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Entries from April 2014

The implications of Piketty for postcapitalist axioms…

April 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/mike-konczal-thomas-piketty-capital-studying-rich The study of inequality is of crucial importance, but in another sense we already knew all this a long long long time ago. What is the chance that Piketty’s work will lead to something practical in the activist sense? Probably close to zero. We are in a strange situation where change within the system […]

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Why is the question of evolution in such confusion?

April 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_1_1.htm Why is the question of evolution in such confusion? There are two broad sources of error. Religious critics, on the one hand, detect scientism, and reject Darwinism, and, on the other, substitute religious confusions for scientific principles. Scientific perspectives, oblivious to scientism, expect a mechanical law of evolution like natural selection to be the […]

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Seattle Organizers Taking $15 Minimum Wage Battle to the Ballot

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Global Warming Theory Based on Evidence, Not Belief – Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

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Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control?

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SW news

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Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org… http://socialistworker.org ________

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NCSE news: Cosmos Wars VII * Denier scholarship

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Some notable news and notes courtesy of NCSE’s “Science League of America” blog. (ncse.com/blog) NOTE: If you don’t want to receive these occasional missives, just let me know. I’m at luhn@ncse.com Trust your gut. Bacteria, our evolutionary pals. http://ncse.com/blog/2014/04/trust-your-gut-0015537

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Hunger is a ‘silent crisis’ in the USA

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/16/hunger-crisis-recession/7559713/ USA TODAY April 16, 2014 *Hunger is a ‘silent crisis’ in the USA Marisol Bello Tianna Gaines Turner can’t remember the last time she went to bed without worrying about how she was going to feed her three children. She can’t remember the last time she woke up and wasn’t worried about how she […]

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Creationists admit that junk DNA may not be a “myth” after all

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2014/04/creationists-admit-that-junk-dna-may.html

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Science and Christianity

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http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/a-peeved-believer-argues-that-science-arose-from-christianity/: A peeved believer argues that science arose from Christianity

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Reviewing Darwin’s Doubt

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/04/from_the_new_yo_1085041.html

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Jumping genes

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/jumping-genes-a-mechanism-of-minor-evolutionary-change/

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UK centre to shoot for nuclear fusion record

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

UK centre to shoot for nuclear fusion record by Paul Rincon posted on April 28, 2014 08:36PM GMT http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/4/28/uk-centre-to-shoot-for-nuclear-fusion-record# The director of a UK science facility says scientists there will try to set a new world record in nuclear fusion.

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Prehistoric caribou hunting structure discovered beneath Lake Huron

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Prehistoric caribou hunting structure discovered beneath Lake Huron http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140429133830.htm Underwater archaeologists have discovered evidence of prehistoric caribou hunts that provide unprecedented insight into the social and seasonal organization of early peoples in the Great Lakes region. The main feature, called Drop 45 Drive Lane, is the most complex hunting structure found to date beneath the […]

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Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140428134051.htm Scientists have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain — 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip […]

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Venezuela’s Protests

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Much Different From What You’ve Heard The Story of Venezuela’s Protests http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/30/the-story-of-venezuelas-protests/ by Mark Weisbrot In reacting to the protests in Venezuela, the biggest Western media outlets have drafted a charmingly simple narrative of the situation there. According to this story, peaceful protesters have risen up against a government because of shortages, high inflation, and […]

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[Marxism] Israel’s Uncomfortable History of Racist Engineering – Forward.com

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://forward.com/articles/196719/israel-s-uncomfortable-history-of-racist-enginee/

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Can We Have More Jobs and Less Work?

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16550/more_jobs_less_work

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Will the Supreme Court Stop Cops From Reading Your Text Messages?

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.alternet.org/economy/meet-hedge-fund-ate-chicago

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US Senate Can’t Muster Even Modest Minimum Wage Increase

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Common Dreams http://www.alternet.org/economy/meet-hedge-fund-ate-chicago US Senate Can’t Muster Even Modest Minimum Wage Increase The effort to bring national low-wage to $10.10 is on verge of defeat

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Historical materialism in a new key

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marx%27s_theory_of_history In Last and First Men I have tried to both challenge historical materialism and yet leave it, as is. The essence of the theory can be restated inside a different historical framework, so it can be counterproductive to try and refute it. But I think that the place of economic systems in history is […]

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Darwinism and scientism

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The discussion of scientism by Pigliucci is useful but fails to call a spade a spade on the issue of Darwinism as a case of scientism. The picture is clear: the attempt to rise the scale of complexity and graft the framework of physics on the higher levels of reality, e.g. biology over physics, results […]

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Staking positions amongst the varieties of scientism

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://scientiasalon.org/ Staking positions amongst the varieties of scientism Posted on April 28, 2014 by Massimo Pigliucci

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NCSE news

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Some notable news: Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2014! Winners include Kitzmiller legal team, Michael Mann, more. The story: http://ncse.com/news/2014/04/friend-darwin-friend-planet-awards-2014-0015556.

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