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Forum: Diavlog comments 07-24-2011, 10:23 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 33,027
Posted By metacodger
Re: Science Saturday: Sexist Skeptics (Ann Althouse & Rebecca Watson)

I agree with the commenters here who want more science in Science Saturday. Anne Althouse is a great choice in pairings to discuss legal opinions and social and political topics that she's active...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-02-2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,305
Posted By metacodger
Re: Science Saturday: Nuclear Energy Edition

If France's national nuclear energy program was the result of autocratic decisions rooted in an "I am the state" attitude from high office (Minister for Energy?), was there significant protest or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-01-2010, 03:59 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,305
Posted By metacodger
Re: Science Saturday: Nuclear Energy Edition

Thanks for that engineering insight, and for your comments in later threads pointing out that the problem was heat and not impact. Absolutely right, and a good lead into the suggestions from Ocean...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-01-2010, 02:34 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,305
Posted By metacodger
Re: Science Saturday: Nuclear Energy Edition

Wow, this diavlog and some of the comments reached me in so many ways, it's hard to know where to begin. I served in nuclear submarines for 6 years (2 in training, 4 at sea), though I was in Sonar...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-05-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,404
Posted By metacodger
Dogs, Religion, and Ethnicity: A comprehensive study

19. I am a Jew (OK, I'm an atheist Jew). I like dogs, but don't own one and have met dogs I don't like.
2. I have a good friend from Iran, a non religious Muslim Kurd. He doesn't like dogs.
3. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-27-2009, 01:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,191
Posted By metacodger
Re: Percontations: Leibniz's Theodicy

Are you sure it's not Snape in disguise? He provides an important clue at the beginning and practically admits that this conversation itself is evil...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-27-2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,191
Posted By metacodger
Re: Percontations: Leibniz's Theodicy

If god exits, and is both just AND evil, then this diavlog would have been conducted while Mssrs. Cover and Murray are attempting to change the serpentine belt on a 1992 VW Vanigon.

Jan adjusts...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-25-2009, 10:12 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 128,252
Posted By metacodger
Re: Science Saturday: Inside the Mind of a Creationist (Ronald Numbers & Paul Nelson)

Respectfully, the DI doesn't conduct any science. They have no laboratory, and they do not promote any scientific theory. They promote the political strategy of "teach the controversy", and claim...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-20-2009, 04:32 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 35,977
Posted By metacodger
Re: The Barbaric Yawp (Dayo Olopade & John McWhorter)

** %% !!!YEAH MARIA!!! *** YOU gOts Some 'SPLAININ to DO!!!*** :-& !!! *** ! ### !!
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-12-2009, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,209
Posted By metacodger
Re: UN Plaza: The Reckoning (Mark Leon Goldberg & Paco de Onis)

Thanks BJK for the better video. I looked for versions recorded locally in Accra and posted from there, but no luck.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-12-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 21,195
Posted By metacodger
Re: On Barack Obama's Failures (Glenn Loury & Brink Lindsey)

Nice. That's the most concise way to make that argument I've seen so far. I'd like to borrow it with attribution.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-12-2009, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,209
Posted By metacodger
Re: UN Plaza: The Reckoning (Mark Leon Goldberg & Paco de Onis)

Serious stuff, soberly delivered. Ditto to the comments above. Mark is a great interlocuter here, and Paco's delivery is really moving - I'll definitely see his film too.

Though he didn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-11-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 21,195
Posted By metacodger
Re: On Barack Obama's Failures (Glenn Loury & Brink Lindsey)

Sounds right to me, though I would also emphasize the related argumanet that other species are just as significant as we are in many ways. To take this to heart is to agree at least somewhat with...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2009, 06:10 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 22,621
Posted By metacodger
Federal Aid Received vs Taxes Paid, by US State

This came up in a few threads, and it seemed easy to find the data from an objective source. From their site:



http://www.taxfoundation.org/press/show/22659.html

here's another:
...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2009, 03:35 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 21,195
Posted By metacodger
Re: On Barack Obama's Failures (Glenn Loury & Brink Lindsey)

Yeah, Glenn's apparent animus toward Obama extends all the way back to his diavlogs with John McWhorter early in the campaign season. I speculate that he was so committed to Hillary Clinton during...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-09-2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 21,195
Posted By metacodger
Crime and Punishment

The discussion about incarceration was the most useful part of this diavlog for me, especially Brink's description of Hawaii's parole system and Glen's long standing criticism of US drug policy and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-01-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 52,365
Posted By metacodger
Re: Defense of Athiesm of Agnosticism

Massive props from me for that post, FWIW. Thanks.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-27-2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,805
Posted By metacodger
Re: Two Men, No Uteruses (Steven Waldman & William Saletan)

OK, I'm on it. My first 30 seconds of Internet research should suffice if a highly selective reading of the following is accepted in the application:

http://www.snopes.com/religion/soulweight.asp...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-27-2009, 06:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,805
Posted By metacodger
Re: Two Men, No Uteruses (Steven Waldman & William Saletan)

Alternative response: I tried but I had an embolism.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-27-2009, 06:14 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,805
Posted By metacodger
Re: Two Men, No Uteruses (Steven Waldman & William Saletan)

Well, we could start off with birthing in a hyperbaric chamber so we could measure the soul displacement at different pressures and at varying rates of changing pressure. Ultimately this could...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-27-2009, 05:45 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,805
Posted By metacodger
Re: Two Men, No Uteruses (Steven Waldman & William Saletan)

Thank you for that descriptive explanation. Scientifically speaking, this behavior suggests that the soul behaves in a similar way to an air bubble at 1 atmosphere rising through water, though not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-27-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,805
Posted By metacodger
Re: Two Men, No Uteruses (Steven Waldman & William Saletan)

I was curious about how that worked, since the viability of a fetus outside the womb used to be a lot longer. I guess the timeliness of soul-insertion is continually adjusted as medical technology...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-24-2008, 04:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,196
Posted By metacodger
Re: The Anglican Schism

Ah, the Great Mystery. Here are the best answers I've been able to find:

Henry VIII and the origin of the Anglican Church

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ope-1Zb5t-k&feature=related

Anglican...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-12-2008, 02:10 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 29,481
Posted By metacodger
Re: Welcome to the Jungle

After carefully reading all the comments above, I have a better understanding of why many people find MM irritating, but some of the criticism seems more ad hominen than substantive - for instance,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-10-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 29,481
Posted By metacodger
Re: Welcome to the Jungle

This was informative for me. I especially appreciated Megan's explanation of why Ford was in better shape than GM or Chrysler, as I hadn't previously understood that they had raised a lot of cash...
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