News Briefs 26-07-2011

Mmmmm, anti-psychotic drugs.

  • Mass psychosis in the US: How Big Pharma got Americans hooked on anti-psychotic drugs.
  • Photographers capture mysterious and beautiful patterns in sand.
  • What do organisms mean?
  • Explorers find bizarre, spaceship-like object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
  • Cyber weapons: the new arms race.
  • Did an unholy trinity kill Jesus?
  • The weirdest mystery animals in the world.
  • Scientists warn of a Planet of the Apes scenario.
  • Epigenetic memory key to nature versus nurture.
  • Experts baffled by mysterious underground chambers.
  • US squandered £21 billion on private contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • MoD investigates former chemical weapons factories for contamination.
  • Hotspot found on far side of Moon.
  • Was the universe born spinning?
  • The persistent illusion.
  • British scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos.

Quote of the Day:

Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

Nikola Tesla

  1. What do organisms mean?
    Thanks for this link. I went ahead and printed out all three papers and am reading them in order, and have not finished the one you linked to. They are AWESOME!

    The arguments are excellent. I found that I could find the processes he describes in the first paper on video on youtube.

    Anyway, I have emailed the author the following:

    I have just completed reading the first two essays, and am half way through the current one. Excellent!

    I’ve learned more about our understanding of biology in the past two days than I ever understood before (more diagrams or links to videos would be helpful).

    I am not sure how to phrase this, but so far, you seem to be avoiding the term but arguing for ‘intent’. Every part of the structure you describe seems to have an ‘intent’ e.g., growth, health and survival.

    I think ‘intent’ is certainly a ’cause’ of the behaviours observed. There might be others, but the descriptions you provide lead me to ‘intent’.

    Whether ‘intent’ will ever be recognized by the ‘physical sciences’ as a ’cause’ seems moot.

    “…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth…” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    You may well address this in the remaining pages of the current essay, or plan to do so in a future essay.

    I just think that the reticence of micro-biologists to ascribe intent to the processes they observe is kind of like the little kids trying to avoid the ridicule of the bigger kids e.g., physics and chemistry. And yet, the plausibility ascribed to string theory in accredited publications, is taken seriously, in many circles, without even the benefit of observation.

    Regardless, I enjoyed reading your essays, and they have given me much to think about.


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