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by subsymbolic
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: New paper suggests life arrived from elsewhere!
Replies: 23
Views: 2941

I have a simple point. Since the Donald was elected, we know there are no aliens. Does anyone, for a moment, think that he’d be able to resist blurting out something like that.
by subsymbolic
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: New paper suggests life arrived from elsewhere!
Replies: 23
Views: 2941

[quote=""lpetrich""]I think that it's an unwarranted jump, from the possibility of extraterrestrial origin to concluding that that's how it happened. Much of what they describe could also happen in icy environments on our planet.[/quote] Actually, I misread it. The point was more...
by subsymbolic
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Life, the Universe, & Everything
Topic: New paper suggests life arrived from elsewhere!
Replies: 23
Views: 2941

New paper suggests life arrived from elsewhere!

Just read this. WHile it's quite convincing evidence that life developed off world, I'm unsure that the conclusion of the paper, that life is common across the universe, is warranted. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171218154925.htm A theory that has been gaining credence over the last...
by subsymbolic
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Why is Russia not yet a force for democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, uncensored media...
Replies: 24
Views: 3314

[quote=""Hermit""]OK, OK. How about I'll go all porno on you? :p [/quote]

Pics or it didn't happen
by subsymbolic
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Secular Lifestyles & Issues
Topic: Going back to God
Replies: 87
Views: 20668

[quote=""DrZoidberg""] What makes you believe the people who wrote the bible knew God? It's a package deal. One can't believe that the God that is described in the Bible without the Bible, because he is introduced to you by that same Bible. I'm not going to say it works for every...
by subsymbolic
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: A little survey you all might enjoy
Replies: 4
Views: 1755

Not really. While everything seems to be about binding phenomena this week I was still surprised to discover that I got mild effects across the board. I guess if it works it's cool, if it doesn't it's a waste of time.
by subsymbolic
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Creation & Alternative Science
Topic: Debunk Intelligent Design
Replies: 96
Views: 19719

Touché! We are given an "evening subject" and that evening, it was "critical thinking." I had four groups of 15 teenagers, a total of 60 kids. I exposed to them the "fine tuned universe" of the Intelligent Design then asked them, in groups of three of four, to think of ...
by subsymbolic
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions
Topic: LGBT and other labels
Replies: 200
Views: 21800

Personally I think the study is junk either way. The fact is that the statistic is generated by asking the question, and I quote: First, the NTDS questionnaire included only a single item about suicidal behavior that asked, “Have you ever attempted suicide?” with dichotomized responses of Yes/No. Wo...
by subsymbolic
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Secular Lifestyles & Issues
Topic: Going back to God
Replies: 87
Views: 20668

It's just morbid curiosity, but I distinctly remember you blaming God for having kept you in the closet for so long when you came out as trans. Now you have come out as a Christian, what happens?
by subsymbolic
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Creation & Alternative Science
Topic: Debunk Intelligent Design
Replies: 96
Views: 19719

[quote=""Michel""]Thank you for your answer, Ozymandias. You then confirm why, when explaining this, all my interlocutors look like question marks! :D But, from what I understand, Intelligent Design is not objecting the 13.8 billion years of the universe. Only the so-called Young...
by subsymbolic
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

[quote=""DrZoidberg""] Oh, and can you remind me of the Swedish word for strawberries and cream? Borgwilanderedberg? "Gräddjordgubbar". But you can't say "strawberries with cream", and keep it just a word. The above is more "creamy strawberries" or p...
by subsymbolic
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

[quote=""ruby sparks""]
subsymbolic;680596 wrote:Oh, and can you remind me of the Swedish word for strawberries and cream?
Borgwilanderedberg?[/QUOTE]

Not what I had in mind. It must be finnish then, One of the nordic languages is rewardingly silly
by subsymbolic
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Politics & World Events
Topic: Getting to grips with Russian interference
Replies: 3
Views: 1029

Getting to grips with Russian interference

I was trying to explain just how deep, rich and ubiquitous Russian attempts to manipulate voters could be. While trying to explain how we are at the point at which we can work up a rich psychological profile of literally everyone and then test our hypothesis about them in real time, by nudging them ...
by subsymbolic
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

I disagree twice.

1 portmanteau

2 when I can’t think of a word, I merely describe it. Swedish may be more compact, but both have infinite generative grammars.

Oh, and can you remind me of the Swedish word for strawberries and cream?
by subsymbolic
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

I disagree twice.

1 portmanteau

2 when I can’t think of a word, I merely describe it. Swedish may be more compact, but both have infinite generative grammars.
by subsymbolic
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

I think we did this to death last time.

Not Gavagai.
by subsymbolic
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

[quote=""BWE""]O It was the same deal with the Eskimos having 50 words for snow. They don't. lol But the mystical English really do have well over a hundred distinct words for mud. Meanwhile, back at groundhog day, the fact is that either two conceptual schemes have bridging rule...
by subsymbolic
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

[quote=""lpetrich""] Modern research turns out that all languages are equally expressive. It was the same deal with the Eskimos having 50 words for snow. They don't. What they have is words for different kinds of snow, much like speakers of other languages who live in snowy areas...
by subsymbolic
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

[quote=""Hermit""] It was the same deal with the Eskimos having 50 words for snow. They don't. lol [/QUOTE] But the mystical English really do have well over a hundred distinct words for mud. Meanwhile, back at groundhog day, the fact is that either two conceptual schemes have br...
by subsymbolic
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: What determines the harassment in sexual harassment episodes?
Replies: 33
Views: 5824

[quote=""BWE""] Harassment is really just where one person makes the other feel uncomfortable in a work context. That can be sexual but needn't always be. I was once accused of "harassment" for making a student solve a physics problem on the chalk board in front of her ...
by subsymbolic
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: What determines the harassment in sexual harassment episodes?
Replies: 33
Views: 5824

[quote=""Ozymandias""] Might this help? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Nii5w2FaI British enough for you? Not really. There is a lot more to harassment than just sexual consent. For example, it is harassment (in particular circumstances) to ask if someone wants sex, irrespectiv...
by subsymbolic
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: What determines the harassment in sexual harassment episodes?
Replies: 33
Views: 5824

Might this help?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Nii5w2FaI

British enough for you?
by subsymbolic
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Eastern vs Western Philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 15070

It's really lucky that we can cleanly divide East and West, that philosophers in general fall neatly into neat convenient hierarchies and that there was no sharing of ideas across the ancient world. A perfect example would be to compare the arguments of Ibn Sina with those of Avicenna. While both, b...
by subsymbolic
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy & Morality
Topic: Philosophy is Bunk!
Replies: 127
Views: 14868

I still think that her 'sceptical feminist' is one of the finest bit of post Rawlsian philosophy in action I know, but her husband is even better.