Many worlds, many problems… one of them serious | Uncommon Descent

To hear the multiverse enthusiasts tell it, many worlds theory offers no problems. But you probably sensed that that wasn’t very likely:It says that our unique experience as individuals is not simply a bit imperfect, a bit unreliable and fuzzy, but is a complete illusion. If we really pursue that

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Ancient and historical leopard DNA in the spot-light – BMC Series blog

Understanding the geographic origins of leopard populations is a complex task. The evolutionary patterns that can be inferred from molecular data lack congruence with existing fossil evidence. New research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology studies historical mitochondrial DNA samples to provide new insights into the evolutionary history of both ancient and modern leopard populations. Here, Dr. Johanna Paijmans describes the research performed by herself and colleagues.

Source: Ancient and historical leopard DNA in the spot-light – BMC Series blog

For a lower climate footprint, vegetarian diet beats local — ScienceDaily

A new study provides a more comprehensive accounting of the greenhouse gas emissions from EU diets. It shows that meat and dairy products are responsible for the lion’s share of greenhouse emissions from the EU diet.

Source: For a lower climate footprint, vegetarian diet beats local — ScienceDaily

In ‘Historic’ Shift—and Catching Up With Voters—225 Democrats Running for Congress in 2018 Back Medicare for All

“Electoral candidates’ increasing embrace of Medicare for All means the issue will be supercharged when the next Congress convenes.”

Source: In ‘Historic’ Shift—and Catching Up With Voters—225 Democrats Running for Congress in 2018 Back Medicare for All

Evangelicals and sundry ‘devils’ like rogue sufis and black magical (xtian) gurdjieffs

https://darwiniana.com/2018/10/23/darwiniana-blog-history-mission-statement-themes-memes-a-quick-overview/

We were critical of new age figures like gurdjieff today. If we get sentimental about xtian pieties about the real gospel we might do well to consider the implications of such figures: we can’t assume anything about xtianity from the gospel.
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reformation endgame…//Disgusted Evangelical Scholar Details How Christian ‘Grifters and Status-Seekers’ Paved the Way for Trump | Alternet

We lack a true secular movement that can challenge the xtian monolith, now we suspect in its last phase of degenerating putridity. One problem here is the reformation emerged from a similar ‘commercial’ vice in the sale of indulgences and then become somehow reinfected via the calvinist sleight of hand about capitalism. We should aggressively remind xtians, however that with munzer the idea of communism in a christian context was born: so there is a very strong element of challenge to xtian capitalism in an endgame of the reformation. Continue reading reformation endgame…//Disgusted Evangelical Scholar Details How Christian ‘Grifters and Status-Seekers’ Paved the Way for Trump | Alternet