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Entries from September 2009

Evolution and pigmentation

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The Evolution of Human Skin Pigmentation UD: Is this politically correct?

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Looking for the absence of a cause

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom’s Causality Looking for the absence of a cause….

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Tags: The Eonic Effect

Nature on ‘edge of evolution’

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Nature Publishes Paper on the Edge of Evolution Nature has published an interesting paper recently which places severe limits on Darwinian evolution. This is the first of several posts discussing it.

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Tags: Evolution

Interview: Dawkins on The Greatest Show…

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Dawkins interview

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Tags: Booknotes

Richard Dawkins’s Jewish Problem

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins’s Jewish Problem Tuesday September 29, 2009 The Anti-Defamation League, the country’s leading group dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, is rightly sensitive to the offense of trivializing the Holocaust. Why, then, has the ADL said nothing in protest against the Darwinian biologist and bestselling atheist author Richard Dawkins and his comparison of Darwin doubters to […]

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Tags: Evolution

Chasing the improbable

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution chases improbabilities In the letter encouraging school boards to not waste time and money listening to and deciding between evolution and creation/intelligent design, none of the cases referred to involved such a decision. It attempted to address the weaknesses of evolution as well as its strengths, allowed only the “party line,” and only alluded […]

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Booknotes: Ruse

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Celebrate Darwin’s bicentennial by exploring how Darwin ‘defined’ evolutionary biology Two hundred years later, have the ideas of Charles Darwin endured? Michael Ruse is one of the foremost Charles Darwin scholars of our time. For forty years, he has written extensively on Darwin, the scientific revolution that his work precipitated, and the nature and implications […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Darwin was right–up to a point

September 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Darwin was right – up to a point September 30, 2009 – 11:52AM Evolution had to lead to humans – or something like us – because it is very much more constrained than many scientists suggest, according to evolutionary biologist Simon Conway Morris. In a view considered almost heretical by ultra-Darwinists such as Richard Dawkins, […]

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Sue felled by parasite?

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Was Mighty T. Rex ‘Sue’ Felled By A Lowly Parasite? ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2009) — When pondering the demise of a famous dinosaur such as ‘Sue,’ the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex whose fossilized remains are a star attraction of the Field Museum in Chicago, it is hard to avoid the image of clashing Cretaceous titans engaged […]

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Tags: Evolution

Transgenic songbirds

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Transgenic Songbirds Provide New Tool To Understand The Brain ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2009) — The ability to manipulate songbird genes may yield the molecular secrets of vocal learning and neuronal replacement.

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Tags: Evolution

Feathery dinosaur

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Feathery Four-winged Dinosaur Fossil Found In China Bridges Transition To Birds ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009) — A fossil of a bird-like dinosaur with four wings has been discovered in northeastern China. The specimen bridges a critical gap in the transition from dinosaurs to birds, and reveals new insights into the origin evolution of feathers.

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Tags: Evolution

4C rise in temperature could happen by 2060

September 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Met Office warns of catastrophic global warming in our lifetimes • Study says 4C rise in temperature could happen by 2060 • Increase could threaten water supply of half world population

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Tags: global warming

Trying to quit

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Though roughly 70 percent of smokers want to stop, they’re likely to fail unless they combine counseling and medication http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/09/28/smoking_cessation_\ experts_prescribe_a_double_barreled_approach/

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Tags: you've got mail

Thinking love

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A new study demonstrates that thinking about love–but not about sex–causes us to think more “globally,” making it easier to come up with new ideas http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=does-falling-in-love-ma\ ke

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Poverty and obesity

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp …Does poverty make people obese, or is it the other way around? http://www.slate.com/id/2229523/

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Concepts and hippocampus

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Brain regions have been identified that allow us to sort the world into separate concepts – a defining feature of human intelligence http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17862-concepts-are-born-in-the-hip\ pocampus.html

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Poll on Medicare for all

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by Black Agenda Report Poll Shows Public Wants Medicare for All by Glen Ford

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Nuke story doesn’t add up

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by Inter Press Service US Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn’t Add Up by Gareth Porter WASHINGTON – The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a “secret” […]

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Tags: In the News

Wright/Coyne exchange

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Robert Wright responds to Coyne

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Dawkins selection

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The Angry Evolutionist by Richard Dawkins – Excerpted from The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution http://www.newsweek.com/id/216140

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Does Darwin matter?

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

David Berlinski: Does Darwin Matter?

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Tags: Evolution

Dawkins’ evolving defense of Darwin

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Dawkins’ evolving defence of Darwin Robert Fulford, National Post Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Humans who are cold, frightened or emotionally stirred sometimes experience a prickly feeling creeping up the back of the neck. When that happens we should see ourselves as living fossils, walking remnants of prehistory. Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=6e342103-7e71-420d-b1d7-f4e781034fbd#ixzz0SW9NDZM8

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Tags: Evolution

Judges Jones gets more medals

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Judge Jones honored by Geological Society of America

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Tags: Evolution

ID reaches Oklahoma

September 29th, 2009 · No Comments

ID in Oklahoma

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Tags: Evolution