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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2009, 06:24 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 153,416
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Get Mad (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

You didn't use those words, certainly. But abolishing the pre-existing condition as something that rules out coverage is fundamentally incompatible with the concept of insurance.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2009, 10:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 25,836
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Pacisfism is not passivity

"If you wish to converse with me, define your terms." - Voltaire

Generally, I find that public discussions of terms which have many widely divergent interpretations and do not clearly define...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2009, 09:49 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

That's not what I claimed.
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2009, 09:26 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 153,416
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Get Mad (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

So you want to abolish health insurance altogether and replace it with... what, exactly?
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-02-2009, 09:25 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 153,416
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Get Mad (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-01-2009, 03:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 153,416
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Get Mad (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Although your specific terms are loaded to refer to religious beliefs, your essential position describes rationalism perfectly.

It's not about the conclusion, it's about the way the conclusion is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-21-2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

I am not sure how to deal with people who not only get the definitions of simple concepts like "differential reproduction" wrong, but who fail to grasp that fitness in an environmental context is not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-20-2009, 01:44 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

No. Darwin's argument primarily applied to competition between individuals within a species, and between individuals and their environment - this is what causes each species to adapt. Species can...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-19-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

Finally, an argument we can all get behind.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 06:04 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

But you can't say "this is inexpressible", because the statement contradicts itself.

I agree that we're diverging from the original topic. To return: McWhorter fell for Behe's self-description,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 05:58 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

Of course there have been physical changes! Most of them have been biochemical, and thus not readily apparent to cursory visual inspection, but features such as the ability to digest milk late in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

True enough. However, it's still possible to say sensible things about the undefined, because "the undefined" isn't actually undefined - one of its properties is set, and we can say things about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 01:29 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

I'm afraid it is. More importantly, it's still subject to evolution - because while natural selection has certainly diminished as a force acting on human beings, there are other forces besides it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 12:22 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Barbara Hagerty ...

That's all right. Running away to avoid arguments that can't be countered is a perfectly normal reaction.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 12:21 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

Your question is built upon a false premise.

Your point, while correct, is not meaningful in any broader context. If humans with certain traits outbreed other types of humans, and those traits...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 12:14 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Of course he wasn't a scientist. Not only had that category not yet been invented - and Newton himself wouldn't have understood what you meant if you asked him whether he were a scientist - but he...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 12:05 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Curious, since you just made a statement about the undefined, which presumably you would hold was not nonsensical.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-18-2009, 12:03 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Fact vs theory: wrong question

Um... no. Relative breeding rates are still the most obvious influencing factors on gene frequency. Sexual selection is also a clear issue.

It didn't.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 06:24 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Barbara Hagerty ...

See St. Paul on how belief in the literal and actual Resurrection is inherent and essential to Christianity.

Irrelevant. A random string of letters might happen to spell out a factually-true...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Stupidity is a behavior, not a property proper. You can have substantial cognitive capabilities and still be stupid on any number of subjects and in any number of ways.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

The early examples offered were not scientists. Newton, for example, was a "natural philosopher", a field that eventually developed into science when certain definitions were introduced into it, and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 11:25 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 55,359
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Barbara Hagerty ...

Impressing people isn't the point.



Given that there's no actual evidence that Christ existed, many of things Christ is supposed to have said are either ridiculous or wrong, and the known...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 11:18 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

But it's an absolutely devastating argument against the idea that the entirety of the Bible is divine revelation which must be taken literally and precisely.

Although the gross errors in natural...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 11:14 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Which is precisely why he should know better. Evolutionary Biology : Creationism :: Historical Linguistics : Tower of Babel
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 11:03 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Caledonian
Re: Behe vs. Bob

No. There are no intelligent people on the other side.
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