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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 11:44 PM
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Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

So Bob's lapses into "stupidity" are best exemplified by his single most widely praised intellectual contribution?

I am not myself convinced of Nonzero's argument, but it is, after all, the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2009, 02:56 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

I know it is hard to resist the "lack of intelligence" jab but Bob Wright was the parallel example I brought up earlier.

And while Bob is many things, stupid ain't one of them.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-16-2009, 08:55 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Thanks for a great discussion. I think we are essentially in agreement. I never intended to assert McWhorter's expertise, only his clear professional familiarity with evolutionary processes, and it...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-15-2009, 04:07 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

That is just it. Ordinarily, a developmental psychologist WOULD be an acceptable interlocutor for an evolutionary theorist on bh.tv.

Will Wilkinson, for example, has regularly engaged scientists...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-15-2009, 02:17 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

True, he is not a Biochemist and never claimed to be, but McWhorter's primary academic training is in Linguistics. He has focused most on historical linguistics but also has a strong background in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 06:49 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Fair enough.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 06:34 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

I am afraid I have gone as far in that direction as I am going to. It was explicitly a subjective characterization and a response to a another commentor's uncertainty about my meaning.

I am...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 05:01 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

I am so very sorry to hear that my arguments are not framed in the way that you would wish them to be.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

I was specifically commenting on the intensity and personalization of some of the attacks on intelligent design's proponents. However, if you are looking for a more clear-cut general measure, one...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 04:27 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

The heated personalizations around bloggingheads' whole Behe debate are hardly a secret.
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 04:09 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

It was Wonderment who was "disappointed" that McWhorter is "unrepentant." You quoted this and explicitly agreed with it in one of your comments.

And yes, I do believe that some of the reaction on...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 03:55 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Isn't Religion Itself Likely to Have Evolved as a Sociobiological Mechanism?

But the parallel is clearly a straw man.

In many ways, application of the very concept of "rape," with all of its cultural baggage, outside of the human sphere can be seen as egregeous...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 03:28 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

What a taste for sloppy ad hominem you seem to have. Nonetheless, I stand by the characterization.

From the standpoint of suppression, I could not care less what Behe's beliefs are, but I see no...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 12:30 PM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

So in essence it is still in large part a political fight, with intelligent people on both sides, and the suppression of the whole dialogue (or diavlog) is deemed an acceptible first-line tactic.
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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 02:17 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

Whoa, now. Are you sure about that framing?

The notion that some thinking should be suppressed as "pathogenic" because its very presence in the marketplace of ideas might interfere with *correct*...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 12:51 AM
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Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Isn't Religion Itself Likely to Have Evolved as a Sociobiological Mechanism?

But this is just what I mean.

Isn't this essentially a hundred year old Nietzschean attack on religion as an undesirable force for superstitious impediments and manipulations?

Yet, if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 12:36 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

I very much doubt that is the whole truth of it. If it is all just about a distaste for cynicism and a unit of the red-state public high schools' biology curricula, then the heated 150 year debate is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 12:00 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Isn't Religion Itself Likely to Have Evolved as a Sociobiological Mechanism?

But the notion that "science is superior to religion" is exactly what I am challenging. "Truer," yes.

"Superior," though? If it had no empirical survival value (assuming a sociobiological basis)...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-13-2009, 11:56 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Re: Behe vs. Bob

But if you know evolution to have proved itself to be true, why on Earth should you care so much what Behe thinks?
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-13-2009, 11:31 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Isn't Religion Itself Likely to Have Evolved as a Sociobiological Mechanism?

I wonder if there are any in the forum familiar with the emergence of sociobiological systems who could answer a question I have always had.

Anthropologically, given its universal prevalence in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-13-2009, 10:49 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By Malthust
Behe vs. Bob

While I am no theist and claim no special insight into Intelligent Design, the outrage on this issue strikes me as a bit overdramatized and contrived. One might even say "Hitchensian."

"Bad"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-28-2009, 07:46 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 43,356
Posted By Malthust
Re: Question About Bob's Theory

Great points.

I'm not sure that I am accurately representing Nonzero, but my impression is that genetics is central to the thesis because the drift toward sentient intelligence (defined roughly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-27-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 43,356
Posted By Malthust
Question About Bob's Theory

I wonder if someone who has read Nonzero can answer a question I have always had about the game theory at its roots.

I get the impression that Bob's essential argument is that as technological...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-25-2009, 06:19 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 37,097
Posted By Malthust
Re: Percontations: What Should We Believe?

The project of science itself rests on a philosophical foundation.

The concept of falsification, for example, may be a "common sense" starting point now, but this was not the case before...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-02-2008, 07:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,310
Posted By Malthust
Re: Free Will: Understanding Womanhood

Thanks to both participants for a great diavlog! Will Wilkinson is good too, but I hope that Kerry Howley hosts more of the Free Will segments.
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