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  • In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges

    07/28/2016 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/23/2015
    Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories. The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other  founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories. But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed. The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967 That all changed in the 1960s. Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The...
  • Pondering Gravitational Waves

    02/13/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/11/16 | Paul Gilster
    Pondering Gravitational Wavesby Paul Gilster on February 11, 2016 "Einstein would be beaming," said National Science Foundation director France Córdova as she began this morning's news conference announcing the discovery of gravitational waves. I can hardly disagree, because we have in this discovery yet another confirmation of the reality of General Relativity. Caltech's Kip Thorne, who discussed black hole mergers way back in 1994 in his book Black Holes and Time Warps, said at the same news conference that Einstein must have been frustrated by the lack of available technologies to detect the gravitational waves his theory predicted, a lack...
  • The 'Obama is a Muslim' conspiracy theory is still reverberating in the Middle East

    01/22/2016 3:06:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/21/16 | Adam Taylor
    **SNIP** One of the most persistent and widespread of these conspiracy theories gets more specific than its American variant: Obama isn't just a Muslim, this theory goes.... he's a Shiite Muslim. This week, as the Obama administration announced that it was lifting sanctions on Iran as a result of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran reached in July, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the head of general security for the emirate of Dubai, suggested that Obama's "Shiite roots" had helped him get elected in a bid to bring the United States and Iran closer. "Mission accomplished," he added.
  • Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

    01/09/2016 2:33:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/8/16 | Seth Fletcher
    Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger The Harvard string theorist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Penrose diagram for a semiclassical evaporating black hole, as presented in "Soft Hair on Black Holes."CREDIT:Prahar Mitra In the mid 1970s, Stephen Hawking made a string of unnerving discoveries about black holes—that they could evaporate,even explode, anddestroy all information about what had fallen in. Physicists spent the next 40 years sorting through the wreckage. Then last year, at a...
  • What Are Quantum Gravity's Alternatives To String Theory?

    12/19/2015 7:19:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 17, 2015 | Ethan Slegel
    The Universe we know and love — with Einstein’s General Relativity as our theory of gravity and quantum field theories of the other three forces — has a problem that we don’t often talk about: it’s incomplete, and we know it. Einstein’s theory on its own is just fine, describing how matter-and-energy relate to the curvature of space-and-time. Quantum field theories on their own are fine as well, describing how particles interact and experience forces. Normally, the quantum field theory calculations are done in flat space, where spacetime isn’t curved. We can do them in the curved space described by...
  • A Fight for the Soul of Science (physicists, philosophers debate boundaries of science)

    12/17/2015 10:01:58 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 12/16/15 | Natalie Wolchover
    A Fight for the Soul of Science String theory, the multiverse and other ideas of modern physics are potentially untestable. At a historic meeting in Munich, scientists and philosophers asked: should we trust them anyway? Laetitia Vancon for Quanta MagazinePhysicists George Ellis (center) and Joe Silk (right) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich on Dec. 7. By: Natalie WolchoverDecember 16, 2015 Comments (17) Share this: facebooktwitterredditmail PDF Print Physicists typically think they “need philosophers and historians of science like birds need ornithologists,” the Nobel laureate David Gross told a roomful of philosophers, historians and physicists last week in Munich, Germany,...
  • National Geographic: 12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

    11/02/2015 11:00:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Geographic ^ | By Mark Strauss, National Geographic
    What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about Homo sapiens that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how did our ancestors acquire that certain something? The past century has seen a profusion of theories. Some reveal as much about the time their proponents lived in as they do about human evolution. 1. We Make Tools: "It is in making tools that man is unique," anthropologist Kenneth Oakley wrote in a 1944 article. Apes use found objects as tools, he explained, "but the shaping of sticks...
  • Math Mystery: Shinichi Mochizuki and the Impenetrable Proof

    10/12/2015 3:59:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 72 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 10/8/15 | Davide Castelvecchi
    A Japanese mathematician claims to have solved one of the most important problems in his field. The trouble is, hardly anyone can work out whether he's rightSometime on the morning of August 30 2012, Shinichi Mochizuki quietly posted four papers on his website. The papers were hugemore than 500 pages in allpacked densely with symbols, and the culmination of more than a decade of solitary work. They also had the potential to be an academic bombshell. In them, Mochizuki claimed to have solved the abc conjecture, a 27-year-old problem in number theory that no other mathematician had even come...
  • Latest Theory I Hear Out There: Fiorina Assigned to Take Out Trump at Debate

    09/15/2015 12:25:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 71 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | September 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's another theory going around, too. I just have to share it with you. I have no idea. I'm not on the inside with the Republican Party, and I haven't ever been, really. People have assumed, you know, that I'm the titular head of the Republican Party. If I were an ideas guy, that might be true, but I'm not, and I've never been. I've never chatted with Reince Priebus. I've never met him. I wouldn't know how to get hold of him other than look up the phone number at the RNC -- and I don't...
  • The theory of parallel universes is not just maths it is science that can be tested

    09/11/2015 11:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 09/02/2015
    The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a multiverse made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility although it is still a matter of vigorous debate among physicists. The race is now on to find a way to test the theory, including searching the sky for signs of collisions with other universes. It is important to keep in mind that the multiverse view is not actually a theory,...
  • Mathematicians Chase Moonshines Shadow

    03/13/2015 6:10:51 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 3/12/15 | Erica Klarreich
    Mathematicians Chase Moonshines Shadow Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory. In 1978, the mathematician John McKay noticed what seemed like an odd coincidence. He had been studying the different ways of representing the structure of a mysterious entity called the monster group, a gargantuan algebraic object that, mathematicians believed, captured a new kind of symmetry. Mathematicians werent sure that the monster group actually existed, but they knew that if it did exist, it acted in special ways in particular dimensions, the first two of which were 1 and 196,883.McKay, of...
  • A New Physics Theory of Life

    12/10/2014 2:18:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 1/22/14 | Natalie Wolchover
    A New Physics Theory of Life Katherine Taylor for Quanta MagazineJeremy England, a 31-year-old physicist at MIT, thinks he has found the underlying physics driving the origin and evolution of life. By: Natalie WolchoverJanuary 22, 2014 Comments (151) print Why does life exist?Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and should be as...
  • The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

    08/08/2014 10:53:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    medium.com ^ | August 5 | Paul Halpern
    When he died on September 7, 2012, theoretical physicist Claud W. Lovelace left behind a house filled with parakeets. With no family or close companions, the eccentric Rutgers professor loved to be surrounded by his colorful fine-feathered friends and listen to classical music as he contemplated the nuances of unified field theory. A loner not particularly close to his colleagues, members of the Physics and Astronomy department were astounded and delighted when he willed his entire fortune of $1.5 million to it. The funds were used to help establish endowed positions in practical fields of physics, a far cry from...
  • New Theory Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Even Exist

    06/24/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2014 | TIA GHOSE, LIVESCIENCE
    The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests."During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang," said study co-author Robert Hogan, a doctoral candidate in physics at King's College in London. "This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause the...
  • Americans Question the Big Bang

    04/25/2014 8:30:14 AM PDT · by fishtank · 165 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-25-14 | Brian Thomas
    Americans Question the Big Bang by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A new poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans question the Big Bang theory, and 54 percent of Americans believe that the universe is so complex that there must have been a designer.1 Mainstream scientists are not happy about it. The Associated Press-GfK poll queried Americans' confidence in a number of other issuesthe genetic code's link to inherited traits, smoking's link to lung cancerand the respondents expressed more confidence in these issues than they did in the Big Bang. According to AP, "Those results depress and upset some of America's...
  • English Professors' Moral Panic

    04/15/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you love literature, you might find it easier to actually buy it than take a course in it. According to the most recent comprehensive report on staffing by the Modern Language Association and the Association of Departments of English, published in 2008, English lost 3,000 tenure-track positions from 1993 to 2004, roughly 10 percent of the total, Marc Bousquet writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Even that understates the case, since more than a third of the new tenurable hires have not been in traditional literary fields but in composition, rhetoric, theory, cultural studies, new media, and digital...
  • For Unproven Theory, Scientists Propose Unproven Solutions

    04/13/2014 12:01:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    What’s even more dubious than claims of catastrophic warming? Claims that scientists know what to do about it.The IPCC released a report warning that unless a “rapid shift” to green energy is undertaken, we’re all going to die…or, something.And even that may not be enough. The group is saying that we “might even need to enlist controversial technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”We’ll get started right away on those gigantic atmospheric scoops to remove all those offensive greenhouse gases.It’s more of the same from the IPCC, with a little more hysteria to get our juices flowing.USA Today: “There...
  • Secret Negotiation with Hijackers Theory Bolsters: Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Revealed

    03/13/2014 12:40:02 AM PDT · by hamboy · 46 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    ‘Secret Negotiation with Hijackers’ Theory Bolsters as Last Words from Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Revealed Before the flight disappeared from radar screens, the Malaysia's civil aviation heard the words, "All right, good night", The Straits Times reported. There is however, conflicting reports on what exactly were the last words. The BBC says that the last heard reply from flight MH370 was "All right, roger that". The meeting held in a packed room with nearly 400 relatives at the Metropark Lido hotel in Beijing, non-the-less, is important as anguished family members were given the chance to ask direct questions...
  • Big bang birthday: Six lingering mysteries of a cosmic bombshell

    03/04/2014 6:45:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 03/04/2014 | Lisa Grossman
    In 1964, a pair of engineers at Bell Labs in New Jersey tried to build a better antenna and ended up uncovering the origins of the universe. After ruling out city noise, nuclear bombs and pigeon poop, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson argued that a strange radio hiss in their readings was the first confirmed signal of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This relic glow emerged as a result of the big bang and now permeates the universe. The discovery solidified big bang theory as our best explanation for cosmic origins, and Penzias and Wilson went on to net a...
  • Simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter, physicists say

    06/11/2013 4:12:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | 6/11/13 | James Fluere
    One physicist says he likes this theory because of “its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested.”Theoretical physicists at Vanderbilt University contend that a simply theory may explain mysterious dark matter. They propose that most of the matter in the universe may be constructed of particles that have an abnormal, donut-shaped electromagnetic field known as an anapole. According to a news release from Vanderbilt University, Professor Robert Scherrer and post-doctoral fellow Chiu Man Ho carried out an in-depth analysis to determine the validity of this theory. Scherrer points out that he likes this theory because of “its...
  • DHS Ammo Grab: No Longer Conspiracy But Plain Reality

    05/20/2013 4:00:08 PM PDT · by Shawn M. Paul · 41 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | March 20, 2013 | Shawn Paul
    It now seems clear that the Department of Homeland Securitys stockpiling of ammunition and other warfare supplies can no longer be dismissed as conspiracy theory, but is a very real development in the actions of an overreaching federal government. Many have suggested and assumed that the ammo and gun shortage experienced across the country is the result of private citizens unprecedented purchases, in recent years, in preparation for impending gun control measures. While this is true in part, it is only half of the logical explanation that can be assessed based upon available facts. This phenomenon has been described as...
  • Aftermath

    04/29/2013 6:06:19 AM PDT · by kimtom · 5 replies
    townhall.com ^ | Apr 26, 2013 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON -- More than 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu wrote "The Art of War." In it, the Chinese strategist postulated: "One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements. ... One who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated." Two millenniums later, Prussian military theorist Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz wrote a detailed exposition on the principles of warfare. His book "On War" -- published after his death in 1831 -- posits, inter alia, that inadequate, incomplete or incorrect intelligence will inevitably contribute to the "fog of war" and lead...
  • Quantum theory is wrong.

    03/07/2013 5:44:05 AM PST · by ABrit · 62 replies
    A word in your ear ^ | March 7th 2013 | Mark
    Particles do not retain "information", don't have "knowledge". It is not that the act of observation that alters reality. In fact the physical nature of the "observation" small though it may be is sufficient to alter the metrics of sub atomic particles.
  • A Case Study In the Overton Window of Political Possibility

    01/23/2013 7:19:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/23/2013 | Mackinac Center
    The Overton Window, as coined by the Mackinac Center, is a model to explain how changes in public policy occur. When evaluating the options within any specific public policy issue, only a relatively narrow window of options will be considered politically acceptable by politicians. The window of acceptable policies is not primarily defined by the politicians preference, but by what he or she can support without jeopardizing re-election. As society embraces new ideas, the Overton Window shifts to include additional public policy options that were previously deemed unacceptable. Meaningful policy change may take decades. Or, as in the case of...
  • Conspiracy theory professor says Sandy Hook shooting may not have happened

    01/08/2013 9:51:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/8/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Outrageous claims made by a professor who specializes in conspiracy theories are set to provoke grieving family by saying that the Sandy Hook massacre may not have happened at all. James Tracy, a tenured history professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a lengthy post on his personal blog saying that the shooting that left 20 children and six teachers dead may not have happened the way that it is widely believed, if it happened at all. Backed solely by the erroneous early reports filed during the midst of the horrendous incident, Mr Tracy 's claim is preying on the confusion...
  • Glenn Beck's Benghazi and CIA Theory

    Worth the few minutes to watch if you like Glenn Beck.
  • Hey Mr. Wilson: Your tribal theory of religion is a lot of bunk!

    05/17/2012 8:48:15 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 17, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    The Cardinal Newman Society Blog is reporting that: "DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in America, has invited one of the foremost population control advocates who once called Christianity the most dangerous of devotions to speak at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and College of Science and Health commencement ceremony. E.O. Wilson, a Harvard professor and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize who once called humans an environmental abnormality, is scheduled to speak at DePaul Universitys commencement on June 10th. He is one of a number of prominent people who will be speaking on campus that day....
  • Exclusive: Bell's Critical Race Theory Promoted in Public Schools

    03/19/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/12 | Kyle Olson
    A radical organization known as the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) is actively promoting Derrick Bells Critical Race Theory in public elementary and high schools nationwide, with an intense focus on what PEG calls Systemic Racism. With the approval of the Obama administration, and under the guise of closing achievement gaps between black and white students, PEG is promoting teaching methods that discourage black and brown students from conforming to an inherently white -- and therefore racist -- curriculum. PEG also encourages teachers to conform to the presumed cultural backgrounds of students, rather than focusing on norms of assessment and accountability....
  • A Simple Review of Critical Race Theory. Is the Obama Bell video really a bombshell?

    03/15/2012 2:13:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    LynnBaber.net ^ | 3/8/2012 | Lynn Baber
    It is difficult to find a simple review of Critical Race Theory, the mantra and thought-child of Professor Derrick Bell, because CRT is a scholarly theory usually discussed by academics who communicate using scholar-speak. The Breitbart release of the video showing then-student Barack Obama embracing Bell both philosophically and physically is the news item of the day. The question being debated is whether the content of this video is a political bombshell or a yawner. The only way to answer that particular question is to have a working understanding of Critical Race Theory. You have to know what Obama was...
  • Critical Race Theory Explained

    03/12/2012 1:04:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/11/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    So, what does CRT believe? In their primer, Critical Race Theory, Richard Delgado (one of the movements founders) and Jean Stefancic set out some basic principles: 1. Racism is ordinary, not aberrational; 2. Our system of white-over-color ascendancy serves important purposes, both psychic and material. When taken together, these principles have serious ramifications. First, they suggest that legal rules that stand for equal treatment under law i.e. the 14th Amendment can remedy only the most blatant forms of discrimination. The system is too corrupted, too based on the notion of white supremacy, for equal protection of the laws...
  • Video: Does OBrien know what Critical Race Theory is?

    03/08/2012 5:28:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    hot air ^ | 3/8/12 | allah pundit
    Via Dan Riehl and Ace, this almost too good to check. Go read Rebel Pundits post for an explanation, then skip to 2:00 below. (If you missed Eds post this morning, by all means watch the whole thing.) After sneering at Joel Pollak for supposedly mischaracterizing the discipline and then refusing to define it herself, she finally demonstrates her grasp of Critical Race Theory by uncorking a definition thats curiously similar to the opening of Wikipedias intro on CRT, replete with the noncolloquial use of intersection to describe an interdisciplinary study. Could be a coincidence the definition she...
  • Watery secret of the dinosaur death pose (Simplest explanation of Dino extinction: They drowned)

    11/26/2011 6:26:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 157 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 11/23/2011 | by Brian Switek
    Recreating the spectacular pose many dinosaurs adopted in death might involve following the simplest of instructions: just add water. When palaeontologists are lucky enough to find a complete dinosaur skeleton whether it be a tiny Sinosauropteryx or an enormous Apatosaurus there's a good chance it will be found with its head thrown backwards and its tail arched upwards technically known as the opisthotonic death pose. No one is entirely sure why this posture is so common, but Alicia Cutler and colleagues from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, think it all comes down to a dip in...
  • Theory about 2012 Presidential Race

    05/16/2011 11:06:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 88 replies
    We're beginning to see some strong candidates drop out. Why? Perhaps these candidates feel if they band together to support one person that will make the candidate who goes against Obama that much stronger. What if candidates like Romney, Huckabee, Trump, Gingrich, Santorum..all drop out and then they all banded together and they each used their own strengths to campaign for the nominee. Imagine all those candidates supporting either Cain or Palin or Bachman.
  • After Big Bang Came Moment of Pure Chaos, Study Finds (order eventually came out of chaos?)

    10/05/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | 10/05/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    <p>The universe was in chaos after the Big Bang kick-started the cosmos, a new study suggests.</p> <p>While one might expect the explosion that began the universe to wreak some havoc, scientists mean something very specific when they refer to chaos. In a chaotic system, small changes can cause large-scale effects. A commonly cited example is the "butterfly effect" the idea that a butterfly beating its wing in Brazil can bring about a tornado in Texas.</p>
  • Growing oil well cavity could collapse as oil is squeezed out of the leak. (Vanity)

    06/03/2010 2:34:57 PM PDT · by 7thOF7th · 73 replies · 1,554+ views
    IMHO
    With each gallon of oil that leaks out of the hole in the Gulf, a vacuous cavity is forming and no longer providing structural support to the subterranean oil deposit. It is this very pressure that pushes the oil out of the hole. Under normal operating conditions sea water or heavy mud is used to replace the volume of oil extracted. If nothing is filling the space of the leaking oil, a catastrophe of immense and long lasting impact could occur. If the ceiling of the subterranean cavern collapses, it will release the entire oil deposit into the Gulf of...
  • Four Colossal Holes in the Theory of Man-Made Global Warming

    12/08/2009 4:59:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1,549+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2009 | John Hawkins
    Repeating the words "scientific consensus" over and over and telling sad stories about polar bears does not qualify as "science." So, why is it that the people who insist that Man-made global warming is based on science, not politics, always get shaky and defensive when people want to actually talk about the reasoning behind it? When was the last time you heard a scientist get hysterical when you asked him to explain Einstein's theory of relativity? If you ask a scientist why nothing can move faster than the speed of light, he doesn't tell you a terrible story about how...
  • Krugman's Magic Solution To Budgetary Woes

    11/13/2009 2:24:39 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 448+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-13-2009 | Robert Murphy
    Krugman's Magic Solution To Budgetary Woes Economics / Economic Theory Nov 13, 2009 - 04:01 PM By: Robert_Murphy Long-time readers know that I am second only to Bill Anderson in my constant criticism of Paul Krugman. Indeed, I quite recently defended the gold standard from Krugman's ridicule. Given this context, I am very surprised to confess that Krugman has convinced me of the virtues of currency debasement. As I was reading his blog post on the tragic fate of Ecuador, I applied Krugman's lessons to my personal life, and suddenly everything became clear. In a flash, all of my household's...
  • Women getting more beautiful, say scientists

    07/26/2009 7:40:33 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 101 replies · 3,169+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 26, 2009 | Ben Leach
    Researchers found that attractive women have more children than their less attractive counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Once those daughters become adult they tend to be good looking themselves and so the pattern is repeated as women over the generations become steadily more aesthetically pleasing. As attractive couples are less likely to have boy than a girl, men, in contrast, remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors, the scientists claim. The findings have emerged from a series of studies of physical attractiveness and its links to reproductive success in humans. In a study...
  • Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda

    05/29/2009 11:20:59 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 462 replies · 6,616+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | May 28, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article from last month, Education Board in Texas Faces Curbs, revealed how the Texas evolution-lobby has been seeking to use both censorship and power grabs to promote their agenda. First, they sought to censor from Texas students any instruction on scientific weaknesses in evolution. Having lost that fight before the Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE), they have tried to use other tactics to punish the board for adopting science standards that teach evolution objectively, or to grab power away from the democratically elected...
  • How to map the multiverse

    05/05/2009 5:33:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,950+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5/4/09 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    BRIAN GREENE spent a good part of the last decade extolling the virtues of string theory. He dreamed that one day it would provide physicists with a theory of everything that would describe our universe - ours and ours alone. His bestselling book The Elegant Universe eloquently captured the quest for this ultimate theory. "But the fly in the ointment was that string theory allowed for, in principle, many universes," says Greene, who is a theoretical physicist at Columbia University in New York. In other words, string theory seems equally capable of describing universes very different from ours. Greene hoped...
  • 'Missing link' fossil seal walked

    04/22/2009 2:09:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,231+ views
    bbc ^ | 22 April 2009 | Richard Black
    It may look like a cross between a seal and an otter; but an Arctic fossil could, scientists say, hold the secret of seal evolution in its feet. A skeleton unearthed in northern Canada shows a creature with feet that were probably webbed, but were not flippers. Writing in the journal Nature, scientists suggest the 23 million-year-old proto-seal would have walked on land and swum in fresh water. It is the oldest seal ancestor found so far and has been named Pujilla darwini.
  • The Evolution Interpreter: Generic Transition Form Fossil Discovery Article

    04/22/2009 1:11:09 PM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 94 replies · 1,515+ views
    Vanity ^ | 04/22/2009 | Liberty1970
    Over the years Ive read copiously on the subject of origins. Ive noticed the media pronouncements on the subject of new fossils and evolutionary theory form a startlingly repetitive pattern. To save the over-worked and increasingly bankrupt news media Ive undertaken to serve them with a generic news story that can be copy-and-pasted with few modifications and reused as frequently as desired. New Fossil Discovery Is Transition Form, Provides Proof of Evolution! University of ________ Scientists say theyve found a missing link in the early evolution of ______ - the skeleton of a ______ that was evolving away from ______...
  • Otter-Like Fossil Reveals Early Seal Evolution

    04/22/2009 12:11:57 PM PDT · by steve-b · 18 replies · 740+ views
    AP ^ | 4/22/09 | Malcolm Ritter
    Scientists say they've found a "missing link" in the early evolution of seals and walruses the skeleton of a web-footed, otter-like creature that was evolving away from a life on land. Those feet and other anatomical features show an early step on the way to developing flippers and other adaptations for a life in the sea, the scientists said. One expert called it "a fantastic discovery" that fills a crucial gap in the fossil record....
  • Information Is a Fundamental Entity (does it = nonmaterial foundation for all biological systems?)

    03/12/2009 12:23:35 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 482+ views
    AiG ^ | Dr. Werner Gitt
    3.1 Information: A Fundamental Quantity The trail-blazing discoveries about the nature of energy in the 19th century caused the first technological revolution, when manual labor was replaced on a large scale by technological appliancesmachines which could convert energy. In the same way, knowledge concerning the nature of information in our time initiated the second technological revolution where mental labor is saved through the use of technological appliancesnamely, data processing machines. The concept information is not only of prime importance for informatics theories and communication techniques, but it is a fundamental quantity in such wide-ranging sciences as cybernetics, linguistics, biology,...
  • Gods Mighty Expanse (ever wonder what the BIBLE says about COSMOLOGY?)

    02/25/2009 6:52:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 66 replies · 1,679+ views
    CMI ^ | 26 February 2009 | D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.
    Gods mighty expanse by D. Russell HumphreysPublished: 26 February 2009(GMT+10) Psalm 150:1, the first verse of the last psalm, contains a phrase that has always intrigued me: Praise Him in his mighty expanse. (NAS), or praise him in the firmament of his power. (KJV) God made the expanse (firmament) on the second day and called it heavens (Genesis 1:8, plural from literal Hebrew). Later, on the fourth day, He populated the expanse with the sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:14-19). So the expanse is not the heavenly bodies, but rather the space that contains the heavenly bodies. Normally people...
  • Conspiracy Theories an Infection Of Society

    02/21/2009 6:34:26 AM PST · by Crimson Politics · 40 replies · 1,700+ views
    Crimson Politics ^ | 2/21/09 | Brian Kane
    Conspiracy theories are an infection indeed, a cancer that grows in many different forms by pretending to be unrelated to each other. When they all have a number of important common traits. They all come from the human desire to explain events that make sense. The problem is, not everything makes sense. When John F. Kennedy was shot, the conspiracy theorists had theories because they simply could not believe that some nutcase would do it for such a vague reason (insane people complicate everything). It's a part of human nature, to question something that's too simple. If you ask Einstein...
  • Darwin's dangerous idea: Top 10 evolution articles

    01/01/2009 4:44:51 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 7 replies · 591+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 28 December 2008
    150 years after Darwin proposed it, evolution by natural selection continues to be both a battleground and a hotbed of ideas.Scientists continue to respond to the latest attacks from creationists, and at the same time propose profound new ideas about evolution. This year has seen perceptions of the virus change from disease-causing villain to evolutionary hero, and the emergence of a new force of evolution - the absence of natural selection.Since its redesign in November, NewScientist.com is making the last 12 months' of articles free for everyone to read. Here, in case you missed them, are our top 10 in-depth...
  • Chemtrails Finally Explained...

    12/04/2008 12:03:03 AM PST · by JohnJeykis · 77 replies · 3,618+ views
    OWSweather ^ | December 4, 2008 | Kevin D. Martin
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - December 4, 2008 (OWSweather.com) The invisible killer. People believe global warming exists. People believe in a thing called chemtrails. But are chemtrails what people think? What if chemtrails are poisoning us. What if normal contrails are the visible elements of which are poisoning us? Planes have been known to produce contrails. When the humidity is high in the upper levels, with sub-freezing temperatures, lines in the sky form behind planes. These are known as contrails. Many planes take the skies daily, and many atmospheric conditions can form these trails. What is in them? The chemtrail theory states...
  • Conspiracy Debunked? Now Big Meetings of the Minds?

    11/25/2008 4:40:29 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies · 973+ views
    New World Order ^ | Nov. 14. 2008 | Blogger Gone Mad
    Eh, I don't know if the conspiracy is debunked, though I have certainly found plenty of intelligent responses to this conspiracy being significantly false. Most of what I see seems to show several true facts, but connecting those facts to a solution is where they come unglued. Like most theories, there are multiple sides, multiple angles, multiple facts, multiple manipulations, multiple believers and multiple non-believers. The challenge to you is to look into it but with an open mind. Don't settle for one video, or one version of the theory. Keep reviewing and most importantly use common-sense. To be honest,...
  • Religions thrived to protect against disease

    08/03/2008 10:04:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 245+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 30/07/2008 | Roger Highfield
    Religions thrived to protect our ancestors against the ravages of disease, according to a radical new evolutionary theory of the genesis of faith. Prof Richard Dawkins the atheist and sceptic, has condemned religion as a "virus of the mind" but it seems that people became religious for good reason - actually to avoid infection by viruses and other diseases - according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences. Dr Corey Fincher and Prof Randy Thornhill of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, come to this conclusion after studying why religions are far more...