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The Best Scientific Images Of 2013

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It is a slow Saturday with virtually no financial, economic or any other news, so what better way to spend it than looking at the coolest non-finance related images of the past year. Without further ado, here they are, courtesy of Wired: the best scientific visualizations of 2013.

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1. The Mathematics of Familiar Strangers

We live in an image-dominated age, and popular science abounds with visuals: eye-popping photographs, gorgeous graphics and slick information design. Amidst all this eye candy, not much attention is paid to figures accompanying articles in scientific journals and white papers.

Even if they're utilitarian and low-resolution, though — or perhaps because of that — these figures are a sort of scientific folk art. They convey complex findings or principles with simplicity and grace, and sometimes even beauty.

On the following pages are Wired Science's favorite research graphics of 2013. They're in no particular order, except that the first are particular favorites. Based on a population-wide analysis of bus ridership in Singapore, they depict a little-appreciated type of social network: that of "familiar strangers," or the people we encounter while going about our everyday routines.

Above is the encounter network of a single bus and its 214 regular passengers. Below and at left is a single individual's "encounter network" over the course of a week; to the right are the formal chances of bumping into a familiar stranger a given time. Even at a glimpse, the figures quantify a truth intuited by commuters: beneath urban life's chaotic, seemingly random surface lies pattern and order.

Citation: "Understanding metropolitan patterns of daily encounters." By Lijun Sun, Kay W. Axhausen, Der-Horng Lee, Xianfeng Huang. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 110 No. 34, August 20, 2013.



2. An Unexpected Engine of Evolution

It's often thought that evolution is fueled by competition, with red-in-tooth-and-claw dynamics generating new, better-adapted forms and species. But sometimes — perhaps frequently — new species just happen.

Above and at right is a map of greenish warbler distribution, color-coded according to local genetic signatures, around the Tibetan plateau. The warblers are what's known as a ring species, occupying a horseshoe-shaped range; as neighboring populations intermingle, genes flow around the horseshoe, but populations at its tips no longer interbreed and eventually become different species.

At left is a computational model of this process. According to the model, no adaptations or differences in reproductive fitness are necessary to produce new species. Rather, they seem to arise as a function of time and space; evolution itself is a generative, diversifying force.

Citation: “Evolution and stability of ring species.” By Ayana B. Martins, Marcus A. M. de Aguiar and Yaneer Bar-Yam. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 11, 2013.




3. A Fossil Insect's Forest Tale

At first glance, this computer re-creation of a 110 million-year-old fossil lacewing larvae might seem like eye candy. But what makes it special is the information it provides — not just about the insect's anatomy and the evolutionary history of its family, but the Early Cretaceous forests in which it lived. In modern lacewings, those frond-like shell structures catch small, fine hairs that grow on the surface of ferns, creating a fern-like camouflage coat. The fossil lacewing, surmise researchers, lived in forests burned regularly by wildfires, opening habitat in which ferns could grow.

Citation: "Early evolution and ecology of camouflage in insects." By Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente, Xavier Delclòs, Enrique Peñalver, Mariela Speranza, Jacek Wierzchos, Carmen Ascaso, and Michael S. Engel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 109 No. 52, December 26, 2012.



4. Alan Turing's Fingers

Nearly six decades after Alan Turing's death, the British mathematician is still celebrated as a Nazi code-breaking World War II hero and father of modern computer science. His most enduring legacy, though, may be in biology: Late in his life, Turing theorized that a particular type of chemical interaction could account for many patterns observed in nature. In subsequent decades, scientists would find these Turing patterns in everything from cheetah spots to organ formation. In the image above, Turing patterns can be seen in the development of mouse fingers, just as they're seen in fish fin development — suggesting, say researchers, that some Turing-type mechanism is an ancestral feature of vertebrate evolution.

Citation: "Hox Genes Regulate Digit Patterning by Controlling the Wavelength of a Turing-Type Mechanism." By Rushikesh Sheth, Luciano Marcon, M. Félix Bastida, Marisa Junco, Laura Quintana, Randall Dahn, Marie Kmita, James Sharpe, Maria A. Ros. Science, Vol. 338 No. 6113, 14 December 2012.

 



5. The Sleep-Deprived Genome 

If you miss a night's sleep, you feel like a zombie — a phenomenon described at the genomic level in this comparison of gene expression in well-rested and sleep-deprived people. The two groups differ, not only in genes linked to sleep and circadian rhythms, but also to immune function cell, repair and stress response.

 


6. Mental CLARITY

A new technique for dissolving fatty molecules in biological tissue can be used to render organs transparent (below). Known, appropriately, as CLARITY, the technique's power becomes evident when combined with fluorescent tags that affix to particular cell types. The result: translucent, color-coded brains, such as the mouse brain above, that could give researchers a literal window into neurological function and anatomy.

Citation: "Structural and molecular interrogation of intact biological systems." By Kwanghun Chung, Jenelle Wallace, Sung-Yon Kim, Sandhiya Kalyanasundaram, Aaron S. Andalman, Thomas J. Davidson, Julie J. Mirzabekov, Kelly A. Zalocusky, Joanna Mattis, Aleksandra K. Denisin, Sally Pak, Hannah Bernstein, Charu Ramakrishnan, Logan Grosenick, Viviana Gradinaru & Karl Deisseroth. Nature, online publication 10 April 2013.

 


7. How Much Is a Forest Worth?

Jungle cleared late in the 19th century to build the Panama Canal grew back quickly; by 2000, when the United States gave control of the canal to Panama, the forests had largely recovered. Soon, however, they were threatened by commercial and residential development. This is problematic for many reasons: not only is the juncture of North and South America a biodiversity hotspot, but canal operations rely on dry-season water flows impacted by changes in forest cover.

Of course, when weighed against short-term profit, such well-meaning but fuzzy-sounding environmental arguments often lose. Enter ecosystem services, which quantifies nature's bottom-line financial worth to humans. For the map above, researchers calculated the annual value of sustainably managed Panamanian forests. They're worth far more as water-gathering, carbon-sequestering timber than as parking lots.

Citation: Bundling ecosystem services in the Panama Canal watershed." By Silvio Simonit and Charles Perrings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 110 No. 23, 4 June 2013.

 



8. Parasitic Complexity

For decades, parasites were viewed primarily as pests: something to ignore, perhaps with a sniff of disgust, unless they harmed humans, in which case they were enemies. In recent years, though, scientists have come to appreciate the nuanced, often important roles played by parasites in animal life.

Much of that appreciation involves the relationship between parasites and immune system function, but there's an ecological angle, too. Witness this computer-modeled food web: When parasites are included in its parameters, it's revealed as a far more complex system than it appeared without them.

Citation: "Parasites Affect Food Web Structure Primarily through Increased Diversity and Complexity." By Jennifer A. Dunne, Kevin D. Lafferty, Andrew P. Dobson, Ryan F. Hechinger, Armand M. Kuris, Neo D. Martinez, John P. McLaughlin, Kim N. Mouritsen, Robert Poulin, Karsten Reise, Daniel B. Stouffer, David W. Thieltges, Richard J. Williams, Claus Dieter Zander. PLoS Biology, Vol. 11 No. 6, 11 June 2013

 



9. A Genome Is Not a Book

Until very recently, genomes were treated as linear strings of genetic information — something that could be read sequentially, DNA molecule by DNA molecule, like lines in a book. Inside our cells, though, our chromosomes are tangled in fabulously complex ways, and the shape of these tangles may be inseparable from their function.

New methods are being now developed to study real-time, real-shape genomes. Above is one such analysis: in a series of cell-nucleus snapshots, it captures gene activity across time and space. Activity proved to be coordinated in far-flung regions of the genome, but in ways that fluctuated over time. Structure itself is a form of information.

Citation: "Micron-scale coherence in interphase chromatin dynamics." By Alexandra Zidovska, David A. Weitz, and Timothy J. Mitchison. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online publication 9 September 2013.

 



10. A Lost Underground Kingdom

Soil isn't just dirt. It's rich microbial ecosystems integral to the life that grows above. In the Great Plains, these ecosystems have been almost entirely wiped out: as tallgrass prairies were converted to farmland, soil composition changed, too. The microbial relationships that sustained one of Earth's great biomes were lost to time. Yet a few prairie fragments remain; by taking DNA samples from their soils, researchers reconstructed this vanished underground world.

Citation: "Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States." By Noah Fierer, Joshua Ladau, Jose C. Clemente, Jonathan W. Leff, Sarah M. Owens, Katherine S. Pollard, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert, Rebecca L. McCulley. Science, Vol. 342 No. 6158, 1 November 2013.

 


11. Lunar Cycles, Life Cycles

In the North American arctic, populations of snowshoe hares, autumnal moths and Canada lynx rise and fall in 9.3 year-long cycles, moving in uncanny tandem with the time it takes for our moon's orbit to cross the sun's visual path. This might not be a coincidence. Solar and lunar cycles modulate Earth's exposure to cosmic rays, which are known to damage plant DNA; this could result in plants concentrating resources on cell repair, thus producing fewer of the indigestive compounds that typically serve as defense against predation.

Every 9.3 years, then, when the sun and moon are positioned just so, Arctic plants are at their most vulnerable; population booms among plant-hungry moth and hare soon follow, and are followed in turn by booms in rabbit-munching lynx. This synchronization of the celestial and ecological is still just a hypothesis, but it's a lovely one.

Citation: "Linking ‘10-year’ herbivore cycles to the lunisolar oscillation: the cosmic ray hypothesis." By Vidar Selås. Oikos, published online 12 September 2013.

 


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Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:47 | Link to Comment knukles
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Wired is the tits

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:42 | Link to Comment SnobGobbler
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and no fukushima release model that is accurate?

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:11 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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Indeed. Everybody knows about the enormous, hot loads jetting relentlessly, pounding deeper, deeper, and deeper, overflowing the Fukushima's hot, wet entrance.

Hmmmm. Maybe we do need more $50,000 extra large, custom-fit rubbers?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:52 | Link to Comment Manthong
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"In recent years, though, scientists have come to appreciate the nuanced, often important roles played by parasites in animal life."

Does that mean there is some iota of value in a bankster or politician?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:13 | Link to Comment The Heart
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"and no fukushima release model that is accurate?"

They are all actually well disguised plume dispersal maps showing radiation spewage all over da place.

Just for fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5yqLHF-qTk&feature=youtu.be

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 09:58 | Link to Comment aint no fortuna...
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Would love to see a wealth dispersion map showing the affects of QE on various population groups...

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Haole
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Very cool post Tylers, thanks.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 01:48 | Link to Comment lewy14
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This is just a blatent cut/paste rip off of the Wired article.

Wired should DMCA it.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:30 | Link to Comment In Fed We Trust
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Frank Patrick White's Theory:

One aint no whistle blower if you get 6 months airtime.  In fact you aint a whistle blower if you get one day of airtime. 

That makes Eric Snonden, a lamb scarificed by the gov to put the fear into the people of wthat they were doing fucking 10 years ago. Also it makes for a great coverup , for what they are CURRENTLY doing. 

2nd Theory:  What do school shootings and natural diasters have in commmon?

They are staged by the government in order to influence the public mind.  School shootings for the agenda of Gun Control.  Natural Diasters to adavance the Global Warming Agenda,

which is right of Geroge Soros 'Playbook:  Theory Of Reflexitity: 

The natural diasters are  a  full on monty perfect racket.  It is instant stimuls spending, to the tunes of billions.  The lastest example being Boulder Colorado, "The Floods"

This one had several motives, from FEMA wanting to flush out all the rebels from the mountain towns, flood all the organic farms, and raise the water in the damn an inch for the hydro companies. 

FEMA pays for intelliegence, lwho the fuck lives with you, where the fuck do you lilve and what the fuck have you been up to?

SBA loans you fiat money to all be spent at Home Depotm, for that basaement you lost to the flood.  Your forced to buy insurance that dosn't even cover that type of flooding. 

The poor towns washed away to build mini masions for the Jews takeing over Boulder.  Billions are made in the clean up and rebuilding.  FEMA gets their intelligence.  And the hi tech survillence systems can be now fouond on every intersection in Boulder. These funkin RF readers came in with FEMA!! Here to stay on every fuckin block. 

Hallbuton buys the clean up company Rooter Tooter, weeks before the hurricane that cause the oil spill in Mexico. 

Japan is an old enemy, how just got shaked down by the military weather machine. 

If you havn't read about making earthquakes and hurricanes , google "H.A.R.P."  Its been around since the 70's

Lastly, the Exchanges where the weather derivatives contracts are traded have been in place for years.  Carbon credits is the future scheme to replace the fiat scheme. 

They just have to convince the world that global warming is happening with these natural diasters. So we can expect these natural diasters at least once a season, as welll as the school schootings. 

If one were to plot all these tradgies out, many similarites start to arise.

George , Im onto you , and your slimely theroy of reflextivity.  You sure are one fucking ugly dude.  Stick your SPecial Drawing Right up your ass and ......

 

 

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:52 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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"Nearly six decades after Alan Turing's death, the British mathematician is still celebrated as a Nazi code-breaking World War II hero and father of modern computer science."

Yeah, I bet *he* didn't wear $50,000 customized rubbers though, did he? Back in the day, ladies appreciated a nice, thick, warm load on a cold night.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:00 | Link to Comment knukles
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Alan was of a different persuasion...
For which he was punished dearly by the PTB
Like getting on somebody's ass in Britain because he's gay?
Cut me a break.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/world/europe/alan-turing-royal-pardon/inde...

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:10 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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Ohhhhh,...I see. You mean he was a REAL freak. Like "Billy Gates" weird, eh?

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:19 | Link to Comment Zero Point
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Bill gets his rocks off when people die en mass. It don't get freakier than that.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:31 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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Critical mass snuff.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:57 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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They don't call him the "Loadmaster" for nothing, do they?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:28 | Link to Comment _ConanTheLibert...
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Why don't you go play outside.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:02 | Link to Comment q99x2
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A genetic breakout, which could be the result of biological terrorists, has caused what some are calling a Turing POMO to boost stocks as it spreads across the globe. First spotted in NYC it has now been witnessed in Belgium, Japan and Beijing.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:49 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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Yea, I got yet 'genetic breakout' right here in my custom-fit, astroglide rubber, baby...

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:36 | Link to Comment Wile-E-Coyote
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Yeah the persecution of Touring eventually lead him to take his own life. The ironic thing about this is the fact in the British Public school system, buggery is obligatory. You will find most plumb voiced 1%ers have massive arse holes. Constipation is never a problem!!!

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:54 | Link to Comment Atomizer
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Dagny Taggart
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Suspicious0bservers rocks. How To Watch The Sun

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Haven't watched #3 yet.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:55 | Link to Comment i-dog
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Great link! Thanks.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 01:21 | Link to Comment New World Chaos
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That's an interesting argument for panspermia.  One question to answer is whether microbes have evolved larger genomes over the past few billion years.  I wonder if microbes that have spent billions of years just scraping by in deep rock have smaller genomes? 

Here's an interesting science visualization that shows how tracing chains of ownership reveals a network of 147 mostly financial companies that comprise a "superconnected super-entity" that secretly rules the world. 

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354.500-revealed--the-capital...

http://www.oklo.org has a bunch of nice plots about the nature of extrasolar planets.  The basic conclusion is that the common "super Earths" might not be nice places to live.  Many of them seem to be odd Venus-Neptune hybrids like this planet: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/07/exoplanet_news_koi_3...

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 01:47 | Link to Comment Yenbot
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You do realize that at some point in the future we all spin cocoons and pop out as starship building butterflies- don't you?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 03:11 | Link to Comment UP Forester
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Who's this "we", frenchy?

I don't know about you, but I'll be dead long before that, unless I get bitten by a radioactive spider created by Werner von Braun....

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:53 | Link to Comment WarPony
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My take was that the "Christ" consciousness would well up within and we'd be our own butterfly starships off in 4D.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:05 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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New World Chaos, I find it interesting to contemplate the fact that the genomes of all the different organisms that typically live inside, and upon, human beings is bigger than the human genome itself. In many ways, the "sexuality" of mircobes means that they are possibly interlinked into a super-organism more than we can currently imagine. Furthermore, the ancient symbiosis of the 3 major organelles, which enabled the creation of the eukaryotic cell, is the basis of our current multicellular life form, and those organelles have their own genome, as particularly exemplified by the mitochondria.

Therefore, human "individuals" are ACTUALLY an ancient an on-going ecology, where the DNA of other organism that are necessary for us to live is ACTUALLY bigger than the strictly human DNA itself. Truly, the neural networks that our neurons build, which enable us to construct a mental model of our world, including a model of ourselves inside of that model of our world, tends to be pathetically small, and isolated from its true reality. Indeed, I regard the REALITIES as being that human beings have BOTH an infinitely deep, and infinitely high, subconsciousness, and supraconsciousness, that we tend to take for granted.

Since we are almost totally dominated by the biggest bullies' bullshit social stories, (as illustrated by the degree of dominance of those "147" corporations that you mentioned), and those stories try to emphasize dominance relationships, and minimize interdependence relationships, most people operate with a model of the world, and a model of themselves within their model of their world, which is ridiculously restricted, and which operates with evil deliberate ignorance to the ways that we are interdependent with other life forms.

In general, it could barely be overstated that the biggest bullies' bullshit, as promoted through the banksters' ability to dominate the funding of social institutions, has resulted in the philosophy of science being just as much of a victim of lies as the financial system itself is based upon the runaway triumphant fraud of making "money" out of nothing, as debts. Indeed, we live inside of Bizarro Mirror World, where most of the most important things taught in schools, and repeated by the mass media, tended to have become the opposite of the way things really are.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 19:03 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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biggest bullies' bullshit

nice one doc, says it all in 3 words

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Going Loco
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"network of 147 mostly financial companies that .... secretly rules the world. "

Nope. Flawed research. I owned shares (common stock) in 6 of those entities at around the time of the publication (not Lehman!). I still own shares in 5, which means I read the annual reports (yes, really) and I can tell you that they don't control anything except their own businesses and the power to sell their investments. One of the biggest complaints in recent years has been that institutional shareholders and banks don't do anything to guide the affairs of the entities in which they invest, they just cut and run or (worse still) do nothing when things go wrong. The idea that Barclays (or Lloyds for God's sake) are part of an international web of entities that control the world is just laughable, an amusing conspiracy theory for idiots that understand nothing about how large multinational financial entities actually function.

I think the reasearches may have misunderstood the taking of charges over common stock as tantamount to having voting rights, which it isn't, unless the charge crystalises.

I do agree with the assertion that interconnectedness can make a system unstable. That's just common sense. Pick-a-stick.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 14:38 | Link to Comment DanDaley
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Suspicious0bservers must watch: C(lie)mate #3   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hOhq0vHfMI

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Apeman
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Very interesting stuff. Nice to see some real science for a change instead of economical voodoo.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:14 | Link to Comment mickeyman
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You might want to check out other sites in that case.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:19 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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And bring your custom-fit rubbers with you. You'll thank me later.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:06 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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I see you've discovered alcohol.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:36 | Link to Comment knukles
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LOL
Whaddan insdie joke of all places, in Fight Club!

Kudos!

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:31 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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You're my sponsor now. 

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:19 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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For the last 48 hours, this window has remained open. Time to turn off politics/Federal Reserve creating money from their ass crack.

The Revelation Of The Pyramids

http://vimeo.com/74887398

 

The email link encouraged me to watch.. looked to be a lengthy film.. Will see!

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 09:45 | Link to Comment dogbreath
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Awsome videos

<---  some cocksucker jnked me ,  go figure

 

They take a bit of liberty saying all this was unknown  Egyptology was always considered a bit out there maybe like gold bugs but a lot of the information has been know through the collective work of every one going back to Napoleon's Savants.   I own this book that I bought back in the seventies  -  http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Great-Pyramid-Peter-Tompkins/dp/B000NTMEES

MFKZT    http://www.gold-eagle.com/article/mfkzt-new-dimension-value-gold

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 19:07 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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good to see someone else delving into the secret history of the shiny.  there is plenty more out there, even in the hard science world.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:19 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Wow very nice. I got straight "A"s in my college (disclaimer: every now and then gunmen come in and kill students there) and am transferring to UCLA. Now I know what my brain doesn't look like and how my hands should have turned out. No I'm not paying for college with Bitcoin. I'm applying for Government grants.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:42 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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    Something looks wrong with the parasite modeling. There's not enough parasitic density in the D.C. and southern New York areas.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 09:54 | Link to Comment Deficient Market
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Actually it looks quite accurate to me as you have to remember that graph does not represent only the density of the parasites themselves but also the rest of the ecosystem that depends on their existence. When you consider the density of the organisms that feed on the parasites located in those two locales then you notice they result in quite a wide dispersion of the overall density. As an example although the high end hookers are able to feed quite well off of them, they still tend to reside in locales outside and then commute to their feeding grounds. Same is true of the lawyers whose domicile tends to be more centered around the Grenwich, CT area. Then there are Bentley makers, with an epicenter across the pond, thereby significantly shifting the overall density. Also don't forget the cotton growers in China and electronics industry in Taiwan, whose main purpose is to sustain the gigantic printing mechanisms that sustain the alpha parasite's existence.

Overall, this has really opened my eyes as to the great benefits to our diversity that stem from our alpha parasites' existence. Although I can't find a specific reference, I am quite certain this research was somehow funded by the NY Fed

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:50 | Link to Comment Whoa Dammit
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Monsanto needs to study up on #9 A Genome Is Not A Book.

Also, why do forrests only seem to matter when they are located in a 3rd world country, meanwhile it seemingly is a good thing when we turn ours into parking lots?

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 21:58 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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Cutting down forests is the surest prevention of forest fires. You're not in favor of forest fires, are you Mr. Himmler?

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:34 | Link to Comment logicalman
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Monsanto needs to be destroyed.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:03 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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Lord Kelvin knew Darwinism was complete bullshit, and said so. Keynesianism is almost as bad.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:08 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Darwinism was NOT complete bullshit, but he was unaware of many things, and therefore, Darwinism had some serious blind spots and inadequacies. However, the basic theory of evolution is consistent with the notion that theories about evolution ought to also evolve.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:34 | Link to Comment booboo
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"Darwinism was NOT complete bullshit, but he was unaware of many things, and therefore, Darwinism had some serious blind spots and inadequacies."

Darwin was quite aware of many things including the "blind spots and inadequacies" of the very the foundation of his thesis. One of the best trained scientist of his age Louis Agassiz the Swiss born Harvard proffessor and paleontologist pointed this out to him after Darwin sent him a copy of "On the Origins of Species". As Agassiz pointed out to Darwin, fossil record and especially the explosion of Cambrian animal life posed a "insuperable difficulty to Darwins theory" and Darwin himself conceded this point.

Adam Sedgwick, whom Darwin worked for as a field assistant 28 years prior to "Origans..." also pointed this out to him in not to subtle terms saying "you have deserted-after a start in that tram-road of all solid physical truth- the true method of induction"

So not unlike man made global warming here we have a theory that was more an advancement of political means then scientific means. Having YET to make the slow (by reason if it is to be true) EVOLUTIONARY link between the pre Cambrian fossile records and the Cambrian Explosion where fossile records suddenly show a much more advanced fauna Darwinist insist on being correct because.......what? it somehow disproves an intelligent design? As the leading scientist of the day said to Darwin at the time of his theory and stated in so many words "Prove it, show us the fossile records" and to this day Darwinist are much more of the religious persuasion then even the creationist in that their credo is "take it by faith".

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:11 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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Unpopular truth.  The math of "favorable mutations" simply doesn't work.  Too many of them would have to happen in some coordinated fashion.  Randomness doesn't work that way.  Survival of the fittest is a mere tautology.  What would you expect?  Survival of the still born?

There is a decades long experiment with fruit flies, among the simplest of genomes, trying to find a favorable mutation.  Out of millions of attempts, the number found..., is zero.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:17 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Here's one of my all time favorite scientists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Pauling turned his back entirely on "all things nuclear" and instead devoted his life to something he thought would be life affirming. never got a diploma from high school...until AFTER winning two Nobel Prizes. talk about "where'd this guy come from?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAPPPCDaBVY

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 22:28 | Link to Comment somecallmetimmah
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Speaking of monster cum shots, he sounds like an even bigger dweeb than you.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:51 | Link to Comment verbot
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Verbot.exe..load "your real dad".

Turing test...use it all the time... verbots surround you every day and there is only one way to know....administer the Test..

Also there is no known prophylactic to prevent "ElectroGhonorea"!

SoDON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!!!!

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:02 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Regarding point "8. Parasitic Complexity"

"For decades, parasites were viewed primarily as pests: something to ignore, perhaps with a sniff of disgust, unless they harmed humans, in which case they were enemies. In recent years, though, scientists have come to appreciate the nuanced, often important roles played by parasites in animal life."

Something similar could be said about bankers. The difference between predators and parasites is the size of the package that they come in. Within the context of human ecologies, the "top carnivores" of the men that prey on men, have become primarily the international bankers, who are able to feed on other people's conscious energy.

In most other ecologies, it tends to end up that about half the population are productive/prey while the other half ride on them as the parasite/predators. Human ecologies are nowhere near being a climax community, which have achieved relative stability, but rather, are much more like new events, going through rapid ecological succession. But nevertheless, the same observations apply that the roles of the bankers, as the supreme predator/parasites in the current human ecology/political economy systems, often have important roles, with complicated nuances.

Due to the ways that real human ecology evolved primarily through the history of warfare, whose success was based upon deceits, we operate our murder systems, or human ecology death controls, through the maximum possible deceits. Our monetary systems were built on top of that history of the murder systems developed by militarism, which enabled those monetary systems to become based on the maximum possible frauds. At the present time I would suggest that the men that prey on men have been degenerating from being to top carnivores towards becoming more like parasites, because their prey has become so incompetent to resist that the bankers have had too easy a time dominating the overall systems. Generally speaking, the vast majority of productive people who are the prey of the wide variety of parasites and predators have become way too successfully brainwashed to believe in bullshit to be able to unerstand what is going on, because they do not want to understand.

The deeper points are that there IS and MUST BE some human ecology, within which operates our political economy. However, the prolonged triumphs of the human manifestation of those systems has enabled the death controls done through the maximum possible deceits, and the debt controls done through the maximum possible frauds, to thus become relatively easy cake walks for the bankers, which have therefore gradually degenerated from being competent top carnivores, as the keystone kind of predators, towards becoming more like disbursed and distributed parasites.

However, they continue to have an extremely easy time being the predator/parasites because their prey/producers have been too successfully conditioned to espouse the impossible ideals about what should happen, which always backfires and causes the opposite to happen in the real world, because those ideals ARE impossible. Therefore, the controlled opposition to the banksters have incompetent principles, which have enabled the banksters to operate more and more incompetently in that context. Since our real death controls, that back up our real debt controls, are as deeply buried under bullshit social taboos as it was possible to bury them, the typically crazy "debates" about those necessarily functions tends to be sterile arguments between those who deny the facts, and those who assert those facts should not exist.

Human ecology has evolved to become the most hyper-complicated system of lies that human intelligence was able to sustain. That has resulted in us operating our real ecological and economic systems through the most convoluted language of lies that was possible for us to do. The relationships between the humans who fulfill roles of predators and parasites, compared to the humans who fulfill roles of producers or prey, are perceived and discussed in the most insane ways that could evolve, due to the history of successful warfare being based on deceits, and successful finance then becoming based on frauds.

A saner overview of human civilization as an energy system is as far away from being publicly recognized as it was possible for that to be pushed, since the roles of predator parasites in the overall system, which are actually needed by the productive prey, are about as tangled up in taboos against their public discussion as it was possible to make those become ... In theory, we should learn about other evolutionary ecologies, in order to understand our own. However, almost everyone operating inside of our current human ecological and political economy systems have a vest interest in promoting and protecting their own bullshit way of perceiving and discussing those things.

Therefore, while we should learn from study of other ecologies, with their own economics, instead, we operate the human versions of those through the maximum possible deceits and frauds, which precludes us from being able to have any more scientific discussion about ourselves. Politics should be applied human ecology. However, since actual human ecology evolved through murder systems which were successful based on the maximum possible deceits, our real politics is primarily based upon the greatest possible social lies that we were capable of sustaining.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:21 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Evolution, an insult to intelligence.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:46 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Intelligence is the internalization of natural selection. It is always a "work in progress," by definition. JLee2027, I am not sure what you mean by your brief comment ... I hope you do not mean the following view:

http://questioneverything.typepad.com/question_everything/2014/01/some-n...

"... according to a recent Pew Research poll, one in three Americans believe in special creation of humans. Of the two thirds who acknowledge the theory of evolution, about half of them believe that evolution has been guided by a god so as to produce humans. Of the final third (according to a different survey) more than two thirds of them believe humans are special, exceptional, and not subject to the same laws of nature as animals in general. I suspect that a large measure of these “beliefs” is grounded in pure ignorance. The vast majority of people have a cartoonish version of evolution knocking around in their brains. They really don't grasp the process so much as have a vision of an old phylogenetic tree from a 1960's textbook representing the emergences of clades from a common source. They have very little grasp over the ins-and-outs of genetics (and epigenetics), development, phenotype variations, or natural selection. They may know some of the terms, but have no idea at all what they mean, or how it all fits together. ... it seems to never occur to them that science has made some progress over the last fifty years and there is quite a lot of information available to them if they would simply take a look. ..."

That kind of collective insanity of the American Zombie Sheeple has been a major reason why they were so easy for the banksters to dominate and control, as my previous comment had pointed out. From my point of view to not "believe" in evolution takes an astonishing amount of deliberate ignorance. However, that does not mean that "evolution" is any finite finished story, since, evolution is, by definition, an OPEN STORY OF STORIES, which is never finished ...

(My views are based upon notions of the conservation of energy, which result in postmodernizing science converging with ancient mysticism. I tend to believe that there is an infinite infinity of universes, all of which have their own evolving laws of nature. Therefore, my view of "evolution" is quite a bit different, and WAY BIGGER, that the orthodox views that evolution takes place only in our known universe, through differential rates of survival and repoduction of different energy processes.)

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:05 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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To think that some rain on a rock made life and that turned into a person billions of years later is beyond stupid. All science behind evolution falls apart when subject to serious scrutiny. Evolution requires abiogenesis which is the creation of life. There are no known methods to do this. A single cell is more complex than the best computers or all human cities put together. And you think that a living cell just "happened"?  A cell though is irreducibility complex where you take one thing out the whole thing dies. No. But evolutionists insist it did and then "evolved". However, the fossil record rejected Darwin's original theory, which is why evolutionists dropped Darwin decades ago. The new term is "Macro evolution" where everything just changes at once every X million years for unknown reasons. This is theoretical and not proof, not shown in the fossil record, it is a complete guess just to keep the "theory" in vogue. The whale, horse, and human evolution theories have all fallen apart and shown to be wrong (by evolutionists themselves!!!!), despite what the media claims. Researchers hide behind the macro evolution idea to keep the money train flowing. Important things like reputation, tenure, and grants depend on evolution being kept alive. Evolution is holding back science, diverting money away and into a black hole.

People get confused and think dog breeds or bacteria resistance are proof of evolution. They aren't. Both are an expression of the power of their Genome designed to adapt. Dogs still stay dogs no matter what. Decades of experiments, most notably with the 7 day lifespan of the friut fly subject to heat, cold, radiation, and other environmental changes failed to show they evolve. They stay as fruit flies, no matter what. 

The brainwashing of evolution has gotten so intense that many Christians believe evolution is a fact, and GOD guided it. This is in direct contradiction to the Bible, and the path to atheism. Atheism is against America, and will destroy our country, as pagan nations fell again and again in the Bible. It is evil, and must be rejected, no matter how nice the atheist seems. It cannot be "tolerated" as it is destructive. 

Now creation. DNA is so complex multiple branches of science have formed in the past few years just to study it and protien interaction. In 2012 Project ENCODE killed the idea that DNA "evolved". It was designed. The evolutionist idea of "JUNK DNA" was refuted and evolutionists can't back away from that fast enough now claiming they never supported it.  In 2013 a second language was found embedded inside DNA. There are 3+ billion genetic letters (not base pairs) to make things. That is GOD's language. DNA is probably beyond human comprehension, you'd die of old age before reading his alphabet once not to mention becoming "smart enough" to make things out of DNA.

Yes, we were created. 

 

List of atheist "theories" that hold back science.

1. Evolution

2. Dark matter

3. Dark energy

4. The Multiverse

 

All of the above share two things in common. One they were formulated by or supported by atheists and two, there isn't a shred of SCIENTIFIC  evidence for any of them.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:48 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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I approach "God" as being the conservation of energy and momentum, as well as the preservation of information. Clearly, my way of attempting to think about God is so different than yours, JLee2027, that we could not possibly have the patience to have a rational debate. But nevertheless, I will mention that, of the 4 things you listed, I tend to agree with points 2 and 3, but not with 1 and 4, but I will not go into the details regarding why, since it is probably pointless to attempt to discuss such matters with you. Intelligence can be applied as a tool to advance evil purposes, such as promoting the false fundamental dichotomy view that demonstrating that any aspect of the theory of evolution has been falsified proves that the entire theory of evolution is itself totally wrong.

The human scientific  enterprise became biased by having to compromise with religion, hundreds of years ago, when science was small and weak, while religion was big and strong. The scientists were allowed to study the material, while not the spiritual. As time passed, and the power of science grew, that basic mistake got worse and worse, because more and more things were explained as being merely material, without any spirituality. However, my view is that Spirit IS Energy (while entropy is the devil) and so on and so forth, throughout all the possible ways to attempt to reconcile postmodernizing science with ancient mysticism. The mystery of why there is anything at all, rather than nothing, will probably never be answered by human beings. However, within the first miracle some energy exists, then the flow of that energy can be scientifically studied, and the more that one does that, the more that the insights of ancient mysticism are revealed to have been correct.

My personal view is that books like the Bible were primarily the bullshit of the biggest bullies, who made an effort to try to privatize God, which then justified all of the rest of their organized lies, operating organized robberies against other people. The "sacred scriptures" that came out of Neolithic Civilizations were primarily books of rules to run an organized crime gang, behind the rationalizations that "God" said so.

I certainly agree with the view that the theory of evolution is open, and itself necessarily evolves. However, I surely do not agree that any book like the Bible is anything more than human bullshit, with evil ulterior motives. Therefore, I think that North America's kind of Neolithic Civilization is just as much being destroyed by Crazy Christians as it is by Asshole Atheists.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 17:28 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Too bad. The Bible is key to everything we need to know.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 18:50 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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And too bad that I regard that view as being utterly irrational and insane. The Bible is a small part of the data base, as the work of some men, in some particular places and times. Either everything is written by "God," or nothing is. The Bible, and similar psychotic books, are the perverse attempts to privatize God, so that the biggest bullies can justify their bullshit by asserting that "God" said so, which is the most arrogant assertion possible. However, when one is a big bully, who lives by backing lies with violence, that makes perfect sense, to the degree that that works for those people, then and there.

The European invasion of the rest of the world during the last five Centuries or so was accomplished by men who had a Bible in one hand, and a gun in the other. The Bible gave them the bullshit rationalizations to justify how they used their gun. There is nothing particularly unique about the Bible, other than it was a particularly successful system of privatizing God, which has benefited the biggest bullies to promote their kind of hypocritical bullshit. Fortunately, the Bible thumpers are no so dominate anymore. I imagine you think that is a bad thing, while I think it is great.

One good thing about multiculturalism is that it destroys culture. North America is now full to the brim of different kinds of religious nuts, while the Crazy Christians are only about 30% of the USA, and about 15% of Canada, although still much more than than in Mexico. Since there are so many different idiots claiming to have the Absolute Truth, which do not agree with each other, the outcome has been to undermine them all together.

Fortunately, I do not have to live in an Islamic state, because they are like Christians used to be several Centuries ago. I regard it as rather typical human nature for different people to assert that they are the best, and have the only Truth, while everyone else is wrong. To a degree, the religions that serve as their organized lies, to allow their organized violence to operate its robbery systems, DO serve an important function. Ironically, the more that the believe that their bullshit is the Truth, the better that kind of psychosis functions, within its real context.

Of course, I regard morality as a thing which evolves, just like everything else. While you probably want to believe that your opinions are Absolutely True, because the Bible said so. Lucky for us, we do not actually have to meet, and fight it out, to see which one of us is better at backing up our preferred lies with violence.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:10 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Those who go around waving a Bible in others faces, well that's not the way to do it. But you make the mistake that the Bible approves this. It does not. Charity is required of all Christians to point out error in another man which contradicts the Bible. But if you fail to correct it, then we turn it over to GOD, assuming of course, you aren't harming anyone other than yourself.

A moral base cannot "evolve". It must be the same, as a standard, or else all actions at one time or another become "moral". Moral relativism is evil.

The Bible was written by men inspired by GOD to explain and establish the moral standard for men to follow. It does not evolve because men say so or want it to. It is unique. What other book has survived for 3500-4000 years and still being used today?

America has always been a Christian nation, and still are (73%). Those "Crazy Christians" built America. 

 

The bottom line is you are unwilling to live by the moral code that the Bible establishes. You wish to live a life without rules, defined by you (or men), as you decide. America permits that. Do no harm to others. But as a nation, if you are unwilling to follow the Founders, we should not permit you to educate our children about athiest theories or dominate the media with same. The last sentence is my opinion. Atheists have done do much harm to this great country, that I think a sea change will be needed for America in the coming years to return to greatness. So, yes, I see a backlash coming against them.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:13 | Link to Comment akak
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"The Bible" is a compilation of books agree upon by committee, with signficant political and ecnomic interests dictating that agreement, notably under Constantine the pagan.  It was not faxed down to earth by God --- it was written by, and more importantly, compiled by men.  To call it "holy" is to call the backroom and self-serving machinations of Machiavellians "holy".

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:24 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Hello, akak. 

So, assuming you're correct, this is book by "men", then it must have errors. Especially if it came from a committe. Lots of errors, like ObamaCare. Further, I'll bet that every "error" you claim is the result of:

1) Mistranslation of the original

-or-

2) Taking things out of context

Try me. Because the Bible is the Word of GOD, perfect in every way. Show me your "errors"

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 21:27 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Not going to respond to a bunch of links, come on now.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 21:35 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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Would you prefer that I copy the text in those links here so you wouldn't be inconvenienced?  I doubt the rest of the readers here would be amused.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 22:02 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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First off, I was talking to akak, not to you.

Second, I gave you a chance to correct the problem and you responded with sarcasm. So, we are not talking further tonight. Bye.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:01 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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If you were talking to akak, why did you reply to me? Displays of ignorance such as this are liable to cause some readers to conclude that fundamental so-called "Christians" such as yourself are crackpots.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:57 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Since I was talking to akak, why did you reply to me with a bunch of links? Come on now, pot kettle black.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:38 | Link to Comment akak
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Where to even begin?  It's an embarrassment of riches, actually.

But just for starters, one could begin with the laughably childish and pre-scientific account of Noah and the flood, for which there is ZERO worldwide geological evidence --- and not just zero evidence, but the glaring fact that ALL the actual evidence DENIES that such a flood ever occurred, or could have occurred.

The Creation is perhaps a pretty story, but a metaphor of course, as it does not take into account the vast amount of evidence for biological, geological and cosmological evolution, which of course the pre-scientific writers of the Bible could not take into account, as they had no clue about such matters. 

Where is Pangea mentioned in the Bible, or dinosaurs, or the Ice Age, or the New World for that matter?  Just ONE mention of the New World would have gone a long way toward establishing the veracity of "the one true religion" --- but oh, would that be the JEWISH religion, or the CHRISTIAN religion?

The Exodus clearly did not and could not have occurred as given, as there is NO archeological evidence for more than a scattered and transitory occupation by a handful of humans of the Sinai Peninsula during the time in question, certainly NOTHING of the vast amount of signs that would have had to exist, and that would still have to exist in that arid wasteland, had 600,000 Hebrews wandered around in it for decades.

Really, you might as well ask me to point out all the obvious logical fallacies of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 21:43 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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The "New Testament" was needed by Constantine to unite his empire politically.  It served its purpose well.  The "Holy" Roman Empire lasted for over a thousand years.   The Empire's penalty for "heresy" no doubt helped.

"Kill them all.  God will know his own."  

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 22:27 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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Noah; Noah's Ark in the Bible was 300 x 50 x 30 (LxWxH). In the 1800's the best ratio was found and proven of a seaworthy vessel for floating. 30 x 5 x 3, same ratio. Coincidence? I think not. GOD would know the right ratio, but not a "primitive" man.

Global Flood proof:

1) Marine fossils on the surface of mountains worldwide, including Everest. Google this for photos. Note the word "surface", ie. not buried. When the Flood receeded, it left the marine animals behind.

2) Worldwide crustal crack called the Mid Atlantic Ridge and Pacific Rim of Fire was the source of waters where the entire crust cracked open and water came from under the crust to flood the world. For a visual you can google the Hydroplate theory as one possible explanation.

3) Dried sediment layers are visible in the Grand Canyon and many other places around the world. Evolutionists cannot explain them because sediment layers come and go, to them this is a missing 100 million years - these are visible on canyon walls though the world. We call them "wave actions from the Global Flood", thus explaining the missing sediment layers.

4) Fossil record was created by the Flood which buried everything under sediment and water. Fossils are found giving birth, eating as they died, and commonly in suffocation poses with their head up and necks bent back to the back. That is rapid and instant death by suffication, like in a global flood.

5)  Fossil fuels. Coal is created by crushing wood under huge pressure. Like a forest. Oil, same thing, but animals. A Global Flood explains both, natural process does not adequately explain either.  

6) Diamonds are created by huge pressure. C14 still exists in diamonds showing they were all created less than 100,000 years ago. Beyond 100,000 years C14 is undetectable.

Creation:

You haven't bothered to read my original post, already answered.

Pangea: 

The original continent. Pre-Flood the Earth was one continent (the Bible alludes to this, as things were gathered in "one place"). The Flood tore things into seven pieces.

Ice Age:

Happened post Flood where Land Bridges existed so animals and people could repopulate the World. Basically explains the animal distribution you see today. The Book of Job in the Bible mentions ice in Egypt. Job (Cheops) was a Jew, architect of the pyramids.

The Exodus:

King Solomon, about 400 years later, left pole markers showing where Moses crossed on either sides. These are still visible today, although when this news came out, the Saudi's took down one side. Crusted over chariot debris was noted in the Red Sea at the crossing area. The Hebrew language came from Egyptian Hieroglyphics, this is a recent revelation. No other evidence I know of, yet. But once the Hittite empire in the Bible was thought not to exist either, later proven it did. Saudi's don't really permit Archeological digs by non-Islamics looking for evidence of the Jews. You need to think about that one a bit more.

Dinosaurs:
Soft tissue, red blood cells, proteins, and unfossilized bones from TRex, Triceratops, and archeopteryx among several others, has been found multiple times and Carbon dated as well under 100,000 years old. Now C14 dating has it's own issues, it exaggerates after 1,000 years or so, but I answered your general question. Be specific.

 

 

 

 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:00 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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As I already repeated, it is clearly silly to try to debate with somebody who wants to believe that the Bible is special. However, to answer your question: "What other book has survived for 3500-4000 years and still being used today?"  The Chinese and Indian sacred texts have been around at least as long, and are still respected. Indeed, personally, my all time favourite book is not the Bible, but rather the I Ching, which has been translated many times, with my favourite translation being this one: http://www.pantherwebworks.com/I_Ching/

I have have studied the Bible ... However, I have studied the I Ching, and a few of the other ancient works inspired by mysticism, far more than the Bible, because I find those more enlightening.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 00:26 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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I'Ching...first never heard of it. I'll bet 99% in China have heard of the Bible. I'll bet 99% of Americans have never heard of this I'Ching. Second, from a quick search this is a page of text. A page. Is this true? The Bible is 6,000 pages. I don't think they compare, sorry.

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:21 | Link to Comment logicalman
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How would you know, I doubt you have any intelligence.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:21 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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I do know, thank you for asking. Resorting to insults is a sign of weakness.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 19:28 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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"Resorting to insults is a sign of weakness."
at least we can agree on something in this thread :)

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:43 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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"Evolution, an insult to intelligence."

Intelligence, the result of evolution.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:56 | Link to Comment verbot
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But really, talk about a cumshot after looking at those weird ass finger photos or any of the rest of the "scientastic" pic is just a fat crazypill overdose... science says some of ya do the "boomer" suppositories tho and thats jus nasty..

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:04 | Link to Comment verbot
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Verbot.exe....load composure..

I will chime in over parasitic preference of weak versus healthy hosts... raw fed dogs kill worms in the gut while kibble fed need the wormers...

Also, agree on lack of fukushima related charts...but wired is a shill outlet and not there to inform. .yes/no...

Anyhoo helped push the crazy a bit farther down so back to kill all humans..

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:17 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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Here's some nifty experimental results from Japan...

 

Latest highly radioactive fish caught 37 km south of Fukushima http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401110029

Radiation levels at southern plant boundary rising, eight times limit http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401100083

Radiation readings were withheld for six months recently because the strontium was so high that it confused TEPCO http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401090060

One worker tells his story of horrifying conditions while building water tanks--raincoats for protection, simple layers of tape over open contamination, half the bolts needed, seals failing etc. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401040008

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 03:09 | Link to Comment lewietheparrot
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Jim in Minn-----

I think you missed the story that we have all been waiting for----or, maybe, it is not so important:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140109p2a00m0na0110...

thanks, jim for your posts and keep them coming, please

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:22 | Link to Comment The Heart
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"thanks, jim for your posts and keep them coming, please"

Roger that, and more grace and gratitude for the good research and commentary you provide Sir Jim from Minn.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:46 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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TEPCO to sell electricity?

Across Japan?

Jan. 6, 2014 interview with Professor Chris Busby, Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and member of UK Department of Health Committee Examining Radiation Risk for Internal Emitters (CERRIE), Infowars (at 19:45 in): “I think they’re going to have to throw a fence around there and watch it forever. I don’t see what else they can do. I did think, and they did think, about the possibility of bombing it into the ocean, but frankly I think there’s nothing much they can do now — the genie's out of the bottle. The material in those reactors is now in the ground somewhere, and there’s no way they can get at it. The more water they pump in there, and the continuous water that comes down into the groundwater there, will just wash the uranium out into the sea — and continue to pollute the Pacific Ocean, more or less forever.”

And this, according to the sources, is Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, member of UK Department of Health Committee Examning Radiation Risk for Internal Emitters (CERRIE), is he?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gkZxibjUqVE#t=...

I mean, pals, "TEPCO to sell electrticity across Japan"?

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 15:47 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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Thanks for the nice thoughts.  TEPCO would do better starting a subsidiary that sold green power using fully dedicated resources under a name that bears no resemblance whatsoever to TEPCO, say 'Hello Kitty Clean Energy'--basically their own worst nightmare only they'd keep the money.  But, they will not do that.  TEPCO is at this point more of a wrinkle in the Japanese state than an actual company.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 00:43 | Link to Comment Goldilocks
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The Scientific Dictatorship Explained
http://www.oldthinkernews.com/2011/07/the-scientific-dictatorship-explai...

Old-Thinker News | July 26, 2011

By Daniel Taylor

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech is often cited in condemnation of the Military Industrial Complex, which is intimately connected to the subject at hand. However, there is another little discussed yet vital topic in the latter half of his speech. “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded,” warned Eisenhower. “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 09:01 | Link to Comment theprofromdover
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(Eisenhower's second topic -the corrupting influence of tenure)

-they never told me that in high school-

One day Ike might get the re-appraisal he deserves

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 03:53 | Link to Comment Freeman Tilden
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Citation: "Parasites Affect Food Web Structure Primarily through Increased Diversity and Complexity."

How do this compare to the banking industries financialization of the economy....?

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:47 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Freeman Tilden, for my answer to your question, see my comment above.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 05:03 | Link to Comment Freeman Tilden
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Thanks Radical Marijuana i missed that, it was to long... hehe. I sometime have a bad habit of overlooking good comments when i am to eager to make a comment on my own, hmmmm.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:23 | Link to Comment Joenobody12
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2. An Unexpected Engine of Evolution

 

There is nothing unexpected. Natural mutation rate is 10 to the power minus 6. So mutations in the genome occur all the time, it is selection that reveal the existence of an advantagous mutation. Same with cancer development, thousands of mutated cells but only one or a few cells have an growth advantage and so cancer is almost always monoclonal. I shut up.
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 04:23 | Link to Comment Joenobody12
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2. An Unexpected Engine of Evolution

 

There is nothing unexpected. Natural mutation rate is 10 to the power minus 6. So mutations in the genome occur all the time, it is selection that reveal the existence of an advantagous mutation. Same with cancer development, thousands of mutated cells but only one or a few cells have an growth advantage and so cancer is almost always monoclonal. I shut up.
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 09:15 | Link to Comment theprofromdover
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If you believe that the Almighty made us special, then it follows that he made us to keep himself amused (all right, She). Why would he bother making 7 deadly sins, pestilence, disease, bad luck, countless warring religions if it was purely a test to see how we coped. If he made us fully evolved to start with, then he didn't need to make us so flawed -we don't get any fun out of that. Sadly, that would also mean it ain't our fault, we were built to be stoopid, and everything that happens is regrettable, but OK.

Well I don't need an Almighty to tell me the difference between good and bad, right and wrong. A million generations of evolution and trial and error have produced folks like me. If it is part of some great masterplan, then that plan gave me free will and a questioning mind. So it's my job as a tiny speck of life to keep our planet and our people viable. If that means cull the bankers and lawyers, pull the switch on NSA and Homeland Security, boil Tepco's board and castrate Prince Bandar, then I'm sure me and a million others will eventually do it.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:27 | Link to Comment TNTARG
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To think that all those images will soon be part of history... And Mankind will hardly be available to keep the records...

 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Hedgetard55
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"Coelacanth should have sealed the fate of Darwinists.  They were wrong on three fronts: it should have been dead, but was alive; it should have evolved, but did not; and it should have been a transitional form, but it wasn’t.  You can’t get more wrong, but here they are now with a worse problem, tale-telling as usual as if all is well.  How do these guys get away with it?  In any other field, such incompetence would send them packing.

It gets so tiring to hear about “the emergence of” this or that complex system, “this transition” with all the “innovations” that “arose” as if by magic.  It also gets unbearable to hear the same excuses about how evolution is inexorable except when it isn’t, and how it is fast except when it is slow, or the number of “unresolved questions” that remain after 155 years of Darwinism.  Yet the same clueless people are given the sole platform to discuss questions of origins.

Here again we have seen Darwinist Finagle rules in action: (1) Believe in evolution; (2) Observe a fact; (3) Make up a story to fit the fact into the belief.  How long must we endure the corrupt reign of King Charles and his theorybots?  They can’t be fired because of union rules in the Great Society for Storytellers (12/22/03).  Detroit is less bankrupt than these guys.  If we stop attending their song and dance, maybe they’ll get a divorce from science.  She deserves better.

- See more at: http://crev.info/2014/01/sharks-evolve-nowhere/#sthash.dNzLPuDi.dpuf

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Quaderratic Probing
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The Universe is a giant Magic trick just clap when you see something you like and sit in wonderment when you dont understand.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:58 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 11:40 | Link to Comment MarcusAurelius
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Thank you Tyler. Science in specific "chemistry" is what the universe is all about. There is a small segment of our population that isn't so concerned with our mundane everyday issues of our interpretation of survival that give us a greater understanding of a far greater sphere of influence. 

All that separates us from oblivion is 10 miles of atmosphere. 

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:09 | Link to Comment IridiumRebel
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Science.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 12:49 | Link to Comment jomama
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 13:24 | Link to Comment Son of Loki
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I like it. Thanks.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 13:31 | Link to Comment GhostInTheMachine
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As far as 2013 pictures worth seeing are concerned I think I have just the thing for you, counting down from place 12 ... oh and my personal favourites are place 10 (you need to read the comment underneath) and place 1 (for obvious resons).

Perhaps I should apologize for bringing down the scientific tone of the conversation ... but I won't

The most important facts (both scientific and cultural) of 2013:

http://www.popkulturalni.eu/2013-w-obrazach/

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:23 | Link to Comment WarPony
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What's your take on an EMF torsion wave that brings the amino acid soup that was a caterpillar into the entirely new creation of a butterfly, where frequencies can affect DNA and even generate "evolution" in real time? As in an automatic upgrade brought to you by the universe and an ascension in consciousness via "divine" intervention.  I wonder.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 16:42 | Link to Comment MeBizarro
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It seems the usual anti-evolution dopes who usually run amok on this site are all to busy to comment and I bet watching the NFL playoffs.

Sun, 01/12/2014 - 18:25 | Link to Comment kita27
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i doubt Fukushima could be much worse than the dumping of radioctive waste in the ocean by all the nuclear countries. In ordinary 44 gallon drums riddled with bullets to help them sink.    The numbers are staggering.    100's of thousands just of California at the Farallon islands.

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