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Entries from January 2015

The mindset of historical sociology

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

The Eonic Manifesto The left should consider my critique of historians via the discussion of The History Manifesto: the marxist left has been stuck in a particular mindset that excludes far too many other viewpoints to be viable anymore. Attempts to foist classic marxism on a new leftist movement will induce shutdown in such a […]

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How about The Eonic, or Macro, Manifesto?

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

the book is online: http://historymanifesto.cambridge.org/files/4714/1880/4698/historymanifesto.pdf The idea of ‘long duree’ is fully applied in World History and the Eonic Effect: there are several scales that can be considered, that of Big History since the Big Bang, that of the evolution of the primates, then of the evolution of hominids, then of homo sapiens, with a […]

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The History Manifesto?

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/return-big-history-long-past-antidote-short-termism Historians are stuck in a set of narrowed perspectives and no matter how they try they remain in them. In a way marxism made the problem worse by injecting historical reductionism into the mix. The idea of Big History is a good one, but it still doesn’t answer the questions of the nature of […]

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From the Axial Age to the seed period of 1848

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_review_copy_selections.pdf The core chapter of Last and First Men plunges the leftist reader into the mystery of the ‘Axial Age’, and this at first doesn’t bode well with historical materialism. Actually, it may be time to ditch historical materialism, certainly the term itself, in the process trying to restate the core idea of cultures and […]

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Discovery of the Axial Age

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_2_3.htm This section in WHEE begins the first round of analysis of the Axial Age, and the way it began to be observed in the nineteenth century. The rise of confusion was inevitable, and the resulting mixture of rationalist philosophy of history and semi-theological evocation by Jaspers left many readers both enthusiastic and confused. The […]

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Book on the Axial Age

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.amazon.com/review/R18MGLNHDWA1BX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm This is a review of a book trying to expose the myths of the Axial Age. The author discusses everyone who got it wrong, but doesn’t look at my World History and the Eonic Effect which analyzes the confusion and resolves it with a simple model of macroevolution in world history. The book tends […]

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Evolutionary thinking mostly incoherent

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_1_1.htm The previous posts looks at the way that evolution can fall between two stools: it begins as a neutral reductionist theory of development and then ends up try to mediate the issue of values, by first rejecting values. It is not wonder people are confused about evolution. One good way to get out of […]

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More abuse of the term ‘secular’

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2015/01/31/new-religion-and-science-study-reveal-post-secular-rejection-of-evolution/ We have commented many times on the confusion over the term ‘secular’. The confusion is fed by many who have an anti-religious agenda and wish to make it look as though religion is ‘premodern’. But that won’t work. Religion has a very robust place in modernity and it is puzzling that anyone would try […]

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Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

RG mail http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/28/3616690/scotland-bans-fracking/ Think Progress January 28, 2015 Scotland Just Announced An Indefinite Ban On Fracking by Emily Atkin The Scottish government has announced that it will place a temporary ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing reportedly told the country’s […]

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Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War A Review of Muhammad Idrees Ahmad’s book ‘The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War.’ The central question Ahmad attempts to answer is: Why did the 2003 Iraq War happen? In one of the book’s most valuable sections, felicitously titled ‘Black Gold […]

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E.O. Wilson wants to eliminate “religion”

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/seemingly-ramping-it-up-sociobiologys-e-o-wilson-wants-to-eliminate-religion/

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Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2015/01/climate-change-could-impact-the-poor-much-more-than-previously-thought/

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New Religion and Science Study Reveal ‘Post-Secular’ Rejection Of Evolution

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/post-secular-evolution_n_6571154.html

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Ancient skull shows modern humans colonized Eurasia 60-70,000 years ago

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Ancient skull shows modern humans colonized Eurasia 60-70,000 years ago Date: January 29, 2015 Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University Summary: A skull provides direct anatomical evidence that fills a problematic time gap of modern human migration into Europe. It is also the first proof that anatomically modern humans existed at the same time […]

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Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor Date: January 29, 2015 Source: Florida State University Summary: Some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi […]

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Greece, the US and the Neo-Liberal Coup

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

We Are All Greeks Now Greece, the US and the Neo-Liberal Coup by ROB URIE http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/30/greece-the-us-and-the-neo-liberal-coup/ Since the onset of economic calamity in the West beginning around 2007 ‘official’ response has been framed as modest successes with a few policy errors while the reality is of remote elites and their agents enacting punitive policies under […]

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[Marxism] Greece election result brings hope to Palestinians

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/ru/contents/articles/originals/2015/01/palestinian-state-abbas-hamas-welcome-greek-elections.html# Greece election result brings hope to Palestinian

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Robert Reich: Without Reeling In Wall Street, the Middle Class Is Doomed

January 31st, 2015 · No Comments

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17581/robert_reich_wall_street

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Glimmer of hope: Assange case

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/31/glimmer-hope-assange

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Latin America Leaders Warn of Chile Style Coup in Venezuela

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

RG mail Latin America Leaders Warn of Chile Style Coup in Venezuela TeleSUR English, January 29, 2015 During the third CELAC summit, Latin American leaders issued statements of solidarity condemning foreign intervention in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government received support in the wake of ongoing destabilization efforts, from leaders attending the Community of Latin American and […]

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NCSE newsletter: evolution and climate education update: January 30, 2015

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Dear friends of NCSE, NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Community Organizing and Research. Plus a busy week in statehouses across the country: the fourth antiscience bill of 2015 appeared in South Dakota, the bill to unblock the NGSS advanced in Wyoming, the fifth antiscience bill of 2015 is imminent in Montana, and […]

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Beyond the third way to…a fourth

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.thethirdwayofevolution.com/ The vast majority of people believe that there are only two alternative ways to explain the origins of biological diversity. One way is Creationism that depends upon intervention by a divine Creator. That is clearly unscientific because it brings an arbitrary supernatural force into the evolution process. The commonly accepted alternative is Neo-Darwinism, which […]

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A Dirty Link Between the Senate and the Keystone Vote

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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Sen. Sanders Presents $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill as Job Creator

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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