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Bionic limbs

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Paralyzed People Using Computers, Amputees Controlling Bionic Limbs, With Microelectrodes On (Not In) Brain ScienceDaily (July 6, 2009) — Experimental devices that read brain signals have helped paralyzed people use computers and may let amputees control bionic limbs. But existing devices use tiny electrodes that poke into the brain. Now, a University of Utah study […]

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“The poor Greeks. Their great contribution is coopted by these right-wing Christians…”

June 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on ID gang tries to sound like Max Weber James said, June 20, 2009 at 11:26 am “That scientific endeavor has arisen from, and not despite, fervent religious belief, generally of the orthodox Judeo-Christian variety. The dependence of the rise of modern science on Judeo-Christian theology, philosophy, and social and economic structures is a […]

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Tags: Science · The Eonic Effect

Wolin enters the reason/faith fray

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Reason vs. Faith: the Battle Continues, an essay by Richard Wolin. This discussion by Wolin is somewhat more helpful than the Fish/Eagleton postmod concession to the antisecularists (which is of course not an endorsement of all Wolin’s statements, & check out his Seduction of Unreason). It is significant that he starts with Hegel (why not […]

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Tags: Philosophy · religion · Science · secularism

Costly libel suits are stifling science

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

from Dawkins site Think tank: Costly libel suits are stifling science by Simon Singh, The Times Online http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article6493564.ece Last year I published an article in The Guardian about chiropractors who claim to treat childhood conditions such as asthma, colic and ear infection. My views on that treatment clashed with those of the British Chiropractic Association […]

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Confronting the unknown

May 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

The importance of stupidity in scientific research Darwinists might take note.

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Science and American culture

May 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Review – Science Talk Changing Notions of Science in American Culture by Daniel Patrick Thurs Rutgers University Press, 2008 Review by Taede A. Smedes, Ph.D. May 19th 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 21) It is impossible to have this kind of discussion if it is the perspective of Richard Dawkins that is defining the terms of […]

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Three cheers for ‘methodological Samkhya naturalism’

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

comment on Nietzschean logic James said, April 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm These discussions are mostly useless given that neither side can provide a coherent and adequate definition of the “natural world.” Science defines the ‘natural world’ in such a way as to leave human psychological realities outside of nature, defining ‘methodological naturalism’ so as […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science

Comment on the Case Of The Missing Centuries

April 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Case Of The Missing Centuries This comment ironically discovers the eonic effect, and the way in which science is connected to the eonic sequence: it is born as an Axial Age phenomenon in the first Scientific Revolution, almost dies out in the middle ages, and then is reborn in the next eonic transition […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science · The Eonic Effect

Talk With AC Grayling

April 18th, 2009 · No Comments

PRESSING QUESTIONS FOR OUR CENTURY – A Talk With AC Grayling by Edge Reposted from Dawkins site http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/grayling09/grayling09_index.html AC GRAYLING is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. His most recent book is Ideas That Matter. I’m asking myself a lot of questions at […]

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Sailing toward the stars

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Across the Universe Intelligent life surely exists on some of the planets beyond our solar system. But we’ve scarcely begun to look for it. With NASA dithering and corporate titans more interested in space tourism, a serious exploration of the stars is limited more by a lack of vision than of technology. But a few […]

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Genome sequencing

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Novel Technique To Sequence Human Genome Created ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2009) — Since the human genome was sequenced six years ago, the cost of producing a high-quality genome sequence has dropped precipitously. More recently, the National Institutes of Health called for cutting the cost to $1,000 or less, which may enable sequencing as part of […]

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DNA “walker”

April 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Chemists Create Bipedal, Autonomous DNA Walker ScienceDaily (Apr. 6, 2009) — Chemists at New York University and Harvard University have created a bipedal, autonomous DNA “walker” that can mimic a cell’s transportation system. The device, which marks a step toward more complex synthetic molecular motor systems, is described in the most recent issue of the […]

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Newton machine

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Being Isaac Newton: Computer Derives Natural Laws From Raw Data ScienceDaily (2009-04-03) — If Isaac Newton had access to a supercomputer, he’d have had it watch apples fall — and let it figure out the physical matters. But the computer would have needed to run an algorithm, just developed by researchers, which can derive natural […]

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Automated scientist

April 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Being Isaac Newton: Computer Derives Natural Laws From Raw Data ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2009) — If Isaac Newton had access to a supercomputer, he’d have had it watch apples fall – and let it figure out the physical matters. But the computer would have needed to run an algorithm, just developed by Cornell researchers, which […]

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Quantum computers

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

New Step Towards Quantum Computers ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2009) — The intrinsic rotation of electrons – the “spin” – is a promising property for future electronics devices. If use as an information carrier were possible, the processing power of electronic components would suddenly increase to a multiple of the present capacity.

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Popper’s anomalous position as ‘methodological guru’

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism One of the mysteries of current science culture is the way Karl Popper is taken as the methodological ‘take me to your leader’ guru. His views, while of the greatest interest, do not square with the average sense in which science is taken. In fact, Popper appears rather […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science · The Eonic Effect

Darwinism’s irreparable damage to science

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Nothing is harder to challenge than the delusion that DArwin/Dawkins have explained how evolution climbs Mt. Improbable (and that the computer program Methinks it is a weasal can represent that). Climbing Mt. Improbable: Evolutionary Directionality One of the strangest aspects of the Darwin paradigm, and its members, is the way the same wishfulfilment takes place […]

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Hydrogen-producing algae

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

New Possibilities For Hydrogen-producing Algae ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2009) — Photosynthesis produces the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe ? could it also help satisfy our future energy needs by producing clean-burning hydrogen? Researchers studying a hydrogen-producing, single-celled green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have unmasked a previously unknown fermentation pathway that may […]

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How science works?

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Building a better way of Understanding Science by John Timmer, Ars Technica Reposted from: From Dawkins site http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/03/building-a-better-way-of-understanding-science.ars At the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Berkeley’s Judy Scotchmoor introduced a new web resource called Understanding Science that’s intended to change the way that the nature and process of science are presented to […]

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Artificial dna

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Artificial Genetics: New Type Of DNA Has 12 Chemical Letters Instead Of Usual 4 ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2009) — In a dramatic rewrite of the recipe for life, scientists from Florida today described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Presented in Salt Lake City, […]

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Mice with disabled fat gene

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Mice With Disabled Gene That Helps Turn Carbs Into Fat Stay Lean Despite Feasting On High-carb Diet ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2009) — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a gene that plays a critical regulatory role in the process of converting dietary carbohydrates to fat. In a new study, they disabled this […]

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Nanotech batteries

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Nanotech Batteries For A New Energy Future ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2009) — Researchers at the Maryland NanoCenter at the University of Maryland have developed new systems for storing electrical energy derived from alternative sources that are, in some cases, 10 times more efficient than what is commercially available.

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Snow’s two cultures

March 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Our Two Cultures This essay on the ‘Two Cultures’ is interesting, but… I was long a fan of Snow, and his thesis of the Two Cultures, and grateful, since he is responsible for a great deal of science study on my part. But in retrospect his perspective now seems, if not dated, then wrongly framed. […]

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Striking out on transcendental idealism

March 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Comments on A Hidden Entrance To Transcendental Idealism OUr culture forces us to strike out completely on the issues of transcendental idealism. I am not a member of the cult, only a student of the way that Kant and Newton work together in the drama of the Enlightenment. The question is not hard: if you […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science · The Eonic Effect