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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

RespekMyAthorati Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

you really are not winning points with anyone

ISIS isn't trying to win points with anyone. They just kill anybody who may have more points than they do, which amounts to the same thing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Let's see your portfolio. (392 comments)

I guess you have to have a LibArts degree to understand a reference to item #5 in a 4-item list.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

FYI critical thinking skills are developed through courses in logic.

But not English, PoliSci, or pretty well anything ending in "Studies". Which accounts for about 95% of Liberal Arts grads.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

RespekMyAthorati Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

My experience is that if you are looking for people who readily accepts, even embraces, every kind of mindless superstition from
Astrology to Homeopathy, you will find them among Liberal Arts grads.

Which, of course, is the exact opposite of "critical thinking".

about a month ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

RespekMyAthorati Re:Spoiler (191 comments)

Damn I loved that game!
Anybody know of anything similar that's still available?

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:read some actual philosophy (937 comments)

From the NPR article:

Noe received his PhD from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley,
where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media.
He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has recently begun a
performative-lecture collaboration with Deborah Hay.
Noà is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Which illustrates the pathetic state of academic philosophy.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:atheism has nothing to do with science (937 comments)

You can be religious and an atheist: there are many atheistic religions.

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

That is exactly what atheism isn't.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Poor understanding (937 comments)

Atheism is a belief that there are no supernatural deities.

Wrong!
Atheism isn't a belief at all. Atheism is the acceptance that these is no evidence that any supernatural deity exists.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

If you tell me something that's true, but you can't be bothered to try persuading me of it, shall I flatly refuse to believe it?

Yes, but not believing that the assertion is true, does not mean that you believe it to be false.
It just means that, for the moment, you must reserve judgement.

Regardless of the idea's underlying merit?

Who says the idea has any underlying merit? And why?

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

it's just a common thing philosophers do when they like being right.

FTFY.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

I meet so many people claiming to be atheist who say god doesn't exist and then attempt to impress that belief onto you by citing where they think science proves religion unnecessary because they found natural ways to understand nature without the need of a creator or God.

FTFY
Once again, there has never been a more apt username than yours.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

RespekMyAthorati Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

You have to ignore a ton of evidence about what you cannot explain, to actively deny that there is a God.

Only if you define "evidence" as "anything that makes me feel that I am right".

about a month ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

RespekMyAthorati Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

Nonsense. Entropy affects the physical properties of everything in the universe.

In a closed system, entropy will always rise, while in an open system, entropy may rise or it may fall.
Which is the case is determined by the net flow of energy into or out of a system. If the net flow of energy is out of a system (i.e. "cooling") then its overall entropy will go down.
On the other hand, if the net flow of energy is into a system (i.e. "warming") then its overall entropy will go up over time.

That being the case, the example of the sun bombarding the earth with radiant energy will cause the entropy of the sun
to go down over time, while the entropy of the earth and everything on it to go up.
How life manages to overcome this tendency is one of the most fascinating problems in science,
one where information theory / complexity theory may offer important insights.

about a month and a half ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

RespekMyAthorati Re:Decline Effect (74 comments)

Except you can't "prove" a fantasy.

about a month and a half ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

RespekMyAthorati Re:COBOL (387 comments)

You repeatedly misspelled "steel" as "steal".

about a month and a half ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

RespekMyAthorati Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

Fine. The very latest technology-laden freighters are a lot better. That only leaves the 10's of thousands of older ships that are indeed producing a large share of the world's air pollution.

about a month and a half ago

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