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Entries from August 2010

Fourth edition, models, and an evolution formalism

August 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

A passage from an email to a new reader of WHEE. For the online text, starting up, go to history-and-evolution.com The theory is more in evidence in the third edition, while the fourth uses only what I call an ‘evolution formalism’ which is just to one side next to a world history, starting in Chapter […]

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Tags: Fourth Edition · The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect

The post-transitional ear

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

The Post-Modern Ear By Roger Scruton This article is interesting, although I don’t buy the title’s use of ‘post-modern’. But the mystery of modern music resists easy analysis. I recommend a look at the eonic effect, and its clear demonstration that classical music shows strong correlation with the ‘modern transition’, 1500 to 1800+ , promptly […]

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Kant, freedom, and reductionist science

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Freedom Evolves This issue is the classic snafu created by causal science. You would think that scientists with so many resources at their disposal would be able to snap out of it and at least read the history of this question. What I find remarkable is the way that ‘scientific’ publics are unaware of the […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy

Freedom evolves?

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Did freedom evolve? We have exposed Dennett nonse on ‘freedom evolving’ here already, and in WHEE, there is a passage on this, scroll down the ‘Evolution and Ethics’ page: http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_1_2.htm Coyne here is at least consistent, and his next stop is Kantstudien. In our discussions of free will, and my continuing puzzlement about how it […]

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Tags: Evolution

Ants and altruism

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Ants and altruism

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Tags: Evolution

Giraffe’s Neck

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Giraffe’s Neck

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Tags: Evolution

Golden Delicious sequenced

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.rdmag.com/News/2010/08/Life-Sciences-Genomics-DNA-Code-Of-The-Golden-Delicious-Apple-Sequenced-For-First-Time/

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Human evolution: A timeline

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Human evolution: A timeline

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Tags: Evolution

Eric Hoffer’s Skepticism About Darwinism

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Eric Hoffer’s Skepticism About Darwinism

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Tags: Evolution

Defending Darwin

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How Not to Defend Darwin on “Survival of the Fittest”

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Tags: Evolution

Carnivores and climate

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Carnivore Species Shrank During Global Warming Event ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2010) — A new University of Florida study indicates extinct carnivorous mammals shrank in size during a global warming event that occurred 55 million years ago.

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Tags: Evolution

Shock-Synthesized Diamonds

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Impact Hypothesis Loses Its Sparkle: Shock-Synthesized Diamonds Said to Prove Catastrophic Impact Killed Off N. American Megafauna Can’t Be Found ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — About 12,900 years ago, a sudden cold snap interrupted the gradual warming that had followed the last Ice Age. The cold lasted for the 1,300-year interval known as the Younger […]

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Tags: Evolution

Organized Feasting by Early Humans

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

First Clear Evidence of Organized Feasting by Early Humans ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — Community feasting is one of the most universal and important social behaviors found among humans. Now, scientists have found the earliest clear evidence of organized feasting, from a burial site dated about 12,000 years ago. These remains represent the first archaeological […]

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Tags: Evolution

Relative of Velociraptor in Europe

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

‘Stocky Dragon’ Dinosaur, Relative of Velociraptor, Terrorized Late Cretaceous Europe ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — By describing a new double-clawed and highly-unusual relative of Velociraptor, paleontologists have answered a long-standing question: what did the Late Cretaceous predatory dinosaurs in Europe look like? Balaur bondoc, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the […]

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Spengler for Dummies

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Spengler for Dummies by Linh Dinh

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Tags: General

Iraq legacy

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

A Grisly Form of Stability What is the US Legacy in Iraq? By PATRICK COCKBURN A few days after the US announced that it had withdrawn its last combat brigade from Iraq, the local branch of al-Qa’ida staged a show of strength, killing or wounding 300 people in attacks across the country. Its suicide bombers […]

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A critique of “inclusive fitness” theories

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

A critique of “inclusive fitness” theories, which claim that altruism is based on a calculation of whether more of your genes would be passed along by helping your own offspring or those of a relative: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/science/31social.html?ref=science My inclination is to side with this new critique, being dubious of “selfish gene” theories (and those who’ve read […]

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‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Robert Naiman | ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent http://act.commondreams.org/go/2087?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=22

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Coming ID control?

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Jerry Lanson | When Will We All Need to Carry Identity Papers? http://act.commondreams.org/go/2086?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=20

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Stimulus and jobs

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Economists Agree: Stimulus Created Nearly 3 Million Jobs http://act.commondreams.org/go/2083?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=14

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Challenges to targeted killing

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Rights Groups File Challenge to Targeted Killing by US http://act.commondreams.org/go/2080?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=8

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The Big Uneasy

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Funnyman Harry Shearer Gets Serious with Katrina Documentary ‘The Big Uneasy’ http://act.commondreams.org/go/2079?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=6

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Duncan and the schools

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Can US Education System ‘Run on Duncan?’ http://act.commondreams.org/go/2077?akid=152.96588.TKzEB7&t=2

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Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us (New York Times Op-Ed)

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29abunimah.html?_r=3&ref=opinion New York Times August 28, 2010Op-Ed Contributor Hamas, the I.R.A. and Us By ALI ABUNIMAH GEORGE J. MITCHELL, the United States Middle East envoy, tried to counter low expectations for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by harking back to his experience as a mediator in Northern Ireland.

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