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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:Experimental science vs narrative science (535 comments)

You are Glen Beck-ing again. Asking questions is fine, but when you don't listen to the answers, you are a muppet. Sorry - senior system engineer/architect/muppet.

There is a metric shit-tonne of evidence for AGW. Every single question you have has already been asked, and already been answered. You suck at science, but your ego thinks you don't, hence you being on slashdot looking like a muppet to everyone. If it's as easy to disprove, spend a lazy afternoon doing so, and collect your Nobel prize. Go on! Surely if it's so easy to do, you've already written your paper, and are waiting for a good time to publish.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:You’re using the wrong defn of doubt (535 comments)

And here we go again. We know precicely why the rate of diagnosed cases of autism have increased - improved diagnosis. You might as well claim Hair Metal was responsible for AIDS, as you both recall them starting around the same time, and if you think they are connected they must be, as you don't make mistakes. We could reduce polio vaccination, but as polio still exists in other parts of the world, that will cause more cases of polio in the US, as people travel. I'll state it again - you are the Glen Beck of science. It's pathetic. There is no correlation between the number of vaccines, the contents therein, their schedule, and cases of autism. Real scientists look to see what autism is, and then discover the methods by which it happens, and go from there. They don't look for two disjointed things and try to connect them - that is a waste of time and definitely not scientific. But you are a mighty senior system engineer/architect, so you already know that, surely.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:You’re using the wrong defn of doubt (535 comments)

I did attack the person in order to highlight the problem with your reasoning - the ego of the person doing the reasoning, which is the whole point of this discussion - why otherwise-intelligent people eschew science. My post did contain some gems of information, however - your point-blank refusal to listen to evidence, and instead replacing evidence with your own musings, and treat them as equals. That is a sure-fire sign of an egomaniac who thinks their thoughts are more valuable than the entire field of science they don't agree with (because of nothing in particular except their own feelings).

I've never even heard of the "Expanding Vacuum theory". Google hasn't, either (apart from your own post). Weird. It's almost as if you don't know what you're talking about, or are seriously confused. But I'm sure you've got a perfectly good explanation as to why you are beyond reproach in your stance, and everyone else is wrong in the head.

I don't claim to be an intellectual. I've never claimed that. You claimed that, not I. Again - a great demonstration of your wonderful ability to confuse your opinion and reality, mix them up, then use your own mess to start attacking people and things you have a visceral, negative reaction to.

Bravo.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:Excuse me... (535 comments)

People are not ignorant or stupid because they question evolution - they are irrational. All the evidence points to it being real, and the current explanation of it seems to describe its workings wonderfully. Evolution doesn't have "lots of problems to solve for itself" - you should probably learn a bit more about the subject before attacking it, lest you look foolish.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:Experimental science vs narrative science (535 comments)

No, he will be modded down for claiming something practically all the evidence says is false. And quite rightly so. Ignoring evidence because you can't understand it or because you don't like the consequences is not "questioning theories" - it's being lazy and/or dishonest.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:You are going to see that where Science conflic (535 comments)

The reason we have the scientific method is that common sense is useless when trying to discern fact from fiction. The world is constantly more bizarre than common sense dictates. It sounds like you simply don't understand what scientists claim happened back then, and so to deal with that, instead of accepting the limits of your intellect, are attacking those scientists (and those who *do* understand, or who realise the experts might know more than them). You are the ignorant twit, it seems.

yesterday
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

dave420 Re:You’re using the wrong defn of doubt (535 comments)

The hubris is strong with this one. First, your "logic" and "reason" are telling you something evidence does not, and secondly you still think it matters that your boss calls you a senior systems engineer/architect. And yes, you are anti-science, as you are making assumptions about reality, claiming they are scientifically valid, and then getting upset when people point that out to you. You aren't questioning theories - you are ignoring them and putting your own hypotheses in their place, devoid of supporting evidence beyond urban myth and lazy thinking. You are the Glenn Beck of science. I hope you are happy with yourself - judging by your ego, you probably are.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

dave420 Re:units (231 comments)

Regardless of what you just said, imperial units are still ridiculous, and it sounds like someone touched a nerve to get that response from you :) Yes, every country on the planet has a unique quality - trying to explain the joke of still using imperial units in the 21st century as a quirk of character is ridiculous. Units are designed to ease the recording and/or transmission of measurements, meaning the more people use them, the more useful they are. Using imperial units is as sensible as using an Iroquoian language as the national language, and explaining it as a quirk of character when people point out that no-one can understand you. Bashing America is not always good - in fact, it's rarely good - but pointing out an anachronism which is actively hurting the US's participation in the world stage is not bashing. The fact you seem to think it is speaks more about your insecurity than the veracity of your claims.

Oh, and heavier-than-air flight did not originate in the US, fyi. The only thing that originated in the US in that regard was having a flight surrounded by journalists.

2 days ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

dave420 Re:Please change the name! (344 comments)

I'm pretty sure that's not correct - I've not heard any brits pronounce it that way. They would probably pronounce it as "rer", but not "er". "Leebrer", quite possibly, but never "liber".

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dave420 Re:Militia, then vs now (1614 comments)

He clearly meant "society" or a group of people when referring to "country". So yes, people belong to a group - the group does not belong to the people.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

A republic can be a democracy, or not. A democracy can be a republic, or not. You don't seem to know what "democracy" or "republic" means - why should anyone listen to you discuss the merits or problems of either?

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

"Republic" and "democracy" clearly mean different things to what you understand. You might want to head on over to a dictionary. A republic simply means a country that is not ruled by a dynastic leader. A democracy simply means a country in which the people choose the leaders. Clearly the two are not mutually exclusive, and the US is both, albeit to various lengths.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

How can the US go back to being "a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch"? Do you even know what "republic" means?

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

Your answer is very illuminating. In most democracies there are a host of parties which people vote for, and which have a good chance of becoming important in the policy-making of the country in question. The fact you think that isn't the case speaks volumes about how you view politics, and if your thinking is in any way common, explains why the current US situation came about. You seem to think the joke of US democracy is somehow normal.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

dave420 Re:Depends on who uses them (188 comments)

"Early 2000 called ... yadda yadda ..."

Seriously - you're either a terrible programmer, a troll, or both.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (816 comments)

It's not a republic any more? The US has a dynastic leader, akin to a royal or dictatorial family? Weird. Or, maybe, you just don't know what the word "republic" means. That would make more sense.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Since when (816 comments)

You don't even know what these words mean, yet get so irate when people use them correctly. What's wrong with your brain? A republic means a country without a dynastic leader. That's it. It might have democracy, it might not, it has nothing to do with it.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

One guy saying something does not an oligarchy make, regardless of who that guy is.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:by what right? (342 comments)

For you it's an issue. For science, scientists, and those who are scientifically literate, it's still just science. If the evidence changed, so would their opinions. Your opinion most likely will never change, regardless of the evidence - if that weren't the case, you'd not be parroting this Monckton-esque nonsense all over the internet for everyone to read, highlighting your ignorance and stubbornness for all to see. Get a grip - you are the very thing you are complaining about. You are the ideologue. Your cause is the ideology. You don't even realise it - it's tragic. History will not look back kindly on people of your ilk, and quite rightly so. With all the benefits we have of education, you seem quite happy to just pick what you want to know, ignore the rest, complain it doesn't exist, and then condemn those who sought the truth out for themselves and tried to educate you on your own selfish shortcomings. You are a lazy, ignorant, scared little human being. I pity you.

about a week ago

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