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The Art of Discovery

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Majoritarian Reality Follies

One of the creationist lobbying organizations in Texas is named Texans for Better Science Education! Here Texas goes again. Creationists May Be Helping To Choose Biology Textbooks In Texas Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post It seems as though creationists could have … Continue reading

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Faster Than Jeebus

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Icelandic Exceptionalism

Self-explanatory. via Let’s Talk About Evolution Guardian.UK; in turn via the essential research blogging’s GirlScientist. Video Fill in blank: “so much for _________________”

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The Hard Problem

Evolution Made Us All from Ben Hillman on Vimeo. Actually, the proposition here over-generalizes, but it is apparently true for biological life. I don’t track the follies of Intelligent Design anywhere near as closely as I used to, yet I … Continue reading

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Great Beyond

A trip beyond the edge of the observable universe

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Ouch, On a Cosmic Scale

CLOSENESS click for lightbox enlargement S. Calhoun, 2010 ARK, (chosen, appropriated frames: using Dreamlines; hat tip to Leonardo Solaas) How the Universe Works – Discovery Channel (many episodes available for the time being from the youtube channel documentarystreams) I was … Continue reading

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Neighbor

click to enlarge Src There is a vast region of sand dunes at high northern latitudes on Mars. In the winter, a layer of carbon dioxide ice covers the dunes, and in the spring as the sun warms the ice … Continue reading

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Hillis Plot

Phylogenic Plot of the ‘tree of speciation’ David Hillis*, University of Texas. Close up via interactive version; Colorado.edu. My impression? A humbling depiction. * Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas “The study of evolution … Continue reading

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Christina vs. Stupidity

Christina aka ZOMGitsCriss k-rina, is Romanian; is forthright; is an ax-wielding heroine. I wouldn’t volunteer to sharpen all of her many axes, but I’d take the stone to the anti-creationist axe. The Origins of Stupidity How to Be a Good … Continue reading

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Horny Head

…a completely out-of-context excerpt, first discovered on Deric Bownds’s truly excellent Mind Blog. Take note Dr. Bownds wrote a textbook Biology of the Mind (Wiley) and made it available online. Promiscuous interfaces Humans have unique creative capacities and problem-solving abilities, … Continue reading

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ORIGINS OF THE IGNORAMUS

via Ron Chusid, from an interview of Rush Limbaugh by Matt Drudge. Context: a full skeleton of an early presumed primate, Darwinius masillae, was discovered (story@Pharyngula; This is an important new fossil, a 47 million year old primate nicknamed Ida. … Continue reading

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CHABRIS & DAWKINS – IN KIND

Last-Minute Changes. Scientific orthodoxy says that human evolution stopped a long time ago. Did it? (Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2009) Christopher Chabris ‘psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.’  Where it is written: But scientists do disagree over the … Continue reading

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NOT THIS

I’m digging through old back-ups looking for something. Not this. Still; Harry Stapp, Tuscon 1996, from his talk, Science of Consciousness and the Hard Problem. The “Hard Problem” has several aspects. From the perspective of science the question “Why does … Continue reading

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HEAVY-TAILED

I’ve added Three-Toed Sloth to the blogroll. It’s written by Cosma Shalizi, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. His research interests don’t at all dovetail with my own; to whit: “Information theory; nonparametric prediction of time series; learning theory and nonlinear … Continue reading

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WITHOUT A TRACE

I’ve been trudging through the commentaries on Behe and his new book. This is exhausting. I know how it ends. In a nutshell, Behe has accepted all but the remarkable causal supposition of modern evolutionary explanation. This rejected supposition in … Continue reading

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PINCH ME, PLEASE PINCH KEN HAM

The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God. It does not strike me … Continue reading

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DR. ROSS, I HAVE A QUESTION

Interesting article about a scientist and creationist. New York Times: Believing Scripture But Playing By Science’s Rules But Dr. Ross is hardly a conventional paleontologist. He is a “young earth creationist” — he believes that the Bible is a literally … Continue reading

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DELICATE TURNS

Arthur M. Young wrote two little read albeit influential and (to me) essential books, both published in 1976: The Geometry of Meaning and The Reflexive Universe. Along with the alchemical writings of C.G.Jung, they are the most important contemporary books … Continue reading

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DREAMS OF BEAVERS AND BONOBOS

The essence of Mithen’s cathedral metaphor — that closed-off sectors of mental life became open to integration, cumulative speculation, and enthusiastic discovery — is most compelling. It surely describes a quantum leap in the flexibility and scope of consciousness that … Continue reading

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