Monthly Archives: November 2010

Conflating biology and evolution, and dumbing down medicine

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http://ncse.com/news/2010/11/biology-simply-means-evolution-006309

Opinion reads: The op-ed concludes, “As Peter Medawar eloquently put it, ‘The alternative to thinking in evolutionary terms is not to think at all.’ The sooner evolution and biodiversity are inherent and required parts of every biomedical student’s curriculum, the greater progress we can expect from a new generation of scientists in the clinic and the laboratory.

Limits of evolution

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Opinion reads: Although scientists use the theory of evolution to explain many natural phenomena, they cannot explain the gap that exists between the highest jungle primate swinging in the trees and the human being attending an opera at La Scala, having flown in a jumbo jet from New York to Milan in about seven hours.

Evolution timelapse

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http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/11/evolution-timelapse

Article reads: Some very cool research coming out of Binghamton University from researchers who’ve revived bacteria trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals.

Integrative medicine

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Article reads: Advocates describe Integrative Medicine, also called complementary or alternative medicine, as a practice that focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health-care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Integrative care combines conventional Western or allopathic medicine with treatments like herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga and stress reduction techniques.

Women and their spirituality

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http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=nov2210/city06

Article reads: Referring to the major role that women play in the Brahma Kumari organisation, she said that women are blessed with two inherent strengths – love and compassion – allowing them to perform selfless and acts for the good of all. Therefore, women have the ability to attain spiritual gifts, and spread the light of peace and understanding among all.

Umbrella of ideologies

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Article reads: Examples of the “umbrella of ideologies” embraced by the progressive intelligentsia include anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, scientism and extreme feminism. These “transnational progressives” share the belief that the nation is the source of all of the world’s ills, such as racism and war. They defend the UN, which is a “club of terror,” because to them it represents the brotherhood of Man.

Circular reasons of Darwinists

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Article reads: As Buddhists have long recognized, attaining our desires doesn’t seem to bring satisfaction, just further restlessness. This is no surprise to evolutionary psychologists. Natural selection shaped human nature to be ambitious, not to settle for contentment. The person who kept striving to be successful left more offspring behind than the Epicurean hedonist.

Natural selection is said to be an indifferent process, and here we see again the claim that desire (or difference) comes from indifference. Nowhere is it recognized that ambitious desire is a precondition of what is thought to be natural selection, and nowhere is it appreciated that the precondition is never explained by the process. Instead we see this tautology and circular thought that most Buddhists would reject: that difference comes from indifference because only difference follows the struggle for survival.

Another take on the Hitchens-Dembski debate

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Article reads: Christopher Hitchens, a world renowned atheist who is afflicted with cancer, and the author of God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, went head to head with William Dembski, a leading proponent for intelligent design, senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and research professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, according to The Baptist Standard.

Chaplains at Summit Healthcare

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Article reads: A chaplain provides immediate access to a support system that is not always readily available as families may need to travel great distances to reach the hospital.  In that aspect, a chaplain is a bridge. They bridge the gap and become the patient’s support system. They are here for the spiritual healing of the soul.

Christian Science and healing

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http://www.elpasotimes.com/living/ci_16650881?source=most_emailed

Article reads: “Christian Science has what I consider to be a lost element, and that is healing. Many don’t know that healing is a major focus of our faith,” said Robles, who said she has been trained to help bring healing to people.