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Entries from December 2009

Punctuated Equilibrium, getting it right

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Punctuated Equilibrium

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Booknotes: Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design (New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine) (Paperback) ~ Peter J. Bowler

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Telling apes from humans

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http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2009/12/telling-apes-humans.html Creationists are always very definite that there are absolutely, absolutely no transitional fossils between apes and humans. Actually Creationists and Darwinists are primitive intermediates on the way to ‘true man’

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ID and info theory

December 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

ID-ists and conservation of information

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Darwin’s deathbed conversion?

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Darwin’s Deathbed Conversion—a Legend? by Dr. Tommy Mitchell – AiG Refuted many times but note the source of the refutation here. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2009/03/31/darwins-deathbed-conversion-legend from dawkins site

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

The Boskops

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What Happened to the Hominids Who Were Smarter Than Us? by Gary Lynch and Richard Granger – Discover from dawkins site http://discovermagazine.com/2009/the-brain-2/28-what-happened-to-hominids-who-were-smarter-than-us The Boskops had big eyes, child-like faces, and an average intelligence of around 150, making them geniuses among Homo sapiens.

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Genomic catalog

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Scientists Start a Genomic Catalog of Earth’s Abundant Microbes, Carl Zimmer

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Tags: biology

DNA and nationality

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Can DNA Tests Reveal Nationality? Scientists say no, but U.K. pilot program gathers data anyway

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Tags: biology

Darwinism vs health care

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Health care reform an ethical imperative Ultimately, the health care debate boils down to a question of ethics. Should we take care of our citizens and ensure that we all have the same opportunity to a high quality of life by offering access to affordable health care? Or, should we adopt the “survival of the […]

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Science hemmed in

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Letters: Science is hemmed in by its own prejudgments The problem with Steven Newton’s article concerning science being under attack is that it is not science itself that is under attack, but the presuppositions with which many scientists interpret their observations (“Science denial is on the rise,” Thursday). Much of the establishment in science disallows […]

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Human and Chimp Brain Function

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Transcription Factors Guide Differences in Human and Chimp Brain Function ScienceDaily (Dec. 30, 2009) — Humans share at least 97 percent of their genes with chimpanzees, but, as a new study of transcription factors makes clear, what you have in your genome may be less important than how you use it.

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Evolution and novelty

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Evolution Experiments With Flowers ScienceDaily (Dec. 30, 2009) — Evolution uses every chance it gets to try something new.

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Brain scans and anxiety

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Brain Scans Show Distinctive Patterns in People With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Evolution and molars

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First Molars Provide Insight Into Evolution of Great Apes, Humans ScienceDaily (Dec. 29, 2009) — The timing of molar emergence and its relation to growth and reproduction in apes is being reported by two scientists at Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins

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Climate and Capitalism/12/09

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM An online journal focusing on capitalism, climate change, and the ecosocialist alternative. December 30, 2009

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Hispanics and autism

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Hispanic kids are less likely than their non-Hispanic white counterparts to be diagnosed with autism, and socioeconomic factors don’t seem to explain the difference, according to a new study in Texas schoolchildren http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091229/hl_nm/us_autism_hispanics

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Fear makes us superhuman

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Can an extreme response to fear give us strength we would not have under normal circumstances? http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=extreme-fear-superhuman

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Viking babies

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Denmark is at the front of the trend for fertility tourism http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8298465.stm

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The Limits of Our Politics

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.zmag.org/blog/view/4112 By Mumia Abu-Jamal at Dec 28, 2009 As millions come to grips with the claimed agreements emerging from the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, it’s impossible to resist the suspicion that politics can provide no solution to the serious environmental and ecological problems facing the earth.

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Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA?

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Are Presidents Afraid of the CIA? Truman wrote that he was “disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment” to keep the President promptly and fully informed and had become “an operational and at times policy-making arm of the government.” The Truman Papers Documents in the Truman Library show that nine […]

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Solar Could Generate 15% of Power by 2020

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Solar Could Generate 15% of Power by 2020, If US Ends Fossil Fuel Subsidies http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/29-9

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Dangerous Place To Be a Union Member

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

RG mail Guatemala: A Dangerous Place To Be a Union Member by Lupita Aguila Labor Notes | Tue, 12/29/2009 – 2:15pm The Guatemalan labor movement is facing a sharp upsurge in assassinations and violence against trade unionists. Six unionists were murdered in 2009, believably for their union activities. http://labornotes.org/blogs/2009/12/guatemala-dangerous-place-be-union-member

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Review at Biologos

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Biologos reviews Signature in the Cell

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Tags: Evolution

Bertrand Russell on YouTube

December 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Bertrand Russell on God (1959) Bertrand Russell – AtheistMediaBlog YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aPOMUTr1qw&feature=player_embedded# from darwkins site

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