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Entries from December 2009

Redefining evolution

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Darwinism gives us a completely misleading definition of what evolution is, and how it operates. In reality evolution needs to be defined in a new way. History and evolution A moment’s reflection will tell us that no instantaneous passage between the two is plausible and that our terms have been left ragged. We must, by […]

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Avida and evolution

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Avida and evolution In 2003, evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski, philosopher Robert Pennock and others co-published a Nature paper titled “The evolutionary origin of complex features” reporting results of a computer simulation of evolution dubbed “Avida.” Though publicly arguing that Avida refuted intelligent design by showing the evolution of irreducible complexity, their paper refused cite the […]

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Defining death

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

What and when is death?

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Tags: biology

Complete National Geographic on 160-GB Hard Drive

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Complete National Geographic by National Geographic from dawkins site http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=1076014 The Complete National Geographic on 160-GB Hard Drive is not shippable outside of the U.S. and Canada. Please also allow an additional 1-2 weeks for delivery. Explore 120 years of amazing discoveries, fascinating maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This […]

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Does Morality Need God?

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

ForaTv via AtheistMediaBlog http://www.atheistmedia.com/ from dawkins site Philosopher Colin McGinn and theologian Denys Turner discuss the question of whether atheism can coexist with a sense of morality. Both agree that morality exists independently of divinity.

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Ancient genome

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-12/cp-ums122309.php Using modern sequencing techniques to study ancient modern humans DNA that is left in the remains of long-dead plants, animals, or humans allows a direct look into the history of evolution. So far, studies of this kind on ancestral members of our own species have been hampered by scientists’ inability to distinguish the ancient […]

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PBS: What Darwin Never Knew

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew May be online…

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Blaming maxism/darwinism

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Where are the scary ‘Maoists?’ Marshall Goodman (“Religion strengthens our society,” Letters, Dec. 11) blames most of the 20th century’s “horrors” on “godless” Darwinism and Marxism. I’m not sure exactly what “Darwinism” is, but I do know that the theory of evolution, which was articulated by Charles Darwin, is the most widely accepted and proven […]

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Public debate

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

“Darwin’s Dilemma” Is Science Center’s Problem The Science Center is accused of stifling public debate

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Tags: Evolution · In the News

New giant virus

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Marseillevirus — A New Member of the Giant Viruses ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) — After Mimivirus, Mamavirus and the virophage, the group of giant viruses now has a new member called Marseillevirus

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Tags: biology

Extra-cold 2008

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Natural Variability Led to Extra-Cold 2008, Research Finds ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) — An especially cold year in North America in 2008 led some members of the public and the media to question the scientific consensus on human-induced global warming.

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Nanoscale X-Ray Imaging

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Researchers Demonstrate Nanoscale X-Ray Imaging of Bacterial Cells ScienceDaily (Dec. 30, 2009) — An ultra-high-resolution imaging technique using X-ray diffraction is a step closer to fulfilling its promise as a window on nanometer-scale structures in biological samples.

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Growth in renewable energy in Germany

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

There has been a huge growth in renewable energy in Germany in the last decade. What works, and what is destined to flop? Der Spiegel looks at the prospects …http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,667443,00.html

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How our world changed during 00’s

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009 by YES! Magazine Nine Ways Our World Changed During the ‘00s Corporations get still more powerful. A middle-class living slips away from millions. Climate change becomes deadly. War, and more war. Looking back on the ’00s (uh ohs) and the nine trends that changed our world. by Sarah van […]

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The Noughties

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009 by The Nation Good Riddance to Decade That Began With Theft of the Presidency by John Nichols The British press has taken to referring to the passing decade as “the Noughties” has made quite a big deal of trying to identify the political, economic and cultural trends of period […]

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Eliminate the Senate?

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

All Check, No Balance Eliminate the Senate By WINSLOW T. WHEELER Pointing out the obvious can sometimes be useful if you have a big enough megaphone. Washington Post staff reporter Ezra Klein was handed that opportunity this past Sunday when that paper’s prestigious Outlook section printed his commentary on “dysfunction” in the Senate: “After Health […]

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Ammonia and meat

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html

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Ginkgo critiqued

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp For years, practitioners of alternative medicine have been touting the benefits of ginkgo, but a new study finds it does little to slow the cognitive decline of aging http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1950454,00.html

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Engineers and terrorists

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Among those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, eight were engineers. Among Islamic extremists worldwide, engineers are significantly over-represented, relative to their prevalence in the general population or the population of those with a university education. Why? http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/12/27/why_do_engineers_become_terrorists/

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The Darwin show

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp The offensive against the atavistically religious and the misunderstanders may not be quite what it seems, or at least not quite as straightforwardly targeted as it seems. There is little public understanding of evolutionary theory, but there is little public understanding of physical chemistry or thermodynamics or bio-informatics http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n01/steven-shapin/the-darwin-show

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Freedom vs security

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Have Americans Traded Freedom For Security? By Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch. Posted December 25, 2009. According to polls, Americans support torture and don’t mind that their government spies on them without obtaining warrants from a court.

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Future of climate talks

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Future of Global Climate Talks Remain Unclear http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/30-0

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California

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Everything Touched by Capital Turns Toxic by Gifford Hartman The United States’ most populous state, California is the world’s eighth largest economy. The state has some of the planet’s most productive farmland and in the 1990s enjoyed an extensive real-estate boom. But intensive, industrialised agriculture has polluted much of the environment and now, […]

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‘Religion won’t go away’

December 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Huffpost, Changing the Conversation on Religion (Before it Kills Us All) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/changing-the-conversation_b_406014.html Link fixed

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Tags: Science & Religion