Monthly Archives: March 2011

Friendly bacteria

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Article reads: Probiotics are a relatively unknown health supplement to most, and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, but more information and studies are being conducted on live cultures and finding out possible benefits of the supplements.

Testing intelligent design

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/a_closer_look_at_one_scientist045311.html

Article reads: The theory of intelligent design begins with observations of how intelligent agents act when designing things. By observing human intelligent agents, there is actually quite a bit we can learn know and understand about the actions of intelligent designers.

Sour grapes with Tennessee’s HB 368

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Opinion reads: The bill goes on to require that school officials “assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies,” and orders that a teacher may not be prohibited by those officials from teaching about the “strengths” and “weaknesses” of the so-called controversies. By the time you reach the end of the bill, where it claims not to promote any “religious or non-religious doctrine,” any truly critical thinker can tell they’re being duped.

But who actually is being duped here? Time to wake up folks:

http://vixra.org/abs/1011.0064

Bad research hyped

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Article reads: In it, he argued that “humans can attain meaning and purpose by seeking to understand the natural origins of life.” Even if we are “merely matter,” he wrote, “we can still find purpose, but it must be one that we work out for ourselves.”

But the church of scientism is unable to find itself with meaning, unless it hypes itself as meaningful!

Scientism corrupts itself with bogus research

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-03/uobc-dap032511.php

Article reads: Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people’s death anxiety can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory. Existential anxiety also prompted people to report increased liking for Michael Behe, intelligent design’s main proponent, and increased disliking for evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

You can’t ask for a better example of an arrogant ideology driving a presumed science that is unable to distinguish itself from mere scientism.

Teleseminars in noetic sciences

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/29/prweb8247974.DTL

Article reads: Dr. Dean Radin, IONS’ senior scientist and one of the world’s most acclaimed parapsychologists, will host many of the teleseminars in this series. The series also will feature spiritual scientist Deepak Chopra, futurist Stephan Swartz, and transpersonal psychology pioneer Frances Vaugn. Other speakers include Amit Goswami, Stan Groff, Azim Khamisa Christopher deQuincey, Susan Blackmore, William Bengston, Andrew Newberg, and Howard Hall. Free access to the teleseminars is available to the public the first Wednesday of every month, beginning April 2.

Plants wait for optimal configuration before speciation

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Article reads: “Evolution is not what we previously thought,” said Smith, who works in the laboratory of Brown biologist Casey Dunn. “It’s not as if you get a flower, and speciation (rapidly) occurs. There is a lag. Something else is happening. There is a phase of product development, so to speak.”

Sounds like vitalism to me!

Tennessee: HB 368/ SB 893 ready for floor vote

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http://wpln.org/?p=25532

Article reads: David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, says his organization backs the bill. Fowler says organizations like the Professional Educators of Tennessee are concerned that teachers will be discipline if they question scientific theories.

Spirituality helps heal collective trauma

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Article reads: Researchers from the University of Denver, the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine, report that after a collective trauma, religious individuals (i.e. those who participated in religious social structures by attending services) had higher positive emotions, fewer cognitive intrusions (unwanted intrusive thoughts about 9/11), and lower odds of new onset mental and musculoskeletal ailments than among those in the study who expressed no religious or spiritual proclivities.

The Cartesian theater

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html

Article reads: Mr. Humphrey made his name many years ago with a famous essay on the evolutionary function of intelligence, arguing that it emerged through natural selection not to solve physical puzzles, as many assume, but to solve social ones—to read minds. Here he attempts a similar explanation for why the impartial spectator of consciousness is watching a magical mystery show. His answer sounds startlingly unscientific, even spiritual: to impress the soul. What he means is that being enchanted by the magic of experience provides a reason to live. Rather than being an aid to survival, consciousness provides an essential incentive to survive. Enchantment is itself “the biological advantage of being awestruck.” Or, as the poet and Pooh creator A.A. Milne put it, “It’s awful fun to be born at all.”

Sounds like vitalism to me!