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FYI-FTR: Addressing the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) parody on the Idea of God in Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology

As just noted, a discussion thread on responding to abuse of the privilege of developing and implementing curriculum has been trollishly hijacked in what looks like an escalation of the tactics coming from a circle of objector sites. At the end, on a topic dealing with 12 year olds, sexually tinged vulgarity has been injected Read More…

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Response to repeated trollish threadjacking

I headline as a notice, to deal with trollish misconduct: >>I warned about hijacking threads of discussion, took time to give pointers of correction and even link where there are discussions of this sort of sophomoric parody, e.g. http://www.truefreethinker.com…..l-part-2-4 (as in: this sort of foolishness has long since been corrected, that which is made of Read More…

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Killer headline here: Stasis found in peach pits, 2.5 mya

Wake up. From ScienceDaily: Scientists have found eight well-preserved fossilized peach endocarps, or pits, in southwest China dating back more than two and a half million years. Despite their age, the fossils appear nearly identical to modern peach pits. … “We found these peach endocarp fossils just exposed in the strata,” Su said. “It’s really Read More…

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Can epigenetics help beat depression?

Further to A biologist explains epigenetics: Picture an orchestra (DNA is only the violin section), … From The Scientist : Antidepressant Exerts Epigenetic Changes … “Depression is considered a stress-related disease and it has been known for a while that stress can change long-term behavior, probably by reprogramming gene activity,” said study coauthor Theo Rein Read More…

Epigenetics

A biologist explains epigenetics: Picture an orchestra

From biologist Daniel Currier at Salvo 35: Exponential Life Epigenetics Deepens the Mystery of Design While DNA “sentences” are certainly essential for life, they are not sufficient to build an organism. So biologists today are asking whether the cell contains other vital receptacles of information. For illustration, let’s picture an orchestra assembled to play a Read More…

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Is the view that there is a God little more than a poorly supported, culturally induced commonplace notion?

Yesterday, I highlighted a case in Texas in which a School-level Critical Thinking Curriculum has been manipulated to set an assignment (in a section for 20 points) gives a question requiring the answer that “There is a God” is not fact or credible view but a cultural commonplace, poorly supported and dubious assertion that apparently Read More…

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Animal instincts and meta-programming

The best book I have read about ethology is “Nature’s I.Q. — Extraordinary animal behaviors that defy evolution”, by Balazs Hornyanszky and Istvan Tasi, Torchlight Publishing Inc. 2009. I suggest reading it. The authors provide a rich summary of almost all animal behaviors about predation, defense, construction of complex structures (webs, nets, traps…), disguise, deception, Read More…