Monthly Archives: September 2011

Acupressure and acupuncture on laboring women

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Article reads: A new review shows that acupressure and acupuncture may have a role in reducing pain, increasing satisfaction with pain management and reduced use of pharmacological management in laboring women.

Explaining and translating acupuncture away

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Article reads: While many practices in alternative medicine are slowly but surely making their way into the mainstream, acupuncture is one that still produces skeptical eyebrow raises. This phenomenon is partly due to linguistics. Scientists have worked to elucidate the mechanisms by which yoga, meditation, and various dietary interventions may work on the cells of the body, but there is something fundamentally more ancient-feeling about the language of acupuncture.

Confused meaning of evolution

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/09/confusing_evidence_for_common_051311.html

Article reads: The debate over evolution and intelligent design can be confusing because some keys terms in the discussion are ambiguous. Some people use “evolution” to refer to something as simple as small changes in the sizes of bird beaks. Others use the same word to mean something much more far-reaching. Used one way, “evolution” isn’t controversial at all; used another way, it’s hotly debated.

Scientism: fool`s gold

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http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55572

Article reads: Although science is not an enemy of chiropractic, scientism most certainly is. Scientism limits all fields of human inquiry to contemporary technology. Again according to Wikipedia, “Scientism is the notion that natural science comprises the most authoritative worldview or form of human knowledge, and that it is superior to all other interpretations of life.”

Settled science?

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http://online.worldmag.com/2011/09/26/settled-science/

Article reads: “The science is settled,” the Al Gores of the world like to say, and it makes a nice sound bite. Except that last weekend’s bombshell from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) should blow all such smug assurances out of the water. At the world’s largest particle accelerator, located near Geneva, technicians have detected a sub-atomic particle (a neutrino) that travels faster than light—300,006 km per second, as opposed to 299,792 km per second. How can this be? Albert Einstein postulated that nothing can travel faster than light; light speed is the peg that his theory of special relativity hangs on.

Higgs boson where are you?

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Article reads: The Higgs boson, the elusive particle underpinning physicists’ theory of all matter, is running out of places to hide — “if it exists” — U.S. scientists say.

Traditional Chinese medicine

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Article reads: Wong, who specialises in Chinese medical treatment of cancer or tumour, also has written more than 20 medical papers published locally and abroad.

Oneness

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Article reads: A Sufi or a Yogi understands that we all are the children of God, and in this world of variety, man is His finest manifestation. Man unites with others in the family tie, which is the first step in his evolution.

Man-machine symbiosis

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Article reads: Man-machine symbiosis isn’t just about knowledge retrieval, it’s also about knowledge creation. Our computers have no intelligence without us, but they accelerate our collective intelligence at a speed that has never been seen before.

Kauffman writes on “our habit of control”

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Article reads: We in the First World, largely the West, live with a Newtonian illusion of “control” and “optimization.” It is time to examine our habit of control for, while it can work at times, this habit dangerously mistakes the reality of the world we live in and co-create.