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Entries from January 2012

Activists Crack China’s Wall of Denial

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

People(’s Republic) power. Things get done when the public’s behind you – and in China, when the public starts to question official pollution propaganda, the government takes notice …continue Activists Crack China’s Wall of Denial About Air Pollution

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The People Party of Wall Street

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Let Them Eat Petits Fours!” by BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP A week or so ago, we read in The New York Times about what in the Gilded Age of the Roman Empire was known as a bacchanal – a big blowout at which the imperial swells got together and whooped it up. This one […]

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Evolution and the ‘shaping’ of wholes

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In Search of History Arguments over design tend to fall into a theological mindset. But the real issue of design is the way in which evolution can ‘shape’ its outcomes in a way that transcends standard views of the nature of physical laws. But a look at world history shows a shaping force of evolution […]

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January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Mother’s Nurturing Results in Larger Hippocampus in Children Researchers Study Metabolic Errors and Their Effect on DNA Burmese Pythons Causing Decline of Mammals in Everglades National Park Study Measures Mammalian Growth, Taking 24 Million Years to Go from Mouse to Elephant UNC Researchers Reduce Sperm Count Using Ultrasound

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Why is the ID movement so heavily populated with religious believers?

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

If Intelligent Design is Science, Why Do So Many Scientists and Scientific Institutions Denounce It? The Best Schools interviewed leading Intelligent Design theorist, Bill Dembski. At one point he was asked, “You have stated that ‘design theorists oppose Darwinian theory on strictly scientific grounds.’ But then why is the ID movement so heavily populated with […]

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Wallace was a Hyper-Evolutionist…

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Alfred Russel Wallace was a Hyper-Evolutionist, not an Intelligent Design Creationist

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Attenborough

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Attenborough, who was invited back to Desert Island Discs to mark the 70th anniversary of the radio programme, explains that, while he is still agnostic, he does not rule out the possibility of the existence of a deity. “I don’t think an understanding and an acceptance of the 4 billion-year-long history of life is any […]

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Alain de Botton

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

In praise of … Alain de Botton The philosopher’s plan for secular temples may be a flop, but there is space for creative conversation about the purpose of religion Religion without faith may seem about as pointless as non-alcoholic beer, but Alain de Botton’s latest project to build a series of secular temples suggests a […]

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Darwin pseudo-science and the genetics of cooperation

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/do-we-need-group-selection-to-explain-human-cooperation/ The Darwin paradigms’s separation of group selection from individual selection misses the point that the whole kooky paradigm trying to reduce cooperation and altruism to genetic explanations by natural selection isn’t science at all. Where is the evidence for all this? Look closely. There isn’t any. The whole project is misguided and fails to […]

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Growing number of gene scientists unconvinced by Darwinism

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Darwinist admits: Growing number of gene scientists unconvinced by Darwinism Wilkins admits something that everyone knows but few convinced Darwinists like himself will actually admit: A growing body of scientists, especially those from molecular biology, developmental biology or developmental genetics, and microbiology are unconvinced by the alleged power of Darwin’s natural selection to create the […]

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Do kids have to be taught about the supernatural?

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By THOMAS REES – [EPIPHENOM] THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION AND NON-BELIEF Added: Monday, 30 January 2012 at 10:25 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644777-do-kids-have-to-be-taught-about-the-supernatural One of the big questions about our supernatural instincts is to what degree they are innate, and to what degree they are learned. While there is some evidence that kids are born with a instinctive […]

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How a Mother’s Love Changes a Child’s Brain

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By JOSEPH CASTRO – LIVESCIENCE Added: Monday, 30 January 2012 at 10:20 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644776-how-a-mother-s-love-changes-a-child-s-brain Nurturing a child early in life may help him or her develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses, a new study shows.

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While temperatures rise, denialists reach lower

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By PHIL PLAIT – BAD ASTRONOMY Added: Monday, 30 January 2012 at 10:29 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644778-while-temperatures-rise-denialists-reach-lower

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Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

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Two Ways of Thinking About Agnosticism: Hitchens vs. Dawkins

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Ancient DNA Holds Clues

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Ancient DNA Holds Clues to Climate Change AdaptationScienceDaily (Jan. 31, 2012) — Thirty-thousand-year-old bison bones discovered in permafrost at a Canadian goldmine are helping scientists unravel the mystery about how animals adapt to rapid environmental change.

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Python Damage

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Severe Python Damage to Florida’s Native Everglades Animals Documented in New StudyScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2012) — Precipitous declines in formerly common mammals in Everglades National Park in Florida have been linked to the presence of invasive Burmese pythons, according to a study by Michael Dorcas, an associate professor of biology at Davidson College, and colleagues. […]

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Ferroelectric Switching In Biological Tissue

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Ferroelectric Switching Discovered for First Time in Soft Biological TissueScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2012) — The heart’s inner workings are mysterious, perhaps even more so with a new finding. Engineers at the University of Washington have discovered an electrical property in arteries not seen before in mammalian tissues.

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Chimp ‘X Factor’

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Chimp 'X Factor': Extensive Adaptive Evolution Specifically Targeting the X Chromosome of Chimpanzees Genetic mutations that boost an individual's adaptability have greater chances of getting through to X chromosomes — at least in chimpanzees, according to new Danish research. An analysis of …  > full story

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World running out of resources

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

World running out of resources: UN A major United Nations report has called for a sustainable “evergreen revolution”, warning that time is running out to ensure there is enough food, water and fuel to meet the needs of the world’s rapidly growing population. In a grim warning about the earth’s increasing demand for resources, a […]

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The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Robert Reich’s Blog The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What’s the Economy For Anyway? by Robert Reich Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos a few days ago, said the “critical risks” facing the American economy this year were a […]

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OWS Stands With Farmers, Says Enough! to Monsanto

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Common Dreams Movement is calling for protests to support 60 family farmers, small seed businesses, organizations challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seed – Common Dreams staff The Occupy Wall Street movement has highlighted the tremendous corporate greed and power that has benefited the 1%. One company helping […]

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Honduras: Murder Capital of World, “Made in the USA”

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Honduras: Murder Capital of World, “Made in the USA” http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2012/01/30-7

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Torture, and Impunity in US Courts

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Jonathan Hafetz: Torture, and Impunity in US Courts http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/30-12

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US/Saudi Agenda

January 31st, 2012 · No Comments

The US/Saudi Agenda and the Syrian Rebellion http://www.commondreams.org/vdeo/2012/01/30 and more…

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