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Entries from June 2009

Generation gaps

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp From cell phones and texting to religion and manners, younger and older Americans see the world differently, creating the largest generation gap since the tumultuous years of the 1960s and the culture clashes over Vietnam, civil rights and women’s liberation http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090629/ap_on_re_us/us_generation_gap

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EI update

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

_______________________________ UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA http://electronicIntifada.net ____________________________

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Anti-war movement and Israel

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Why the anti-war movement has to confront Israel and its Lobby (Presentation by Sid Shniad, co-chair of Independent Jewish Voices Canada , to the May 30 Annual General Meeting of the StopWar.ca Coalition in Vancouver, BC.) Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW0Rt9qUIVk&feature=related Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-A22GIdic

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Cap-and-Trade Does More Harm than Good

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20090624_Cap-and-trade_does_more_harm_than_good.html Philadelphia Inquirer June 25, 2009 Cap-and-Trade Does More Harm than Good Bill offers incentives for businesses that pollute. Carbon fees or taxation would be better for the economy and the Earth

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Honduran coup

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Honduran FM Urges People to Resist Coup Escrito por Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95885&Itemid=1 Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas called on the people to take to the streets to resist the coup perpetrated early Sunday against President Manuel Zelaya.

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Weeks of Living Dangerously

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

tomdispatch.com June 28, 2009 Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, The Weeks of Living Dangerously

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Betraying the planet

June 29th, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/opinion/29krugman.html June 29, 2009 Op-Ed Columnist Betraying the Planet By PAUL KRUGMAN So the House passed the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill. In political terms, it was a remarkable achievement. But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they […]

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Rape, theory, and the Darwin idiot

June 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Why Do We Rape, Kill and Sleep Around? The fault, dear Darwin, lies not in our ancestors, but in ourselves. Sharon Begley at Newsweek takes on sociobiology, …evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary seem unable to shake the rape thesis as it resurfaces in the limited conceptual mindset. The question is simple: the rape factor can generate microevolution, […]

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‘Evolution of god’ review

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp In his careful yet provocative contemplation of religious history, Robert Wright sees continuous positive moral change over time but denies the specialness of any individual faith http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/books/review/Bloom-t.html

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Pigeons and aesthetic perceptions

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Everyone’s a critic: several birds have learned to tell the difference between well-executed and crude paintings as judged by a human panel http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17383-pigeons-make-the-grade-at-art-appreciation.html

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Brain scans: hypnosis

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp How can a hypnotist paralyze your hand just with words? By making a part of your brain butt in on the process that normally makes your hand move, a study says. So the brain region that’s ready to move your hand ignores its usual inputs and listens to this interloper, which says, “Don’t even […]

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Muscle stem cells

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A new understanding of the genes that make muscle cells may change the way researchers think about stem cell transplants for muscular dystrophy and muscle injuries, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090625/hl_nm/us_muscle_cells

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Blank slate debate

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp In The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker challenged the assumption that people are moulded by society and their upbringing, raising awkward questions about race and intelligence, aggression, greed and free will http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jun/18/iq-steven-pinker-blank-slate

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Brain barriers

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Standing in the way is the blood-brain barrier, a formidable defense system that keeps out pathogens and toxins but also bars many potential therapies from reaching the seat of maladies such as brain cancer or Alzheimer’s disease http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/06/22/trying_to_breach_the_blood_brain_barrier/

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A skeptic’s journey

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A skeptic’s journey for truth in science http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-skepticism-reveals

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Coup in Honduras

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/06/2009628124715921328.html Al J has a correspondent there. Demonstrators at the Palace http://www.livestation.com/

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Forty Years’ War

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/health/research/28cancer.html Forty Years’ War Playing It Safe in Cancer Research By GINA KOLATA Published: June 27, 2009 Among the recent research grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute is one for a study asking whether people who are especially responsive to good-tasting food have the most difficulty staying on a diet. Another study […]

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Wesson and ‘Beyond Natural Selection’

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Beyond Natural Selection (Bradford Books) (Paperback) by Robert Wesson In terms of today’s discussion of the end of the Darwin paradigm and what comes next, Robert Wesson’s book is worth reading. He gives us the answer to what comes next: nothing. We have to learn to live without an overarching evolution narrative. They can be […]

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New world diffusion

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Borne on a Black Current For thousands of years, the Pacific Ocean’s strong currents have swept shipwrecked Japanese sailors onto American shores By Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano Smithsonian.com, June 16, 2009 One of the issues of the ‘eonic model’ is the unlikelihood of isolated civilizations appearing diffusion free. This was once a prolonged debate. […]

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Staying wary of Darwinian, and those who want to replace it

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

The question of evolution is on the move, and we can see the tremendous resistance in many quarters to anything of the kind. Enforcing the paradigm I don’t know if it is still possible for a paradigm shift to occur, but we have seen the way the ‘Synthesis’ was produced and enforced in the forties […]

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Enforcing the paradigm

June 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Some links to posts from yesterday. I thought I would relink them. PZ Myers, chief asshole of the Darwin mullahs Mr. Myers, you are the real crackpot Links to Mazur Altenberg articles Mazur link to Fleury on ‘origin of form’ Problems with self-organization theories Evolution and the limits of knowledge

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Evolutionary psychology ‘has had a good run…’

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp David Brooks: Evolutionary psychology has had a good run. But now there is growing pushback. Critics say the theory is being used to try to explain more than it can bear http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/opinion/26brooks.html

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Alzheimer’s cure?

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp P. Murali Doraiswamy discusses recent breakthroughs in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and what everyone can do to postpone the onset of memory loss http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-alzheimers-be-cured

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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Links and forum to comment on this and other columns at: June 17, 2009 The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Financial Sector Reform By Robert Weissman There are major gaps and shortcomings in the Obama administration’s financial regulatory proposals, formally released today, and the proposals alone leave the financial sector vulnerable to future […]

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