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Entries from February 2011

Self-defense

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Beyond Darwinism: A Theoretical Self-defense The strategy of defending Darwinian pseudo-science is effective: few can defend themselves against its sophistries, or else they are ensared in the ID gambit.

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The Irrational Atheist

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Defending Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists from the Irrational Theist By KEN079 Added: Sunday, 27 February 2011 at 1:30 AM http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/596846-defending-richard-dawkins-and-the-new-atheists-from-the-irrational-theist The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by Theodore Beale (who is also known as Vox Day), has been praised it seems to me more than any other […]

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Animal DNA Banks

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Animal DNA Banks – Preserving the Present for the Future

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Darwinism vs evolution

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

PSU Probing Question: Why is Teaching Evolution Still Controversial?February 27, 2011 at 4:34 AM by Gant Team · This article shows the problem: evolution is confused with Darwinism, but the two are not the same. In 2008, the Church of England issued an unexpected apology. Wrote Reverend Dr. Malcolm Brown, “Charles Darwin: 200 years from […]

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Placebo Effect

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Placebo Effect Works Both Ways: Beliefs About Pain Levels Appear to Override Effects of Potent Pain-Relieving Drug ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2011) — Poor expectations of treatment can override all the effect of a potent pain-relieving drug, a brain imaging study at Oxford University has shown.

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Transgenic Fungi May Be Able to Combat Malaria

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Transgenic Fungi May Be Able to Combat Malaria and Other Bug-Borne DiseasesScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2011) — New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists indicate that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tool for […]

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New Form of Sulfur

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

New Form of Sulfur Discovered in Geological FluidsScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011) — Sulfur is the sixth most abundant element on Earth and plays a key role in many geological and biological processes. A French-German team including CNRS1 and the Université Paul Sabatier has identified, on the basis of laboratory measurements, a novel form of sulfur […]

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Fanning Islamic Fundamentalism

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, February 27, 2011 by the Independent/UK Gorbachev: The US Must Take Blame for Fanning Islamic Fundamentalism Britain should pull out of Afghanistan, says the ex-Soviet leader by Matthew Bell Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, has called for fundamental change to world politics against the background of uprisings across […]

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Reflections on the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/24/reflections_on_the_revolutions_in_tunisia_and_egypt Foreign Policy February 24, 2011 Why were American tear gas canisters used copiously against peaceful protesters in Tunis and Cairo, as they have been systematically used for years against Palestinians and a few Israeli and foreign activists demonstrating at villages like Bil’in in the occupied West Bank? Why were the goons and thugs of […]

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China’s Turning Point

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/roach2/English 2011-02-24 China’s Turning Point Stephen S. Roach inSarNEW HAVEN – In early March, China’s National People’s Congress will approve its 12th Five-Year Plan. This Plan is likely to go down in history as one of China’s boldest strategic initiatives. In essence, it will change the character of China’s economic model – moving […]

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This is no conspiracy, Glenn Beck

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2011/02/beck-uncut-conspiracy-world New Statesman 26 February 2011 This is no conspiracy, Glenn Beck The UK and US Uncut movements are a genuinely popular, if gentle, insurrection.

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A Crazy Prophet

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail Uri Avnery February 26, 2011 A Crazy Prophet WHY DON’T the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers and their children enjoying the mild winter sun. *

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Booknotes: Hobsbawm

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n05/terry-eagleton/indomitable Indomitable Terry Eagleton How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2011 by Eric Hobsbawm Little, Brown, 470 pp, £25.00, January 2011, ISBN 978 1 4087 0287 1* In 1976, a good many people in the West thought that Marxism had a reasonable case to argue. By 1986, most of them no longer felt […]

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As freedom blooms in the East, it’s withering in the West

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/elizabeth-renzetti/as-freedom-blooms-in-the-east-its-withering-in-the-west/article1921209/ Globe and Mail Feb. 25, 2011 Elizabeth Renzetti

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How will America handle the fall of its Middle East empire?

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100077625/how-will-america-handle-the-fall-of-its-middle-east-empire/ Daily Telegraph February 24th, 2011 How will America handle the fall of its Middle East empire?

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Money Pollution

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail The US Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies by Bill McKibben view.mail.macmillan.com (February 23 2011) In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “blue sky day”, when, that is, the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. Many days, you can’t even make out the next block.

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Neocon Hawks Take Flight Over Libya

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

RG mail By wmw_admin on February 27, 2011 Jim Lobe – Anti-War.com February 26, 2011 In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neoconservatives appealed Friday for the United States and NATO to “immediately” prepare military action to help bring down […]

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Homoplasy

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Homoplasy: A Good Thread to Pull to Understand the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011) — With the genetics of so many organisms that have different traits yet to study, and with the techniques for gathering full sets of genetic information from organisms rapidly evolving, the “forest” of evolution can be easily lost […]

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Is there a science of evolution?

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Is There A Science Of History? Many of the confusions of the evolution debate arise because of the assumption a science of evolution exists, or could exist.

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Distorted origins

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Cycle, System Return: The Axial Age Instead of the New Atheism (as opposed to general philosphic atheism) secularists show study the way the Axial Age religions distort their origins, and create secular versions.

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Can Xtianity and scientism get along?

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/can-science-and-religion-get-along.html?ref=hp These useless articles always speak of ‘religion’ and ‘science’ when they really mean Christianity and science.

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But how about also debunking darwinism’s claims

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Debunking Islam’s ludicrous claims to scientific prescience By RICHARD DAWKINS Added: Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 12:11 PM After I give lectures, I am often approached by honest and sincere young Muslims who have been deluded into believing that important ideas of modern science were anticipated in the Koran or by Muslim ‘scholars’. I always […]

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In search of the origins of life

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

In search of the origins of life

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Bamiyan Buddhas

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Bamiyan Buddhas Once Glowed in Red, White and BlueScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011) — The world watched in horror as Taliban fanatics ten years ago blew up the two gigantic Buddha statues that had since the 6th century looked out over the Bamiyan Valley in what is now Afghanistan. Located on the Silk Road, until the […]

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