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Entries from January 2011

Repost: more on Eurasia, or Afro-Eurasia, or Afro-America-Eurasia?

January 30th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Repost/update: Eurasia, or Afro-Eurasia, or Afro-America-Eurasia? http://darwiniana.com/2011/01/15/booknotes-the-10k-year-explosion/comment-page-1/#comment-356193 This post was an opportunity to show a side of the eonic effect that often stumps readers. I don’t think the seeming bias against non-Europeans cultures is in any way a minus against this study of history. The point is that the eonic effect and eonic sequence show […]

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Six Signs of Scientism

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Susan Haack – Six Signs of Scientism http://www.uncommondescent.com/science/philosopher-offers-six-signs-of-scientism/#more-16733 Here are her six signs: 1. Using the words “science,” “scientific,” “scientifically,” “scientist,” etc., honorifically, as generic terms of epistemic praise. And, inevitably, the honorific use of “science” encourages uncritical credulity about whatever new scientific idea comes down the pike. But the fact is that all the […]

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You and the orangutan

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

How humans are 97% the same as orangutans: New research shows how DNA matches

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Tags: Evolution

87% of US biology teachers advocate Darwin propaganda?!

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

13% of US biology teachers advocate creationism: Welcome to 2011 That’s ominous, but much worse is that 87% teach Darwin propaganda, unwitting dupes of a pseudo-science.

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Tags: Evolution

Cocaine and rain forests

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Cocaine Production Increases Destruction of Colombia’s RainforestsScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2011) — Scientists from Stony Brook University are reporting new evidence that cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region’s “hotspots” of plant and animal diversity. The findings, which they say underscore the need for […]

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Climatic Fluctuations and Social Upheavals

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Climatic Fluctuations in Last 2,500 Years Linked to Social UpheavalsScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2011) — It would seem that there are striking chronological parallels between significant variations of climate and major historical epochs, such as the Migration Period and the heyday of the Middle Ages. This is the conclusion reached following a study undertaken by researchers […]

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New Painkiller

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Powerful New Painkiller With No Apparent Side Effects or Addictive Qualities, May Be Ready in a Year ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2011) — A powerful new painkiller, which was developed on the basis of the research conducted at Stony Brook University and with no apparent side effects or addictive qualities, may now be only a year […]

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Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Gene ‘Relocation’ Key to Most Evolutionary Change in BacteriaScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2011) — In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria.

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Tags: Evolution

Death Throes of a Dictatorship

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 by the Independent/UK Egypt: Death Throes of a Dictatorship Our writer joins protesters atop a Cairo tank as the army shows signs of backing the people against Mubarak’s regime http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/30-1

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‘This is not Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt anymore…’

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 by Democracy Now! Live From the Egyptian Revolution by Sharif Abdel Kouddous http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/30 CAIRO, Egypt — I grew up in Egypt. I spent half my life here. But Saturday, when my plane from JFK airport touched down in Cairo, I arrived in a different country than the one I […]

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Obama, Incorporated

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 by The New York Review of Books Obama, Incorporated by David Bromwich http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/30-0

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Omar Suleiman and rendition

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 by CommonDreams.org The Torture Career of Egypt’s New Vice President: Omar Suleiman and the Rendition to Torture Program by Stephen Soldz http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/30-2

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Next?

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, January 29, 2011 by CNN Saudi Arabia Slammed Protesters in Egypt as “Infiltrators” Arab governments in the region are wary of demonstrations spreading to their countries. http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/29-1

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Egypt Shuts Down Al Jazeera

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 by Al Jazeera Egypt Shuts Down Al Jazeera Bureau Network’s licenses cancelled and accreditation of staff in Cairo withdrawn by order of information minister http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/30

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Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Learn More Quickly by Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Study in Rats Suggests ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2011) — What sounds like science fiction is actually possible: thanks to magnetic stimulation, the activity of certain brain nerve cells can be deliberately influenced. What happens in the brain in this context has been unclear up to now. Medical […]

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Will, consciousness and attention

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/01/25/consciousness-self-consciousness-and-the-unknown-complexity-of-mans-evolution/#comment-356183 A question about self-consciousness: my point is related to the rubric of Bennett: being, function, and will. Bennett reverses the terms and makes self-consciousness consciousness and consciousness ‘vital energy’. In any case, he usually reverts to the original meanings, so we can set that issue aside: consciousness and will are different categories, as is […]

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Eurasia, or Afro-Eurasia, or Afro-America-Eurasia?

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/01/15/booknotes-the-10k-year-explosion/comment-page-1/#comment-356193 Good comment, and you raise a difficult issue. The question of the eonic effect and the eonic sequence is not in principle required to give a pat on the back to all cultures. It is a master sequence of developmental acceleration in a series of isolated regions which then globalize greater wholes via diffusion. […]

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‘How the government cooks the books’

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Comment on Obamanomics Richard said, January 29, 2011 at 9:53 am · How the government cooks the books when we most likely are in a depression: http://voxday.blogspot.com/2010/02/interview-with-john-williams.html

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Nietzsche’s confusion over the last man

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap6_5_1.htm Nietzche’s confusion over the ‘last man’, reflected in Fukuyama’s ‘Hegel’, threatens to make the delusion of genocidal eugenic pseudo-evolution a sure way to destroy the real evoluton of man, and modern man.

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A short take on Kantian ethics

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap7_2_2.htm

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Harris, morality and Darwinism’s antagonism to altruism

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Harris has lost perspective on his subject, the moral landscape. But if we look at Darwinism and its treatment of the evolution of ethics we find a truly savage mathematical theory of altruism, whose main intent seems to be to destroy morality, especially the hated altruism that might interfere with capitalist economy.

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution

Harris feeling sorry for himself in face of critics

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-harris/a-response-to-critics_b_815742.html These strictures now weigh heavily on me, because I recently published a book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, which has provoked a backlash in intellectual (and not-so-intellectual) circles. I knew this was coming, given my thesis, but this knowledge left me no better equipped to meet the cloudbursts of vitriol […]

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The New Theists narrow worldview

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://blogs.timeslive.co.za/expensive/2011/01/24/the-new-theists-narrow-worldview/

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New Atheism does not prevail over other religious beliefs

January 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.daily49er.com/opinion/new-atheism-does-not-prevail-over-other-religious-beliefs-1.2445816

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