Monthly Archives: June 2012

Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness Victor J. Stenger New Scientist  April 22, 2009 review by Amanda Gefter. http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Dice/NewSciQGRev.pdf QUANTUM mechanics is remarkably weird: even though it is well understood mathematically and can produce accurate, ultra-precise … Continue reading

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Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives

Book Review by Bob Zannelli Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives Occasionally a book comes along that gives us nothing less than a paradigm shift. David Sloan Wilson’s ‘Evolution for Everyone’ … Continue reading

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Can Science Test Supernatural Worldviews?

YONATAN I. FISHMAN, PHD Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461 USA. email: yfishman@aecom.yu.edu Abstract. Several prominent scientists, philosophers, and scientific institutions have argued that science cannot test supernatural worldviews on the grounds that (1) science … Continue reading

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Democracy/Plutocracy

DEMOCRACY PLUTOCRACY We, the People Wealthy Few One Person One Vote One Dollar One Vote Majorities Markets Government Limited Government Majority Supermajority Budgets Budget Cuts Taxes on the Wealthy Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Information Propaganda Public Schools Private Schools … Continue reading

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Against “critical thinking”

“We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs … which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.” James H.G. Redekop http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/26/506357/the-5-craziest-policies-in-texas-republicans-2012-platform/

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The Disastrous Consequences of a Euro Crash

As the debt crisis worsens in Spain and Italy, financial experts are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a crash of the euro: the destruction of trillions in assets and record high unemployment levels, even in Germany. By SPIEGEL Staff … Continue reading

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Rise of the Superpredator Corporate Class

By Richard Eskow  Created 06/24/2012 – 11:14pm Must Read: An Economy for All Remember the “superpredators”? They were the supposedly super-violent youngsters of dark complexion that conservatives kept screaming about in the 1990s. We were told they were about to … Continue reading

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Sam Harris on death

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/sam-harris-on-death/ Take an hour and listen to Sam Harris at his best. In this presentation from April’s Global Atheist Conference in Melbourne, Sam talks about a truth that weighs on all our minds but that we try to ignore.  No, … Continue reading

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Physics and Philosophy

It seems to me that the ‘big questions’ of philosophy are rather easy compared with those of physics. It should be fairly obvious to anyone who has considered these questions dispassionately and critically that there is no God, no soul … Continue reading

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The Cause Of Existence

http://www.toequest.com/forum/anecdotal-stories/6163-the-cause-existence.html

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Arctic News

Global Extinction within one Human Lifetime as a Result of a Spreading Atmospheric Arctic Methane Heat wave and Surface Firestorm. Abstract Although the sudden high rate Arctic methane increase at Svalbard in late 2010 data set applies to only a … Continue reading

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How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the “One Percent”

Monday 30 January 2012 by: George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence | Op-Ed While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in … Continue reading

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The Technocratization of Public Education

URL of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31422 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is directing $1.1 million to fit students in seven US pubic school districts with “galvanic skin response” bracelets. The devices are designed to measure students’ receptivity to teachers’ lessons … Continue reading

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Burvju mākslinieks – tirgus un brālis parāds

Sandra Veinberga, Speciāli TVNET, http://www.tvnet.lv/zinas/viedokli/426782-burvju_makslinieks_tirgus_un_bralis_parads “Zaudēt viņš nevar. Tikai mēs varam zaudēt. Vienkārši. Šie finanšu spekulanti ir mūsdienu karavadoņi un mūsu nauda ir viņu armija. Tie vai nu uzvar vai zaudē un medicīniskās aprūpes šajā karā vispār vairs nav. Izdzīvot … Continue reading

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Long-Term Love

The 12 Ties that Bind Long-Term Relationships http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201206/long-term-love/ties-bind-long-term-relationships

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Joseph E. Stiglitz | The Price of Inequality

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:43 By Joseph E Stiglitz, Project Syndicate | News Analysis (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)In Joseph E. Stiglitz’s new book, “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future,” the Nobel Prize-winning economist argues that there … Continue reading

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Democracy

Democracy, Winston Churchill once said, is the worst form of government except for every other one. Plato wasn’t a friend of democratic government, especially after he saw the Athenian democracy kill his mentor, Socrates. If we want to have a … Continue reading

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Science and Philosophy

After attempting to read Hegel he complained, “what an unclear, senseless torrent of words I was to find there.” In 1905 Boltzmann wrote to philosopher Franz Brentano (1838 – 1917), “Shouldn’t the irresistible urge to philosophize be compared to the … Continue reading

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Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist (book)

Science has brought us to the end of our childhood.  Growing up is unsettling to many people, and unbearable to a few, but we must learn to see the world as it is and not as we want it to … Continue reading

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Swedish statistician Hans Rosling’s new insights on poverty

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_reveals_new_insights_on_poverty.html   http://www.gapminder.org/videos/gapcasts/gapcast-5-bangladesh-miracle/   http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_and_the_magic_washing_machine.html

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One version of the Pantheon

Galileo, Curie, Oppenheimer, Newton, Pasteur, Hawking, Einstein, Sagan, Edison, Aristotle, Tyson, Dawkins, Darwin.

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Omar Khayyam (138) “Don’t throw your precious lives to the wind…”

Don’t fall for this world’s enticements, you amateurs! You know all about its tricks. Don’t throw your precious lives to the wind. Get yourself a lover and open a bottle of wine. Translated by Juan Cole from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat

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The Caravan of Life

It is amazing how the caravan of life goes by. Take a deep breath, and let it pass cheerfully. Barkeep, why be sad about tomorrow’s grief? Pick up a wine glass, before the night has fled. Translated by Juan Cole … Continue reading

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It’s Getting Better All the Time

a review by Michael Shermer Order the book from Amazon If you read a major newspaper such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal cover to cover every day for a week you will have consumed more digital … Continue reading

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Lies We Tell Ourselves

http://www.michaelshermer.com/2012/02/lies-we-tell-ourselves/ How deception leads to self-deception In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, a skeptical Judas Iscariot questions with faux innocence (“Don’t you get me wrong/I only want to know”) the messiah’s deific nature: “Jesus Christ Superstar/Do … Continue reading

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