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Entries from December 2011

Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified cornBy RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press – 2 days ago One of the nation’s most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected. […]

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Problems people have with the ‘eonic effect’ and ‘evolution in history’ discussions

December 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

In search of history: introduction to the ‘eonic effect’ We discussed already the problem people have with Darwin dissent, but Richard implied a similar situation with respect to my views on evolution. I think that these views are robust, and deliver what is promised, but if that isn’t clear on sight, then maybe there is […]

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Buddhism as already naturalized

December 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

I am not quite ready to review this book as promised, but will start anyway by noting that there is an explicit reference to Darwinism in the book as a background motivation to ‘naturalizing buddhism’: The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized [Hardcover] Owen Flanagan That is totally misguided. I often wonder who I am dealing with […]

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Commentary on Flanagan’s book on buddhism

December 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Comment from Richard on Flanagan’s book on buddhism Richard said, December 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm · It’s a strange historical moment. People who are ignorant of the religion and meditation are attempting to rewrite it (third-rate philosophers and technicians of Iron Cage “intelligence” such as Sam Harris). In the end, the dharma (note that […]

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Lack of comments and the tactics toward dissenters

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Richard comments on “Should you despair of the Darwin debate?” Richard said, December 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm · “Truth hides itself, and is rarely a public reality.” That isn’t the only thing that hides itself. Hell…we already know that all of the big players in the evolution debate (ID and Darwinian) read this blog […]

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Why atheism damps out

December 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

We see a surge in atheism at the moment, but I doubt if that trend will prove the end of the matter. The whole initiative is likely to fade out as it reaches a plateau. The new atheists could be stopped in their tracks by anyone but Christian theologians trying to defend side issues. And […]

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Booknotes: FA on Pinker

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Booknotes: Pinker book on violence. I am a little puzzled by Pinker’s book here. It is strange to make the claims he does, and there is also a danger in thinking you can refute him. The simple fact of the matter is that the violence of the twentieth century can’t be set aside and makes […]

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Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

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Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

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Year of the Atheist?

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Will 2012 Be the Year of the Atheist? By BRANDON G. WITHROW – THE HUFFINGTON POST – RELIGION Added: Friday, 30 December 2011 at 7:02 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644425-will-2012-be-the-year-of-the-atheist Let’s hope 2012 will see a renewed challenge to the new atheists in a form not muddled by Christians defending Christianity. The New Atheism is not ready to […]

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Attack of the Theocrats

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Attack of the Theocrats/online selections

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Darwin censored

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Darwin censored by the Turkish government’s porn filter By TOM CHIVERS – THE TELEGRAPH Added: Friday, 30 December 2011 at 5:37 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644423-darwin-censored-by-the-turkish-government-s-porn-filter

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Great Apes Make Sophisticated Decisions

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Great Apes Make Sophisticated DecisionsScienceDaily (Dec. 29, 2011) — Max-Planck-researchers have shown that chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans make decisions carefully.

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Before Sounding an Alarm…

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Before Sounding an Alarm, Chimps Consider Information Available to Their Audience ScienceDaily (Dec. 29, 2011) — Wild chimpanzees monitor the information available to other chimpanzees and inform their ignorant group members of danger.

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California Dreaming

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Defenders of Wildlife: California Dreaming: Lone Wolf Entering California Marks Historic Conservation Success http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2011/12/30-1

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Counter-Friction to Stop the Machine

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez: Let Your Life Be a Counter-Friction to Stop the Machine http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/30-3

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Stolen Election Process

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman: Has America’s Stolen Election Process Finally Hit Prime Time? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/30-2

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Decline of the American Empire

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

The Decline of the American Empire http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/12/30

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Failures to Rein in Fast Food Industry

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Despite Obesity Crisis, Failures to Rein in Fast Food Industry http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/30-2

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Govt Can Be Sued for Domestic Spying

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

9th Circuit: US Govt Can Be Sued for Domestic Spying http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/30-1

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‘Terrible’ and Plenty of It

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

‘Terrible’ and Plenty of It: The Oil That Comes in from the Cold http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/30-4

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US Drone ‘Kill Chain’

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Private Contractors Endemic to US Drone ‘Kill Chain’ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/30-0

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Keeping Oil in the Soil

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Keeping Oil in the Soil: Can Ecuador Forest Be Model? http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/30-5

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Iowa: The People’s Caucus

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Mark Engler: Iowa: The People’s Caucus http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/30-4

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Liberty leading the (marginalist) econs

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

— Marginal revolutionariesThe crisis and the blogosphere have opened mainstream economics up to new attack

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