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Entries from September 2015

Can Sex Explain Evolution? – Evolution News & Views

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Last time out, we looked at Darwin’s theory of natural selection, alleged by some to be the single best idea anyone ever invented. The mere process of eliminating unfit examples of a type in a given environment builds up information over time, resulting in huge new layers of complexity. Talk to the Fossils.jpgBut if no […]

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Robots Are Now Smart Enough to Take the SAT | Richard Dawkins Foundation

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

By Alison Eck Source: Robots Are Now Smart Enough to Take the SAT | Richard Dawkins Foundation

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If evolution is true, why are there still monkeys? – 

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

The most recent data from Gallup suggest that 42 percent of Americans do not believe that humans evolved from other life forms. These data are outstanding given the overwhelming evidence in favor of evolutionary theory. Indeed, the National Academy of Sciences has gone so far as to say that “the past and continuing occurrence of […]

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Cold snap: Climate cooling and sea-level changes caused crocodilian retreat: Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodilian species over millions of years 

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Fluctuating sea levels and global cooling caused a significant decline in the number of crocodilian species over millions of years, according to new research. In the future, the researchers suggest that a warming world caused by global climate change may favour crocodylian diversification again. Source: Cold snap: Climate cooling and sea-level changes caused crocodilian retreat: […]

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[Marxism] Fwd: Capitalism in the Web of Life: an Interview with Jason W. Moore

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Kamil Ahsan: What was the impetus for Capitalism in the Web of Life? Jason W. Moore: I wanted to come up with a framework that would allow us to understand the history of the last five centuries in a way that was adequate to the crisis we face today. For the past four decades, we’ve […]

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Websites Can Now Identify You By the Way You Type | Alternet

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

A new kind of surveillance that gets very little attention. Source: Websites Can Now Identify You By the Way You Type | Alternet

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Will TTIP Get Terminated? Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

September 29th, 2015 · No Comments

While public opposition to the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—the massive proposed “trade” deal between the European Union and the United States—has grown steadily since negotiations started two years ago, new signs suggest that official government backing is also faltering across Europe. In an interview with French regional newspaper Sud Ouest published Monday, Junior […]

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10 Reasons Bernie Sanders Will Overtake Hillary Clinton in National Polls Before the Iowa Caucus | H. A. Goodman

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Back in late June, when I wrote Why Bernie Sanders Will Become the Democratic Nominee and Defeat Any Republican in 2016, Hillary Clinton had a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders. According to the Huffpost Pollster interactive chart, Clinton’s support within the Democratic Party was at 58.3% to only 15.6% for Bernie Sanders. Fast forward a […]

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Booknotes: People of the Secret

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2015/09/28/review-of-people-of-the-secret/ I think that the left is going to have to pick up some sufi fragments and create a ‘virtual church of the Holy Brick’. ? This type of explanation is beyond the pale for most secularists but note that nothing supernatural is invoked. I am commenting on a very few pages of the book…

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In vitro meat probably won’t save the planet, yet.

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Some even argue that the shift to in vitro meat could save the planet. Indeed, early research suggested that it could have a smaller environmental footprint than traditional meat. But the reality may turn out to be more complicated. We recently completed a study that suggested swapping out the meat in a hamburger could have […]

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5.2 Stream and Sequence: The Axial Transitions

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Our discussion of People of the Secret makes it important to refer to the analysis of the Axial Age given in WHEE (history-and-evolution.com). Our views of monotheistic religion are very confused. And we forget that the Axial Age produced Archaic Greece. We are beginning to sense that the Axial Age is something more than a […]

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American Slavery, Reinvented | Portside

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” Source: American Slavery, Reinvented | Portside

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Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Researchers say discovery of stains from summertime flows down cliffs and crater walls increases chance of finding life on red planet Source: Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars | Science | The Guardian

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Test parallel universes for real?

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Some claim we can. We are told, It is important to keep in mind that the multiverse view is not actually a theory, it is rather a consequence of our current understanding of theoretical physics. This distinction is crucial. We have not waved our hands and said: “Let there be a multiverse”. Instead the idea […]

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Toxic Toad Eaters Reveal How Evolution Repeats Itself

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

At the time, it seemed like the logical thing to do. Australian farmers were desperate. It was the 1930s, and beetles were tearing through their crops, especially sugar cane. Word spread of a toad that loved to gorge itself on the problem pests, which had been successfully brought to Hawaii to manage beetles in sugarcane […]

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Stem cell research hints at evolution of human brain

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

The human cerebral cortex contains 16 billion neurons, wired together into arcane, layered circuits responsible for everything from our ability to walk and talk to our sense of nostalgia and drive to dream of the future. In the course of human evolution, the cortex has expanded as much as 1,000-fold, but how this occurred is […]

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[Marxism] What way to freedom – Che vs Gandhi

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Demystifying the Mahatma: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/creepy-old-gandhi-demystifying-the-mahatma/ The legacy of Che: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/the-legacy-of-che/ And on Che’s African episode: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/in-review-che-in-africa/ Source: [Marxism] What way to freedom – Che vs Gandhi

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Corporate Mindfulness Is B.S | Alternet

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Mindfulness matters, but make no mistake: Corporations are co-opting the idea to disguise the ways they kill us. Source: Corporate Mindfulness Is B.S | Alternet

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Climate Catches ‘Huge Break’ as Shell Calls It Quits in the Arctic 

September 28th, 2015 · No Comments

At least for the ‘foreseeable future,’ the oil giant will put a hold on its offshore drilling in Alaska after finding insufficient deposits Source: Climate Catches ‘Huge Break’ as Shell Calls It Quits in the Arctic | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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The whole stance of 9/11 conventional wisdom is itself islamophobic…

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.philosophersmag.com/index.php/reflections/55-the-false-dichotomy-of-islamophobia The whole issue of Islamophobia has been scrambled by the outrageous slander against moslems via the 9/11 false flag conspiracy. This was a masterpiece of covert mindcontrol and to this day the american public is confused and brainwashed. The involvement of Saudis is misleading and part of the deception. The core conspiracy has to […]

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Bernie Sanders’ secret advantage: How dominating Facebook could help him overcome Hillary Clinton’s financial juggernaut

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The progressive insurgent not only enjoys more Facebook fans than Hillary — his are more engaged. Why that matters Source: Bernie Sanders’ secret advantage: How dominating Facebook could help him overcome Hillary Clinton’s financial juggernaut – Salon.com

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The fascist gotterdammerung of archaeo-buddhism

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.tricycle.com/ Is all this cute buddhism about to disappear? The mainstream buddhist movement needs to grasp the dynamics of axial ages and the fascist gotterdammerung that will eliminate what we know as buddhism. This movement is a chicken with its head cut off… Note that current new age buddhism is already something completely different from […]

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Will we have to liquidate Bernie for petty bourgeois deviations?

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The General Liquidation sequence If Chomsky, Zizek are on the list, it would hardly do to add Bernie… Moral: continuing to plug neo-communism is essential during the Sanders initiative. Even if electoral socialism could succeed a la ‘feelingthebern’ it would end by forestalling a deeper change.

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6.1.1 From Reformation to Revolution

September 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Our model distinguishes the ‘modern’ and the ‘early modern transition’. Note the complexity of the ‘early modern’ and how late, just at the end, that the ideology of capitalism emerges. And the work of Adam Smith, as part of the late early modern is not the same as the ideology of capitalism that emerges in […]

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