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Forum: Diavlog comments 07-30-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 14,509
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: String Wars (John Horgan & George Musser)

Sorry to disappoint, but it's turtles all the way down.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2011, 11:37 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,097
Posted By dankingbooks
If the dog catches the car

The problem with Bob's humanitarian argument for invading Libya (to which I am emotionally sympathetic) is that what happens if we succeed? Aren't the rebels just another incarnation of Qaddafi? Or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-14-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,775
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Action and Contemplation (Joshua Knobe & Eric Schwitzgebel)

I'd think studying religious leaders would be more useful than studying college professors. After all, professors are not held to any higher moral standard than the rest of us. But priests, pastors &...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,528
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Sex, Power, Happiness (Michelle Goldberg & Rebecca Traister)

Life is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing.

Don't worry. Be Happy.

www.dankingbooks.com (http://www.dankingbooks.com)
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-15-2010, 10:22 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 21,950
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Valentine's Day Edition (John Horgan & George Johnson)

These guys are just the most arrogant, self-righteous idiots known to man or woman. They never make any arguments - they just simply assert they're right. We're supposed to believe AGW because John...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2009, 11:36 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 25,403
Posted By dankingbooks
This is a waste of time

I think this session demonstrates the complete silliness and futility of commenting on BhTV (or most other blog sites). First, nobody reads the acres of nonsense, second, the conversation is far from...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-15-2009, 10:50 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 44,406
Posted By dankingbooks
A Darwinian Responds

I find it incredible that these folks can talk for an hour and never mention birth control. This has to change the relationship between men and women, and in particular - 2+ generations after it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-06-2009, 01:44 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 72,482
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Mistakes Were Made (Robert Wright & George Johnson)

Why pick on creationists? They are far from the only people who oppose evolutionary theory.

Many feminists (the PC sort, who believe in the social construction of gender) subscribe to a theory...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-06-2009, 01:20 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 72,482
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Arrogance will get you nowhere

Hi BJ,

Since you brought it up, my supposedly misogynistic book (an unfair characterization, but since you haven't read it, you wouldn't know) can be found a www.dankingbooks.com.

Your data...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-06-2009, 12:33 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 72,482
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Arrogance will get you nowhere

I gave up on this diavlog after 25 minutes or so - who cares about Bob's psychological problems. Instead, I listened to the Behe piece.

I make the following points:

1) 80% of Americans (and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-23-2009, 11:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,105
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Economics 2.0 (Arnold Kling & Mark Thoma)

Great Diavlog. I really learned something!

Check out my book at www.dankingbooks.com (http://www.dankingbooks.com).
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-12-2009, 08:59 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 32,228
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Why We're Religious

It's not all that hard to imagine non-life after death. All you have to do is think about life before birth. Where were you when Lincoln was assassinated? And no, you probably won't answer "all I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

Sheesh! I suppose there is a difference between curve-fitting and modeling. "Curve-fitting" probably connotes something more empirical, whereas the word "model" can also be used as synonym for...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 09:47 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

And precisely what is that fallacy? I will surely grant various levels of significance to models. For example, the energy of the ground state of helium can be computed to arbitrary accuracy - with no...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

Yeah - quite right. Curve fitting IS modeling. It has more value when there is some established science behind the curve (e.g., quantum mechanics), but frankly, with enough parameters I can fit...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 09:00 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

Starwatcher,

I'm not accusing anybody of brute dishonesty (though I do think there is a larger conflict of interest here). But if one has a model with a dozen or so independent parameters, it is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

But I do understand modeling. Let's take an example from chemistry - Gaussian - a very powerful suite of systems that fairly successfully simulates the quantum behavior of molecules. People use it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

BornAgainDemocrat is right in spirit if not in fact. In principle, it doesn't matter if you "know" the outcome before you "predict" it. However, in practice, it does, and here's why.

With enough...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-11-2009, 06:28 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 30,982
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Science Saturday: Island Universes

Global warming advocates suggest that:
- small variations in carbon dioxide concentration (less than a factor of two),
- will lead to cumulative effects,
- that will swamp any change in predicted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2009, 10:22 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Why science can never replace religion

BJ - sorry, but your logic is flawed. First, you leave out the word "created", which implies a creator, i.e., an intentional effort. This can be neither proven nor disproven by science. By...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-22-2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: Why science can never replace religion

Sorry, BJ. You'll have us substitute a Creator with "we", a very thin reed indeed.

But my point still stands: the purpose of religion is never to explain the physical world, but to explain our...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-22-2009, 09:09 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By dankingbooks
Why science can never replace religion

Eliezier just misses the boat. The key to religion is that it is ultimate (e.g., Tillich), and personal (e.g., Dorothy Day). That the universe started with a big bang is interesting, but happened 13...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-10-2009, 12:28 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,418
Posted By dankingbooks
Germany

I object to Melinda's assertion that it doesn't matter whether or not Germany continues to exist.

First, there is the German musical virus of the 18th & 19th centuries: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-09-2009, 10:43 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,418
Posted By dankingbooks
Iraq & Afghanistan

We went into Iraq because we had to take on al Qaeda, and because Saddam was a ruthless dictator - a danger to his own people and his neighbors. It is a good military art to choose the battlefield:...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-22-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,741
Posted By dankingbooks
Re: UN Plaza: Defending an Accused War Criminal

I think countries such as the US or Britain (or China or India) have sufficient civilian control over their military that they can be expected to hold their own citizens accountable for crimes (as...
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