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  • TimB replied to the topic Mushrooms in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    Ooooh, can we put one of those buzzers on Trump?  What fun it would be to watch his electrically elicited jerks and spasms.  He might even learn to suppress some of his lies for a while. But lies are such an integral part of his speech, he might just have to stop speaking altogether.

  • Oh Lord if I’m abducted, don’t let it be the Greys.  The little grey guys with the big black eyes from a galaxy far away.  (Tho I prefer to think of them as what is left of humans from the far distant future. i.e, not aliens, after all, but rather our descendants who have traveled back to our time.)

  • Let’s assume:

    1) There are natural causes for things that happen in the world around us.

    2) Evidence from the natural world can be used to learn about those causes.

    3) There is consistency in the causes that operate in the natural world.

    OR

    Let’s assume:

    Any narrative of supernatural  explanations of the world that anyone can come up with…[Read more]

  • TimB replied to the topic I need to say This in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    Masy! Are you still alive?  I am confused as to how passing this message on will be helpful. It sort of seems like a delusion of a mad man.

  • TimB replied to the topic The Nature of Reality! in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    Soc, I think that “nothing” does not have physical quality.  Tho there are things that may pop into and out of existence inside of it (inside of “nothing” that is). But I suppose I could be wrong about it not having physical quality. What do you think?

  • TimB replied to the topic Truth in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    I trust the meterologist’s weather report.  Moreso now than in the past, because their methodologies and technological equipment have improved.  i.e. I have a high degree of confidence in their improved use of the scientific method.

    (note: Player is more handsome than I would have expected.)

  • TimB replied to the topic Mushrooms in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    There is a problem with a debate forum in the case of “experts” on the topic of climate change.  A debate is typically one vs one or 2 vs 2 debaters.

    The real experts in climate science are divided into the approx 99% who recognize AGW and the 1% of “experts” who deny it.

    So a fair debate would be for a single denier expert to make a 5 minute…[Read more]

  • Some assumptions are more consistent with our perceived reality, than others.  Some assumptions are relatively and torturously absurd, like the Earth was created 6K yrs ago, in such a way to appear to investigating scientists that it is billions of years old.

    Now you have to come up with a fictional reason, and I’m sure you can, for why god…[Read more]

  • Sherlock said: “Therefore the presence of the universe cannot have a scientific explanation so must have some other kind of explanation, it must be a fundamentally very different kind of explanation and perhaps the only it could be conveyed to humans is as “In the beginning God created” – this is a logical way to view this quest…[Read more]

  • So some religious people can be decent scientists.  They have perhaps compartmentalized or rationalized opposing belief systems.

    Believing in the supernatural by simply choosing to believe in it, is at odds with believing on the basis of objectively known facts and data.  This must, I think, require some adeptness in resolving cognitive d…[Read more]

  • I don’t mind discussing Sherlock’s hypothesis.  Sherlock, when would you say that “recent period of time” (of relij vs sci began?  What general decade of our last millennia?

  • TimB replied to the topic Doctrine of Creation in the forum Science and Technology 1 month ago

    god prefers ping pong to dice OR god disapproves of both?

  • TimB replied to the topic Assange in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    Are you projecting with your name calling?

    Idk wtf you are talking about re: dogs signing papers. Was that with ink pads and paw prints?  A UK court will decide on whether Assange will be extradited to the US next year.

  • TimB replied to the topic The Nature of Reality! in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    Nothing is what surrounds something.  We need some nothing in order to perceive something.

  • TimB replied to the topic Truth in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    You are correct that Science is not about trust.   Trust comes in when people decide to accept or not accept predictions and/or explanations that are based on use of the scientific method.  The predictions made based on scientific study are couched in terms of probabilities.  Explanations made are suggested by the relevant data, and are always sub…[Read more]

  • TimB replied to the topic Assange in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    If they had signed papers for Assange to be extradited to the US, then why is he not in the US already?  That is the part that you left out, and the headline of the link left out.

    Instead of your misleading dinky little one liners, you could have been accurate and said that what was signed was just for a court hearing to be done on the…[Read more]

  • TimB replied to the topic Assange in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    One could infer from the headline and your original report of it, that the papers had been signed for Assange’s imminent extradition to the US.  Now we know that that is not the case at all.  It will not be decided until the end of February, next year, whether he will be extradited to the US.

  • TimB replied to the topic It's 4/20! in the forum General Discussion 1 month ago

    Granted there are people who are on the extreme of the bell curve when it comes to being goofy and unproductive (which are the qualities that occur to me when you refer to “chronic potheads”).  But I wonder what the chances are that those same folks would be unproductive or counterproductive and would have some even more disagreeable…[Read more]

  • TimB replied to the topic The Nature of Reality! in the forum Philosophy 1 month ago

    Socrat, I be funny, but I appreciate that you seemed to try to elaborate on your point about reality being material and also nothing.  But I don’t think you have arrived at an elucidation of your point that is meaningful or useful to most readers.

    It does occur to me that “nothing” gives boundaries and thus definition to “something (aka…[Read more]

  • TimB replied to the topic Assange in the forum Politics and Social Issues 1 month ago

    Headlines are often misleading.  Hence you must read the article and then NOT pass on the misleading aspect.  Unless you are happy to be a vessel of misinformation, as you sometimes are.

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