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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-08-2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 71,228
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Confronting Climate Collapse (David W. Orr & Jim Manzi)

Interesting piece by Tim Flannery, Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, on James Lovelock's new book, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: The Final Warning (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23387).

In...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2009, 04:06 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,945
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Terry Deacon on the 'Blind Watchmaker'

Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel's Hub...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-01-2009, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,924
Posted By holyworrier
Re: UN Plaza: Extra Crispy Edition (Matthew Lee & Jacqueline Shire)

Good piece in the NY Review: Which Way for Hamas? (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23313)
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-15-2009, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,060
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Worldwise: A Spicy Security Policy Stew (Robert Farley & Rachel Kleinfeld)

Robert Farley: "You ought to defend American allies in the region... not just Israel but Iraq...Saudi Arabia and so forth, from Iranian attack. That requires a position that makes possible the use...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2009, 09:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,252
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: Philosophy and the String Wars

Yes! When everything is sailing over your head, the proceedings do seem endless. By all means, don't force the issue. Stop watching Percontations! As a bonus, your petty annoyance with...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-17-2009, 01:04 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 34,832
Posted By holyworrier
Re: A Good Chair is Hard to Find (Ezra Klein & Will Wilkinson)

I really enjoyed that last huge reduction in inequality during the financial collapse. I got stiffed on a painting commission worth 5k by a Houston heiress who told me she'd recently become millions...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-16-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 34,832
Posted By holyworrier
Re: A Good Chair is Hard to Find (Ezra Klein & Will Wilkinson)

I've downloaded Will's paper and scanned it very briefly. Perhaps there will be some on the board who read it entirely in order to discuss it in depth, but I'll just take one of the aphorisms in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-13-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,592
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: Healing Spaces

My first thought is that feelings evoked by Disney's theme park rides or architecture are superficial and perverse and even brainwashing, to the weak-minded or emotionally damaged. I would say that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-12-2009, 12:40 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 48,535
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Science Saturday: The War on Ignorance (Carl Zimmer & Chris Mooney)

themightypuck wrote: You'd think that this would suggest that we really don't have as big a problem with science as people claim. If science really mattered as much as the scientists want us the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-06-2009, 01:31 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 40,309
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: Cage Match of God (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

Bob sez: "I believe there is evidence of a larger purpose with a moral direction unfolding through the material workings of the natural world".

"When purpose is seen, it suggests something special...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-02-2009, 01:58 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 52,365
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Goddapalooza (Robert Wright & Ann Althouse)

I told my friend this, today. He is a talented dissembler, but what successful pol isn't?

I feel safer in the knowledge.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-18-2009, 12:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 25,066
Posted By holyworrier
Re: The Evolution of God (Robert Wright & Tyler Cowen)

Like you, Bob, I grew up in a fundamentalist environment. I was baptized when I was nine in the Church of Christ, the denomination which insists it isn't a denomination, but the True Church, in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-17-2009, 12:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 25,066
Posted By holyworrier
Re: The Evolution of God

Karen Armstrong comes immediately to mind as I listen to Bob talk about his book, which I haven't read. I have read Armstrong's A History of God and her biography of Muhammad. Both books I would...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-14-2009, 11:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 33,198
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: Explaining and Appraising Moral Intuition

God forbid you should look deeply into anything.

http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(08)00895-7
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-13-2009, 12:44 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Much heat, little light

Thanks for the heads-up, Wonderment.

Politico reports that Nancy DeParle was paid $5.8 million the last three years by health firms. She has divested, of course.
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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-12-2009, 02:16 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Megan's flawed utilitarian analysis

MM prefaced her remarks on the market and innovation in terms of utilitarian argument. The market, according to her, creates greater good for a greater number. Am I wrong about her meaning? Three...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-12-2009, 10:00 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Megan's flawed utilitarian analysis

The Classical Utilitarians, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, identified the good with pleasure, so, like Epicurus, were hedonists about value. They also held that we ought to maximize the good,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-12-2009, 01:14 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Megan's flawed utilitarian analysis

I disagree with your take on utilitarianism. I used the term in the same sense as did Megan, and the sense in which the term is generally understood. The greatest good for the greatest number, or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-11-2009, 11:07 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Megan's flawed utilitarian analysis

A so-called utilitarian approach to health care, which states that private markets produce the greatest innovation which benefits the most people, is seriously flawed. The poor are not affected...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-11-2009, 10:42 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 42,607
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Health Care Showdown (Mark Schmitt & Megan McArdle)

Megan says that when the government is the only buyer, there's no market. This is a funny thing for a market fundamentalist to say. It only takes three parties to make a market. Two sellers, one...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-11-2009, 09:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,510
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Possible Health Care compromise

Baucus says that any government plan the Democrats could force into law would be "unsustainable". Not if the Democrats acted in a timely manner and got a skillfully-crafted single-payer system into...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2009, 01:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,510
Posted By holyworrier
Re: BloggingTrolls (Ezra Klein & Will Wilkinson)

Will and others want an open market for insurance, and the government should buy insurance for people who can't afford it. The government should funnel taxpayer money into private insurance policies...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-10-2009, 01:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,510
Posted By holyworrier
Re: BloggingTrolls (Ezra Klein & Will Wilkinson)

Your National Center for Policy Analysis is biased. "The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2009, 11:32 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 49,046
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: The Elusive Hand of God

I would say that a salamander is a salamander and a human being is a human being. It's all about increasing complexity, but of course, some systems die, others change imperceptibly, while others...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-08-2009, 11:06 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 49,046
Posted By holyworrier
Re: Percontations: The Elusive Hand of God

That is the nature of emergence. Self-organizing systems, by dint of the biases and constraints imposed by stochastic forces on myriad possible states, produce more complex levels of organization...
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