Monthly Archives: February 2011

Right-wing atheists

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Opinion reads: It wounds me that members of the national media find the existence of right-wing atheists a surprising phenomenon, because it means they haven’t been reading the comments on this blog, where angry, godless right-wing men regularly take me to task for being a sentimental woman who won’t accept the junk science, directly descended from 19th-century social Darwinism and Ayn Rand’s “objectivism”, which maintains that the wretched of the earth deserve their wretchedness and the rich are rich because they are truly “the fittest.” In this world view, environment means almost nothing: we are who and what we are by virtue of our genetic endowment at birth.

Evolution and Hinduism

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http://blog.al.com/living-times/2011/02/evolution_from_hinduisms_point.html

Opinion reads: There is a gradual evolution of consciousness through various species of life according to the subtle laws of karma. The soul continually transmigrates from one life form to the next until it reaches the human form where consciousness is fully developed and has a chance to reestablish its pure divinity of existence.

Intelligent intervention

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http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/Room+evolution+doubt/4337140/story.html

Article reads: My mind suggests there must be intelligent intervention in this process of adaptation because I posit there are genetic programs to allow for it -genetic programs at the nanotechnological level, at least. Intelligent intervention? Unheard of! Well, maybe. In this huge, wonderful universe, is it not also possible that somewhere out there intelligent life also exists -intelligent life that is at an operating level quite a few notches above ours on the IQ scale? I would prefer to let our human minds soar than to be browbeaten into submissive silence.

Homeopathy endures within controversy

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http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110222/HEALTH/102220313

Article reads: The practice of homeopathy in this country has been and remains controversial, largely because the purported mechanism of homeopathic medicines is difficult to understand from a Western scientific perspective. Indeed, it is frequently ridiculed or belittled by conventionally trained medical professionals.

Primate fossils may not be missing link connecting to humans

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http://www.livescience.com/12962-human-fossil-record-evolution-hominin.html

Article reads: The fossils in question — corresponding to species named Orrorin tugenensis,Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Ardipithecus ramidus — have all made headlines in recent years for filling in gaps in the evolution from apes to humans. Though they’ve been hailed as remnants of some of our earliest hominin ancestors, paleoanthropologists Bernard Wood of George Washington University and Terry Harrison of New York University say they’re probably just non-hominin ape bones.

Oklahoma House panel votes down science bill

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http://newsok.com/oklahoma-house-panel-votes-down-science-bill/article/3543083

Article reads: The Education Committee failed to pass HB 1551 out of committee. The measure failed, 7-9, but it is not a final action. Kern could ask the committee to bring it up again this session or next year.

Vatican on science and evolution

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Article reads: The official Vatican position on evolution tilts towards intelligent design. Its point man on the subject, Cardinal Schönborn, says: “Scientific theories that try to explain away the appearance of design as the result of ‘chance and necessity’ are not scientific at all, but, as John Paul put it, an abdication of human intelligence.” Ouch.

Monkeys demonstrate self-awareness

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-monkeys-self-awareness-game.html

Article reads: The results showed the monkeys preferred to pass and move on by selecting the question mark if they were unsure of the correct answer. This option avoided the pause and allowed them to get to the next treat more quickly but did not result in a treat. Other studies have shown that human subjects also use the pass option if presented with similar problems they find too difficult.

Public unions on the ropes

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Opinion reads: And this gets to the real insidiousness of government unions. Wisconsin labor officials fairly note that they’ve acceded to many of their governor’s specific demands – that workers contribute to their pensions and healthcare costs, for example. But they don’t want to lose the right to collective bargaining. But that is exactly what they need to lose.

The panpsychist solution

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http://www.independent.com/news/2011/feb/22/natural-selection-and-universal-eros/

Article reads: In evolution, then, God is indeed in the details – literally. The “dispersed” God that Margulis and Sagan refer to is the mind contained in each thing, in each organism, that exercises some degree of choice – no matter how small – in how it manifests. This is the “generalizedf sexual selection” I described in Part V, which is an elaboration of Darwin’s own ideas on sexual selection. In GSS, all things have male and female aspects and choices made primarily by females have played a strong role in the evolution of life on our planet. Perhaps the starring role. When we combine Thompson and Kauffman’s “order for free” with the panpsychist “generalized sexual selection,” we may arrive at a universal theory of evolution that provides a comprehensive replacement for the logically empty theory of natural selection.