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Entries from December 2011

Occupy Iowa caucuses: but the heck out of the democrats

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The ambiguity of the OWS, revolutionary tide or mainstream renewal, should play well in Iowa, and I hope the OWS can bug the heck out of the moribund democrats wallowing in terminal stupidity. Much of the political slide is the result of lowered awareness, and the slinky distracted skulking off from real liberal politics by […]

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Keynes Was Right

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/opinion/keynes-was-right.html?_r=1 New York Times ec. 29/11 Keynes Was Right By Paul Krugman “The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.” So declared John Maynard Keynes in 1937, even as F.D.R. was about to prove him right by trying to balance the budget too soon, sending the United States economy […]

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Occupy the Caucuses

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Occupy the Caucuses Meets to Plan A Week of Protests http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/occupy-the-caucuses-meets-to-plan-a-week-of-protests/ DES MOINES, Iowa – An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement met Tuesday evening to organize and plan protests in Iowa’s capitol during the week leading up to the state’s caucuses next Tuesday. About 200 people involved in the Occupy the Caucuses movement […]

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Naturalism and transcendental idealism

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Flanagan’s book on buddhism, cited in the previous post, throws around the term ‘naturalism’ as if its meaning were transparent, and the private property of those trained in scientism. The reality is that the boundaries of nature are incoherently defined, making the demarcation with the supernatural confused. The point should be obvious. The mind should […]

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Flanagan on buddhism, and the rising stupidity of the science community

December 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

http://www.amazon.com/Bodhisattvas-Brain-Buddhism-Naturalized/dp/0262016044/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325272196&sr=1-1-spell: The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized [Hardcover] Owen Flanagan I just got a copy of this book. I commented here at length on Stephen Batchelor’s similar work on buddhism. This book deserves an even harsher critique, and I will probably review the book at Amazon. A quick glance shows so many points of attack for […]

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The Rain and the Reckoning

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.truth-out.org/rain-and-reckoning/1325105757

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OWS and 9/11

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

How Occupy Wall Street Flashed New York Back to 9/11 Dec 30, 2011 10:36 AM EST How Occupy Wall Street, in the shadow of Ground Zero and the rising Freedom Tower, unwittingly brought New York back to the dark days just after 9/11. This article (Daily Beast) unwittingly touches on an important point: the connection […]

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Fantasy science

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

A glimpse of evolution Debates over evolution are usually delusive because they are about the principles religionists and/or scientists believe in, and how ‘evolution’, unobserved, can be grafted onto those beliefs. The failure to have observed ‘evolution’ before constructing a theory seems absurd, and is, but it is the reality of Darwinian fantasy science, and, […]

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Platinga/Dennett

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/alvin-plantinga-sophisticated-theologian/ Debates between people like Platinga and Dennett generate a sense of hopelessness: the debate is a monopoly of two power groups, Darwinian and religious. And both are filled with confusions. As we noted yesterday the issue of evolution and purpose is muddled by theologians who try to hybridize that with Xtian dogmas, as here. […]

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NCSE inbox: Evolution = Nazism?

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Some news of note! Two new anti-evolution bills are heading to the New Hampshire state legislature. House member Jerry Bergevin (R-District 17), who introduced one of the bills, blames the acceptance of evolution for the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the 1999 Columbine shootings. House member Gary Hopper (R-District 7), who introduced the other bill, […]

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Mazur as Darwin critic

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Suzan Mazur, about whose book on Darwinian we posted here many times, has been sending me some links to articles she has written, some of them (auto)biographical vignettes of some interest. I am posting these here with a suggestion that she write an account of how she became Darwin critic, as a journalist and fashion […]

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Orangutans and iPads

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Orangutans ‘could video chat’ between zoos via iPads By DAVE LEE – BBC NEWS Added: Friday, 30 December 2011 at 7:04 AM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644416-orangutans-could-video-chat-between-zoos-via-ipads

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Case Closed? Columbus Introduced Syphilis to Europe

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

By CHARLES Q. CHOI – SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Added: Thursday, 29 December 2011 at 5:56 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644411-case-closed-columbus-introduced-syphilis-to-europe In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but when he returned from ‘cross the seas, did he bring with him a new disease? New skeletal evidence suggests Columbus and his crew not only introduced the Old World to the […]

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ID American phenomenon?

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/12/the_year_in_rev054561.html

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2011 Breakthrough of the Year

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

HIV Study Named ‘2011 Breakthrough of the Year’ by Science ScienceDaily (Dec. 23, 2011) — The journal Science has chosen the HPTN 052 clinical trial, an international HIV prevention trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, as the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year. […]

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Are Superluminal Neutrinos Possible?

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Are Superluminal Neutrinos Possible? Pions Don’t Want to Decay Into Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos, Study Finds ScienceDaily (Dec. 23, 2011) — When an international collaboration of physicists came up with a result that punched a hole in Einstein’s theory of special relativity and couldn’t find any mistakes in their work, they asked the world to take a […]

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Socialism over capitalism

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/29/young-people-socialism_n_1175218.html Young People More Likely To Favor Socialism Than Capitalism: Pew by Alexander Eichler Young people — the collegiate and post-college crowd, who have served as the most visible face of the Occupy Wall Street movement — might be getting more comfortable with socialism. That’s the surprising result from a Pew Research Center poll that […]

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Academic publishers

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

http://archaeopop.blogspot.com/2011/12/academic-publishers-suicide-bombers.html “For-profit academic publishing is a suicide bombing mission against the academy. In pursuing their doomed business model, the big publishers risk turning the work we do as scholars into a giant echo chamber. Students take on a lifetime of debt, partly to pay for journal subscriptions that enrich a few corporations. Scholars are turned […]

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Someday I Want to Own a Yacht

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Matt Hern: Someday I Want to Own a Yacht http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/29-8

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Repeat After Me

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Bill Bigelow: ‘Repeat After Me: The United States Is Not an Imperialist Country—Oh, and Don’t Get Emotional About War’ http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/29-5

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The Year of Nonviolence?

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Jake Olzen: 2012: The Year of Nonviolence? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/29-4

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Occupy Our Food

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Occupy Our Food http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/12/28-0

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The Face of Homelessness

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The Face of Homelessness: Eli on the Pursuit of Happiness and the American Dream http://www.commondreams.org/video/2011/12/29

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Occupy Geeks

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99% http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/29-2

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