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Entries from October 2009

Critique of historical reason

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Critique of historical reason Scientists are incapable of seeing that with the coming of history (and the evolution reaching that) are about the human capacity for freedom and this contradicts the ordinary stance of science. It shouldn’t be a problem, but in current state of science education, it is.

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Liberal intelligence vs dumbed down scientism

October 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

A strange rumination from the right: Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives? Since the author virtually cedes to liberals, there isn’t much to say, except…. Liberals should be in a state of alarm at their own ‘dumbing down’ at the hands of reductionist scientism, whose misdefinition of intelligence as the clever high-IQ routines of narrow technical […]

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3 silly beliefs held by critics of silly Xtians

October 31st, 2009 · 18 Comments

3 Silly Religious Beliefs Held By Non-Silly People By Greta Christina, Greta Christina’s Blog. Posted October 30, 2009. Many of the beliefs held by religious moderates — smart people who respect science and the separation of church and state — are as untenable as the dogma of fundamentalists. And I want to point out that […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Descent of Man Revisited: an online blogbook

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Descent of Man Revisited The debate over evolution endures as one of the most intractable of modern civilization. In part this is due to the built-in metaphysical and political agendas of the scientific and religious groups ambitious to control the defining ideology of human origins. Although the idea of evolution is as old as philosophy […]

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Darwinism as a ‘faith’

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The debate that won’t die The debate over accomodationism is, I must agree, a bit silly: because? Why try to compromise together two sets of errors? They both should be thrown out. Darwinism is a strange kind of faith, and faith-based religions distort real religion, which doesn’t demand any faith. It is a strange case, […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Aldini & Frankenstein

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Aldini and Frankenstein In his book, Darwin Day in America, West examines the experiments that Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini conducted on human corpses. His gruesome experiments provided the inspiration for Frankenstein and foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of materialism that attempted to use science to reduce human beings to mere matter in motion.

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Beware Of Demonic Candy!!!

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

MSNBC – YouTube – JesusSavesAtCitibank from dawkins site

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Silly religious beliefs?

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

3 Silly Religious Beliefs Held By Non-Silly People by Greta Christina – alternet.org from dawkins site http://www.alternet.org/story/143551/3_silly_religious_beliefs_held_by_non-silly_people?page=entire

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Evolving bacteria

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Bioengineers Speed Up Evolution to Make Better Bacteria Bacteria are prolific replicators, and some species can replicate into the millions in number in just a few hours. Bacteria, in the functioning of their cellular and biochemical machinery, also just happen to manufacture some very useful chemicals and bio-active molecules. The microbes also have a relatively […]

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Tags: Evolution

Film Shot on the Galapagos Islands

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

‘The Mysterious Islands’

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Tags: Evolution

Christianity and Darwinism

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Can Christianity Warm Up to Darwin? A growing movement supports the idea that we can have faith in both God and evolution.

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Darwinism headed for extinction?

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution: A Theory Headed for Extinction? Friday, October 30, 2009 By Guy Berthault Charles Darwin Why in this year of the anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the publication of his Origin of Species is Darwinism coming to an end? Of course, it should have come to an end over a century ago when its flaws […]

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Tags: Evolution

Hogwarts

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

New Analyses Of Dinosaur Growth May Wipe Out One-third Of Species ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2009) — Paleontologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Museum of the Rockies have wiped out two species of dome-headed dinosaur, one of them named three years ago — with great fanfare — after Hogwarts, the school attended by […]

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Tags: Evolution

Spinal regeneration

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Regeneration Can Be Achieved After Chronic Spinal Cord Injury ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2009) — Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats

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Tags: biology

HIV tamed

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

HIV Tamed By Designer ‘Leash’ ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2009) — Researchers have shown how an antiviral protein produced by the immune system, dubbed tetherin, tames HIV and other viruses by literally putting them on a leash, to prevent their escape from infected cells.

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Kipling and Afghans

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, October 31, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Kipling Haunts Obama’s Afghan War by Ray McGovern The White Man’s Burden, a phrase immortalized by English poet Rudyard Kipling as an excuse for European-American imperialism, was front and center Thursday morning at a RAND-sponsored discussion of Afghanistan in the Russell Senate Office Building.

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Food waste

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, October 31, 2009 by The Herald-News (Illinois) Activist’s Message at USF: End Needless Waste of Food JOLIET — Vandana Shiva is giving new meaning to the old metaphor, “You reap what you sow.” Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, urged more than 225 people to consider the food and ecological crisis […]

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Genes, crime and jail term

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Italian court reduces jail term after tests identify genes linked to violent behaviour http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091030/full/news.2009.1050.html

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Built for distance

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Does running a marathon push the body further than it is meant to go? http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/27well.html

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Flu evolving

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Vaccinating more children might help slow the evolution of the constantly changing flu virus, government scientists reported Thursday http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVZeORscGcbvFihgSIKSOB0jm8XQD9BKTGH80

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Genes and driving

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp In a study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex, researcher Steven Cramer found that people with a certain gene variant performed more than 30 percent worse on a driving test than people without it http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/10/29/bad.driver.gene/

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People power matters

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.truthout.org/1026096 *People Power Matters: The Public Option Lives!* by: Dean Baker, t r u t h o u t : 26 October 2009 In spite of the best efforts of the insurance industry and their followers in Congress and the media, it is still very possible that the health reform bill passed by […]

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Anti-Semitism at historic low

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1124560.html Ha’aretz 29/10/2009 *Poll: Anti-Semitic views in the U.S. at a historic low *By Reuters Anti-Semitic attitudes in the United States are at a historic low, with 12 percent of Americans prejudiced toward Jews, an Anti-Defamation League survey found on Thursday.

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Who decided?

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1124190.html Haaretz 28/10/2009 *Who decided to go to war in Gaza and why?* By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent I want to know how and why it was decided to embark on Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip and to expand it into a ground offensive.

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