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    We seem to be talking past each other, maybe...

    You wonder if scientific ideas should stir excitement in anyone? Um, yeah, if some people want to feel excited about it then why not?
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    We seem to be talking past each other, maybe because...
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    Perhaps if you read more closely through the...

    Remembering the day on which a book was published that advanced our knowledge of the natural world by a giant leap is not the same thing as making evolution the central theme in our lives. And I...
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    Somewhere out there some beautiful alien life is...

    Somewhere out there some beautiful alien life is bickering about their version of the minimum wage and refusing to wear masks right now.
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    This and I'd add that it's helpful (or at least...

    This and I'd add that it's helpful (or at least more productive) to go into it with an open mind, rather than with the intent of learning about the 'irrationality' of religion. After the years I've...
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    In 2016 I picked up Paul Johnson's A History of...

    In 2016 I picked up Paul Johnson's A History of Christianity primarily because I was interested in the history of Christianity. Not so much the development of it's theology, but the social phenomenon...
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    This one slipped by me. Sounds Bill Evans'esque -...

    This one slipped by me. Sounds Bill Evans'esque - a lot of use of space.
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    I've never had much chili in my life until lately...

    I've never had much chili in my life until lately either, but it does seem common in these parts. It seems to be an ideal food in cold weather.

    If you're going to make it I'd clarify that I use...
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    I haven't taken a stab at stew yet since we're so...

    I haven't taken a stab at stew yet since we're so preoccupied with chili. I prefer more colorful, vitamin rich vegetables, to the root vegetables of stew (at least that's why I haven't made it yet)....
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    Alternatives to Chili

    My wife and I have been making a lot of chili in the past 6 months. Usually we'll make a pretty large pot, split it in two, freeze it, and take it out of the freezer periodically. This has the...
  10. Thread: Soccer

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    Oh I have no doubt. It's just a comment that the...

    Oh I have no doubt. It's just a comment that the argument that a World Cup (or similar) is actually important is a bit silly to anyone doing a serious analysis. Maradona would have been better off...
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    Perhaps you should first ask whether your questions are already being answered?

    I may not be an economist either. I'm a software engineer too; but I can look at examples in the world where this is...
  12. And just to be clear, I'm not suggesting there's...

    I agree. And suspect that it may well turn out that some form of "giving money to everyone" is exactly what is needed to drive people to "open bakeries, start businesses, learn skills, attain...
  13. Right, and that's exactly the problem. I don't...

    "What if". We can. Play that game all day. Provide the numbers and mechanism to support your wild hypothesis.

    Because most people WANT to work. A whole town of unemployed people will most...
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    It's true. An accomplishment is only an...

    Of course. But by not cheating he could have been remembered as a great footballer by football fans. Which I presume would be the preference of most great footballers.

    The "Hand of God" is a huge...
  15. Not really - but my guess would be that the...

    They asked a pretty solid question. Can you answer it?[/QUOTE]

    Not really - but my guess would be that the effects would be wide and varied. I don't know much about economics so my knowledge is...
  16. I think the idea is that a functioning society is...

    Yup. Basic income has a big downside--it's very hard to undo. That's what I would like to see a guaranteed job approach rather than a basic income approach.[/QUOTE]
    Why would it be hard to undo?...
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    I never thought to store our garlic outside the...

    Fresh herbs would be great but they always seem to spoil before I've used half the bunch. Spaghetti sauce with fresh basil is fantastic, but basil turns brown if you look at it wrong. I wish I could...
  18. It might in some cases, but you have to remember...

    It would definitely put pressure on employers to increase wages, especially at the low end of the market. It would also increase demand just about all across the board. It would cause a temporary...
  19. More along the lines of what I was getting at was...

    No. Because they have lists of "everyone" or at least lists of who files taxes, so jogging the list once on SSN, and cutting 300m checks is, well, the work of for(ssn in...
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    The problem here though, is that means testing makes it cost more to implement than literally just giving everyone UBI. It also opens the system to abuse by horrible people (see the modern GOP) in...
  21. I think where UBI goes wrong is that it's...

    I think where UBI goes wrong is that it's marketed as 'free money for everyone'. We don't really need free money for everyone we need a welfare system and safety net that's effective. Tying ourselves...
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    I agree that showing respect for science openly...

    Having a story of origins isn't a choice. And it's not religious to have one, so if that's your problem with what I've said then rethink it.

    We behave in line with how we think the world is. If we...
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    We do keep fresh garlic on hand now and use it...

    Yeah, I've always resisted the convenience of pre-peeled or pre-minced garlic. I figured it must be sacrificing something. On the other hand fresh garlic goes bad quickly at certain times of the...
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    The Traditional and Modern Masala I've made are...

    That's my impression of Indian cuisine in general. Confusing. There was an Indian cooking show on PBS that didn't last too long. It seems most recipes called for at least a dozen spices. Similar I...
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    I took a stab at an ad-hoc pasta sauce today. I...

    I took a stab at an ad-hoc pasta sauce today. I combined a few techniques I'd used in the past few months to try to pull off a sauce in the 17 minutes left for my fish to cook. The key to the recipes...
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