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Entries from November 2009

Minimalist bacterium

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp First “blueprint” of a minimalist bacterium show it is not so simple after all – challenging textbook accounts of the way genes work together http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18206-simple-bacterium-shows-surprising-complexity.html

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Green plastic?

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp A genetically engineered bacterium makes a greener plastic http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14960045&fsrc=rss

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Risks of surgery for mental ills

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Hundreds have undergone brain surgery for problems like depression, anxiety, even obesity http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/27/health/research/27brain.html

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Map of fundamental brain receptor

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Map of fundamental brain receptor opens doors to treatments http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091129/full/news.2009.1114.html

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Vegetarianism catching on

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

10 Signs Vegetarianism Is Catching OnBy Kathy Freston, AlterNet. Posted November 30, 2009. Martha Stewart promotes a vegetarian Thanksgiving? Recently, much attention has been lavished on the horrors of factory farming and the advantages of a meatless diet.

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Free markets myths destroy the economy

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

How Free-Market Delusions Destroyed the Economy By Raj Patel, Picador Press. Posted November 30, 2009. The worship of free markets set off the economic meltdown.

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Ecuador: the Amazon’s dirty war

November 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6931573.ece From The Sunday Times November 29, 2009 In the Ecuadorean Amazon basin our thirst for oil has triggered an eco-disaster: wholesale pollution and catastrophic cancer rates. And a bloody turf war has broken out. Ecuador is taking a survival plan to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. But will western governments listen?

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‘Temple of the mind’ unlocked

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

‘Temple of the mind’ unlocked Map of fundamental brain receptor opens doors to treatments. The full structure of a fiendishly complicated and important brain protein has been determined by researchers, potentially enabling the development of new treatments for a wealth of neurological disorders. Eric Gouaux and his colleagues undertook the difficult task of mapping the […]

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The butterflies and beetles behind evolution

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

from gnxp Alfred Russel Wallace was Darwin’s colleague, a globe-trotting naturalist who helped shape the theory of evolution. Thirty years ago, an antique shopper wandered into a modest antique shop in Arlington, Va., looking for Chinese carpets and wound up buying a magnificent rosewood cabinet. It contained Wallace’s personal collection of 1,600 butterflies and insects […]

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Cambridge Guide to Kant on history

November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Kant’s ‘Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Aim’ A Critical Guide Series: Cambridge Critical Guides Edited by Amélie Oksenberg Rorty Harvard University, Massachusetts James Schmidt Boston University I notice that Cambridge has come out with an book of essays on Kant’s essay on history. I can feel sure they are trying to neutralize […]

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Kant was/could have been no Darwinist

November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It is amusing to google on the ‘teleomechanists’, only to find that I am the main commenter on this subject, and the book by Lenoir on this: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=teleomechanists Kant scholarship is, I fearfully suspect, being devious on this issue for the simple reason that they don’t want to bring the Darwin establishment down on their […]

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Malevolent designers?

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Interview with William Dembski: The End of Christianity My main work has been in the field of intelligent design. The problem of evil looms large there because if the world and life are designed, the question arises what sort of designer would allow all the malevolent designs that we find in nature. In referring such […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

When markets fail

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities (Hardcover) ~ John Cassidy Just finished (in a rapid browse) this book on the economic collapse. I found it unusually helpful because of the pocket size history of economic theory from Walras to Arrow-Debreu and later, with an unintended portrait of the struggle of economists with their […]

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What did first cell consume?

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2009/11/28/who-is-calling-who-an-idiot/comment-page-1/#comment-342730 reece sullivan said, November 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm · nemo or others, I have a simple question that I’ve been wondering about the last few days: is there any speculation on what the first cell consumed? Ate, in other words? It’s a fun thing to imagine the first cell forming, but it seems […]

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Why is evolution unobserved?

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Evolution as a metaphysical enterprise John A. Davison said, November 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm · The reason I believe, that evolution cannot be observed, is because it is no longer in progress. I am not the first to question contemporary evolution. “The period of great fecundity is over: present biological evolution appears […]

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Atheism is the new fundamentalism

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Atheism is the new fundamentalism by Debate – Intelligence Squared http://events.intelligencesquared.com/current-events.php?event=EVT0204 Live Streaming available at Come to this page at 6:45 pm GMT on Sunday November 29th to participate in the first Live Online Intelligence Squared debate: http://www.intelligencesquared.com/live “Atheism is the new fundamentalism” – including Richard Dawkins

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ExxonMobil’s corruption of science?

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The New Inquisition: Ideology’s Corruption of Science Charging science with ideology is a significant critique, but why fritter away credibility on the subject with this ill-advised global warming confusion. It would seem that the corruption of science with ideology is a work done by ExxonMobile.

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The Brothers grim

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

by Patrick Barkham – guardian.co.uk from dawkins site http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/28/christian-brothers-ireland-child-abuse

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Atheism hard sell

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

from dawkins site Aggressive atheism Pat Condell – YouTube

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Corn genome sequenced

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Corn genome sequenced; given away to farmers, seed companies

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NatGeo webcast

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Evolution Webcast from NatGeo

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Shermer: nearer my atheism to thee

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Nearer My Atheism to Thee: How to Respond to Theists

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Darwin notebooks online

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Darwin’s notebooks go online on 150th anniversary of ‘Origin of the Species’

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Bacteria don’t have easy lives

November 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Biological Basis of ‘Bacterial Immune System’ Discovered ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2009) — Bacteria don’t have easy lives. In addition to mammalian immune systems that besiege the bugs, they have natural enemies called bacteriophages, viruses that kill half the bacteria on Earth every two days.

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