ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Jared Lardo on September 27, 2009 at 9:23pm
I was talking with a conspiracy-hypothesist (they aren't theories, c'mon) who clearly has that meta-magical thinking going on. He dissed NPR--basically saying "it's what THEY want you to listen to". The pattern of the development of conspiracy hypotheses and the ignoring of basic reasoning with regard to the ideas fits one-to-one with evil. "Evil" the force--the Decepticons, the Dark Side, and so forth--not the sensation. It seemed like a terrific insight when I realized it.
Comment by Marc Draco on September 27, 2009 at 6:20am
Thanks folks. Odd how Principal becomes Law in the latin...
Comment by Mike Layfield on September 26, 2009 at 9:54pm
Ockham's Razor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
Comment by Mike Layfield on September 26, 2009 at 9:52pm
"Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate" translates "plurality should not be posited without necessity." William of Ockham came up with this formulation in the 14th century to counter the assumption-larded arguments of the Neo-platonists of his day. The idea is that explanations with fewer assumptions more closely approximate the truth than explanations with more assumptions. More ≠ better.
Comment by Jaume on September 26, 2009 at 7:14pm
Lex Parsimoniae
Comment by Marc Draco on September 26, 2009 at 5:26pm
Can someone translate the "Principle of Parsimony" into classical Latin, please? I can't get my head around it... (Latin that is, not the razor!)
Comment by Louis Davout on September 14, 2009 at 8:14am
Comment by Jim DePaulo on September 13, 2009 at 2:41pm
Vietnam was about rich white men sending the sons of poor black men to kill the sons of poor asian men.
Comment by Marc Draco on September 12, 2009 at 11:24am
Hear, hear.
Comment by Michael on September 12, 2009 at 10:45am
Since we're (more or less) on the subject of war I wanted to clear up one of the arguments used by the x-tians. I was a US Marine for 5 years and in Vietnam for 1.5. I saw quite a bit of combat and I just wanted to say that god was never in most of our fox holes. While I'm at it I may as well make a comment, that war is obscene as are all of these self-righteous &*^%# idiots who start them. Amen
 

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