Roedy commented on the post, Texas school board can start meetings with prayer: U.S. appeals court 4 days, 10 hours ago
I suppose people could protest by going to the meetings and refusing to participate in the prayers, or speak over them with some flaky prayer. I doubt any court would tell them they could not.
I have HIV. In the early days, friends and acquaintances pressed all manner of crazy cures on me that did not work. There was no official treatment. This could be justified rationally were it not for the negative side effects.
When there is a recognised treatment, you can only justify pushing an alternative treatment if it works. Persisting when…[Read more]
There are thousands of commandments in the bible. Yet the only one Christians concern themselves with is killing gay people. Yet oddly, most of them are willing to refrain from murder; they just want to indulge in non-lethal acts of spite, such as denying cake. Why? To avoid hypocrisy. This is about the only sin they do not indulge in personally…[Read more]
Roedy commented on the post, Synthetic yeast chromosomes help probe mysteries of evolution 2 weeks ago
I would think what you would have to do is create millions of individuals, automate the process of determining their characteristics, then sequences them. You then could use raw computer power to figure out what gene does what.
It is a bit much expecting beavers to understand
Roedy commented on the post, Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science? 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I can understand being highly sceptical of any science that came out of Monsanto, Nestle, Merck, or Exxon Mobil, but what replaces it? anonymous internet posters? Supermarket tabloids? Oprah? Dr. Oz? religious texts?
There are various science educators whom I trust if they tell me some now science is legit. They have built up a reputation with…[Read more]
So much for the bible being a source of morality.
So much for the bible being a good influence on behaviour.
Roedy commented on the post, Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy 2 months, 1 week ago
Other good news. Google announced today they will reach 100% renewable power some time in 2017.
What I am hoping for is the economics for clean energy will reach some tipping point and the fossil fuel industry will tank overnight. How I want to see those anti-environmentalists lose their shirts.
Roedy commented on the post, What People Don’t Criticize About Sen. Jeff Sessions, But Should 2 months, 1 week ago
Sessions does not believe in freedom of religion. He believes in majority take all like the endlessly warring Europeans in the 1700s. But why? What advantage accrues if the minority is forced to pretend to worship a god or worship in a way they believe is bogus? It is forcing people to lie. It does nothing for the majority. Sessions is just a…[Read more]
I would go for insistence on labelling all laws that essentially religious superstition. I would not insist they be nullified, at least not yet
for example abortion laws that depend on the existence of a soul inserted at conception
anti-euthanasia laws because there is a sky fairy who owns you.
anti-gay laws because the bible said to kill all…[Read more]
Roedy commented on the post, Bats Like Their Plant Nectar Sweet — Though Maybe the Plants Know Better 2 months, 2 weeks ago
I think the answer is simpler. If bats receive more dilute nectar, they will have to make more visits to get the same amount of sugar. That means more pollination.
Roedy commented on the post, Dark matter has decreased since the Big Bang: Study 2 months, 2 weeks ago
How do you tell dark matter apart from low-temperature matter?
Except for some very stupid people, there are no true climate change deniers. The Koch brothers, for example, are well aware of the climate change mechanism. It is just they are old. What matters to them is marginal profits from sunset fossil fuel investments. What happens 10 years plus from now does not matter. They will be dead.
Trump took…[Read more]
Trump said “I love war, including nuclear war”. He called for nuclear proliferation and massive spending on nukes. He also appointed climate change deniers to his cabinet. As I see it, unless Trump is impeached, resigns in disgrace, or dies, we have very little chance of surviving the next four years. Pinker is looking at stats about tiny cat…[Read more]
The lesson is, from the consumer’s point of view, AI progress is sudden, from hopeless to adequate all in one jump.
It not that scientists accomplished nothing until that day. I saw this same pattern years ago when I wrote a program to design high voltage transmission lines. For a year it looked to outsiders as though there was no progress, then…[Read more]
When I was a teen, I went to see a play called the Firebugs by Max Frisch. A landlord has tenants who give escalating clues they are arsonists. For a variety of reasons, he pretends not to notice. Eventually, they set fire to his home. Trump makes it clear he plans a nuclear war and to send earth into runaway climate change. He HAS to be…[Read more]
He simply has to be removed from office. He will destroy earth with a nuclear war or by climate change and pollution. What methods are available?
some sort of medical/mental disqualification?
another country using violence.
resignation from scandal
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