John Nack #809
Sep 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
If Mr. Dawkins were disabled in a car accident, we would not think it our right to take his life; our views on whether his life is a good thing would stop at his right to life.
He would however in many civilised countries have the right to choose. Such matters have been discussed on threads on…[Read more]
Sep 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm
Impoverished sub-Saharan Africa will add a billion poorly educated people by 2050. Certainly these folks will take advantage of considerable solar power, but the process will take place gradually and also use plentiful reserves of oil and natural gas to build not only energy infrastructure
You are…[Read more]
phil rimmer #80
Sep 26, 2016 at 5:37 am
Of those that are left, many others would rather die than act.
This reminds me of a quote from my brother, after he was rescued from a ferry which had a hole ripped in the engine-room when the crew took a short cut across rocks with the tide a tad too low!
Brother (in the dining room three…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Deniers club: Meet the people clouding the climate change debate 1 day, 2 hours ago
Sep 26, 2016 at 2:18 am
Optimistic folks just can’t entertain the likely scenario that BOTH fossil fuel consumption AND renewable energy will probably increase until at least 2050.
The laws of physics and the planet’s climate, don’t care if humans are optimistic, pessimistic, rational or stupid!
If heat inputs cause t…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Deniers club: Meet the people clouding the climate change debate 1 day, 15 hours ago
DC Toronto #56
Sep 25, 2016 at 11:45 am
My point is however, that the solutions to date have looked only at one side of the equation, without credit for the vast amounts of carbon that we store for the world each year.
I think the point is, that you haven’t checked on this sort of research, and are just making stuff up to match your…[Read more]
@OP – What Is the Largest Galaxy in the Universe?
Of course we can only know:
“What is the biggest galaxy in the Observable Universe,
. . . . . further reduced to, We can only know:
“What is the biggest galaxy in the Universe we CAN detect and observe with current technology.”
Alan4discussion commented on the post, NASA: We Didn’t Change Your Zodiac Sign, Astrology Isn’t Real 1 day, 22 hours ago
Sep 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm
So your sign is Felidae and you belong in the barn!!
You seems to have been misinformed by some cat-herding red-neck farmers whose cats do not have them under proper control! 🙂
Cats belong by the fireside, the radiator, on a lap, in the best chair, or in a sunny corner…[Read more]
Sep 25, 2016 at 2:56 am
Moral decisions perhaps require multiple inputs that vary in their emotional and rational inputs. The holistic discussion may take place in multiple languages but just as easily in the same language with diverse vocabularies informing disparate descriptions, narratives, aspects, factors and points of…
phil rimmer #16
Sep 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm
Alan @#14 – I am very much a reductionist and physicalist when it comes to debunking “immaterial” ethereal claims and gapology!
But no-one has proposed any such thing, least of all me. David Chalmers has proposed a solution involving a new physical property of matter. He is keen to assert his…
Sep 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm
The key point being made is that our brain processes foreign-language input differently from input in our mother tongue, and that this is then reflected in the results of those brain processes.
I think another key point, is the level of confidence in understanding what is being said by a listener on…[Read more]
Mike DeMauro #2
Sep 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm
The first three paragraphs, in isolation, introduce some current challenges in science publication. If one were to stop reading there, they may conclude that the purpose of the article also ends.
There are quite a few assumptions and assertions in the model presented, which do not reflect the…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Obama Moves To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding, Permanently 2 days, 16 hours ago
@OP – link – If the new Title X rule becomes permanent after a 30-day public comment period, which is likely, those states will be forced to back down from the fight against the nation’s largest family planning provider.
“This rule makes it clear that politicians cannot ignore the law as they pursue their agenda to stop women from get…
phil rimmer #7
Sep 24, 2016 at 10:48 am
Alan – However, I regard this as an area of research for neuroscientists and psychologists,
How on earth is this researched if it is not an informational issue? I still get the impression we are seeing different things here.
It would be researched the same way god-delusions are researched -…[Read more]
phil rimmer #5
Sep 24, 2016 at 10:00 am
Its a subtle concept difficult to get behind but it was a favourite here in the early years.
I have no problem with accepting that there are areas of mental consciousness which we do not fully understand, and may need further research into mechanisms. Philosophers’ allegedly “subtle…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, NASA: We Didn’t Change Your Zodiac Sign, Astrology Isn’t Real 2 days, 21 hours ago
Sep 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
I have you down as a Leo
Nope! – Although I admit I like cats!
phil rimmer #2
Sep 24, 2016 at 7:46 am
I think this misses the point about panpsychism which is an attempt to answer the Hard Problem of consciousness. This has nothing to do with all the functional stuff of brains (the Easy Problem).
It is merely an unsupported assertion that there is something called “consciousness”,…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, NASA: We Didn’t Change Your Zodiac Sign, Astrology Isn’t Real 3 days ago
It is hardly surprising that those who believe in astrology make irrational claims, and with laughable irony, try to blame scientists for their own confused stupidity!
@OP – Now, imagine you’re a researcher who wants to game this system. Here’s what you do. Run many small and statistically weak studies. Tweak your methods on the fly to ensure positive results. If you get negative results, sweep them under the rug. Never try to check old results; only pursue new and exciting ones.
We also know that peo…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Deniers club: Meet the people clouding the climate change debate 3 days, 2 hours ago
DC Toronto #41
Sep 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm
so my contribution will be minimal and would reduce my lifestyle.
That is simply no so.
Everyone can replace their old energy guzzling systems with energy efficient electrical appliances, LED lighting, etc. They can also support local government authorities in energy saving plans such are…[Read more]
Alan4discussion commented on the post, Deniers club: Meet the people clouding the climate change debate 3 days, 11 hours ago
DC Toronto #41
Sep 23, 2016 at 6:18 pm
My point is, the country I live in is one of the cleanest in the world. There is virtually no action in other countries
That is simply wrong.
While many polluters – aided and abetted by foot-draggers, continue to pollute, new technologies are in the process of development, and can, if there is…[Read more]
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