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Entries from July 2009

Human evolution missed completely by Darwinism

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

In Search of History The evolution of man is, and remains, a complete mystery. There is something almost mythological in the projection of Darwinian scenarios of natural selection onto the Paleolithic. Such evidence as we have is mostly that of skeletal remains, highly incomplete, of a series of hominids stretched over millions of years. Dogmatism […]

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Origin of life in comets?

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Evidence Of Liquid Water In Comets Reveals Possible Origin Of Life ScienceDaily (July 31, 2009) — Comets have contained vast amounts of liquid water in their interiors during the first million years of their formation, a new study claims.

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Booknotes: Why Socrates Died

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Why Socrates Died The execution of Socrates has often been seen as prefiguring the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Both became emblematic: Democracy would forever be tarnished by the former, the Jews by the latter. It was convenient for reactionaries to make a secular saint of Socrates. He then became a pious reason for denouncing […]

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Log of recent posts

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Some recent posts: last week

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Redemptive religions misunderstood

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Take Me to the River (or Somewhere Nearby) By Robert Wright You know the powers that be are trying to propagandize anti-religion when figures such as Robert Wright get so much free air time. Beware of such people. They make fundamentalists look brilliant. Beware of Wright’s formulation. He says he spent a decade researching religion. […]

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Tags: Science & Religion · secularism · The Axial Age

The truth about IQ

July 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Truth About IQ

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Archive: Hegel’s God: A Counterfeit Double?

July 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Archive: January 2, 2006 After previous post on Hegel, here’s a quote from Preface to a book on Hegel, Hegel’s God: A Counterfeit Double? by William Desmond, Ashgate, 2005. This book is an adieu to Hegel.

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Tags: atheism · Science & Religion

Archive: The greatest deceit in the history of science

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Archice: January 7, 2006 A useful critical history of Darwinism can be found in Soren Lovtrup,

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Archive: Brian Goodwin: How the leopard changed it spots

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Archive: January 19, 2006 The current developmental revolution started properly as a critique of Darwin’s theory, though you wouldn’t think so now, as evo-devo is carefully garbled with Darwinian thinking. From Brian Goodwin’s, How the Leopard Changed Its Spots (Scribner, 1993) Scientific theories develop out of choices and assumptions that are neither arbitrary nor inevitable.

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Discovery on Wright

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Robert Wright’s Evolution of God David Klinghoffer It’s hard for a religious believer not to appreciate, at least in part, the spirit in which Robert Wright presents his new book The Evolution of God. On one hand, he regards the history of religion as the history of an illusion. On the other hand, he argues […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · Science & Religion

Fossil thumbs

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Fossil thumbs point to 1st known climber by cbcnews.ca from Dawkins site http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/28/tech-suminia-thumbs-tree-climbing-fossil-mammal-ancestor-reisz.html An ancestor of mammals first took to the trees before the age of dinosaurs, evolving the first known opposable thumbs on the way, a group of Toronto researchers reports.

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Witchcraft conference attacked

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

British Humanist Association: Anti-witchcraft conference attacked by Christian church in Nigeria by British Humanist Association from Dawkins site http://www.politics.co.uk/opinion-formers/press-releases/children-and-family/british-humanist-association-anti-witchcraft-conference-attacked-by-christian-church-in-nigeria-$1315424$365873.htm

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Sudan trial

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Sudan ‘trousers trial’ adjourned by BBC Thanks to beanson for the link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8173714.stm from Dawkins site A Khartoum judge told Lubna Ahmed Hussein she could have immunity because she works for the UN. But Ms Hussein, who claims she was arrested for wearing trousers, said she wanted carry on with the trial because she wanted […]

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Summer reading

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Summer reading from Nature by Jerry Coyne – Why Evolution Is True http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/summer-reading-from-nature/ from Dawkins site The latest issue of Nature has a section on recommended summer reading/viewing; fourteen of us were asked to choose one book or DVD falling under the rubric of “relaxed, inspired holiday reading and viewing.” My choice was, as I […]

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Mammals vs reptiles

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Mammals beat reptiles in battle of evolution Study calculates which animal lineages have exceptional rates of success

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Uses of ID?

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Next ArticleMethodist Examiner Intelligent Design – what practical use might it have? (Part 1)

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Rodent size

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Rodent Size Linked To Human Population And Climate Change ScienceDaily (July 31, 2009) — You probably hadn’t noticed — but the head shape and overall size of rodents has been changing over the past century. A University of Illinois at Chicago ecologist has tied these changes to human population density and climate change.

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Overfishing reduced

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

New Hope For Fisheries: Overfishing Reduced In Several Regions Around The World ScienceDaily (July 31, 2009) — Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems. The two-year study, led by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington and including an international […]

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Climate deniers censored?

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Climate change deniers claim they’re censored. What hypocrites Anthony Watts, sceptic and scourge of climate change science, has used copyright laws to censor an opponent

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Stress and brain

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Chronic stress rewires the brains of rats to make them creatures of habit who make rote decisions instead of changing their behavior to gain rewards, a study published Thursday has found http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5graa3BpWEN9oRlPO0UnDJ9JnwKUQ

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Nanotech gene therapy

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Tiny synthetic particles carrying a payload of toxin worked as well as chemotherapy at killing ovarian cancer cells in mice, without the bad side effects, U.S. researchers said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE56T4GB20090730

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Mom and Dad genes

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp We each have two parents, but their genetic contributions to what makes us us are uneven. New research shows we are an amalgam of influences from mom and dad http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-patchwork-mind

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Declare victory and leave

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, July 30, 2009 by The Guardian/UK US Should Declare Victory and Leave Iraq, Says Top Military Officer by Ed Pilkington in New York A top US military officer in Baghdad has stirred controversy by arguing in a confidential memo that the American presence in Iraq has outlived its welcome and that it […]

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The Military-Climate Link

July 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Friday, July 31, 2009 by Open Democracy/UK A New Security Paradigm: The Military-Climate Link Many leading military analysts in the United States are increasingly alert to the link between security and climate change. If they can only expand their view of whose security is at risk, the policy consequences could be immense.

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