Wednesday, 23 September 2009
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I've admired you from afar for some time now. Something about your repeated assertions that you are "the land of the free" have made me feel a sort of jealousy.
Like many Europeans, I watched the presidential elections in 2004 with a kind of unrealistic hope that George Bush wouldn't retain his presidency. Having been so disappointed back then, I couldn't bring myself to think that Barack Obama would become president in 2009, even though Sarah Palin's part in the opposition made the Republican choice suicidally stupid.
On the day Obama became President I felt there was real hope for America and the rest of the world. Even though many things that were promised have not come to pass, I still believe that the effort of fighting against the Republican inertia is the cause, not a lack of integrity on Obama's part.
Basically, America, this is your chance. If you can't stop acting like a bunch of petulant children and get along, we're going to turn the world around and go home. Mostly it's you, Republicans. Somehow you've been polarised against your president even more than usual, but it's got to stop. You've assassinated enough good presidents in the past - please don't encourage more killing just because you don't like the way things are going.
"A million years is a lot longer than we think it is"
Of course it is, but this article starts to put into perspective just how long a million years is compared with a single generation
"We wouldn't recognize a key transition while it was happening"
Fantastic to see someone recognise this simple fact: Species are a fairly human-defined thing. Seeing "macro-evolution" is obviously just "micro-evolution" on a grander scale. I.E., EVOLUTION.
Normally this works quite well as most people consider it a rather harsh reaction. Not in Australia though!
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
This amazing video is very supportive of that theory:
Glenn Fucking Beck's ridiculous supporters
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Wednesday, 18 February 2009
heddle #157 wrote:
Of course you can call it apologetics, but that’s because you don’t know jack shit. A little investigation and you would discover that a lot of scientists have the same criticism about the various multiverse theories and about String Theory in general—that it makes no contact with experiment.
Yes -- and my understanding is that String Theory proponents agree that this is a serious problem, and if they want to get their theory accepted they're going to have to figure out a way to test it through experiment, and not just through elegant math.
What String Theory proponents do not do:
1.) Describe the dimensions as interactions of Love and Harmony, knit together through balanced vibrations of Consciousness.
2.) Claim that String Theory is not simply a matter of science and reason, but of a mature wisdom which seeks beyond the self, in wonder and mystery, recognizing that there are things we cannot understand. The universe is stranger than we can imagine.
3.) Scorn critics as guilty of "scientism," and ask if they have any way to measure things like their mother's love through their telescopes? Not all things that are real, need to be empirically demonstrated to others.
4.) Explain that String Theory is untestable by necessity, not simply due to its physical limitations, but by its requirement that one approach it with humility. If String Theory could be demonstrated through experiment, scientists would be forced to accept it, and put it in their models of reality, and then think they understood it all. But love cannot be forced, nor can the appreciation of beauty. It has to come from an act of acceptance, as one pulls on the Strings, and comes home.
Okay, I admit it. I'm talking out of my area here, so I guess I don't really know for sure that String Theorists don't claim this stuff.
But I don 't think they do. If they did, I think you'd see a lot more hostility towards String Theory, and String Theorists. They would probably be considered overzealous in protecting -- and advancing -- their theory.
70 ms - Airbag continues to deflate. Occupant moves back towards middle of car.
Engineers classify crash as “complete”.
150-300 ms - Occupant becomes aware of collision.
If correct, this seems to mean that at best you detect a crash nearly 0.1s after the whole thing finishes. In the event of a fatal collision, then, it seems like you are almost certain not to experience it. Excellent.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
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- The Bible says we are made in God's image. Evolution is firmly opposed to that.
- The Bible says that prayers can make a difference to the world. The scientific method relies on this not being the case.
- The Bible says that miracles can happen. No reliable evidence gives any example of this.
"Why should you be so aggressive? Is anything gained by trying to force these new ideas upon the mass of mankind?" (Edward Aveling, The Religious Views of Charles Darwin (Freethought Publishing Company, 1883), p. 5)I haven't been able to read the full book being quoted. However, I believe that the aggressiveness of many "militant" atheists (perhaps including Aveling) is ridiculously overstated. In fact, almost any questioning of religious beliefs seems to cause offence - a far cry from the aggression of, for example, the crusades. But even so, I believe such verbal (and peaceful) aggression is absolutely required to stop people and their children dying from their religiousness and scientific ignorance.
"There are not, and cannot be, any Divine interpositions in nature, for God cannotinterfere with Himself. His creative activity is present everywhere. There is nodivision of labour between God and nature, or God and law…For the Christiantheologian the facts of nature are the acts of God.".
"In January 1961, a bill to repeal Tennessee’s so-called “monkey laws”, still in force 30 years after the Scopes trial, was passionately opposed by people who arguedthat evolution “drives God out of the universe” and “leads to communism”. 6"
"Respondents were told that “Darwinian evolution is the idea that life today, including human life, developed over millions of years from earlier species, by a process of natural selection,” and were asked what they thought of this. About a tenth (9%) of respondents said, ”it is a theory which has been disproved by the evidence”, with a further tenth (10%) saying “it is a theory with very little evidence to support it.”"