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Entries from April 2009

Human Rights in the Dust

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

April 30, 2009 tomdispatch.com Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Human Rights in the Dust Recently, in a Washington Post op-ed, Mark Danner wrote: “However much we would like the [torture] scandal to be confined to the story of what was done in those isolated rooms on the other side of the world where interrogators plied their arts, […]

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Up from Nietzsche

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Nietsche among the sans-culottes One reason I am wary of the New Atheists, despite some sympathies with the study of atheism, is that Nietzsche, most strangely, destroyed the basis for an intelligible atheism by the extremes to which he went. This tradition will always lurk in the minds, consciously or unconsciously, of those who wish […]

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Israel and archaic Greece

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Archaic Greece, The Clue I keep saying it, but the point doesn’t quite register: to understand the history in the Old Testament, the core history from the ca. -900 to the Exile, it can help to study the Axial Age model of the eonic effect, and then the case of Archaic Greece. Construct parallel time-lines […]

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Deciphering the history of the Israelites

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Canaan and ‘Israel/Judah’: The Old Testament Riddle As with the previous post, the issue of the Israelites comes up, and confuses us. I would put it flat out: without seeing that history in the light of the eonic effect it will make no sense. One problem is the primitive character of the theology behind which […]

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Greek and Judaic theologies

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Downhill from Nietzsche? James said, April 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm · “Aquinas would tell you that God is not an entity of any classifiable or verifiable kind and most certainly is not a mega-manufacturer who plotted out the universe on some celestial computer screen. Rather, “God is what sustains all things in […]

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Downhill since Nietzsche???

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Those ignorant atheists In this witty book, Terry Eagleton argues that Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and their ilk are shockingly ill-informed about the Christian faith. I haven’t read Eagleton’s book, which looks interesting, but here is a quote from this review: A few years ago, I read an article by a Roman Catholic theologian who […]

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Let’s hear it for the bees

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/guest-column-lets-hear-it-for-the-bees/ April 28, 2009, 9:49 pm Guest Column: Let’s Hear It for the Bees

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Idealism vs materialism

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Fessing up about idealism The interaction of idealism and materialism tends to go nowhere. And the term itself doesn’t have much meaning as is. The so-called ‘transcendental idealism’ of Kant is a unique way to mediate idealism and materialism, or naturalism. And, as the eonic effect suggests, this has direct relevance to the question of […]

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Tags: Philosophy

1918 flu, a comment

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Microevolution and Swine Flu Bo Thompson said, April 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm · \ In 1918: In large U.S cities, more than 10,000 deaths per week were attributed to the virus. It is estimated that as many as 50% of the population was infected, and ~1% died. To compare, in “normal” (interpandemic) […]

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Bawer article

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Bawer and European immigration debate As noted yesterday this debate have become impossible due to the political polarization. I think the obvious point has come where some limit on immigration is required, along with an equal set of gestures against Islamophobia.

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Biologos foundation

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Pharyngula on Biologos foundation

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This Is Your Brain on Pork Rinds

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Researchers, looking into obesity, discovered that fatty foods not only send feelings of fullness to the brain but they also trigger a process that consolidates long term memories. It believed that this is an evolutionary tool that enabled our distant ancestors to remember where rich sources of food were located. Now they hope to develop […]

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Spanish judge and guantanamo

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 by Agence France Presse Spanish Judge Opens Probe into Guantanamo Torture MADRID – A Spanish judge on Wednesday opened an investigation into an alleged “systematic programme” of torture at the US Guantanamo Bay detention camp, following accusations by four former prisoners.

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Native American ancestral group

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2009) — For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a […]

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Early man and genetic engineering

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Early domestic animals show manipulated genes 29 April 2009 by Andy Coghlan and Ewen Callaway THEY may not have known about genes and Darwinism, but our ancestors knew how to drive the evolution of once-wild beasts to serve their own needs. A spate of studies published last week show how domestication suddenly gave horses coats […]

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Insult to the intelligence

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Creating an insult to intelligence Listening to the Today programme this morning, I was irritated once again by yet another misrepresentation of Intelligent Design

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ID vs shoddy engineering

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Shoddy Engineering or Intelligent Design? Case of the Mouse’s Eye 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. One such case of really poor construction is the inverted retina of the vertebrate eye. As we all know, the […]

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Darwin dogma

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Darwin Dogma Posted by George Berkin April 29, 2009 5:30AM This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.Although “Inherit the Wind,” the movie “based” on the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, is highly polemical, at least it has a message of academic freedom.

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Giant petrosaurs grounded

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp The winged reptiles wouldn’t have been able to flap fast enough to get off the ground or keep themselves airborne, says a new study of how modern birds soar http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090428-giant-pterosaurs-fly.html

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Genes/autism

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A genetic variant carried by more than two thirds of people with autism might eventually help identify babies at high risk of the disorder http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17041-gene-variant-found-in-65-of-autism-cases.html

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Burden or blessing?

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp For 22 years, Marilyn vos Savant has been writing a question-and-answer column in a magazine – an odd choice of career for the record holder of the world’s highest IQ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/4add9230-23d5-11de-996a-00144feabdc0,dwp_uuid=a712eb94-dc2b-11da-890d-0000779e2340.html

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The end of overeating

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Former FDA commissioner David Kessler examines the causes of excessive eating in his new book, “The End of Overeating” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124084009832659309.html

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Largest known virus, and life

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

New Details About Mysterious Giant Virus Uncovered ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2009) — An international team of researchers has determined key structural features of the largest known virus, findings that could help scientists studying how the simplest life evolved and whether the unusual virus causes any human diseases.

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Hyena laughter

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Identifying Hyenas By Their Giggle ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2009) — To human ears, the laughs of individual hyenas in a pack all sound the same: high-pitched and staccato, eerie and maniacal. But every hyena makes a different call that encodes information about its age and status in the pack, according to behavioral neurologists from the […]

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