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Entries from June 2011

Ignoring Protests and Dissent

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Ignoring Protests and Dissent, Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Measures http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-1

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Residents Fear Smoke from Nuke Site

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Residents Near Los Alamos Fear Smoke from Nuke Site http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-7

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Dawn of a New Politics

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

In Europe’s Squares and Streets, Some See the Dawn of a New Politics http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-6

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10 Years of US War

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

10 Years of US War: $3.7 Trillion… and Counting http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/29-0

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Remnants of monotheistic beginnings

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Cycle, System Return: The Axial Age It is significant that none of the three major monotheisms actually arose during the ‘age of revelation’, the latter being a sensed perspective of the ‘Axial Age’, whose brief interval created the seeds for what was to come. In fact, we can’t decipher that the real sources are behind […]

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North Carolina: compensation for eugenics

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://trinitybook.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/north-carolina-paying-for-eugenics/

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Hameroff interview

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Good link from Richard: Richard said, June 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm · Hameroff interview: http://www.skeptiko.com/stuart-hameroff-on-quantum-consciousness-and-singularity/

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Booknotes: The Rajneesh Bible

June 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=rajneesh+bible The Amazon situation with Rajneesh’s The Rajneesh Bible is confusing, with some copies going for over $700! They should be reissued, for crying out loud, in the original inexpensive format. I have noted many times the way the ‘new atheists’ are mimicking Rajneesh’s attack on Christianity. I recall the successive volumes as cheap paperbacks […]

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Dalai Lama’s bad leadership

June 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/thesearch/archive/2011/06/25/famed-buddhist-tells-west-look-to-jesus.aspx Buddhists are getting a lot of bad leadership. I will give Thich Nhat Hanh the benefit of the doubt here, but I suspect he is following the style of the Dalai Lama whose concession to a kind of PR blather (based no doubt on real fear for the future of buddhism) and the worst […]

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The question

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

What is secularism? We all know what we think it means but is the idea really so simple, and what is the good that secularism aims for? The question guardian.co.uk, Monday 27 June 2011 11.00 BST Article historyOne of the terms that is taken for granted in the debates here is “secularism”. We all know […]

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The ‘evolution’ of science contradicts the assumptions of reductionist science!

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

The Case of the Missing Centuries The ‘evolution’ of science contradicts the assumptions of reductionist science!

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Liberalism, and ‘freedom’s causality’

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Freedom’s Causality, Teleology and Politics The issue of ‘freedom’ in the legacy of liberalism has all the fascinating paradoxes studied by Kant.

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The liberal idea of ‘freedom’ as supernatural as anything in religion

June 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The issue of liberalism is ironically one that resembles the dissent or religious thought from science: the rise of the modern idea of freedom, and it political realizations in the early modern, accompanied the rise of (causal) science, and stands in dialectical contradiction there, a point discussed at length by Kant, et al. Liberalism, as […]

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Atheist liberals? What of William Jennings Bryan?

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Well, Don’t We Liberals Hate the Public God? You would think that people might remember William Jennings Bryan, a liberal theist (and critic of Darwism/Social Darwinism) here.

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Confusion over ‘secularism’

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Another quote from same link source: I note once again the confusion over the term ‘secularism’. Secularism simply means ‘modernity’, and the latter has no fixed definition as ‘anti-religious’. Attempts to force the equation with such things as Darwinism and the new atheism, are obviously very destructive. But whatever I think of it the fact […]

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Pew poll: wrongly framed questions

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Same link as previous post. I think that the way in which the questions are framed is revealing: The first option would certainly be my choice, except that it tries to do the usual, make evolution mean natural selection. So I would have to reject this option. Moving down, the second and third are even […]

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The Pew 2011 survey

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/evangelicals-evolution-and-atheism-the-2011-pew-foundation-survey/ Compared to most developed nations, the proportion of evangelical Christians in the USA is far higher. In 2004 they comprised 26.3% of the population. At the same time, the level of acceptance of the theory of evolution is significantly lower. The question of whether there is a direct connection between evangelicals and the rejection […]

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Stress, epigenetics, inheritance

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Effects of Stress Can Be Inherited, and Here’s HowScienceDaily (June 24, 2011) — None of us are strangers to stress of various kinds. It turns out the effects of all those stresses can change the fate of future generation, influencing our very DNA without any change to the underlying sequence of As, Gs, Ts and […]

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Atheist Richard Dawkins Admits Universe’s Fine-Tuning Difficult to Explain

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

.Francis Collins: Atheist Richard Dawkins Admits Universe’s Fine-Tuning Difficult to Explain By MICHELLE A. VU – CHRISTIANPOST.COM Added: Tuesday, 28 June 2011 at 8:39 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/641942-francis-collins-atheist-richard-dawkins-admits-universe-s-fine-tuning-difficult-to-explain Outspoken evangelical geneticist Francis Collins revealed that combative atheist Richard Dawkins admitted to him during a conversation that the most troubling argument for nonbelievers to counter is the fine-tuning […]

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Charting the ‘DNA’ of tongues

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Charting the ‘DNA’ of tongues to analogise the march of language

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King of the Head Butt

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Domed Dinosaur Was King of the Head ButtScienceDaily (June 28, 2011) — Llamas can’t really manage it. Giraffes aren’t very good at it and while big horn sheep and muskox excel at it, it turns out a small plant eating dinosaur — the pachycephalosaur Stegoceras validum — was probably even better at it: head butting.

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Engineered Bacterium

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Bacterium Engineered With DNA in Which Thymine Is Replaced by Synthetic Building Block ScienceDaily (June 28, 2011) — The genetic information of all living cells is stored in the DNA composed of the four canonical bases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T). An international team of researchers has now succeeded in generating […]

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Mystery Ingredient in Coffee

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Mystery Ingredient in Coffee Boosts Protection Against Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds ScienceDaily (June 28, 2011) — A yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage’s caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer’s disease. A new Alzheimer’s mouse study by researchers at the University of South Florida found […]

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War Colleges

June 29th, 2011 · No Comments

The Politics of Militarization and Corporatization in Higher Education War Colleges By HENRY GIROUX http://www.counterpunch.org/giroux06292011.html While there is an ongoing discussion about the increasing corporatization of higher education—extending from the attempted buying of faculty positions by right-wing billionaires such as the Koch brothers to the increasing casualization of faculty labor and the commodification of knowledge, […]

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