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by Paolo
January 18th, 2011, 8:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Interesting stuff
Replies: 120
Views: 7620

Re: Interesting stuff

Restoring the thread to it's original intentions... From an answer to my question on Ask a Biologist, I have learned that elephants do not have, as I thought, 4 knees, but 2 knees and 2 elbows. :D What interesting fact would you like to share with the world? I wonder if that goes for all quadrupeds...
by Paolo
January 14th, 2011, 9:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Arguments for the existence of God
Replies: 807
Views: 123022

Re: Arguments for the existence of God

Paolo, The same could be true of the Universe... You're ignoring the point that the origin of the Universe is not a valid argument for the existence of God, which is the point of this thread. Yes, the universe could 'just be'. But no, I am not ignoring the point of this thread, for the very reason ...
by Paolo
January 13th, 2011, 4:57 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Arguments for the existence of God
Replies: 807
Views: 123022

Re: Arguments for the existence of God

Paolo, Including God presumably. Quite so, no theistic conception of God is of a caused entity. If God were caused then to postulate God as a causal explanation of the universe would obviously be a non-starter. Mick I assume then that God just is, always has been and always will be? The same could ...
by Paolo
January 12th, 2011, 4:58 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Arguments for the existence of God
Replies: 807
Views: 123022

Re: Arguments for the existence of God

Nothing can cause itself, agreed. Including God presumably. Keeping to the topic of the thread, the origin of the Universe does not provide the basis for a valid argument for the existence of God, since God is merely one proposed originator or cause amongst many - and indeed there is no good reason...
by Paolo
January 11th, 2011, 9:07 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Arguments for the existence of God
Replies: 807
Views: 123022

Re: Arguments for the existence of God

Sorry, been away from this for a while. Which god did the creating and where did this god came from again? This seems to be just another example of a good old supernatural explanation being wheeled out when we don't know the answers to a complex question. It doesn't answer anything - just pushes the...
by Paolo
January 11th, 2011, 8:22 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Vitamin supplements and diet programmes
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: Vitamin supplements and diet programmes

Vitamin supplements can be useful if there is a specific need for them due to health issues or a poorly balanced diet. Otherwise they serve no useful function and they can potentially cause harm from hypervitaminosis. They are also expensive and I have heard reports (can't find ref at the moment) th...
by Paolo
January 7th, 2011, 2:48 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our countup thread
Replies: 1428
Views: 90894

Re: Our countup thread

Thought I'd drop by to say 'Happy New Year!' - it's been a while, but I hope to be back a bit more frequently this year!

Apparently 473 is the telephone area code of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
by Paolo
December 19th, 2010, 8:45 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our very own countdown thread!
Replies: 5486
Views: 224142

Re: Our very own countdown thread!

Looking after birds in a good thing to do, especially at this time of year. A question, though. I amsurrounded by migrating waders and such like, searching for worms and other goodies in the mud. Can a bird process salt-water? Or do they have to seek fresh water too? Funnily enough I posted a littl...
by Paolo
October 22nd, 2010, 4:32 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 4849

Re: Why Time may not be possible

Come on John Jones, I asked you to demonstrate the truth of your opening assertion.
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:46 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravity
Replies: 48
Views: 5110

Re: Gravity

Since Gravity does not seem to explain close to 90% of the universe there is a new theory proposed which of course is called woo by the establishment (what more can you expect from them anyway). That theory is called the Electric Universe...or plasmic universe. As per the theory there are 4 states ...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:34 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravity
Replies: 48
Views: 5110

Re: Gravity

Oops - looks like I double posted by accident - must have been the plasma...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:34 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravity
Replies: 48
Views: 5110

Re: Gravity

Since Gravity does not seem to explain close to 90% of the universe there is a new theory proposed which of course is called woo by the establishment (what more can you expect from them anyway). That theory is called the Electric Universe...or plasmic universe. As per the theory there are 4 states ...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:26 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravity
Replies: 48
Views: 5110

Re: Gravity

the main point - if astrology is woo then gravity is woo. Except of course there are specific observable effects of gravity that can be repeated over and over again independently and without exception, whereas I have yet to see any specific observable effects of astrology, even without the requirem...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Game of Life and God
Replies: 21
Views: 2801

Re: The Game of Life and God

I assume you are referring to the fact that the game of life has been formulated as a concept by a sapient being, which runs using algorithms applied by a sapient being and has been structured to run by a sapient being. If so, you (or rather the dude on telly) are missing the point that the game is ...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 9:13 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravity
Replies: 48
Views: 5110

Re: Gravity

the main point - if astrology is woo then gravity is woo. Except of course there are specific observable effects of gravity that can be repeated over and over again independently and without exception, whereas I have yet to see any specific observable effects of astrology, even without the requirem...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 8:54 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Illusion of Reality
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: The Illusion of Reality

Just consider the implication of this...if 99.99% of most solids is space (liquids and gases will have even higher perc) then why do objects seem apparently solid and real? Because the mind is causing that illusion...and based on that illusion we experience life in the myriad ways that we do...see ...
by Paolo
October 21st, 2010, 7:55 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Illusion of Reality
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: The Illusion of Reality

Nirvanam wrote:Anyway, will hope to see if there is really any great argument against Maya which I suspect is one of the best scientific descriptions for the nature of "reality".

Apart from relying on actual science I assume?
by Paolo
October 20th, 2010, 7:22 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 4849

Re: Why Time may not be possible

There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that cannot be described in non-temporal terms. That is one reason for there not being Time. If that's the case, go ahead and describe how to soft boil an egg in a way that can be usefully applied by someone unfamiliar with boiling an egg...
by Paolo
October 19th, 2010, 10:54 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Rational argument?
Replies: 10
Views: 2982

Re: Rational argument?

"Rational" argument? There are no "logical" arguments. Tautologies, contradictions and deductions show nothing or else show facts that are already in full view. There are no "scientific" arguments. Science deals in facts. Then let us be square, for argument's sake. Arg...
by Paolo
October 19th, 2010, 10:43 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 4849

Re: Why Time may not be possible

There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that cannot be described in non-temporal terms. That is one reason for there not being Time. If that's the case, go ahead and describe how to soft boil an egg in a way that can be usefully applied by someone unfamiliar with boiling an egg...

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