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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-25-2009, 01:39 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By nkirby
Re: Moving Cursor

Installing a chip in someone's brain or using EEG as found here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59791-2004Dec12.html) is a far cry from what they were talking about. I wonder if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-25-2009, 12:30 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By nkirby
Re: Fingerprints of God (Robert Wright & Barbara Hagerty)

Although this position is not unheard of, I think it's a little pedantic. Surely there is a substantive difference between an atheist's position/opinion/belief about a god and your belief about the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-24-2009, 11:49 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By nkirby
Re: Fingerprints of God (Robert Wright & Barbara Hagerty)

There's nothing essentially spiritual about meditation or mindfulness. It's the pinnacle of introspection. The term "heightened consciousness" is doing a lot of work, but I grant that meditation is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-24-2009, 11:03 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By nkirby
Re: Fingerprints of God (Robert Wright & Barbara Hagerty)

I felt like that was one place Mr. Wright went off the rails. Simply acknowledging our limited perception of reality does not, at all, imply that any method of changing the way we experience the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 11:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,318
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

Bobby G,
Sorry if I was unclear. I meant to say that according to physics, the arrangement of the stars is governed by gravity (not by anything to do with messages). So that is what I meant by...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2009, 05:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,318
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: God, Religion, and Weeping Statues

This question by bjkeefe brings out something that struck me during your discussion of such a miracle. Wouldn't the miracle lie in that the arrangement of stars and the linguistic content of a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-14-2009, 03:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,855
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: Darwin the Rock Star

Oh, science, how romantic! (Is this sarcasm also disallowed?)
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-28-2009, 12:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 30,643
Posted By nkirby
Re: What Do Women Diavloggers Want?

Ann Althouse pretends to be a rationalist and posits more conspiracy theories than a 9/11 Truther on meth. It's hilarious.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-28-2008, 01:03 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 54,738
Posted By nkirby
Re: Playing With Fire

my favorite new word: preposture (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/15418?in=71:30&out=71:50)
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-25-2008, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,437
Posted By nkirby
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-18-2008, 12:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 15,962
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: Tribes and Prejudices

Of course, groups of people who have historically intermarried exclusively share common genetics. In turn, members of the group share common physical characteristics. Why is this such a contentious...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-30-2008, 09:47 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 33,729
Posted By nkirby
Re: Luck o' the Irish

Realist memo to the Clinton administration, link?
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-17-2008, 03:20 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 44,464
Posted By nkirby
Re: Hitting the Panic Button

The formulation, "there should be a two state solution, but" could also be interpreted as a preamble to a call to avoid an overly insular 'solution' which would be the way Ms. Hurlburt's analysis...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-16-2008, 09:02 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 41,998
Posted By nkirby
Re: Under the Mattress

You present a false dichotomy. Without actual knowledge about what Obama heard and thought about Rev. Wright's most controversial statements, how can you say must either be stupid or indifferent. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-16-2008, 02:55 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 41,998
Posted By nkirby
Re: Under the Mattress

Two comments about the New Yorker discussion. First of all I don't think that they were attempting to satirize Obama himself. It was more of a failed attempt to satirize the caricature of Obama...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-10-2008, 09:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,860
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: Summer Doldrums Edition

If, say, political experts are assumed to be masters of understanding the current and past political climate, is it any surprise that they would not foresee dramatic changes in the political climate?...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2008, 07:40 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 66,610
Posted By nkirby
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 20,103
Posted By nkirby
Re: Free Will: Costly Truth-Seeking

So uniform agreement is a deep sign of bias, and the existence of disagreement is a deep sign of bias? It seems like there's some equivocation of "bias" and "error-making". It seems to me that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-02-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 22,462
Posted By nkirby
Re: Leaving the Levant

Go Wildcats!
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-30-2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,430
Posted By nkirby
Re: Megan Get Your Gun

Bowling for Columbine didn't have "blame the gun" as its thesis. It argued that the society of fear was to blame. A lot of people assumed it was about gun control, but they were wrong.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-15-2008, 05:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 15,803
Posted By nkirby
Re: Science Saturday: Avoiding Catastrophic Boredom

For me, the Monty Hall Problem is crystallized if we imagine starting off with a million doors only one of which has a car behind it (instead of only 3).
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-05-2008, 09:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 20,909
Posted By nkirby
Re: The Passion of the Blog

I must say that YouTube is always the center of hateful venting. I mean, generally, you'll find in the comments section the most ignorant, homophobic, sexist, racist, etc. things you could imagine. ...
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