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    I also wonder if you could do an analysis on...

    I also wonder if you could do an analysis on complexity, in theory the simplest words should have emerged first:

    God, Bread, Dog, Horse, Sun, Tree

    And so on..
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    Berger calls language a compendium of our...

    Berger calls language a compendium of our collective experience and history. When some phenomenon becomes critical enough that it needs to be symbolized, language emerges to describe it. If it falls...
  3. If you call a theory something that implies it's...

    If you call a theory something that implies it's more certain, then you're misstating what it is, because it's a theory.

    I'd be hesitant to start framing scientific terms for political reasons,...
  4. That's all what the computer's been fed, though....

    The difference is that in poker, you can win even if you had a losing hand. You can only win a game of chess. You can't bluff your way out of a loss.[/QUOTE]

    That's all what the computer's been...
  5. ^^^ That. The passage you've included in your...

    ^^^

    That. The passage you've included in your post sounds like something you'd hear in a popularized science book, than an academic history. It sounds good for people on the science bandwagon who...
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    What are your goals? If you want to lose...

    What are your goals?

    If you want to lose weight the key is long-term changes to your diet, and whether you walk or go to the gym it won't make much difference - just make sure you do one of the...
  7. Might just be me, but I don't find this that...

    Might just be me, but I don't find this that impressive. I mean, it's impressive in the sense that we've trained an electrified rock to beat people in a game. But then, all that really takes is...
  8. What was it like internationally when the Soviet Union fell?

    For those who were old enough to be aware of it happening, I'm curious how people in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and Western Europe reacted when it happened?

    Was it considered something of a...
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    I met the hip-hop group Jurassic 5 after a show...

    I met the hip-hop group Jurassic 5 after a show in 06' or 07'. My over the top extroverted friend and his girlfriend smoked some pot with them on their tour bus. I was.. star struck and went home...
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    One of the uncanny things I think about is that...

    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that the genetic encoding likely predates it, and the purpose of the genetic encoding has nothing to do with religion at all. Religion is just something we...
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    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that...

    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that the genetic encoding likely predates it, and the purpose of the genetic encoding has nothing to do with religion at all. Religion is just something we...
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    Having been a kid who traveled a lot while young,...

    Having been a kid who traveled a lot while young, I'd say only go on big trips if you have money to burn or want to go to the places themselves. Disney World and similar is wasted on anyone who's...
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    I don't want this to feel like I'm arguing with...

    I don't want this to feel like I'm arguing with you, because you make good points. But I just don't believe that calling indoctrination the primary driver is correct.

    Think of it this way: why...
  14. Good question, and you know I haven't actually...

    Good question, and you know I haven't actually reflected on that. It's been a kind of vague 'I want to get better' but with no real aim in mind.

    At the end of the day, maybe it's just boredom....
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    I always wonder about that propensity to...

    Absolutely.

    For those interested, check out this article:

    Anosognosia-Scholarpedia

    In this thread remez is clearly confabulating. There's absolutely no doubt about it. He is not unlike the...
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    Thanks for the explanation. You being an...

    Thanks for the explanation.

    You being an anthropologist, that all makes sense, and actually your views are very close to mine. I've always considered myself more agnostic than atheist, but my...
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    In the most general terms this kind of thinking...

    Correct. And there must be a neurological mechanism underlying and causing the behavior. The claims are just too fabulous and delusional. They are not rational.

    I think it is quite rational to...
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    If religious discussion on this forum is just...

    If religious discussion on this forum is just staged for some imaginary, enraptured audience who is chomping at the bit to change their views, I'm out.

    Respond to the content of the post, don't...
  19. Well it's not a derail if you answer, and then I...

    Now that does seem like a derail. So perhaps I really should just start a thread.[/QUOTE]

    Well it's not a derail if you answer, and then I say 'thanks for the answer', and then we carry on with...
  20. Without actually derailing the thread or causing...

    Without actually derailing the thread or causing further conversation, to Politesse, what are your beliefs and how do your arguments differ from others?

    I've been curious how an academic who's...
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    I'm not claiming that it's all people liking to...

    I'm not claiming that it's all people liking to believe in magic, which I made clear in my post. But in the name of accuracy I don't think it's helpful to think in the black/white terms of...
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    Describing our propensity for religion as pure...

    Describing our propensity for religion as pure indoctrination is just wrong. No, religious organizations don't help the matter, but nobody is stopping religious followers from seriously questioning...
  23. It was a slow afternoon at work. Advice threads I...

    It was a slow afternoon at work. Advice threads I make aren't just for me, they help people with interest in the thread, too.

    And this place could use some novel conversations.
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    Productivity is a function of doing effective...

    Productivity is a function of doing effective work multiplied by time. Work smarter, not harder kind of thing.

    You need the capacity to do good work in the first place, but once you have that...
  25. You actually hit the issue I'm having on the...

    I feel much the same way, especially with regard to not having the time or desire to code extensively in my spare time. For me the key seems to be that if you don't want your skills to stagnate,...
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