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Does the future look bright for ‘compassionate’ meat-eaters ?

Jul 19th, 2011 | By

There is little doubt that meat is nutritious and tasty, and that humanity itself evolved from hunter-gatherer groups, with superior tools for killing animals being a crucial factor that put homo sapiens ahead of other human (humanoid) species. Yet instinctively to modern humans killing is ‘bad’, and we only need to look at the horror

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Why Islamophobia must be vigorously resisted by everyone to strengthen its secular leadership.

Jun 19th, 2011 | By

While 9/11 was an eye-opener to how destructive the forces of fundamentalism can be in the modern world, one of the saddest aftermaths have been the emergence of waves of Islamophobia across the world. It has also been stated widely that Islam is often poorly understood and under-represented in the worlds’ media as a vibrant

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Education : Can we teach our children to respect clumps of cells ?

Jun 14th, 2011 | By

One of the important consequences of a reductionist approach to teaching biology is the loss of the sense of the social self. No matter how much we understand the workings of the DNA or the processes through which cells interact with each other, it is difficult to impossible to translate this understanding of biology to

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What exactly is artificial about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) ?

May 26th, 2011 | By

In 1997, the when the supercomputer Deep Blue finally achieved its revenge victory over Gary Kasparov, a long-time dream of many A.I. enthusiasts was fulfilled. It was said for years before that the day computers would master chess would be the day when the Artificial intelligence dream would be finally fulfilled. the event was well-publicized

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How Darwin argued for God’s hand in evolution

May 9th, 2011 | By

Although the Origin of Species is quoted as a classic scientific text, and generations of atheists have held Darwin close to their heart in their crusade against Creationism, the actual theological content of this work is generally under appreciated. A recent paper published in the British Journal for the History of Science ( BJHS) argues

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