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Space Elevator

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Obayashi’s Space Elevator to Be Operational by 2050 The holy grail of getting into orbit has always been the ultimate development of space elevators, long, thin strands that could ferry passengers and cargo into orbit at minimal expenditure. Now a Japanese company, Obayashi Corp, specializing in engineering and construction, announced that it aims to complete […]

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The great freedom sutra…revised

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The Great Freedom Sutra I said I was going to rewrite this essay without the reference to Sufism, so here is one version: The traditions of antiquity consider something that could be the basis for a religious secularism, in the premonition of realized Man manifesting his full Will as freedom in history. The Great Freedom […]

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Finding a new basis for secular humanism, beyond theism/atheism

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The question of the Axial Age could be a useful framework for a true secular humanism, which can stand beyond theism and atheism, and make the history of religion and its lore the foundation for a new secular ‘religion’ that isn’t religion, and isn’t ‘not-religion’. We can move beyond ‘religions’, but the basis for their […]

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Atheist humanism for sitting ducks

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Alain de Botton’s proposals (scroll down for interview) are of interest, but we suggested another approach yesterday: http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/28/alternet-article-on-progressive-xtianity/ The problem with a secular asset stripping of religion is that the result will be dysfunctional, and take out the key zones of religious understanding, too often in the background, unspoken. A secular humanist version of religion […]

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Some recent posts on religion

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/28/alternet-article-on-progressive-xtianity/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/27/the-eonic-effect-on-evolution-as-a-resource-for-buddhists/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/27/hooks-from-hegel-to-marx/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/27/you-cant-graft-darwinism-onto-buddhism/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/25/infiltration-and-covert-action-from-intelligence-agencies/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/25/the-platonic-demiurge/ http://darwiniana.com/2012/02/25/existence-not-a-predicate-of-god/

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An interview with Alain de Botton

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

No fire, no brimstone: An interview with Alain de Botton Alain de Botton thinks atheists should take the best ideas from religion, and leave the bad stuff behind. Caspar Melville goes in search of enlightenment No fire, no brimstone: An interview with Alain de Botton Alain de Botton thinks atheists should take the best ideas […]

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February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

New Images of Orion Nebula Show Young Stars Hidden in Gas and Dust Clouds   New Research Shows Southern Ocean as a Powerful Influence on Climate Change   Researchers Use LCLS to Examine Ferroelectric Materials Exposed to Light   Ultra-Fast Outflows are Common Features of Black-Hole-Powered Galaxies   Stem Cells Discovered in Ovaries May Yield […]

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Human & Neanderthal Interbreeding

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What Were the Consequences of Early Human & Neanderthal Interbreeding? By – – THE DAILY GALAXY http://richarddawkins.net/articles/645133-what-were-the-consequences-of-early-human-neanderthal-interbreeding Ealy modern humans left Africa about 80,000 to 50,000 years ago. The question has long been whether the physically stronger Neanderthals, who possessed the gene for language and may have played the flute, were a separate species or […]

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‘Space Chronicles’

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

‘Space Chronicles’: Why Exploring Space Still Matters By DAVID GREENE – NPR http://richarddawkins.net/audio/645125-space-chronicles-why-exploring-space-still-matters

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Overfishing Threatens the Survival of Seabirds

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Overfishing Threatens the Survival of SeabirdsScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — From gannets to seagulls, puffins to penguins, all seabirds suffer the same drop in birth rates when the supply of fish drops to less than a third of maximum capacity. That’s the result from an international study (1) on the relationships between predators and prey […]

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T. Rex Has Most Powerful Bite

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T. Rex Has Most Powerful Bite of Any Terrestrial Animal EverScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — Research at the University of Liverpool, using computer models to reconstruct the jaw muscle of Tyrannosaurus rex, has suggested that the dinosaur had the most powerful bite of any living or extinct terrestrial animal.

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Nowhere to Hide

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Nowhere to Hide: Tigers Threatened by Human Destruction of Groundcover ScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — The elimination of ground-level vegetation is bringing another of the world’s tiger subspecies to the brink of extinction, according to Virginia Tech and World Wildlife Fund researchers.

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Sugary Solution to Alzheimer’s

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Researchers Test Sugary Solution to Alzheimer’s DiseaseScienceDaily (Feb. 28, 2012) — Slowing or preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal brain condition expected to hit one in 85 people globally by 2050, may be as simple as ensuring a brain protein’s sugar levels are maintained.

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The authoritarian left goes awry: from the Arab Spring to Latin America

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

marxmail Nikolas Kozloff – The authoritarian left goes awry: From the Arab Spring to Latin America Too often, those on the left equivocate over despotic regimes in order to fit their world view http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012226112641700460.html

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AIPAC Undermines Democracy

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Medea Benjamin: AIPAC Undermines Democracy at Home and in the Middle East http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/28-9

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Stealing From Public Education

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Adwoa Masozi: Stealing From The Mouth of Public Education to Feed the Prison Industrial Complex http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/28-4

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Battle for the Loony Right

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Robert Reich: As Santorum and Romney Battle for the Loony Right, the Rest of Us Should Not Gloat http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/28-3

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Politician in the Window

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

How Much is That Politician in the Window? http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/02/28-0

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Bid to Curb Oil Speculation

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Wall Street Fights Back Against Bid to Curb Oil Speculation http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-3

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Antarctic Ocean Alliance

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Antarctic Ocean Alliance Calls for World’s Largest Marine Reserve http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-4

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Strikes Across India

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Millions Join Strikes Across India Demanding Reforms http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28

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Attacking Iran

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Attacking Iran http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-2

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‘Secret Indictment’ Against Assange

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Report: US Has ‘Secret Indictment’ Against Wikileaks’ Assange http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-0Israeli Officials: Israel Won’t Warn U.S. Before

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Fukushima Disaster Caused by Japan’s Nuclear Authorities

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

Greenpeace: Fukushima Disaster Caused by Japan’s Nuclear Authorities, Not Tsunami http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/28-5Headlines…

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