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Entries from July 2010

WDGW review

July 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Links to Review of What Darwin Got Wrong A review at TPM (The Philosopher’s Magazine) is about as reliable as an astrological prediction. The magazine is the worst kind of academic pseudo-philosophy and is an abject lickspittle to scientism/Darwinism. I think that the problem with Fodor/PP’s book is that it is too slyly arcane to […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Cro-Magon, Brian Fagan

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Reading: Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans by Brian Fagan Interesting, but the subtitle might be misleading: the ‘first modern humans’, as I understand, are Out of Africa migrants, as already ‘modern’ humans. But I will recomment anon, after reading the book.

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The Axial Age/Greek Tragedy (repost)

July 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

From yesterday: popular post, as usual: The Axial Age and the fine-tuning of Greek tragedy

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The extended or the ‘kaput’ synthesis??

July 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Extended Synthesis Amazing, this book FINALLY gets another review at Amazon.com. I was wondering if I was to be the only person to comment on this book, whose fate in the Darwin universe is to be deepsixed, and never discussed by the Agents of the Paradigm. The reviewer challenges me as to whether the […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

Booknotes: Crossfire

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

After it hit me like a ton of bricks last year that I have been laggard on grasping the 9/11 issues, I have also been going back to study the old JFK classics, here Marrs’ Crossfire. I got a copy at Amazon for $.50 (cents!), and can only feel sadness that the cover story is […]

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Weiner’s finches, microevolution?

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Review of Weiner book, see previous post, also” In his remarkable Pulitzer Prize-­winning book, “The Beak of the Finch,” Jonathan Weiner followed Peter and Rosemary Grant, biologists who had spent years studying birds in the Galápagos Islands. Their work showed that finches evolve rapidly in response to changes in the food supply, a discovery that […]

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Tags: Evolution

Scientism/Darwinism’s hopeless confusion over ‘soul’ and immortality

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

In his new book, “Long for This World,” Weiner makes similar use of another brilliant theoretical scientist, the English gerontologist Aubrey de Grey, a tireless proselytizer for radical life extension. While there may well be a case for life extension, the references to ‘immortality’ are totally off, as is the Darwinian pyschology that animates all […]

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Tags: General

Freud and Lewis, God and atheism

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Freud and Lewis, God and atheism http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100731/ARTICLE/7311058/2055/NEWS Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:04 p.m. What could have happened if the atheistic Sigmund Freud had met the newly religious British writer C.S. Lewis three weeks before the Viennese doctor’s death in London on Sept. 23, 1939? […]

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Tags: General

Dawkins school

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

If Richard Dawkins can set up a school free of religious dogma, can I set one up free of Marxist indoctrination?

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Tags: atheism

Booknotes: The Enlightened Economy

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

A Revolution Of the Mind The Industrial Enlightenment put knowledge in the service of production, changing the course of history.

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Awe and the machine

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Awe and the Machine Today we are less likely to feel awe in the presence of our machines than we are to experience what historian Jacques Barzun called “machine-made helplessness.” The problem is that one machines made us feel intelligent, now they can make us feel unintelligent.

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Tags: technology

Booknotes: The Strange Science of Immortality

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Not a Day Over Infinity By ABRAHAM VERGHESE

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Tadpole shrimp

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Tadpole shrimp – unchanged since the Triassic?

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Tags: Evolution

Public and atheism

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Public Perceptions of Atheism By HITCHENS_JNR Added: Saturday, 31 July 2010 at 01:38 PM http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/494530-public-perceptions-of-atheism I was inspired to write this by the discussion on the “Four Horsemen” video. There’s a part of the video where they discuss the “image problem” that atheism has, especially in the US. Many people seem to asume that atheists […]

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Tags: atheism

Marsupials

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Oy! The Koala and Kangaroo Came to Australia from Elsewhere By David Bois | Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:06 AM ET Surprising finds from evolutionary biology indicate that while the marsupial is most closely associated with Australia, they actually got there from the Americas following their start in China.

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Tags: Evolution

Fossils From Just Before the Cambrian

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/07/26/science/20100727creature.html

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Tags: Evolution

Fears for Galapagos’ wildlife

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Fears for Galapagos’ unique wildlife as islands lose protected status

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Tags: Evolution

What Would Jesus Say to Darwin?

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

What Would Jesus Say to Darwin?

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion

Translation devices

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Breaking the Language Barrier: Language Translation Devices for US Troops Tested ScienceDaily (July 30, 2010) — At dusk, a car stops at a checkpoint in Afghanistan. It is a tense moment for all. Because an interpreter is not available, U.S. Marines use hand gestures to ask the driver to step out of the car and […]

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Tags: technology

Viral fossils

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Unexpected Viral ‘Fossils’ Found in Vertebrate Genomes ScienceDaily (July 30, 2010) — Over millions of years, retroviruses, which insert their genetic material into the host genome as part of their replication, have left behind bits of their genetic material in vertebrate genomes. In a recent study, published July 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, […]

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Tags: Evolution

9/11 health bill

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Rotting Fish by Linh Dinh Congress has just failed to pass the 9/11 health care bill, which would have compensated and provided medical care for thousands of first responders, those who have become gravely ill from breathing toxic dust at the World Trade Center nearly nine years […]

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Tags: In the News

Out of Afghanistan

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Out of Afghanistan by Ralph Nader The war in Afghanistan is nearly nine years old—the longest in American history. After the U.S. quickly toppled the Taliban regime in October 2001, the Taliban, by all accounts, came back stronger and harsher enough to control now at least 30 […]

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Tags: General

Let Them Eat Cake

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Chelsea’s Wedding By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07302010.html It is not unusual for members of the diminishing upper middle class to drop $20,000 or $30,000 on a big wedding. But for celebrities this large sum wouldn’t cover the wedding dress or the flowers. When country music star Keith Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in 2006, their […]

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Tags: In the News

Chomsky in context

July 31st, 2010 · No Comments

mxmail Assaf Kfoury: Keeping the Record Straight About Noam Chomsky’s trip to the Middle East in May 2010: Coverage of the trip and discussions of Chomsky’s statements on Fayyad’s development policies, on being a “supporter of Israel,” on “One-State” vs. “Two-State” vs. “No-State,” and on BDS. http://www.israeli-occupation.org/2010-07-30/assaf-kfoury-keeping-the-record-straight /

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