Anti-Vaxxers Accidentally Fund a Study Showing No Link Between Autism and Vaccines
Is it really an accident for any study to end up finding no evidence of a cause-effect relationship between two variables, when an overwhelming amount of previous studies had already pointed to the very same conclusion?
…The proposition cannot be examined by the scientific method and therefore stands apart from the evidence-based concerns of science. On such grounds it is possible to respect the position of Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
I’m sure other well known-scientists (for example one whose last name starts with ‘D”…) would agree with all that.
Recently, he told Bill Maher that only two descriptors fit him: scientist and educator. Physics has no religiosity.
I’ve heard other well-known scientists (including a prominent primatologist) making similar statements.
When asked if they are atheist, they try to elude answering the question by waving a patronizing hand and implying that the…[Read more]
Supercentenarians don’t tend to die of major diseases—Jeanne Calment died of natural causes…
Amusing example of faulty reasoning (unless the author assumed major diseases to be caused by super-natural causes…).
Anyhow, my gut feeling is (and we all know how one can rely on that… ask G.W. Bush) that the obsession with living ever lon…[Read more]
“What is the point of my life?” This question cannot have haunted many people in earlier centuries; they were too busy scratching out a living…
The best answer today has been the best answer for millennia: find something more important than you are…
If most people for most of humankind’s history couldn’t afford the lux…[Read more]
Cantaz commented on the post, Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion in Canada. 3 weeks ago
Can an atheist lead a Protestant church?
Can an astronomer teach astrology?
The boundary, if there is one, is fuzzy, at best…
Of course it’s fuzzy – I guess I should have written ‘a bit too much’ in my previous post.
I don’t see how you could imagine not there being any boundary at all, though.
After all, genetic info is encoded in DNA, whereas cultural info is encoded through learning in the brain (the…[Read more]
if nationalism, prejudice, racism, dogmatism, ethnocentrism, closed-mindedness, and authoritarianism get their carriers’ genes into successive generations more successfully than those lacking these features…
Pecan, I suspect you may be fuzzing a bit the boundary between genetic info and culture here…
The subversive logic of solipsism intrudes when I realize I cannot experience anything or anybody outside of my own skull. How do I know other minds exist when I only have access to my own?
The only way you do, is to realize you seem share a heck of a lot genetic similarity with your bretheren, so, chances are, they have a min of their own…[Read more]
…within the global village more generally…
It’s not a “Global Village”.
It’s a global mess.
Meanwhile, the total number of Christians will rise from 2.17 to 2.92 billion, remaining steady at 31.4 percent, and Islam — the fastest growing religion in the world — will increase its numbers from 1.6 to 2.76 billion by 2050, ending up at…
…consciousness mystifies us because we cannot explain it.
We cannot explain it now.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t be able to explain it at some point in the (likely distant) future.
500+ years ago, had you shown an iPhone to Leonardo da Vinci, he would have been mystified by his inability to explain it.
I appreciate the gesture, but there was no need to apologize.
I have learned a long time ago that writing messages is not the most effective way to communicate… heck, just look at the correspondence you and Dan had on Pinker, Schopenhauer & Co.!
Cantaz, the only introspection called for is in asking the question
That is precisely what I meant (@#15)
What gobsmacks me is that no one thinks there is an interesting puzzle to the quality of our moment to moment experience.
I thought I made it pretty clear that I do consider it as the most difficult puzzle we face (@#10).
Human brains can’t do self analysis by introspection…
I suspect that we wouldn’t be here talking about the “hard problem” if they couldn’t…
Nonetheless, I agree that introspection has been proven a long time ago to be wholly unreliable as a tool of scientific investigation.
What is important is that the “Hard Problem” still currently exists as a constraint to our full and easy understanding of waking experience…
I am not sure why one would expect the understanding of that to be “easy”.
Of course, most puzzles, even complex ones, become “easy” once one has worked them out, but this is one of the mos…[Read more]
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