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God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified | Science and culture | Scoop.it
A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin's task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear
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Most important in this regard is the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that in any closed process, there is an increase in the total entropy (roughly speaking, a measure of disorder). The increase in disorder is the opposite of increasing order due to evolution, the creationists reason, ergo — a contradiction! Overlooking the crucial word “closed,” of course. There are various equivalent ways of stating the law, one of which is that energy cannot pass from a cooler to a warmer body without extra work being done. Ginsberg’s theorem (as in poet Allen Ginsberg) puts it like this: “You can’t win. You can’t break even. You can’t even get out of the game.” Although creationists have long mistakenly believed that evolution is a violation of the Second Law, actual scientists have not. For example, physicist Stephen G. Brush, writing for the American Physical Society in 2000, in “Creationism Versus Physical Science,” noted: “As Ludwig Boltzmann noted more than a century ago, thermodynamics correctly interpreted does not just allow Darwinian evolution, it favors it.”

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CONSTRUCTOR THEORY | Edge.org

CONSTRUCTOR THEORY | Edge.org | Science and culture | Scoop.it
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First time I heard of constuctor theory, today. There have been articles in Scientific American and this image is from New Scientist.

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US government to cede control of key Internet body

US government to cede control of key Internet body | Science and culture | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications.
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The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. That's a not-for-profit agency launched in 1998 by the U.S. Commerce Department to govern the system that assigns website addresses and directs

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-cede-key-internet-body.html#jCpThe decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. That's a not-for-profit agency launched in 1998 by the U.S. Commerce Department to govern the system that assigns website addresses and directs

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-cede-key-internet-body.html#jCp
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Hacking is a methodology for learning | opensource.com

Hacking is a methodology for learning | opensource.com | Science and culture | Scoop.it
How schools, administrators, and teachers can learn how to education kids through hacking and the open source way.
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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking | Science and culture | Scoop.it
Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

Carl Sagan was many things -- a cosmic sage,
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Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt | Science and culture | Scoop.it
Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
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A Universe Made of Tiny, Random Chunks - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

A Universe Made of Tiny, Random Chunks - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | Science and culture | Scoop.it

"One of science’s most crucial yet underappreciated achievements is the description of the physical universe using mathematics—in particular, using continuous, smooth mathematical functions, like how a sine wave describes both light and sound"

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Young, red, low mass brown dwarf PSO J318.5-22 from Pan-STARRS

Young, red, low mass brown dwarf PSO J318.5-22 from Pan-STARRS | Science and culture | Scoop.it
Image credit: N. Metcalfe & Pan-STARRS PS1 Science Consortium. The new discovery in arXiv a week ago is now the subject of a press release from the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at Honolulu, as...
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Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | Science | WIRED

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | Science | WIRED | Science and culture | Scoop.it
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly…
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"The experiments involve an oil droplet that bounces along the surface of a liquid. The droplet gently sloshes the liquid with every bounce. At the same time, ripples from past bounces affect its course. The droplet’s interaction with its own ripples, which form what’s known as a pilot wave, causes it to exhibit behaviors previously thought to be peculiar to elementary particles — including behaviors seen as evidence that these particles are spread through space like waves, without any specific location, until they are measured."

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Giant 3D printer starts spitting out a house

Giant 3D printer starts spitting out a house | Science and culture | Scoop.it
Forget machine parts and iPhone cases, the Dutch are thinking much bigger by using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer to create whole rooms that can be assembled into unique, customized houses. Read this article by Michael Franco on CNET.
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I am so pleased someone has gone ahead and done this

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RDFRS: Kepler telescope bags huge haul of planets

RDFRS: Kepler telescope bags huge haul of planets | Science and culture | Scoop.it
The science team sifting data from the US space agency's (Nasa) Kepler telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System.
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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Science and culture | Scoop.it
"Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want."

"There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does no
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Carl Sagan on the Meaning of Life

Carl Sagan on the Meaning of Life | Science and culture | Scoop.it

"We live in a vast and awesome universe in which, daily, suns are made and worlds destroyed, where humanity clings to an obscure clod of rock"

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Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society

Richard Feynman on the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society | Science and culture | Scoop.it

"In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar -- ajar only."

"I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved far more than we actually did..."

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The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces

The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces | Science and culture | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —An ambitious new paper published in Physical Review Letters seeks to describe intelligence as a fundamentally thermodynamic process.
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