James Ballard #37
Oct 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm
And here across the Atlantic, stateside, they are legion.
They could learn from importing high quality, high budget, BBC documentary TV from David Attenborough, Brian Cox, etc, but then the ignorant would probably watch some “reality show”, celebrity chat show, soap opera, or singing…[Read more]
@OP – Most experts today agree the belief that childhood vaccines cause autism is based on bunk science.
Not only that, but they also know whose bunk science it was, which falsified, corrupt, and incompetent studies promoted that view, and how the author of those studies was struck off the British Medical Register and barred from practising…[Read more]
Hugo Spinoso #27
Oct 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm
so climate change what was the average temperature before compared to now, how long has this been going on?, what happend during this time?., what could it be considering what changed, etc. so the argument follows the logic of the acion.
This is what thousands of climate scientists have done,…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Deniers club: Meet the people clouding the climate change debate 2 days, 8 hours ago
While the article does become fall into ad hominem
An attack on lies and false claims, along with identifying those incompetently or dishonestly making such assertions, is NOT an ad-hominem attack.
However, I do think that it is likely better to argue the scientific facts as opposed to the people, and leave the ad hominem attacks to those…
Oct 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm
The scientist from her perspective must remain rigorously “neutral” with respect to anything that looks like a hypothesis, even if we believe there is no way to discover what would count as evidence either way toward proving/disproving the existence of “God.”
This is simply not so when we examine…[Read more]
Oct 20, 2016 at 1:50 am
The first thing to understand that people around you would not change their opinion just based on that, especially the ones who respect you as a person. There should be deeper sense of belonging with community, than one just based on religious affiliation.
You are quite right in respect of civilised…[Read more]
Oct 20, 2016 at 4:13 am
SafeMinds also believes that the research team behind the new PNAS study may have cherry-picked their data
Doesn’t psychological projection work wonderfully at confirming the thought processes of the deluded!
But Sallie Bernard, president of SafeMinds, says she would at least
like to see a re-analysis…[Read more]
@OP – Anti-Vaxxers Accidentally Fund a Study Showing No Link Between Autism and Vaccines
The same thing happens to Templeton sponsorship from time to time when grants are given to honest scientists in the hope of showing the compatibility of science with religious claims!
Oct 18, 2016 at 8:56 am
If you do not believe there is a god you are an atheist. It is a binary proposition.
Simply stated, it sounds like a binary position, until an attempt is made to define the word “god”.
Then it becomes a multi-thousandfold proposition, as the cascade of god assertions and definitions claimed by the…[Read more]
@link -Modern atheism has a PR problem.
Nope! It’s just that god-delusions are so insecure and easily offended that their puppets and propagandists are easily triggered to make ad-hominem attacks on critics!
For too long, the most outspoken non-believers have been antagonistic, bombastic,…[Read more]
Oct 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm
I identify as an Atheist, I don’t believe proof of any God will ever be found.
It’s quite funny how theists and those claiming to be agnostics, will squirm and twist at any suggestion of atheistic aspects of their nature.
On various discussions I have pointed out that they are atheistic towards A…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Republicans Can Understand Science and Still Deny Climate Change 5 days, 6 hours ago
Oct 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm
The human animal raging over every habitable corner of the earth has become, and will remain the fatal menace to a sustainable environment. We have met the enemy and he is us in our glorious duplicating billions.
Which raises the question as to if humans can collectively behave with more intelligence…[Read more]
Oct 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm
Does this mean I am trillions of trillions times less significant than I thought I was in September?
Once-upon-a-time, the whole universe was viewed only a flat Earth populated by ego-centric humans, surrounded by celestial spheres inhabited above the clouds, by angels!
Then the geocentrists re-wrote…[Read more]
@OP – When Bill Moyers asked him whether he supported “the effort” by well-meaning people “to reconcile faith and reason,” Tyson said flatly, “they’re irreconcilable.”
Nobody who is fully committed to the use of scientific methodology, is going to fudge science with faith.
It is only the heavily indoctrinated and heavily mentally comp…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Republicans Can Understand Science and Still Deny Climate Change 5 days, 17 hours ago
Oct 17, 2016 at 1:37 am
The result is indifference or ambivalence towards scientists who clear their throats and disclaim that they don’t know exactly what’s going to happen.
Ah! Like a motor mechanic who tells foolish drivers heading out into a remote area, that if they don’t top up their engine oil, and fill up their fue…[Read more]
Oct 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm
As for your opening implying that being a “professional politician” is somehow a problem, my response to that is that’s what presidents and leaders do: politics. i.e., they govern. This is where political experience is not only good, it’s a requirement.
Ah! but professionalism and profess…[Read more]
James Ballard #22
Oct 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm
Carefully listen to the Jeffrey Brown interview of billionaire Tom Barrack, a friend of Trump, and see if you come back with the same opinion.
I am English, so have the dubious privilege of paying US taxes on my US investments, but have no vote in your election.
Our own political…[Read more]
Oct 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm
With this “updated number”, I do not know whether to be comfortable or confident because being off by a factor of X20 seems (to a microbiology guy) to be pretty far off. Is it? Is this an acceptable amount of error? Does it make the “old” numbers suspicious?
When we talk about images of small d…[Read more]
Oct 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm
That would be okay Alan, if that was all it was. But he is more calculating; has a team of highly skilled people working for him. Not all knee jerk reactions. He has someone named Bannon running his campaign. Bannon is a thug, a degenerate, and one of the most dangerous political operatives in the…
Oct 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Exactly. Companies in cooperation with government funded space projects are focusing on satellites, low earth space launch vehicles, with honorable mention due to the now defunct space shuttle missions and the soon-to-be defunct space station.
The point I am making, is that same sort of…[Read more]
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