Monthly Archives: May 2011

The origins of goodness

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Opinion reads: “There is no altruism” she said with conviction, “it’s all about self interest.” A year later the dinner argument still bugs me. The corporate executive took the position that there is no such thing as selfless concern for others. She made the case that altruism is disguised or, at best, englightened self interest. Having been around educators my whole life, I knew she was wrong.

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Science finds need to look at religion

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/05/30/136798577/can-science-explain-religion

Article reads: The ultimate question from the scientific point of view is this – was the presence of religious rituals and attitudes crucial to the evolution of successful tribes? …. While still in the stamp “collecting phase” the researchers are just starting to publish their results. Something to keep an eye out for.

Darwin’s Theory disproven again

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http://www.seekingmedia.com.au/news.php?newsid=2101&g=-1

 Norman Christopher Vallejo writes: How can a time-dependent equation show change? The answer is…it cannot. Change only appears to occur macroscopically across the instances time dependent equation produces but microscopically, it actually occurs between them. It really is a simple matter of understanding that no matter of effort on Earth will ever be able to provide a physical representation of change. It is impossible.

I  believe Henri Bergson has made a similar point in “Creative Evolution,” and this is related to the Trinitarian concept of the synthesis of sending and receiving over a duration.

Brains and morality

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http://newstonight.net/content/brain-connectivity-changes-leads-evolution-morality

Article reads: According to a new study from the University of Chicago, the morality of a person changes as his or her brain evolves and ages. Their researchers, who published their study in the most recent edition of “Cerebral Cortex”, said that this was because the brain’s circuitry evolves with time.

Mammoth evolution

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http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/bc-amt052711.php

Article reads: Remains of woolly mammoths have been found across the glacial tundra-steppe of Eurasia and northern North America, while the much physically larger Columbian mammoths inhabited the savannah environments of temperate southern and central North America. The differences between the species have long been considered as unique adaptations to the environments where they evolved. But by piecing together trace fragments of DNA from an 11 thousand year-old Columbian mammoth from Fairview, Utah, a team of Canadian, American and French researchers found that surprisingly the mitochondrial genome from this mammoth was nearly indiscernible from that of its northern woolly counterparts.

Antonio Damasio’s “The Self Comes to Mind”

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Review reads: Antonio Damasio is one of the leading workers in the field of consciousness research, and after having written a number of books on related problems, in Self Comes to Mind he addresses the problem of consciousness directly. He does not claim to have solved it but he believes that he has made advances and pointed in the right direction for a solution.

Wellness Festival

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http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005136793

Article reads: Keynote speaker Gregg Braden will give a presentation titled “Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny and Fate,” on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room. Braden is a best-selling author and, according to information provided by the Wellness Festival, a “visionary scientist” who “explores deep truths at the root of humankind’s greatest threats.” He is known internationally for attempting to bridge the ideas of science and spirituality.

Letter supporting Louisiana Science Education Act

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/05/scientists_issue_letter_suppor046881.html

Article reads: Louisiana College biology professor Wade Warren gave testimony in favor of the LSEA and opposed the repeal, and also distributed to the Committee a letter from 15 Ph.D. scientists supporting academic freedom.

Toxins from genetically modified plants found in humans

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/serenityandtolerance/message/6900

Article reads: According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which “appears to blow a hole in” safety claims, “has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.” Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.

Roger Penrose’s “Cycles of Time”

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Review reads: Mr. Penrose’s radical suggestion is that, somehow, this distant past and distant future can be matched together, since they share the same geometry. A universe at either extreme of its existence is one that has no fixed ideas about what is big and what is small. Perhaps this curious coincidence indicates that one can pass continuously from one extreme to the other, and this transformation is what happened at the moment of the Big Bang.