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Important scientific argument that the world and everything in it is alive

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE  below Science Daily reports on a new theory by Erik D. Andrulis that if true demonstrates the earth is alive.  The peer reviewed journal Life has just published Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, which argues […]

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What’s with all the fuss about SOPA and PIPA?

posted by Gus diZerega

A friend of mine well versed in these matters and appreciative of problems on both sides has recommended this analysis as the best she has come across for understanding the issues at stake and why we should care.

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Insights on what’s happening in Russia – and why it’s relevant to us

posted by Gus diZerega

Alexei Navalny is one of the young Russians deeply involved in the broad outpouring of protest against the fraudulent election that returned Vladimir Putin to power.  In this interview he explains the crucial role of the internet and blogs in […]

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Exciting good news in energy production

posted by Gus diZerega

Courtesy of Stephen Schwartz’s sleuthing, I have come across two articles that give us hope that we can solve our energy problems with contemporary technologies if only the parasites who own the government would get out of the way – […]

Pandora turns out to be a better description of forest life than most anyone thought

posted by Gus diZerega

Suzanne Simard of the Dept. of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia has a delightful short video reporting that multi-species forests are connected in complex communicative networks with “mother trees” serving as the nodes in these networks. Her […]

Cold Fusion may be real

posted by Gus diZerega

In what might prove to be one of the most important inventions of the past 100 years, Andrea Rossi’s claim to have a functioning cold fusion reactor appears to have  passed important tests.  Stay tuned.  f this thing is real […]

The Game is Not Necessarily Over: Solar towers and clean power

posted by Gus diZerega

I just read on of the more hopeful pieces I have seen in a while regarding environmental degradation, the most disturbing of what I consider the three major crises threatening us today.  This crisis has several dimensions: destruction of natural […]

Exciting Psilocybin Research

posted by Gus diZerega

A very interesting series of posts on recent research with psilocybin mushrooms has just started to appear at one of my favorite bogs, The Reality Based Community, which is made up of a variety of academic types with a wider […]

Three dimensional printing

posted by Gus diZerega

Some things are so cool they are well worth looking at even on a blog that deals with completely different subjects.

Atheists again

posted by Gus diZerega

Atheists have been popping up and in some cases rudely intruding of late, most recently on Facebook.  Last night I “unfriended” someone on FB because I was tired of putting up with his mix of rudeness, arrogance, and his thinking […]

Good news about solar power is good news at many levels

posted by Gus diZerega

I just saw a great article by Stephen Lacey  linked to on Crooked Timber on how the price of solar power is falling very rapidly.  This has been a long term trend, and shows no signs of slowing.  The rate […]

Janine Benyus, biomimicry, and a vision for the future

posted by Gus diZerega

The modern world’s essentially autistic view of reality has suffered many assaults over the past 150 years.  In particular Darwin, the paradoxes of quantum mechanics and the rise of ecology as a science and a societal crisis, among other issues, […]

Why magickal thinking isn’t crazy

posted by Gus diZerega

Cherry Hill Seminary is offering a fascinating course by York Dobyns, a Ph.D. in physics at Princeton as well as a Wiccan since 1992.  The link explains everything briefly, so there is no need for me to duplicate it.  Find […]

Strong evidence for extra-terrestrial life announced!

posted by Gus diZerega

A geologist friend and Pagan just sent me a report in the  Journal of Cosmology of microfossils similar to trichomic cyanobacteria  deep inside several meteorites.  “Trichomic” means they resemble filaments, and “prokaryotes” are cells without a membrane bound nucleus. But these cells differ […]

Organic Milk is healthier than the other stuff

posted by Gus diZerega

I hope this does not cause any of you to start drinking organic milk, because I hope you already do, but recent research indicates organic milk is healthier than the other kind.  But if you aren’t drinking organic milk and […]

What the vaccination and autism scandal teaches us about science

posted by Gus diZerega

Those of us who have had personally strong and oft repeated experiences with the spirit world, and of nature as animate, are often sympathetic to people attacking mainstream science. For example, I know several Pagans who have resisted having their kids […]

Reindeer getting high

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just read about a delightful report that reindeer and other animals as well eat mushrooms to get high.  Having done the same myself (and seen colors that are not on the spectrum) I can only nod in approval. […]

Texting, Cell Phones, and Spirit

posted by Gus diZerega

David Spangler was one of the early leaders at Findhorn, and has since  worked in his own way in a broad spiritual approach  that I often find attractive: a mystical approach that honors and loves the world of manifestation rather […]

Vaccines, War and Remembrance

posted by Gus diZerega

Daily Kos has a fascinating story on the rapid increase in whooping cough cases in California in 2004, a spike apparently correlated county by county with the number of children whose parents chose not to have them vaccinated.  This increase  […]

A vacation from the net

posted by Gus diZerega

Every medium of communication has its strengths and weaknesses.  Some of the strongest media have the greatest weaknesses.  David Abram’s wonderful The Spell of the Sensuous makes a powerful, and for me convincing, case that literacy helped sever our awareness of […]

Working With Nature Organically: shown to be superior agriculturally

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is an interesting article in Science Daily on the agricultural and ecological superiority of organic farming methods over industrial agriculture.

There really is a scientific consensus on global warming

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below Why am I not surprised?  When ‘skeptics’ conferences have such noted “climate scientists” as former astronauts as presenters, that should say it all.  But for those who still take the ‘skeptics’ as having a strong case, hopefully these […]

The End of Men? Fascinating Changes Occurring Around Us

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just read and then printed out for further study a fascinating article Stephan Schwarz alerted me to by Hanna Rosin on “The End of Men.”  The article starts out with an account of the strange things now happening […]

Life on Titan?

posted by Gus diZerega

Maybe so.

Nature is Good for You

posted by Gus diZerega

It turns out that immersing ourselves in Nature is good for us in ways that science can actually measure.  A paper published last week, “A Dose of Nature” Jules Pretty and Jo Barton found that people’s mood and self-esteem benefit […]

Fascinating Findings Concerning Acupuncture and Rats

posted by Gus diZerega

I believe my unusually rapid recovery from a stroke in 2008 was connected to working with healing energy for 25 years.  My belief just received a boost.  This week (April 24)  the  New Scientist gave  a fascinating account of an […]

Scriptural Literalism, Bruce Waltke, and Exploding Volcanoes

posted by Gus diZerega

Conservative Evangelical Bible scholar Dr. Bruce Waltke has resigned from his teaching position at the Reformed Theological Seminary.  He made the mistake of saying the evidence overwhelmingly supported evolution.  Many of his co-religionists are unforgiving.  Ken Hamm, CEO of the ‘Creation […]

Psychedelic News

posted by Gus diZerega

Mark Kleiman reports on important news from the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century Conference. I wish I had been there.

Entheogens and Contemporary Science

posted by Gus diZerega

Mark Kleiman has a very interesting post up on the gradual opening of science and medicine to the value of entheogens that had been smothered as part of the mindless backlash against the Sixties. As older Pagans know, entheogens played […]

Junk Food Addicts Rats, Changes Brain Chemistry

posted by Gus diZerega

Researchers at The Scripps  Research Institute report that when fed junk food instead of good food, the brain chemistry of rats changes in ways analogous to cocaine addiction.  Addicted rats turned down nutritious food preferring no food instead, but willingly underwent repeated […]

A Pagan Perspective on Science

posted by Gus diZerega

In a previous comment Rombald called our attention to the fact that science itself was powerfully influenced by a Christian world view when it originated.  The desacralization of the world promoted by Protestantism in particular made it easy to approach […]

Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

posted by Gus diZerega

Some of my readers may wonder whether there is a scientific consensus about global warming, particularly after the distortions thrown up by so-valled “skeptics” over the past few months.  Other might just like a list of the major scientific and […]

Interesting Fact on Cell Phones and Driving

posted by Gus diZerega

Michael O’Hare over at the Reality Based Community has a very interesting analysis of why, even though talking on a cell phone while driving is seriously dangerous, when people stopped talking through their hand held instruments in favor of blue […]

Science and Religion: A Reply to the Skeptics, II.

posted by Gus diZerega

I slightly revised this second part of the WACCO list discussion to try and provide more clarity, but the arguments have not been changed (though I added one paragraph to develop a thought more.) This post argues against the adequacy of […]

Science and Religion: A Reply to the Skeptics, I.

posted by Gus diZerega

Two weeks ago I got involved in a discussion with two local and very sharp “skeptics,” Mark and Paul, concerning science and religion.  The exchange took place in the Wacco Bulletin Board, a wonderful local online communication media for Sonoma […]

Toxicity Reportedly Found in GMO Corn

posted by Gus diZerega

Huffington Post writes that a major scientific journal, the International Journal of Biological Sciences is reporting cases of organ failure in rats fed any of three varieties of Monsanto’s GMO corn.    The original article can be found here.

Turning CO2 into Fuel

posted by Gus diZerega

An exciting discovery has taken place at the Sandia National Labs in New Mexico.  A way has been found, using solar energy, to turn CO2 into fuel.  It will not be on the market soon as greater efficiency is needed. […]

Looking More Deeply at the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

A retired physicist friend has sent me a NYT piece by John Tierney on the stolen emails and accusations of impropriety issue.  Included was the extensive discussion of his column by readers from different perspectives.  By current standards Tierney is […]

Climate Change “Blogathon”

posted by Gus diZerega

There will be a Blogathon” this weekend featuring a great many scientific experts as well as leading voices warning of global warming who are not themselves scientists.  I recommend anyone seriously interested in this issue pop in to look around.  The […]

What’s True and What’s Not About ‘Climategate’

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve received some emails asking me what I know about “Climategate” – the alleged scandal exposed when thirteen years of emails at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, UK, were hacked, and disseminated by right wing […]

Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart Kauffman

posted by Gus diZerega

Books exploring the philosophical implications of science by contemporary scientists tend to fall into two categories: those that assert and explore the implications of scientific reductionism and those that explore the implications of quantum physics.  Neither is directly relevant o […]

A Word to the Wise . . .

posted by Gus diZerega

From someone whose only wisdom in this case was to listen to a friend. About a year ago my friend Michael convinced me to get an external hard drive for back up.  Without that back up, when my hard drive […]

Is Ritual Necessary for Sustainability?

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night Joan Marler of the Institute of Archaeomythology — gave a fascinating talk about the likelihood Europe’s first agricultural peoples had developed writing 8,000 years ago, long before Sumer.  It is called the “Danube Script.”   The evidence she offered […]

Why It’s So Hard to Admit Error

posted by Gus diZerega

A great piece on why it is so difficult to convince people by using reason and evidence has just appeared in Atlantic Magazine ‘s online site.  Lane Wallace’s The Uncommon Navigator  is well worth reading by all Pagans – and […]

Cristina on Kirk Cameron, Stupidity, and Darwin

posted by Gus diZerega

Some Fundamentalists think they have concocted a neat way of attacking evolution on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species, lowering our national IQ below even the level to which it has currently sunk.  A young […]

Technological Good News From Old Europe

posted by Gus diZerega

The wild card on environmental issues has always been our ingenuity. Current developments in Germany are pointing to a near future where any household who wants one can have a power generating plant in their basement that is greener, more […]

Pain Free Farming Through Genetic Engineering? Yeech.

posted by Gus diZerega

Modern factory farms may soon be raising animals that are “pain free,” and so not able to suffer physically from the abominable conditions under which they live.  So says a story in this week’s New Scientist, my favorite science magazine. […]

Stonehenge Solved? One Guy Might Have Done It.

posted by Gus diZerega

A retired construction worker might have figured it out using mostly boards, pebbles, and rope – no flying saucers or anti-grav devices necessary. Very very cool. (My thanks to Liz Elms)

Sam Harris and Frances Collins Re-Examined

posted by Gus diZerega

A number of people have suggested I was unfair to Sam Harris in criticizing his attack on Frances Collins.  Below I reprint his column from the NYT, inserting at key points comments showing I am very far from being unfair.  […]

Sexuality and the Sacred

posted by Gus diZerega

Frances Kissling over at Salon has a good discussion of fallacies in the views held by kinder gentler “pro-life” proponents who loudly oppose abortion but support Obama.  They are people who have expanded their moral and spiritual compass to be […]

Remembering Apollo 11

posted by Gus diZerega

As we commemorate Apollo 11’s successful trip to the moon and Neil Armstrong’s first steps there, all done with the aid of less computing power than exists in my cell phone, I am reminded of how in one respect it […]

On the Limits of Science

posted by Gus diZerega

I want to return to a discussion of the scientific method that arose during discussions following my post on animal morality. That will be also set the stage for part 2 of Paganism and America’s Future, as well as keeping […]

Regarding My Drug of Choice

posted by Gus diZerega

As far back as I can remember, I’ve heard people warning me about all the bad consequences that will happen because I indulge so deeply in my favorite drug. It is with great pleasure that the following has recently been […]

Animal Morality

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve just finished Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce’s  new book, Wild Justice: the Moral Lives of Animals.  Theirs is a wonderful book that in less than 200 pages has deeply changed how I look at our other-than-human neighbors on our […]

More on Bird Brains: Rooks are also Tool Makers/Users

posted by Gus diZerega

Recent discoveries about bird intelligence after so many many years of people knowing we were the only tool users and making it a definition for being human are great evidence for how what we “know” blinds us to what is.  […]

Meditation and the Brain

posted by Gus diZerega

Stephen Schwarz  uncovers interesting research on how meditation increases grey matter.

Animal Intelligence- Much More Than Most Imagined

posted by Gus diZerega

Alex, Snowball, Betty – recently birds have been transforming the world we live in – as we discover what had been in front of us for thousands of years. The transformation is in our perceptions and understanding.  

Is DNA Telepathic?

posted by Gus diZerega

Does DNA have telepathic qualities?  Do principles of emergent self-organization pervade reality?  A recent scientific article in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B suggests this may be so.    A popular description of this work can be found in Does DNA […]

Request from a Reader

posted by Gus diZerega

Cari Ferraro has made some really perceptive posts in the comments, and has asked me how she can post to my blog from hers.  I can’t find her email, but even if I did, I wouldn’t know what to say.  […]

Evaluating the Global Warming Debate

posted by Gus diZerega

I just got through reading a report on the global warming denial conference reported in the Scotsman, a major paper in Scotland.  Curious, I read the comments. or many of them anyway. As I read them I thought of doing […]

Darwinian Ethics

posted by Gus diZerega

Pagans stand in an interesting relationship to Christians and Secularists.  Because we focus on the Sacred as it manifests in the world, we do not have the problems with science and knowledge of the world that the Christian Church has […]

World’s Oldest Known Sacred Site Predates Agriculture

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the things I like best about Pantheacon is the opportunity to get up to date on new research and discoveries in research on ancient sites of interest to Pagans.  And few times are more ancient than Göbekli Tepe,  […]

A Pagan Celebration of Darwin’s Birthday

posted by Gus diZerega

I almost forgot!  Today, Feb 12, is Charles Darwin’s birthday.  And an illustrious day it is.   Why should I, a committed believer in the Gods and the Sacred, support a guy who has been used by atheists to debunk […]

Emergent Order in Science, Society and the Sacred

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been spending the weekend at a conference on spontaneous orders, also known as complex adaptive, emergent, or self-organizing systems.  In the human world what those terms, and some equivalent ones, point to is how certain kinds of order can […]

Global Warming Breakthrough

posted by Gus diZerega

Looks as if even the Bush administration will let its scientists talk about global warming – when forced by the courts. They say it’s happening and it’s human caused… It will be a problem for the right wing, but not […]

Wonderful Video on Salmon and Salmon Farms

posted by Gus diZerega

Salmon are one of the wonders of life on earth. The plight of wild salmon due to corporate salmon farms and the parasites and poisons for which they are responsible is appalling to those of us who have followed the […]

Victoria Hale,The Market Place and the Market Order

posted by Gus diZerega

Pop!Tech 2007, like Pop!Tech 2006, offered a wonderful array of creative people doing fascinating and vitally important work in that realm where society, culture, and technology come together. One of the most important at many levels was a talk given […]

Corporate Attack on Science and the Gift Economy

posted by Gus diZerega

The tensions are heating up between a gift economy revitalized by the web and corporations who make money to the degree they can keep information scarce and expensive. Until recently the only way research could be made available was through […]

News, the Web, and the Gift Economy

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most interesting things intellectually about the rise of the net is how the gift economy is pushing into turf long dominated by the commodity economy. See here and here. Today this is particularly the case with news, […]

UPDATE discussing new research attached to my post discussing Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

posted by Gus diZerega

For more, see my piece on Gore and Inconvenient Truth – click on one of the links above…

Thoughts Upon Seeing ‘An Inconvenient Truth”

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE BELOW I just saw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. His site is here. Roger Ebert wrote: “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to […]

Stewart Brand II: Romantic Environmentalism

posted by Gus diZerega

At Pop!Tech Stewart Brand described three broad categories of environmental thought,: romantics, scientists, and engineers. All three are essential. As is perhaps to be expected at a conference on leading edge technology, Brand emphasized the important contributions the last two […]

The Case for Intelligent Design (Be Careful What You Ask For…)

posted by Gus diZerega

NOTE:This post originally appeared earlier, on May 8. It has been plagued with spam – noxious spam. I have erased it from its original site and moved it up to here because the points it makes are serious ones and […]

A Riff Inspired By Richard Dawkins

posted by Gus diZerega

The famed evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, gave a spirited criticism of religious faith at his Pop!Tech address, comparing it to a virus that,once it infects the mind, undermines a person’s rationality. As an example, he described the case of Curt […]

Tom Friedman, Energy, and How to Solve a LOT of Problems

posted by Gus diZerega

Tom Friedman, the noted New York Times columnist and author, spoke on “This Is Not Your Parents’ Energy crisis.” I came to his talk with a lot of skepticism, for Friedman helped mightily to gin up support for our attack […]

Pop!Tech 2007

posted by Gus diZerega

Last week, from October 18 to 21, I was a participant at Pop!Tech’s 10th annual meeting in Camden, Maine. For those who do not know, and most do not, Pop!Tech was initiated by Bob Metcalfe and John Sculley to explore […]

The Internet and the Public Good

posted by Gus diZerega

Recent years have seen the mainstream media’s ability to serve the public by keeping tabs on Washington wither under the combination of corporate priorities, over paid and lazy talking heads, and sophisticated manipulation by the President’s media managers. It had […]

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The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
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