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Entries from April 2010

Four dimensions of evolution//a noumenal ‘dimension’

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Amazon review of Evolution in four dimensions, a very interesting discussions, with problems, as I outline them. The evolution of language and consciousness are simply voids in terms of any science of evolution, and it is nothing but hype to claim otherwise. Thus the last two dimensions of behavior and language don’t quite complete the […]

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Natural selection is not testable

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

My thoughts on the Pigliucci vs Fodor Debate He started out trying to define science. He stated that science is very difficult to demarcate. Many times in debates between IDists and anti-IDists we see the first point to be made is that ID is not testable. Massimo seems to disagree that this is the right […]

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Chimps and death

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Do chimps know death? by Jerry Coyne – Why Evolution is True http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5514 I’ve always said that we are the only species whose members know they’re going to die. I’m not sure that’s true, of course, but there have been suggestions that some mammals, even if they don’t grasp their own personal mortality, at least […]

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Frog and human genomes

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Frogs much like humans, genetically speaking At least 1,700 genes in African clawed frog genome are similar to humans

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Irreligiously united, politically divided

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American atheists irreligiously united, politically divided In the United States, largely as a result of the relatively recent, post-1980 alliance between the political and religious right, atheism and secularism have come to be identified in the public mind with political liberalism. “Secular liberal” is an epithet to the anti-intellectual segment of the right, which–as a […]

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Brain in the act of seeing

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Watching a Living Brain in the Act of Seeing — With Single-Synapse Resolution ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2010) — Pioneering a novel microscopy method, neuroscientist Arthur Konnerth and colleagues from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have shown that individual neurons carry out significant aspects of sensory processing: specifically, in this case, determining which direction an object […]

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Multiple brain regions and language

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Sign Language Study Shows Multiple Brain Regions Wired for Language ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2010) — A new study from the University of Rochester finds that there is no single advanced area of the human brain that gives it language capabilities above and beyond those of any other animal species.

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Aphids make their own nutrients

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

First Case of Animals Making Their Own Essential Nutrients: Carotenoids ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2010) — The insects known as aphids can make their own essential nutrients called carotenoids, according to University of Arizona researchers.

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Frog genome

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists Report First Genome Sequence of Frog: Genome of Xenopus Tropicalis Will Advance Frog Genetics ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2010) — A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the University of California, Berkeley, is publishing the first genome sequence of an amphibian, the African clawed frog Xenopus tropicalis, […]

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Melting ice, sea level rise

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Melting icebergs boost sea-level rise 09:00 30 April 2010 by Kate McAlpine For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide When an ice cube melts in a glass, the overall water level does not change from when the ice is frozen to when it joins the liquid. Doesn’t that mean that melting icebergs shouldn’t […]

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Historic disaster

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Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 by ABC News Oil Hits Louisiana Shore, Federal Government Increases Response by Ned Potter, Ryan Owens and Kate McCarthy Oil from a collapsed offshore drilling platform oozed onto the Louisiana coastline early Friday morning, threatening the worst environmental disaster to hit the U.S. in two decades.

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Biodiversity decline

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 by The Guardian/UK International Failure to Meet Target to Reduce Biodiversity Decline Pressures on the natural world have risen since the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity, say conservation groups by Juliette Jowit

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Climate and capitalism/apr 30

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM

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Email furor

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp The dean of Harvard Law School is condemning an e-mail sent by a law student suggesting that black people could be genetically inferior to white people http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/04/e-mail_sparks_a.html

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Fast mend

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Injecting mice with Wnt proteins speeds up healing http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100428/full/news.2010.209.html

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Smelling time, seeing faster

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

gnxp Dogs ‘Smell Time’ and ‘See Faster,’ But Don’t Hear So Well http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/inside-dog-dog/story?id=10494333

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Greek debt crisis

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet/story/GAM.20100429.ECONOMYEUROPESPAINSTAFFATL/GIStory/currencies/ Globe and Mail Report on Business April 29, 2010* Debt crisis grows as Greece’s woes spread to Spain Country hit with credit downgrade, lending new urgency to Greek bailout and raising fears the crisis will cripple struggling EU members, including Italy ERIC REGULY ROME — Greece’s fiscal crisis is rapidly spilling over […]

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Big oil fought off safety rules

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/26/big-oil-fought-off-new-sa_n_552575.html April 28, 2010 *Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion*

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Oil drilling, Murphy’s law

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/28-2 Common Dreams April 28, 2010 Murphy’s Law and the Stupidity of Obama’s Drill-Drill-Drill Offshore Oil Policy by Dave Lindorff British Petroleum had a fail-safe system for it’s Deepwater Horizon floating deep-water drilling rig. You know, the one that blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a tangled spaghetti pile […]

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Crash of oil supply

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail What Is Going To Happen And Why Weren’t We Forewarned? by Nicholas C Arguimbau Information Clearing House (April 23 2010) Look at this graph {1} and be afraid. It does not come from Earth First. It does not come from the Sierra Club. It was not drawn by Socialists or Nazis or Osama […]

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Gulf Coast oil spill could eclipse Exxon Valdez

April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/29/AR2010042901106.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzhead Gulf Coast oil spill could eclipse Exxon Valdez By CAIN BURDEAU and HOLBROOK MOHR The Associated Press Friday, April 30, 2010; 2:29 AM VENICE, La. — An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast […]

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Amartya Sen, and Adam Smith

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

The economist manifesto Amartya Sen The 18th-century philosopher Adam Smith wasn’t the free-market fundamentalist he is thought to have been. It’s time we realised the relevance of his ideas to today’s financial crisis.

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Game theory and the darwination of ethics (by the ‘smart idiots’, again!)

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

“Fashions in social explanation come and go, but there remains no substitute for game theory in modeling human behavior… “ Game theory is an invitation to an especial kind of ‘smart idiocy’, of the kind we discussed last week, e.g. the case of someone like Alan Greenspan, with his easy mastery of economic junk theory […]

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No logo?

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

The Revenge of the Brands How corporate America turned Naomi Klein’s anti-branding manifesto on its head

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