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Entries from May 2009

‘Humanized’ Mice

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Why Can We Talk? ‘Humanized’ Mice Speak Volumes About Evolutionary Past ScienceDaily (May 31, 2009) — This is all very interesting but the assumption that human language evolved by natural selection, or the action of a single ‘lucky’ gene mutation, is almost certainly false. Mice carrying a “humanized version” of a gene believed to influence […]

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Tags: Evolution

Theoretical self-defense

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Reading Open Veins Of Latin America (a post today, scroll down) made me realize how much exploitation has to do with misunderstanding, and the way in which ideologies are used to fool people who can’t defend themselves with counterarguments. And that is true of Darwinism. The overwhelming impression of science in the Darwin promotion campaign […]

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Tags: Evolution

Texas ed board

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Conservatives have hopelessly confused the Darwin debate by adopting views in association with dissent on Darwinism that make their case seem outlandish. The fact that the general population deserves something better than Darwin propaganda is repeatedly lost as these boards end up scrambling the simple tactic of teaching evolution, but allowing dissent on natural selection.

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Tags: Evolution

Even Nature pokes the Ida hype

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

UD has a quote from a restricted Nature article on the brouhaha over ‘Ida’: A hyped-up fossil find highlights the potential dangers of publicity machines. Last week’s publication of paper describing a 47-million-year-old fossil primate with a remarkable degree of preservation (see http://tinyurl.com/oycvo8) prompted a trickle of news in The Daily Mail that quickly swelled […]

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Tags: Evolution

Marx and darwinism

May 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is an old webpage that I should put back on line, dealing with the suspicions of Marx about Darwinism, doubts now censored on the left where Marx the Darwinist is trumpeted to the public. One of the enduring confusions of the left has been the relationship of Marx and Darwin. This is partly the […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution · Ultra Far Left

Open veins of Latin America

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Have been reading the book Chavez gave to Obama, a new edition from Monthly Review: Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano A powerful account of the economic history of Latin America, which makes for dismal reading indeed. Chavez’ gesture was excellent. It is interesting to […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Junk dna

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Saved By Junk DNA: Vital Role In The Evolution Of Human Genome ScienceDaily (May 30, 2009) — Researchers at K.U. Leuven and Harvard University show that stretches of DNA previously believed to be useless ‘junk’ DNA play a vital role in the evolution of our genome. They found that unstable pieces of junk DNA help […]

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Tags: General

New atheists and Nietzsche?

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Atheism and its Critics James said, May 31, 2009 at 1:06 pm · “He tells Steve Paulson that they simply don’t measure up to the old atheists like Nietzsche and Camus.” Give me a break. Why don’t they ever mention Schopenhauer? Nietzsche and Camus can’t hold a candle to him. James said, May […]

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Tags: atheism

The Homeless Stay Wired

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124363359881267523.html On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired Mr. Pitts Lacks a Mailing Address But He’s Got a Computer and a Web Forum By PHRED DVORAK SAN FRANCISCO — Like most San Franciscans, Charles Pitts is wired. Mr. Pitts, who is 37 years old, has accounts on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. He […]

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Log: some posts from last week

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Posts from last week

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Shermer vs. Hovind

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Michael Shermer vs. Eric Hovind

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Climate Change Will Soon Make Millions Homeless

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

sciftp http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47046 Q&A: ‘Climate Change Will Soon Make Millions Homeless’ Stefania Milan interviews MAURIZIO GUBBIOTTI of Legambiente FLORENCE, May 31 (IPS) – Millions of people will soon have to leave their homeland as a result of global warming, says a report on environmental refugees by the Italian environmental association Legambiente. Half of them will move […]

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Tags: global warming

Atheism And It’s Critics

May 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

by To the Best of Our Knowledge – Wisconsin Public Radio – 080622 From Dawkins site http://wpr.org/book/080622a.html Atheists have been called the most hated minority in America. And yet recent atheist manifestos by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have all made the best-seller list. So have these atheists changed our thinking about religion? […]

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Tags: atheism

Collins interview

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Foundation website seeks to bridge religion and science By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service Published: May 28, 2009 WASHINGTON (RNS) —A year after stepping down as director of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is embarking on a new venture—one that may be even harder than deciphering DNA. Collin’s new BioLogos Foundation aims to be […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

The other side of Darwin

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Other side of Darwin’s life not often documented How about his plagiarism of Wallace: cf. The Darwin Conspiracy

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Tags: Evolution

Junk dna

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Saved By Junk DNA: Vital Role In The Evolution Of Human Genome ScienceDaily (May 30, 2009) — Researchers at K.U. Leuven and Harvard University show that stretches of DNA previously believed to be useless ‘junk’ DNA play a vital role in the evolution of our genome. They found that unstable pieces of junk DNA help […]

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Tags: Evolution

Volcanic eruptions and extinctions

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Caused Global Mass Extinction ScienceDaily (May 30, 2009) — A previously unknown giant volcanic eruption that led to global mass extinction 260 million years ago has been uncovered by scientists at the University of Leeds.

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Tags: Evolution

Biochar

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The bright prospect of biochar Enthusiasts say that biochar could go a long way towards mitigating climate change and bring with it a host of ancillary benefits. But others fear it could do more harm than good.

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Tags: global warming

Solartopia

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The 8 Green Steps to Solartopia By HARVEY WASSERMAN The noble vision of a Solartopian green-powered Earth is at last upon us.

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Tags: environment

Shadow Wars

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

mxmail > Shadow Wars > > By Conn Hallinan > Foreign Policy In Focus > May 26, 2009 > > http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6141

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Nuclear energy in trouble

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/29/business/energy-environment/29nuke.html?pagewanted=1&hp New York Times May 28, 2009 In Finland, Nuclear Renaissance Runs Into Trouble By JAMES KANTER OLKILUOTO, Finland – As the Obama administration tries to steer America toward cleaner sources of energy, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of this new-generation nuclear reactor site. The massive power plant under […]

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Kenya and victims of empire

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-we-owe-it-to-do-right-by-the-kenyan-victims-of-british-brutality-1692507.html The Independent 29 May 2009 We owe it to do right by the Kenyan victims of British brutality There remains a blood-encrusted blank spot when it comes to Empire Johann Hari

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Lecturers’ boycott

May 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

RG mail http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/may/27/lecturers-vote-boycott The Guardian 27 May 2009 Lecturers vote to boycott Israeli universities Protest vote immediately declared void by university union Lecturers voted overwhelmingly to boycott Israeli universities and colleges today. Delegates said Israeli academics were complicit in their government’s acts against Palestinians. But as soon as the vote was carried, the leadership of […]

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Crisis and the philanthropies

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.counterpunch.org/roelofs05282009.html May 28, 2009 Where Were the Foundations? The Philanthropies and the Economic Crisis

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