Archive for November, 2016

Does science imply God? Harvard astronomer raises fine-tuning argument in Washington Post, suggesting a theistic explanation for human intelligence — Why Evolution Is True

November 28, 2016

Howard Smith is a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Astronomy as well as an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s also a religious Jew who spends his time reconciling science with the mystical tenets of the Kaballah. The website for Smith’s 2006 book, Let There Be Light: Modern Cosmology and Kaballah: A New Conversation […]

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The day “Christian America” died… — Amy J. Rio

November 23, 2016

November 8, 2016. Church historians will teach about this date in future years. Scholars will explore how the 50 year decline of mainline Christianity had the coffin slammed shut on that day. This is a clear and obvious demarcation of one era to the next. As with any big changes in society or institutions, the […]

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Mainstream economists, globalization, and Trump — occasional links & commentary

November 23, 2016

Are mainstream economists responsible for electing Donald Trump? I think they deserve a significant share of the blame. So, as it turns out, does Dani Rodrick. My argument is that, when mainstream economists in the United States embraced and celebrated neoliberalism—both the conservative and liberal versions—they participated in creating the conditions for Trump’s victory in the […]

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As civilians flee Mosul, escaped women share stories of repression and horror under ISIS — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

November 21, 2016

Thousands of civilians have fled the besieged city of Mosul, Iraq, amid intense fighting there […]

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Nick Cohen pins some blame on liberals for Trump’s election on the Regressive Left — Why Evolution Is True

November 20, 2016

Several commenters on the Internet have blamed the Regressive Left (RL), for contributing to Trump’s victory, asserting that working-class whites, who were Trump’s major supporters, were turned off by the identity politics of liberal young people and Regressive Leftists. This thesis appeals to me because I despise the RL’s hypocrisy and arrogance and would love for Trump’s […]

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Morocco’s top female politician to continue fight for gender equality — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

November 17, 2016

Turns out, the glass ceiling is proving all too troublesome for high-profile candidates around the […]

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The Maimonidean Controversy — Henry Abramson

November 17, 2016

Brief overview of the controversy that surrounded the writings of Rabbi Moses Maimonides. Lecture delivered at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst.

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San Francisco Giants 2017 Spring Schedule Posted — Spring Training Online

November 15, 2016

We have posted the San Francisco Giants 2017 spring schedule, as the team preps for training camp at Scottsdale Stadium, including 18 home games in February and March. You can view the schedule here. The San Francisco Giants 2017 spring schedule opens on Friday, February 24 versus the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco’s first road contest…

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Longtime PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill dies at 61 — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

November 14, 2016

Veteran journalist Gwen Ifill, the anchor of NewsHour on PBS and the moderator of Washington […]

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ACLU’s letter to Trump — Why Evolution Is True

November 14, 2016

From a tw**t by the American Civil Liberties Union, threatening to sue him if he violates the Constitution or the law. Click letter to enlarge Here it is: We should be holding the same views, and supporting the retention of our cherished civil liberties. And we should all be ready to demonstrate in public.

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