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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: April 17 2016,19:49   

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A scientist is part of what the Polish philosopher of science Ludwik Fleck called a “thought collective”: a group of people exchanging ideas in a mutually comprehensible idiom. The group, suggested Fleck, inevitably develops a mind of its own, as the individuals in it converge on a way of communicating, thinking and feeling.

This makes scientific inquiry prone to the eternal rules of human social life: deference to the charismatic, herding towards majority opinion, punishment for deviance, and intense discomfort with admitting to error. Of course, such tendencies are precisely what the scientific method was invented to correct for, and over the long run, it does a good job of it. In the long run, however, we’re all dead, quite possibly sooner than we would be if we hadn’t been following a diet based on poor advice.


the sugar conspiracy

Edited by stevestory on April 17 2016,20:51

   
Quack



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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2016,09:33   

Not too many years ago, sugar was used to feed pigs - and that was not just because it was cheap.

I think I am suffering an anomaly; I eat as much as I possibly can but am unable to reap a benefit, my weight is static and below what I wish it would be. Would there be market for my genome?

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Not only does life not need special intervention by a Creator God, it is a natural, emergent expression of the routine creativity of the universe.
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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2016,09:47   

Quote (Quack @ April 18 2016,09:33)
Not too many years ago, sugar was used to feed pigs - and that was not just because it was cheap.

I think I am suffering an anomaly; I eat as much as I possibly can but am unable to reap a benefit, my weight is static and below what I wish it would be. Would there be market for my genome?

"600 qatloos for the anorexic!"

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2016,12:19   

Quote (Quack @ April 18 2016,10:33)
Not too many years ago, sugar was used to feed pigs - and that was not just because it was cheap.

Huh. I've never heard that before.

   
Palaeonictis



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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2016,15:19   

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Scientists have described three new species of mouse lemurs. They live in the South and East of Madagascar and increase the number of known mouse lemur species to 24. As little as 20 years ago, only two species of these small, nocturnal primates were known. New genetic methods and expeditions to remote areas have made the new descriptions possible.


Three New Primate Species found in Madagascar

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k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2016,21:03   

New Scientist report: "We are closing in on Planet Nine"

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Quack



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(Permalink) Posted: April 21 2016,01:22   

Quote (stevestory @ April 18 2016,12:19)
Quote (Quack @ April 18 2016,10:33)
Not too many years ago, sugar was used to feed pigs - and that was not just because it was cheap.

Huh. I've never heard that before.

May have been a special Scandinavian thing but I remember reading about it a long time ago.

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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: April 27 2016,20:41   

http://www.theguardian.com/environ....species

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But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. -Jesus in Luke 19:27

   
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: April 27 2016,21:15   

It's not easy being green...

  
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: May 17 2016,14:04   

Genetic Clues Reveal How Giraffes Got Their Long Necks

   
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2016,12:56   

Does general relativity now have competition?

Gravity with 4-Vector Potentials

  
NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2016,13:17   

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Does general relativity now have competition?

Gravity with 4-Vector Potentials

Fascinating!
Given that LIGO gravitaional wave detection has been reported, are there follow-ups to this paper discussing the results?
Or, more realistically perhaps, will there be and can you/will you share them when the hoped-for follow-up appears?
Thanks for this regardless, definitely fascinating material.

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2016,13:23   

I got to the article from Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine "The Alternate View" columns

http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV....on.html

  
NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2016,13:25   

Ah, good old Analog.  Glad to hear they're still active.
I only see F&SF these days.  sigh

  
sparc



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(Permalink) Posted: June 02 2016,11:30   

Dark satanic wings of the peppered moth.
Looking forward seeing what UD, EN&V and especially Corny will react.

Edited by sparc on June 02 2016,11:31

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Quack



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(Permalink) Posted: June 04 2016,05:33   

Quote (sparc @ June 02 2016,11:30)
Dark satanic wings of the peppered moth.
Looking forward seeing what UD, EN&V and especially Corny will react.

In the meantime, look what Oddysey that little post sent me on:

AtBC->Science break:
http://www.antievolution.org/cgi-bin....st=1710

Nature Editorial: Dark Satanic Wings.
http://www.nature.com/news.......5OTAxS0

Nature News: Ancient genomes suggest dual origin for modern dogs
http://www.nature.com/news.......1.20027

Nature News: Dog's dinner was key to domestication:
http://www.nature.com/news.......1.12280

Stone Age flour found across Europe
http://www.nature.com/news.......49.html

Should I have jumped off the train earlier?

Edited by Quack on June 04 2016,05:35

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Not only does life not need special intervention by a Creator God, it is a natural, emergent expression of the routine creativity of the universe.
                                                          Stuart A. Kauffman

  
Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: June 04 2016,13:51   

"Peppered Moths, an Evolutionary Icon, Are Back"
http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016....94.html


That didn't take long.

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L. Susskind, 2004 "SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE"

   
sparc



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(Permalink) Posted: June 07 2016,06:58   

Usually I wouldn't link to articles from Susan Mazur because she miss-represents science in the name of some paradigm shift that she want to initiate although all the evidence is against it. But one shouldn't miss the well diserved response she received from one of organizers of a Royal Society Meeting on "New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives who was sick of Mazur's abuse of said meeting:
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“Could I request that you stop referring to the forthcoming RS-BA meeting (“New Trends in Evolutionary Biology: Biological, Philosphical and Social Science Perspectives”), and to the extended evolutionary synthesis, more generally, as in some way advocating a “paradigm shift”. Such language is both misleading (the vast majority of scientists working towards an extended synthesis do not seek revolutionary change in neo-Darwinism) and counterproductive (such talk undermines calm scientific discussion by creating an unnecessarily emotive and antagonistic atmosphere). I view the Kuhnian model as superseded long ago: the data suggests that sciences rarely if ever change through “revolutions”. Lakatos’ framework of “research programmes” offers a more up-to-date, accurate and useful conceptualization of (gradual and progressive) scientific change. The extended evolutionary synthesis is best regarded as an alternative research programme, entirely complementary to orthodox evolutionary biology. Talk of “paradigm shift” gives the false impression that the differences amongst evolutionary biologists are far more extreme than they actually are. . . .”

linky

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- William Dembski -

   
Quack



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(Permalink) Posted: June 07 2016,15:56   

I "discovered" Susan Mazur several years ago, and my immediate reaction was that here we had a person smelling some bucks to be made from criticism of evolution.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 28 2016,10:02   

99 Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber

   
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 28 2016,20:12   

So will there now be a Jurassic Bird Park?

  
midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: June 28 2016,21:33   

Still features raptors.

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NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,12:38   

This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

  
k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,12:53   

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This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

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NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,13:16   

Quote (k.e.. @ July 21 2016,13:53)
Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,20:38)
This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

Explained in the article BREEDER.

I do snicker at how well you capture the "mind"-set of those cretins.

  
k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,13:30   

Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,21:16)
Quote (k.e.. @ July 21 2016,13:53)
Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,20:38)
This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

Explained in the article BREEDER.

I do snicker at how well you capture the "mind"-set of those cretins.

Awh shucks gee willikers spawn of the devil, thanks, it's a good read actually.

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NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,13:47   

Quote (k.e.. @ July 21 2016,14:30)
Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,21:16)
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Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,20:38)
This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

Explained in the article BREEDER.

I do snicker at how well you capture the "mind"-set of those cretins.

Awh shucks gee willikers spawn of the devil, thanks, it's a good read actually.

Oh, you've met my dad?
Good character evaluation!

  
k.e..



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,15:13   

Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,21:47)
Quote (k.e.. @ July 21 2016,14:30)
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Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,20:38)
This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

Explained in the article BREEDER.

I do snicker at how well you capture the "mind"-set of those cretins.

Awh shucks gee willikers spawn of the devil, thanks, it's a good read actually.

Oh, you've met my dad?
Good character evaluation!

Yeah your dad (lucifer) probably  is a bit of character, was he ever in Cameroon Africa?

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,16:59   

If the half a shell is above, it might served as an umbrella, if below, it might serve as an ark. Er, boat.

  
NoName



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(Permalink) Posted: July 21 2016,19:12   

Quote (k.e.. @ July 21 2016,16:13)
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Quote (NoName @ July 21 2016,20:38)
This is fascinating.  It looks like another gap closing ;-). It certainly shows how the explanatory power of evolution is discovered, not decreed.
Why turtles developed shells

What good is half a shell, HOMO?

Explained in the article BREEDER.

I do snicker at how well you capture the "mind"-set of those cretins.

Awh shucks gee willikers spawn of the devil, thanks, it's a good read actually.

Oh, you've met my dad?
Good character evaluation!

Yeah your dad (lucifer) probably  is a bit of character, was he ever in Cameroon Africa?

Nah, dad was more Beelzebubba ;-\
Uncle Lucifer got to most everywhere, though.  He was most fond of Dixie and parts of Rome, it seems ;-)

  
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