‘Godless alternative’ for non-believers by Jerome Taylor – The Independent – UK Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/summertime-camps-boom-the-godless-alternative-for-nonbelievers-1675815.html

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Q & A: Francis Collins

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Q & A: Francis Collins The former director of the Human Genome Project hopes to show compatibility between Christianity and science. By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service | posted 4/30/2009 10:25AM A year after stepping down as director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis Collins is embarking on a new venture, one that may […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Viruses

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Visualizing the virus How can one bug combine genetic material from pigs, birds and humans to become so dangerous? Think of flu viruses as promiscuous, species-jumping, disguise-wearing contestants in a reality-TV show titled “Evolution Gone Wild.” Virus-fighters are scrambling to keep pace, using analytical techniques that work more quickly than ever.

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Tags: Evolution

Coyne Defends Haeckel’s Embryos

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Jerry Coyne Defends Haeckel’s Embryos: Why Darwinism Is False

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Tags: Evolution

ID creationism or not?

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Melanie Phillips Gets It Right: Why Intelligent Design Is Not Creationism Intelligent Design is warmed-over creationism

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Tags: Evolution

Did Dinosaurs Survive?

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Evidence Of The ‘Lost World’: Did Dinosaurs Survive The End Cretaceous Extinctions? ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2009) — The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s account of an isolated community of dinosaurs that survived the catastrophic extinction event 65 million years ago, has no less appeal now than it did when it was written a century […]

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Tags: Evolution

Swine flu, avian flu

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Swine Flu Outbreak Illuminated By Avian Flu Research ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2009) — A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about.

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Animate/inanimate

April 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Can Living And Non-living Follow Same Rules? Unifying The Animate And Inanimate Designs Of Nature ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2009) — Living beings and inanimate phenomena may have more in common than previously thought.

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Tags: Evolution

Pollution endangers six in ten

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2009 by Environment News Service Air Pollution Endangers Lives of Six in 10 Americans WASHINGTON, DC – Six out of every 10 Americans – 186.1 million people – live in areas where air pollution endangers lives, according to the 10th annual American Lung Association State of the Air report released […]

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Tags: environment

Bankers ‘Own’ the US Congress

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2009 by Salon.com Top Senate Democrat: Bankers ‘Own’ the US Congress by Glenn Greenwald Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken: “And the banks — hard to believe in a time […]

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Climate chaos

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2009 by The Independent/UK Climate Chaos Predicted by CO2 Study World will have exceeded 2050 safe carbon emissions limit by 2020, scientists say by Steve Connor The world will overshoot its long-term target on greenhouse gas emissions within two decades. A study has found that the average global temperature will […]

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Tags: global warming

Agriculture and the Environment

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Agriculture and the Environment, It’s Our Choice by Jim Goodman Farmers claim to be stewards of the environment, some would say it’s best friend; others, its worst enemy. The truth is we can be both.

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A Nation of Laws

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Prosecuting War Crimes is Not “Partisan” Politics A Nation of Laws By PAUL W. LOVINGER and JEANNETTE HASSBERG

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Let’s be real

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://thetyee.ca/Views/2009/04/22/AfghanPolitics/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=270409 The Tyee.ca April 22, 2009 Afghan Politics: Let’s Be Real How US promoted corruption while locking out true democracy. By Murray Dobbin The outpouring of Western anger and shock earlier this month over a new Afghan law that legalizes marital rape and confines women to their homes demonstrates how out of touch […]

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Savior or trickster?

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Obama: Beyond Savior or Trickster By Norman Solomon As President Obama enters his fourth month in office, two tendencies among progressive-minded Americans seem most hazardous to the political health of the country. The gist of one approach is that Obama can’t do anything seriously wrong; the other is that he can’t do anything […]

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Army recruiters

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1889152,00.html RG mail Time Magazine Thursday, April 2, 2009 Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves? By Mark Thompson When Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Henderson ran into Staff Sergeant Larry Flores in their Texas recruiting station last August, she was shocked by the dark circles under his eyes and his ragged appearance. “Are you O.K.?” she […]

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Case of William I. Robinson

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://openanthropology.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/when-it-comes-to-israel-there-can-be-no-academic-freedom-or-dissent-the-case-of-william-i-robinson-and-uc-santa-barbara/ When it comes to Israel, there can be no academic freedom or dissent? The case of William I. Robinson and UC-Santa Barbara 2009 April 29 by Maximilian Forte * Another allegation of “anti-Semitism”? * Another tale of a “racist” professor? * Another professor who “violates students’ rights”? * Another university administration “investigates” […]

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A new McCarthyism

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/cloud290409.html The McCarthyism That Horowitz Built: The Cases of Margo Ramlal Nankoe, William Robinson, Nagesh Rao, and Loretta Capeheart

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