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Entries from June 2009

The need for some scientific sanity on Darwinism

June 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I am often puzzled by the tenacity of the Darwin debate, and the unthinking monomania of the defenders of Darwin. No other science has this characteristic. Physicists routinely allow dissenting views, within the spectrum of mathematical theory, and have had multiple upgrades/revisions of basic views. This is a sign of a real science, and a […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Will Darwinism destroy modern civilization?

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Epigenetics and evolution James said, June 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm · Great work guys!! At this rate, in about 2000 years, you will finally figure out that Darwin wasn’t the Newton of biology. You express the frustration here very well. But we don’t have two thousand years. If our form of culture is so […]

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Never-ending misconceptions about Evo-psych, by its supporters

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The Never-Ending Misconceptions About Evolutionary Psychology Wilson at Huffpost (see previous post) cites some of the counterattacks against the Newsweek expose of evolutionary psychology. We have seen this game before. When the critics attack, accuse them of not understanding the subject. That’s a lame argument at this point. I think Begley’s article is quite to […]

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Goal line stand for the evo-psych gang

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolutionary Psychology and the Public Media: Rekindling the Romance Don’t fall for this sophistical nonsense. No sooner does the public start to get straight on evolutionary psychology than the permanent converts start to revive its ghost. And what is this nonsense about rekindling the romance?? It is sly psychological manipulation. Only the hard core have […]

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Monkeys recognizing faces

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A visual illusion has provided clues about how monkeys recognise faces http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8119028.stm

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Evolving religions

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp As they evolve, religions promote greater tolerance and peace http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2009/06/28/8216evolution_of_god8217_make\ s_case_for_cooperative_monotheism/

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Deformities in frogs–and humans

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Scientists are beginning to find a connection between bizarre deformities in water animals and abnormalities in humans http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/opinion/28kristof.html

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Epigenetics

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp There’s a revolution sweeping biology today—begrudged by a few, but accepted by more and more biologists—this revolution is called epigenetics http://www.newsweek.com/id/204233

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Rekindling the romance??

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

sciftp http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sloan-wilson/evolutionary-psychology-a_b_220545.html David Sloan Wilson Posted: June 25, 2009 12:13 AM Evolutionary Psychology and the Public Media: Rekindling the Romance

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Musical Minds

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/arts/television/30nova.html June 30, 2009 Television Review | ‘Nova: Musical Minds’ Our Brains on Music: The Science By MIKE HALE “Musical Minds,” the season premiere of “Nova” on PBS, is based on the neurologist Oliver Sacks’s most recent book, “Musicophilia,” a collection of case studies of people whose brains have unusual relationships to music, […]

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White House health care forum

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jun2009/heal-j26.shtml White House health care forum: Obama’s plan for “evidence-based” medical cuts By Kate Randall 26 June 2009 A White House forum on health care provided some insight into the Obama administration’s vision for a reform of the system. In the ABC News program “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” broadcast Wednesday […]

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Health care bosses

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://socialistworker.org/2009/06/30/will-health-care-bosses-get-their-way Editorials [1] Will the health care bosses get their way? The Democrats are letting the health care industry dictate the terms of “reform.” June 30, 2009 WARNING: THE federal government is poised to commit robbery. And the poor, defenseless victim is…the health insurance industry. Say what? That’s what top executives of the […]

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The ‘great explosion’ and the eonic effect

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The Great Explosion As with previous post, note the huge discrepancy between what Darwinists claim and what the facts of human evolution actually show. Whenever you are confronted with this complex question of man’s evolution, be sure to check out the question mark issue created by juxtaposing the eonic effect with this so-called ‘great explosion’ […]

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Early man in Africa

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Human History Written in Stone and Blood Two bursts of human innovation in southern Africa during the Middle Stone Age may be linked to population growth and early migration off the continent This is an interesting article on the double series innovative periods in the emergence of modern man. Note that natural selection is hardly […]

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Theistic/atheistic bias

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

God and Science Don’t Mix A scientist can be a believer. But professionally, at least, he can’t act like one. ——- My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this […]

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The globalisation illusion

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Rg mail http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/10/globalisation-monbiot-stiglitz The Guardian 10 June 2009 The globalisation illusion Like past imperialism, the idea of globalisation is unsustainable and kept unchallenged to insulate us from reality

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Comment on Ethics and Freedom

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Ethics and Freedom Comments are closed on this post (two week limit for spam prevention), so I will post up Danny’s comment, despite its being somewhat opaque (the result of trying to fathom Kant). It is supremely difficult to get straight the structure of ‘ethics and psychology’, the reason people get fed up […]

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From The Darwin Conspiracy: how Darwin plagiarized Wallace

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

We posted on Wallace today, and here are three links to some selections from Davies’ The Darwin Conspiracy. Three posts on The Darwin Conspiracy, By Roy Davies Darwin’s shifting usage of natural selection Darwin’s thinking as he receives first letter from Wallace Wallace’s letters and suspicious changes in Darwin’s views on evolution

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Why let Paul Bloom review Wright’s book?

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The Time book review has a review of Wright’s The Evolution of God by Paul Bloom. The signal is that the Darwin block heads at the Times approve of Wright’s trashy effort. We have exposed Wright’s book several times here, but you can’t do much if the Times gives the thumbs up. Search box on […]

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Tibet: the best buddhist is a dead buddhist?

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The New Left Review has an article with the usual trashy lies about Tibet. http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2720 The vintage Tibet political economy was a bit medieval and exposing New Age sentimentality is inevitable, but the basic message of the fake Left is that the best Buddhist is a dead Buddhist. In a few more years, that will […]

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Trying to be fair to Wallace is part of the deception

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Forgotten evolutionist rediscovered at lastDarwin’s contemporary, Alfred Russel Wallace, gets his due after 150 years Equal billing for Wallace? Unlike Wallace, Darwin spent two decades developing his theory of natural selection and had far more evidence to back it up, as presented in his defining work, “The Origin of Species,” published 150 years ago. But […]

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Random evolution?

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution: rationality vs randomness An M.I.T. trained scientist takes a look at Darwin, the fossil record, and the likelihood of random evolution. by Dr. Gerald Schroeder At the basis of the theory of neo-Darwinian evolution lie two basic assumptions: that changes in morphologies are induced by random mutations on the genome, and that these changes […]

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Remembering Wallace

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin’s shadow By MICHAEL CASEY – 13 hours ago SANTUBONG, Malaysia (AP) — As he trudges past chest-high ferns and butterflies the size of saucers, George Beccaloni scours a jungle hilltop overlooking the South China Sea for signs of a long-forgotten Victorian-era scientist.

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Genome’s complexities

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp The genome’s bounty is further off than expected, but it may yet yield deeper and wider insights http://www.newsweek.com/id/204236

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