Thursday, December 10, 2009

Daily Wrap-Up

Requiem for the Dollar:
"Ben S. Bernanke doesn't know how lucky he is...Section 19 of this country's founding monetary legislation, the Coinage Act of 1792, prescribed the death penalty for any official who fraudulently debased the people's money. Was the massive printing of dollar bills to lift Wall Street (and the rest of us, too) off the rocks last year a kind of fraud? If the U.S. Senate so determines, it may send Mr. Bernanke back home to Princeton." H/T: Mangan

Derrida in the Laboratory: “Post modernism is creeping into science. The bizarre rationalizations for the self-admitted scientific fraud perpetrated in the ClimateGate scandal are a radical departure from traditional scientific standards…The leading scientific journal Nature has defended all of these scientific crimes by asserting that these scientists were under stress… Peer review is the jury that decides what counts as valid science. Manipulation of peer-review is to science what jury tampering is to justice; it's a crime.”

7 Mysterious Moments in Evolution: "Scientists like to say evolution is a fact... Yet no one has ever demonstrated that genetic changes passed down to future generations can give birth to genuinely new life-forms. No one has witnessed an ape turning into a human, or a reptile turning into a bird. The changes required to go from the first living cell to everything alive today resist our understanding. What are the top 7 transformations that refuse to give up their secrets?..." H/T: Darwiniana

Survey of Professional Philosophers Conducted: David Bourget and David Chalmers have released the results of the largest survey of professional philosophers ever conducted. There were 931 respondents from 99 leading philosophy departments around the world. The most interesting result? 73% of the respondents support atheism; 15% theism; and 12% "other." H/T: Luke

"Ross Douthat, call your office!": British Christians on Trial for Hate Speech Against Muslim. H/T: Mangan

I've also updated my essay,
A "Game" Debate with Obsidian


Jesus Christ Supercop said...

"No one has witnessed an ape turning into a human, or a reptile turning into a bird."


Religious fanatics and other people clueless about science should not talk about evolution. But these days it seems like everyone's an expert on everything.

Todd White said...

Until someone witnesses an ape turning into a human, etc., I think we've earned the right to question the scientific establishment.

The revelations from "Climategate" make that more obvious than ever.