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Entries from March 2010

Abolish social security??

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail True Patriots: Tea Bag Leaders Say They Want to Abolish Social Security

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Big Oil funds climate sceptics

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/30/us-oil-donated-millions-climate-sceptics The Guardian March 30, 2010 US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace

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Bonanza for monied interests

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.alternet.org/story/146206/ Health reform bonanza … for the Insurance Industry and Other Monied Interests by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers Journal AlterNet (March 28 2010) That wickedly satirical Ambrose Bierce described politics as “the conduct of public affairs for private advantage”. Bierce vanished to Mexico nearly a hundred years ago – to […]

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Greta Christina: Design and theism

March 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Why ‘The Universe Is Perfectly Set Up For Life’ Is a Terrible Justification for God’s Existence If you think the Universe is so perfectly fine-tuned to allow life to come into being so therefore life must have been created this way on purpose — think again. March 30, 2010 | “But the Universe is so […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism

March 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism The discussion of the question of scientific history and Popper’s critique can be found at the link above: you can follow the rest of the links to the whole construct which results in a Kantian perspective.

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Scientific history?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

This is an email commentary sent to History and Theory re: a question on ‘scientific history’ (cited at the end). We have discussed this issue here many times, and the various essays at history-and-theory.com explore the ideas of Popper at length. The issue of evolution, post-darwinian, in the context of Kant can resolve this confusion […]

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Tags: Evolution · History · The Eonic Effect

Two posts at UD on Harris’ ethis project

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Lies Sam Harris Tells Himself Sam Harris on Deriving Ought from Is — BY MEANS OF SCIENCE! William Dembski

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Tags: ethics · Science & Religion

Christian militia group arrested

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Christian militia group arrested by Jerry Coyne – Why Evolution Is True http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5346 from dawkins site

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Tags: In the News · Science & Religion

Harris’ vaulting ambition: ethics and scientism

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Moral confusion in the name of ‘science’ by Sam Harris, Project Reason http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5343 from dawkins site Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2010 TED conference for exactly 18 minutes. The short format of these talks is a brilliant innovation and surely the reason for their potent half-life on the Internet. However, […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant · neuroscience

Amoeba genome

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Amoeba Genome Shows Evolution of Complex Life March 30, 2010 An amoeba with a split personality is giving biologists clues to the ancestry of organisms from fungi to people and insight into how complex organisms evolved.

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Tags: Evolution

More on walking upright

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Researchers: Laetoli footprint fossils are oldest evidence of upright walk 29th March 2010 Despite a penchant for hanging out in trees, human ancestors living 3.6 million years ago in what is now Tanzania extended their legs to stride much like people today do, a new study finds. If so, walking may have evolved in leaps […]

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Tags: Evolution

Disproving god or darwin?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Are Brain Scientists Disproving God or Darwin?

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Bipedalism

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Bipedalism takes a big step backward Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Human ancestors began walking more like humans and less like apes long before modern humans began walking the Earth. A new laser analysis involving footprints discovered in 1976 at Laetoli, Tanzania, suggest that 3.6 million years ago, hominids (proto-humans) were walking in a very humanlike […]

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Tags: Evolution

Smithsonian targets darwin doubters

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Smithsonian’s New Human Origins Exhibit Targets Students Who Doubt Darwinism The Smithsonian has a new human origins exhibit, “What does it mean to be human?” specially targeted at swaying student visitors who might doubt Darwinian evolution.

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Tea party and social darwinism

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Finding the Forgotten Man Tea Party populism and the return of Social Darwinism By Christopher Malone

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Case for ID, part 2

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

THE CASE FOR TEACHING INTELLIGENT DESIGN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Part Two

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Tags: Evolution

Physicists may have broken law of nature

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

For One Tiny Instant, Physicists May Have Broken a Law of Nature ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — For a brief instant, it appears, scientists at Brook­haven National Laboratory on Long Island recently discovered a law of nature had been broken.

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Moral judgments and brain

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Moral Judgments Can Be Altered: Neuroscientists Influence People’s Moral Judgments by Disrupting Specific Brain Region ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — MIT neuroscientists have shown they can influence people’s moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality.

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Angkor and climate change

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Did Climate Influence Angkor’s Collapse? Evidence Suggests Changing Environment Can Bring Down a Civilization ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — Decades of drought, interspersed with intense monsoon rains, may have helped bring about the fall of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilization at Angkor nearly 600 years ago

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Tags: archaeology

How Bats Avoid Collisions

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

How Bats Avoid Collisions: Making Mental Templates of Sound and Echo ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2010) — For years, Brown University neuroscientist James Simmons has filmed bats as they flew in packs or individually chased prey in thick foliage. All the while, he asked himself why the bats never collided with objects in their paths or […]

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Tags: biology

Atlantic conveyor belt

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not Slowing, NASA Study Finds ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2010) — New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, part of the global ocean conveyor belt that helps regulate climate around the North Atlantic, show no significant slowing over the past 15 years. The data suggest the circulation may have even sped […]

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Tags: global warming

‘Road-Runner’ Dinosaur

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

‘Road-Runner’ Dinosaur Lived In The Fast Lane, Dug Termites And Ants ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2010) — A new study published in the scientific journal Zootaxa by Chinese, Canadian and British researchers describes a new dinosaur that was one of the smallest known and also one of the best adapted for running.

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The Magic Potion

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by The New York Times The Magic Potion by Bob Herbert With the marathon effort to overhaul the health care system behind us, it is time for the Obama administration to move quickly and powerfully to the monumental task of putting Americans back to work. The just-say-no crowd will […]

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Modern slavery

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Modern Slavery http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/03/29-0

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