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Entries from May 2011

Trees and global warming

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Global Warming May Increase the Capacity of Trees to Store CarbonScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — One helpful action anyone can take in response to global warming is to plant trees and preserve forests. Trees and plants capture carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, thereby removing the most abundant greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and storing some of […]

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The eonic model is too elegant to be wrong!

May 31st, 2011 · 3 Comments

Repost on Luke link…. update: I think that this post on the genesis of the ‘eonic model’ might scare people off: actually, the real problem here is the rigidity of scientific thinking, and the refusal to study anything that isn’t total causal determinism applied to everything. Once you see the reality, as Kant put it, […]

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Repost: buddhists can’t be darwinists

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

It’s only a matter of time before the ‘secular buddhists’ try to darwinize buddhism, so let’s be clear: that’ impossible. Buddhists can’t be darwinists Our discussion of ‘secular buddhism’ has been an eye-opener, and I will need to study this group at length, but I suspect my first instincts were correct: this is a fruitless […]

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Comments at ‘Gautama on soul…’

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/28/gautama-on-soul-and-the-phenomenonnoumenon/comment-page-1/#comment-357966 Richard said, May 31, 2011 at 7:56 am · Edit This is the reason why you have to use the “anatta” doctrine. The mind has a hard time detecting the “focal point of the knower” in the very refined stages of samadhi. I think this is where the Upanishadic “seers” went wrong…they didn’t go […]

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The ‘a secular buddhist’ comment thread continues

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

More comments at ‘a secular buddhist’ http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/22/a-secular-buddhist Richard rmbr117@yahoo.com 207.138.47.153 Submitted on 2011/05/31 at 7:37 am “The Buddha did not teach consciousness transmigrating through existences and those monks that misrepresented essential parts of the teachings were rebuked by him. Saati, the fisherman’s son, is a prime example (MN38).” That is referring to the “consciousness khandha.” […]

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The term ‘secular’

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

You are quite right: the change in the meaning of the term ‘secular’ is misleading. It implies that ‘secularism’ is an atheistic cult of scientism. But the prime starting point for secularism was the Protestant Reformation. In general the secular displays the diversity of ‘modernity’. A ‘secular’ buddhism is going to cause total confusion. star […]

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Booknotes: Almost LIke a Whale

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Almost Like a Whale by Steve Jones – book review With a cool assurance that should persuade the open-minded and thrill the converted, Steve Jones tackles the arguments Creationists routinely level against Darwin Auithors eulogizing Darwin who cannot reference the clear evidence of Darwin’s plagiarism of Wallace (cf. Roy Davies’ The Darwin Conspiracy) are not […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution

‘Fred Hoyle, wherever you are, check your mail: Your Boeing 747 is ready.’

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/biology/another-windy-day-in-the-junkyard/

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10+1 questions

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/in_which_creationists_make_me.php When Michael Behe visited the UK, back in November, the Humanist Society of Scotland and the British Center for Science Education wrote up a list of “10 + 1 Questions For Professor Behe” which they subsequently distributed to their ranks of faithful followers. I responded, at the time, fairly thoroughly to the arguments made […]

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The Woollies

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Researchers Solve Mammoth Evolutionary Puzzle: The Woollies Weren’t Picky, Happy to Interbreed ScienceDaily (May 30, 2011) — A DNA-based study sheds new light on the complex evolutionary history of the woolly mammoth, suggesting it mated with a completely different and much larger species.

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Whale Sharks

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Scientists Discover the Largest Assembly of Whale Sharks Ever RecordedScienceDaily (May 25, 2011) — Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are often thought to be solitary behemoths that live and feed in the open ocean. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and colleagues, however, have found that this is not necessarily the case, finding that whale sharks can […]

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Microbes: synthetic biology

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Biological Circuits for Synthetic BiologyScienceDaily (May 29, 2011) — “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own,” said Wes “Scoop” Nisker. Taking a page from the book of San Francisco radio legend Scoop Nisker, biologists who find themselves dissatisfied with the microbes nature has provided are going out and […]

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The Truth about the US Economy

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by RobertReich.org The Truth about the US Economy by Robert Reich http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/31-6 The U.S. economy continues to stagnate. It’s growing at the rate of 1.8 percent, which is barely growing at all. Consumer spending is down. Home prices are down. Jobs and wages are going nowhere. It’s vital that […]

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Globalism Has Been Ruinous for Americans

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Nobel Laureate: Globalism Has Been Ruinous for Americans How Offshoring Has Destroyed the Economy By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS These are discouraging times, but once in a blue moon a bit of hope appears. I am pleased to report on the bit of hope delivered in March of 2011 by Michael Spence, a Nobel prize-winning economist, […]

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Booknotes: The Very Violent Road….Before the Revolution…

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

NY Review The Very Violent Road to America June 9, 2011 J.H. Elliott Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts by Daniel K. Richter Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 502 pp., $35.00 Over the last fifty years the writing of North American colonial history has undergone a great transformation. During the nineteenth century and a substantial part […]

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End of Empire

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

David Michael Green: Dispatches from the End of Empire http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/30-1

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Sky is falling

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Chris Hedges: The Sky Really Is Falling http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/30-5

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Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Chuck Collins: A Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/30-4

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Unfulfilled Revolutionary Demands

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Protesters Pack Tahrir to Push Military Council on Unfulfilled Revolutionary Demands http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/05/30

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Yemeni Forces Kill 20 Protesters

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

“Massacre”: Yemeni Forces Kill 20 Protesters as Sit-In Smashed http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30-0

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Undermining Europe’s Tar Sands Ban

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

UK Undermining Europe’s Tar Sands Ban, say Campaigners http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30-3

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After Years of War…

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

After Years of War, House Holds Votes to Check Military Action http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30-1

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Phaseout Is an ‘Historic Moment’

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Germany’s Nuclear Phaseout Is an ‘Historic Moment’ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30-2

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Carbon Emissions Leave Climate on the Brink

May 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Worst Ever Carbon Emissions Leave Climate on the Brink http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/30

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