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by grammar king
May 18th, 2010, 4:26 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Texas schools board rewrites US history
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Texas schools board rewrites US history

Check out how Fox have been covering it.
by grammar king
May 18th, 2010, 4:16 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Texas schools board rewrites US history
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Texas schools board rewrites US history

I don't think anyone called them stupid, to me they just seem to care more about ideology than the truth.
by grammar king
May 17th, 2010, 11:45 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Texas schools board rewrites US history
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Texas schools board rewrites US history

I've been following this for a very long time via the Atheist Experience show. It's really messed up but actually this is just the latest in a whole series of things they've been trying to push through. Don McLeroy has done a lot of damage already (although fortunately not as much as he could have) ...
by grammar king
May 14th, 2010, 4:59 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Measuring wisdom
Replies: 53
Views: 3101

Re: Measuring wisdon

Surely science provides a mechanism by which alternative options can be tested, allowing an informed choice to be made based on demonstrable measures of quality? Scientific inquiry can tell us the (physical) effects of making a particular choice; it can't say what criteria we should use to judge be...
by grammar king
May 14th, 2010, 1:08 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Measuring wisdom
Replies: 53
Views: 3101

Re: Measuring wisdon

Well if you take wisdom to mean good judgement, we can (with difficulty!) determine which choice is the best using science, and use that as a proxy for measuring wisdom, I suppose.
by grammar king
May 14th, 2010, 12:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What has the EU ever done for us?
Replies: 35
Views: 2725

Re: What has the EU ever done for us?

Better trade opportunities, free movement within its borders (immigrants contribute 2.5 billion to the economy every year, many of whom will come from the EU), the cultural benefits of such movement, making Europe together a stronger voting bloc in other international organisations, initiatives like...
by grammar king
May 11th, 2010, 6:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

this is a great comment: Yeah, what a relief – on his website it says he campaigns “for science, evidence-based policy, free speech, human rights, equality” What a disaster it would be if people like that ever came to have any sort of influence :laughter: I'm kind of hoping someone was being sarcas...
by grammar king
May 10th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Examining the Bible Timeline
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: Examining the Bible Timeline

I watched a quite informative presentation by the Edinburgh Creation Group a couple of years ago where the Bible timeline was explained. They know a few key events like when certain people became kings, and from that they can extrapolate backwards using the ages of the Bible characters. Actually, Al...
by grammar king
May 8th, 2010, 3:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

I don't think the Lib Dems will get PR from Cameron, or even the promise of a referendum on it. I think the Tories would rather form a minority government. Clegg showed his hand too soon. I agree he was right, but by making it clear that he wouldn't form a coalition with Brown he's lost his bargain...
by grammar king
May 8th, 2010, 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

It's pretty galling that it looks as if the Conservatives will be the party of government here when they only have one MP. That's despite the London media hijacking the election and making sure the London based parties and their presidential candidates - one of whose parties is a minor force here -...
by grammar king
May 7th, 2010, 5:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

Now that it's over...is anyone happy? Well not me. I think this election has conclusively shown how crap FPTP is. Vote Share: CON 36.1% LAB 29.0% LD 23.0% Others 11.9% Seats: CON 306 Labour 258 Liberal Democrat 57 Even my appalling maths tells me that with 23% of the vote the LibDems are hugely und...
by grammar king
May 6th, 2010, 11:55 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

]I am not questioning that...my question is this: on what basis does Natural Selection process select one mutation over the other? For it to select one mutation over the other, there must be some information exchange / communication happening? Do you contend with that? If yes, then what kind of inf...
by grammar king
May 5th, 2010, 11:50 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

The selection and choice part that you responded to. Basically you are differentiating it as a non-conscious and conscious thing...which is true. Again, what I am referring to is the principle...that there is a set of rules based on which one mutation goes thru but one other mutation does not. Thos...
by grammar king
May 5th, 2010, 6:51 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

Are you sure there A and B are leading to C? Our first assumption is that the mutated individual being able to reproduce...i.e. the mutated individual is alive until (s)he becomes old enough to be able to reproduce, and then finds a mate, and then reproduces. Typically in the animal kingdom what is...
by grammar king
May 4th, 2010, 2:21 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

OK, here we are assuming the following: 1. the particular fellow who was born mutated must have been alive long enough to have reproduced, 2. any mutation that is in the parent will necessarily be copied into its offspring (I dont know if this is always the case hence have included it), 3. the muta...
by grammar king
May 4th, 2010, 12:33 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

That's where I am facing a difficulty in going along with evolution being caused by random changes. What is it that tells the organism that this particular change (mutation) is beneficial and this one isn't and hence do not pass it on. Where is that bit of information coming from? The explanation t...
by grammar king
May 3rd, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

This blog links to four stories that have related the Tories with homophobia over the past few weeks. That's not including David Cameron's bungling of his interview with the Gay Times either.
by grammar king
May 3rd, 2010, 2:22 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

Even though I suspect you're just repeating the claims of a creationist ("Evolution isn't a science, it's a religion" was a favourite of Kent Hovind - now in prison for tax evasion. I also have a copy of his PhD thesis and it's hilarious), I'll indulge. For an explanation of evolution and the eviden...
by grammar king
May 1st, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Many avowed believers don't believe
Replies: 36
Views: 3840

Re: Many avowed believers don't believe

So are you denying that having a common belief can be the basis of a community? In that case, what's the point in the forum? I'm not saying that by lying they are actually making people's lives better (although I'd argue in some cases they would be - would you tell a little old Christian widow there...