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Entries from July 2012

Keeping the public fixated on Darwinism

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

The question of Darwinism is destroying science: a whole generation has elapsed with the paradigm intact, even though many competent authorities knew perfectly well the theory was flawed. Like Stephen J. Gould, who, one suspects, ended up simply lying to the public on the issue, after clearing suggested the reign of Darwinism was up. That […]

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Booknotes: The Devil’s Derivatives

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Here’s another book on the dirty tricks math that seeded the financial crisis: http://www.amazon.com/The-Devils-Derivatives-Traders-Regulators/dp/1422177815/ref=pd_sim_b_5 There is still another, always linked with this at Amazon: Extreme Money… hope to read both since I have the math skills needed. Should have done this in 2008…. This is a case of the fatal trap of false ‘expertise’ from […]

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The causality/freedom nexus

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

From Fisher’s Lament To Kant’s Challenge discusses the issues of causality and freedom in ‘models’ of history, relevant to the disucssion in the previous post.

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Failing models, from the horse’s mouth

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Now reading a good book on the limits of models: Models.Behaving.Badly: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life We have been saying this for years, although in terms of the latest sub prime dirty tricks dept. This is from the horse’s mouth, from one of the financial-fiasco […]

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New printing of WHEE

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

World History and The Eonic Effect has appeared in a new printing (same book at the fourth edition), and this has been discounted to $11. Go for it! The underground classic since 2001. The three week delivery will change, and probably doesn’t apply: order the book and it should ship in two to three days.

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Ocean Acidity Rivals Climate Change As Environmental Threat

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

RG mail Posted By: Kat J. McAlpine Smithsonain Magazine July 18, 2012 http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/07/ocean-acidity-rivals-climate-change-as-environmental-threat/ Anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are increasing ocean acidity at an alarming pace. A new study offers hope that some species may survive as a result of rapid adaptation.

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Archaeologists uncover Palaeolithic ceramic art

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

July 25th, 2012 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils Leg and torso from the model of a four-legged animal, possibly a deer or horse. This is one of 36 ceramic items recovered from Vela Spila, Croatia. Credit: Rebecca Farbstein (Phys.org) — Evidence of a community of prehistoric artists and craftspeople who “invented” ceramics during […]

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Elephants In L.A. Zoo Aren’t Happy

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Elephants In L.A. Zoo Aren’t Happy or Content, Says Judge http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201207/elephants-in-la-zoo-arent-happy-or-content-says-judge via yahoo

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Mystery of Native Americans’ arrival

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Mystery of Native Americans’ arrival July 25th, 2012 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils Research led by David Reich (pictured), professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and by Andres Ruiz-Linares of University College London, shows that the majority of the genetic signature of today’s Native Americans comes from an initial migration during which […]

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How summer thunderstorms could be punching new holes in the ozone layer (+video)

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2012/0726/How-summer-thunderstorms-could-be-punching-new-holes-in-the-ozone-layer-video

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Ruse on sci/religion

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/does-darwinian-randomness-make-christianity-impossible/50043: Does Darwinian Randomness Make Christianity Impossible? ———- http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/should-atheists-reach-out-to-christians/50385

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Lignin

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/07/lignin_is_and_r062611.html

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Michael Crichton on consensus science

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/he-said-it-michael-crichton-on-consensus-science/

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The Wisdom of Not Being Too Rational

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

The Wisdom of Not Being Too Rational http://richarddawkins.net/articles/646615-the-wisdom-of-not-being-too-rational By MICHAEL BALTER – SCIENCE Added: Sunday, 29 July 2012 at 12:34 PM Clever crow. Birds can solve problems like the one in Aesop's fable, but children are quicker to master more ambiguous puzzles.

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Genomic Study of Africa’s Hunter-Gatherers

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Genomic Study of Africa’s Hunter-Gatherers Elucidates Human Variation and Ancient Interbreeding ScienceDaily (July 26, 2012) — Human diversity in Africa is greater than any place else on Earth. Differing food sources, geographies, diseases and climates offered many targets for natural selection to exert powerful forces on Africans to change and adapt to their local environments. […]

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‘New Normal’

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Chronic 2000-04 Drought, Worst in 800 Years, May Be the ‘New Normal’ ScienceDaily (July 29, 2012) — The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will […]

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Evidence for Ancient Martian Oceans

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Martian Polygons and Deep-Sea Polygons On Earth: More Evidence for Ancient Martian Oceans? ScienceDaily (July 27, 2012) — Debate over the origin of large-scale polygons (hundreds of meters to kilometers in diameter) on Mars remains active even after several decades of detailed observations. Similarity in geometric patterns on Mars and Earth has long captured the […]

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Marching Toward Greater Inequality

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

The Tax Havens of the Super-Rich by SAM PIZZIGATI http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/30/the-tax-havens-of-the-super-rich/ Are America’s rich getting richer? Certainly. Every official yardstick shows that America’s most affluent are upping their incomes much faster than everyone else. How fast? Between 1980 and 2010, note economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, incomes for America’s top 1 percent more than doubled […]

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C&C/july30

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM An ecosocialist journal, edited by Ian Angus http://climateandcapitalism.com What’s new, July 30, 2012 +++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Human Chain

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Sunday, July 29, 2012 by Common Dreams Human Chain: Anti-Nuke Protesters Surround Japanese Parliament http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/07/29

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National Debt? There’s No Such Thing

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Common Dreams by Carl Gibson http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/30-1 Imagine sitting at the kitchen table, stressing out over your family’s finances. Between the student loan debt, the credit card debt, the car loan, the mortgage, the phone bill, the groceries, electricity and the water, you only have so much in your […]

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Citizens United

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Common Dreams The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About by Frances Moore Lappé http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/30

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Life in the American Slaughterhouse

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by TomDispatch.com Life in the American Slaughterhouse: Beyond Aurora, Guns Are Going Off Everywhere Police shootings echo nationwide by Stephan Salisbury Welcome to the abattoir — a nation where a man can walk into a store and buy an assault rifle, a shotgun, a couple of Glocks; where in […]

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The Big Joke That Isn’t Funny

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Published on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Common Dreams Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn’t Funny by Paul Buchheit The privatization of public goods and services turns basic human needs into products to buy and sell. That’s more than a joke, it’s an insult, it’s a perversion. It generally benefits only a privileged group of […]

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