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Entries from August 2009

Old Testament flunks ID test?

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The Old Testament: An Eonic Riddle One of the great ironies of the Darwin debate is that the design argument doesn’t work with Old Testament history. For that a look at the eonic effect is needed. Our understanding of the Old Testament is in crisis. The tide of Biblical Criticism and archaeology has eroded our […]

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The Evolution Conspiracy

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The Evolution Conspiracy now appears to be out.

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A science of history??

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Scientists have forgotten the history of the idea of a a ‘science of history’, with the result that the reductionist version of scientism has taken hold, to the extent that scientists bother with history at all. Actually there is no ‘science of history’ in the conventional sense, and the relationship of history to evolution, their […]

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Booknotes: Darwin reviews

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Advance reviews of Darwin books (from NCSE, hence probably propaganda)

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The Neolithic diffusion

August 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Explaining the Spread of Agriculture into Europe The practice of growing food and keeping livestock was invented numerous times throughout the world. One ‘center’ of agriculture is said to be the Middle East. Despite the fact that calling the Middle East a “center” in this context is a gross oversimplification, it is true that agriculture […]

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Tags: archaeology

Hijacking the Cambrian

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Darwin’s Dilemma A 71 minute video documentary The evidence of the Cambrian is compelling, but just what is the conclusion, apart from doubt about Darwin’s theory? The attempt to hijack the Cambrian mystery for ID seems likely to backfire. The final film in Illustra Media’s long-planned Intelligent Design trilogy is Darwin’s Dilemma. This documentary will […]

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Secularism and anti-darwinism

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Toward a secular postdarwinism One of the great confusions of the debate over evolution is its polarization around religion and secularism. The question of evolution, or rather Darwinian pseudo-science, is one of science vs pseudo-science. The religious opposition to evolution simply makes the defenders of Darwinian pseudo-science stronger.

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Separating Darwin critique from the climate debate

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Are climate change deniers like creationists? Whatever the answer to the question, the fact remains that critiquing Darwinism is a legitimate and necessary scientific activity attempting to expose the pseudo-science of Darwinism. This has nothing to do with conservative/creationist initiatives, e.g. climate change denial. Looks like it’s time to bring back Clarence Darrow and William […]

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Let them eat (organic) cake

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Let them eat (organic) cake Amy Muldoon takes on Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s “alternative” to health care reform–blame the victims for having unhealthy lifestyles. August 31, 2009 Whole Foods CEO John Mackey addresses a press conference about healthy eating FREE-MARKET ideologue and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey stirred a public outcry with […]

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Booknotes: The Pure Society

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler 27 August 2009 Allocating blame in a selective way Simon Underdown disagrees with the premise that racism is part of evolution, rather than a crime Of all the names that echo across the 20th century, it is interesting that perhaps the two loudest should belong to men born […]

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Reverse nazism

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Reverse Nazism and the war on universal healthcare

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Life ascending

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Biochemist follows footprints of evolution Sunday, August 30, 2009 3:23 AM By Margaret Quamme British biochemist Nick Lane isn’t afraid to tackle the big subjects. The subtitle of his ambitious and stimulating Life Ascending is The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution. These are, in order, the origin of life, DNA, photosynthesis, the complex cell, sex, […]

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Cambrian still a problem for Darwinism

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Cambrian Fossils Still a Dilemma for Darwinism 100 Years After Discovery of Burgess Shale

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ID and science

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Why Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory (part 3): attacks on science

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We are all mutants

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

We Are All Mutants ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2009) — An international team of 16 scientists today reports the first direct measurement of the general rate of genetic mutation at individual DNA letters in humans. The team sequenced the same piece of DNA – 10,000,000 or so letters or ‘nucleotides’ from the Y chromosome – from […]

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Tags: Evolution

Origins of milk-drinking

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Milk Drinking Started Around 7,500 Years Ago In Central Europe ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2009) — The ability to digest the milk sugar lactose first evolved in dairy farming communities in central Europe, not in more northern groups as was previously thought, finds a new study led by UCL (University College London) scientists published in the […]

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Tags: History

Sense of personal space

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Neuroscientists Find Brain Region Responsible For Our Sense Of Personal Space ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2009) — In a finding that sheds new light on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of personal space.

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Life’s code, primordial soup

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Model Suggests How Life’s Code Emerged From Primordial Soup ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2009) — In 1952, Stanley Miller filled two flasks with chemicals assumed to be present on the primitive Earth, connected the flasks with rubber tubes and introduced some electrical sparks as a stand-in for lightning. The now famous experiment showed what amino acids, […]

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Fishy Sixth Sense

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Fishy Sixth Sense: Mathematical Keys To Fascinating Sense Organ ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2009) — Fish and some amphibians possess a unique sensory capability in the so-called lateral-line system. It allows them, in effect, to “touch” objects in their surroundings without direct physical contact or to “see” in the dark.

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Coming of the desert

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Monday, August 31, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Water, Water—Not Everywhere by Olga Bonfiglio Without water, nothing can live. And in the Western United States, there isn’t much of it because the region is a desert.

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G-20 dissent

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Monday, August 31, 2009 by TruthDig.com Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire by Chris Hedges Globalization and unfettered capitalism have been swept into the history books along with the open-market theory of the 1920s, the experiments of fascism, communism and the New Deal. It is time for a new economic […]

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Swift-Boating Healthcare

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Monday, August 31, 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle Swift-Boating Healthcare: Facts Are First Casualty in Health Care Debate

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Madoff and SEC

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/martens08312009.html Will the IG Report Cover the Role of White Shoe Law Firms? Madoff and the SEC’s Revolving Door By PAM MARTENS The long-awaited investigative report by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Inspector General on how the SEC bungled multiple investigations of Bernard Madoff is set for release this week. Unfortunately, according to media […]

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Next crisis?

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

mx mail The Wall Street Journal THE OUTLOOK AUGUST 31, 2009 Commercial Real Estate Lurks as Next Potential Mortgage Crisis By LINGLING WEI and PETER GRANT Federal Reserve and Treasury officials are scrambling to prevent the commercial-real-estate sector from delivering a roundhouse punch to the U.S. economy just as it struggles to get up off […]

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