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  1. I'm starting David Sehat's The Myth of American...

    I'm starting David Sehat's The Myth of American Religious Freedom. With religious conservatives owning the Republican Party and billionaires wanting to own it, we progressive Yanks are having...
  2. Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin's Mutual Aid: a factor...

    Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin's Mutual Aid: a factor of evolution.
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    If a hen and a half can lay an egg and a third in...

    If a hen and a half can lay an egg and a third in a day and a quarter, how long does a wooden-legged parrot take to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?
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    Fact - (You know what it is.) Fict - Not a...

    Fact - (You know what it is.)

    Fict - Not a fact.
  5. By definition.

    By definition.
  6. Soon after WW2, I saw (but did not read) a book...

    Soon after WW2, I saw (but did not read) a book titled Hitler: The Psychopathic God.
    After I did some hard ball politics I started wondering if there are any books about correlations between...
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    K, do you write sci-fi?

    K, do you write sci-fi?
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    Saying it's not, Underseer, doesn't make it not....

    Saying it's not, Underseer, doesn't make it not.

    Like inflation, dark matter and dark energy are consequences of an assumption.

    If they were supported by evidence, BB believers would be...
  9. I felt no need to use the word "magic" in this...

    I felt no need to use the word "magic" in this discussion. I therefore did not use it.
    Given the following:
    1) the seemingly unlimited faith of Big Bang cosmologists in their ex nihilo conclusion,...
  10. By "elements", do you mean carbon, hydrogen,...

    By "elements", do you mean carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, calcium, etc?

    Given those understandings, who has claimed to understand how memory functions?

    Then, in the manner of thesis, antithesis,...
  11. I used to write code, so I ask "Does anyone want...

    Sure they could; set a variable called 'adrenalin' that is incremented by certain types of sensory input - proximity to a deadfall and the height of the drop; stuff that looks similar to a database...
  12. I consider your comment the most insightful on...

    I consider your comment the most insightful on this thread, seyorni.
    As I read it I realized that a machine that mimics the actions of various life forms would have to recognize a threat to its...
  13. 4321lynx, I once accepted that philosophers had...

    4321lynx, I once accepted that philosophers had everything logically thought out. Then someone pointed out that no matter where philosophers start their questioning, they stop when they get to where...
  14. Science is a method of reasoning and...

    Science is a method of reasoning and experimentation....
    No experimentation, no science.
  15. I'm struggling here. .... Don't quit.

    I'm struggling here. ....
    Don't quit.
  16. Nice insight, Speakpigeon. Big Bangers have been...

    Nice insight, Speakpigeon.
    Big Bangers have been conceiving stuff for decades; conceiving a falsifiable future theory couldn't have taken but a few moments.
  17. A current example of their enthusiasm, or of...

    A current example of their enthusiasm, or of their rejecting falsification?


    State a hypothesis about the claimed overlap between science and philosophy and you will understand.


    In all those...
  18. Bomb#20, I'm not deducing that they have rejected...

    Bomb#20, I'm not deducing that they have rejected falsification; I'm inducing it from their history of refusing to do as other scientists do. In short their product is not science.

    If they depend...
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    By several Urban Dictionary definitions being a...

    By several Urban Dictionary definitions being a dork is okay, and for science students even a compliment.
  20. DBT from the land down under, clicking on your...

    DBT from the land down under, clicking on your screen name reveals no discussion begun by you about cosmology.

    If replying to your query to your satisfaction requires me to explain the Big Bang...
  21. Thread: Net effect

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    I reply in a cinquain form devised by American...

    I reply in a cinquain form devised by American poet Adelaide Crapsey: five lines, 2,4,6,8,2 syllables.
    "I think
    "Therefore I am,"
    Said the philosopher.
    He not feel. The net effect? He
    Half was.
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    You can't see dork matter. Is that a typo, or do...

    You can't see dork matter. Is that a typo, or do I not see it because I am/am not a dork?
    It doesn't interact electromagnetically. Of course; it's a consequence of BB assumptions.
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    Paraphrasing JFK: Ask not whether the chicken or...

    Paraphrasing JFK: Ask not whether the chicken or the egg came first. Ask instead whether the chicken or the chicken egg came first.
  24. Scientists may be prone to falling back into the...

    Scientists may be prone to falling back into the pseudoscience:
    1) from which today's sciences arose (i.e., the alchemists' efforts to change base metals to gold), and
    2) into which some...
  25. Algae as pets? My distant ancestors were...

    Algae as pets?

    My distant ancestors were blue-green algae.
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