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Entries from June 2010

Evolutionary agnosticism

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Our discussion today of agnoticism deserves to be generalized to the question of evolution, that is, evolutionary dynamics. Part of the reason for the endless debate over evolution lies in the way it resembles the theism/atheism perplexity, with a similar status as an unknowable. We can detect evolution as a set of facts, but to […]

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Tags: Evolution

Agnosticism and the noumenal

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

We have already linked today to: An Agnostic Manifesto, but the essay is worth reading. I was often over time ‘a sort of atheist’ without realizing it, and this position was really closer to agnosticism than atheism. With the arrival of the New Atheists, vacating the atheist position becomes an necessity since this cultic brand […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Schopenhauer

More on Darwinian refutations

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Refutations (of Darwinism) Stephen said, June 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm · Summary of my arguments: There is no disinterested science. Self-interested logic has been unable to make a distinction between the precondition of natural selection (which is a presumed randomness and an assumed fitness landscape) and with apparent teleology. The distinction never […]

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Tags: Evolution

An Agnostic Manifesto

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

An Agnostic Manifesto At least we know what we don’t know. By Ron Rosenbaum Posted Monday, June 28, 2010, at 2:03 PM ET Let’s get one thing straight: Agnosticism is not some kind of weak-tea atheism. Agnosticism is not atheism or theism. It is radical skepticism, doubt in the possibility of certainty, opposition to the […]

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Tags: General

Dawkins’s backwards logic

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Richard Dawkins’s backwards logic over atheist schooling Richard Dawkins’s belief that any properly brought up child will naturally be an atheist leads him into absurdity

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Tags: atheism

Challenge to New Atheists

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Should I Quit My Religion? Some Questions for the New Atheists The new atheists negate the contributions of religious people in the reforming of religion and the resisting of injustice.

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Tags: atheism

Agnostics

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Pick your slogan: ‘I know,’ ‘God knows,’ or ‘Celebrate uncertainty’ This cosmic question mark comes from a collection of photos released by NASA commemorate the work of the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s a combination of Images taken through blue, green, and red filters showing a group of galaxies and a stream of young stars. Do […]

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Tags: Science & Religion

Tenth birth day of genome

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists herald 10-year anniversary of human genome By Jean-Louis SANTINI (AFP) – Jun 23, 2010 WASHINGTON — The decade since the human genome was first sequenced has ushered in great leaps in understanding of the origins and evolution of mankind, although medical applications thusfar have been limited.

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Tags: Evolution

Rise of muliticellular life

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Mitochondrial DNA, chloroplast DNA and the origins of development in eukaryotic organisms Several proposals have been made to explain the rise of multicellular life forms. An internal environment can be created and controlled, germ cells can be protected in novel structures, and increased organismal size allows a “division of labor”among cell types. These proposals describe […]

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Tags: Evolution

Why is the universe complex?

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Why Is The Universe Complex? Broken Symmetries, Information, Energy, Work

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Tags: General

Sudden extinction

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Outliving the Ice Age: Tale of a Rhinoceros ScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — Species extinction is a fundamental part of evolution: the best adapted species survive, while others die out. A new study examines why certain species can suddenly disappear, despite hundreds of thousands of years of successful survival.

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Tags: Evolution

Hunting weapon found in ice patch

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Hunting Weapon 10,000 Years Old Found in Melting Ice Patch ScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — To the untrained eye, University of Colorado at Boulder Research Associate Craig Lee’s recent discovery of a 10,000-year-old wooden hunting weapon might look like a small branch that blew off a tree in a windstorm.

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Tags: archaeology

Mice and depression research

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Depressed Mice Could Aid Research on Drug-Resistant Depression in Humans ScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — New research shows that a unique strain of laboratory mice characterized at Penn State University has behavioral, hormonal, and neurochemical characteristics that are similar to those of human patients with drug-resistant forms of depression. The mice — which have a […]

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Tags: biology

Cell transplants

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Embryonic Cell and Adult Pig Islet Transplants Cure Diabetes in Rats ScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — In a step toward curing diabetes in humans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have alleviated the disease in rats using transplants from both embryonic and adult pigs.

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Tags: biology

Robofish

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Introducing Robofish: Leading the Crowd in Studying Group DynamicsScienceDaily (June 29, 2010) — University of Leeds scientists have created the first convincing robotic fish that shoals will accept as one of their own. The innovation opens up new possibilities for studying fish behaviour and group dynamics, which provides useful information to support freshwater and marine […]

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Tags: technology

We can’t afford war

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by TruthDig.com We Can’t Afford War by Amy Goodman “General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts,” began the MoveOn.org attack ad against Gen. David Petraeus back in 2007, after he had delivered a report to Congress on the status of the war in Iraq. […]

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Tags: In the News

Arctic tipping point

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by Environment News Service (ENS) Ancient Fossils Show Arctic Now Near Climate Tipping Point BOULDER, Colorado – Current levels of Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide may be high enough to bring about “irreversible” shifts in Arctic ecosystems, according to new research published today by scientists from the United States, Canada […]

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Tags: global warming

Gulf dead zone

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Oil Spill in Gulf Could Cause ‘Dead Zone’, Further Hitting Sea Life http://act.commondreams.org/go/1244?akid=95.96588.qoGHkt&t=8

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War on journalism

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

John Pilger: There Is a War on Journalism http://act.commondreams.org/go/1249?akid=95.96588.qoGHkt&t=18

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Trust the IMF?

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Dean Baker: Why Should We Trust the IMF? http://act.commondreams.org/go/1255?akid=95.96588.qoGHkt&t=30

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Exempt

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Linda McQuaig: Police, Bankers Exempt From Austerity http://act.commondreams.org/go/1256?akid=95.96588.qoGHkt&t=32

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Budget cuts limit bus use

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jun/28/bus-cuts-cars-bp-oil-spill Bus cuts drive Americans back to cars The BP oil spill may make people reconsider their dependency on cars – but budget cuts are limiting public transport options

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Refutations

June 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments

3 refutations of Darwinism

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Tags: Evolution

Dennett annoyed at agnostics

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

From Dennett Have you noticed how self-proclaimed (and self-satisfied) agnostics often sneer at us arrogant, over-confident atheists without expressing any parallel contempt for the Pope, Rick Warren, the imams, and so on for their similar if opposite avowals of certainty? In the future I plan to insist on agnostics being equal-opportunity sneerers. This is complete […]

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Tags: Science & Religion