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by Indy
Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 34944

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

Yeah, I do realise that. To obtain a nuclear or chemical weapon, though, you don't necessarily have to make it yourself. Sometimes baddies steal things. And sometimes governments contain baddies who can use things that they already own. Of course they don't have to be deranged terrorists. Agreed, bi...
by Indy
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 34944

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

If you went around tilling your crops you wouldn't last long! /pedantry dc, I'm still getting a very US-centric vibe from your posts, with your view of the past being mainly American, and some British puritanism thrown in for good measure. It seems like your thought experiment is for the last few hu...
by Indy
Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4786
Views: 943096

Re: Today I Made:

Mmmm avgolemono. That's one of those simple things that I'm sure is delicious and I just haven't made.
by Indy
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

Thanks Gmal. I had trouble finding consistent estimates of net worth in my brief googling sessions.
by Indy
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 34944

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

The OP is a massively vague oversimplification. The further back in time you go the higher the possibility that you are born into a subjugated portion of the population. You do know that history is ... quite long, right? And that there has been a large number of civilisations with widely varying cul...
by Indy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 34944

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

Who's the 'we' in 'we are making social progress'? is my first question.
by Indy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141720

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Spoilered for OT The desire to have guns is a byproduct of [a culture of fear] and a history of freedom, hunting and a respect for the skill of use and skill of craft in making them. That's part of what's so strange, that in the US gun-toting is indicative of freedom in theory and of fear in...
by Indy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

@gmalivuk

Is it the number that isn't quite right? Or a criterion that I have left out? "They're all living' is the only other thing I can think of.
by Indy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4786
Views: 943096

Re: Today I Made:

We have a rule like that about sausages. They have to be 66% meat, I think it is, to qualify for the name. Hence the abomination known as 'sizzlers'
by Indy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141720

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Am I right in understanding that US police officers who shoot and kill someone are not automatically subject to a review by an independent body? Because that sounds like a recipe for disaster. And mistrust, and corruption, and all the bad things. Instead we keep getting distracted by getting stuck i...
by Indy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

@gmalivuk

Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth II
Xi Jinping's sister Qi Qiaoqiao
Stephen King
Terry Pratchett

Guess: People with a personal net worth of over $100 million.
by Indy
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

Well, I guess I'm late to the party ... but nice work Lawrencelot!

Bachaddict:

Dinosaur
Dog
Great Dane
Gryphon
Shark
by Indy
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

Lawrencelot wrote:Countries with more than a million English speakers?


Ethiopia would definitely have that, since much of their education is carried out in English and they have a pop. of around 90 million
by Indy
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Set
Replies: 214
Views: 29445

Re: Guess the Set

NZ wouldn't have 100,000 native speakers of an unofficial language. I doubted you but you were right. Edit: Unless we're talking about a total of native speakers of all unofficial languages, in which case New Zealand would qualify . Ethiopia has the largest population of the 'no' category (assuming...
by Indy
Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Such record-keepers described those sites in the language of the day, in relation to rivers that may have changed course, plains that may no longer exist etc. They didn't put down the GPS coordinates. That can make it hard for archaeologists to decide exactly what sites their sources were referring ...
by Indy
Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

It seems they would have recorded the location of the Ark, or Eden , or the ruins of Babel. They did. Gen 2:10-14, 8:4, 11:2. Ancient historians are always bemoaning the information their sources left out. We can't expect the ancients to have known what we'd be interested in thousands of years late...
by Indy
Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9236592

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

The heightened fear around this date is.. almost entirely due to the internet. More specifically they blame the blogosphere. I don't know why, but that really makes me laugh. Anyway, it better not be the end of the world today. I'm having a barbecue and everything, and I don't want any of that mete...
by Indy
Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 232188

Re: 10,000 pushups

8887 + 13 = 9000

Woo!
by Indy
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 232188

Re: 10,000 pushups

8855 + 20 = 8875
by Indy
Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Teaching baby 2 languages
Replies: 12
Views: 6209

Re: Teaching baby 2 languages

To the OP, are you bilingual?
by Indy
Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Which "known dates" are these? Dates have been applied retroactively to the bible, and are almost certainly incorrect. The bible itself (correct me if I'm wrong, it's a while since I read it) does not utilise any useful calendar. Dates are not mentioned; events are in loose chronological ...
by Indy
Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Famous last words
Replies: 261
Views: 71698

Re: Famous last words

said the old lady to the radioactive bobcat.


"Make mine a double!"
by Indy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453968

Re: Questions For The World

And if you have a pohutukawa, you don't even need decorations!
by Indy
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453968

Re: Questions For The World

For people in Australia and New Zealand (I'd like to find out about each country) - do your surgeons retain the title of Dr? Or do they convert to Mr/Miss? Some NZ surgeons prefer Mr instead of Dr, but I believe it's considered a bit pretentious. FWIW (which isn't much) I've never encountered a sur...
by Indy
Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'
Replies: 123
Views: 15931

Re: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

Since this has already gotten off topic, what's the difference? Haha. That sounds like a simple question but it isn't . All the terms are loaded from centuries of debate among theologians, and from another long while of common and understandable misconceptions by everyone else. Maybe, to avoid a hu...
by Indy
Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'
Replies: 123
Views: 15931

Re: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

sardia wrote:Calvinists, on the other hand, believes the majority of people would go to hell, and there's nothing they can do about it because it's preordained.


That is not what Calvinists believe. Predestination is not the same as determinism.
by Indy
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 24715

Re: Why is adultery legal?

Yeah you can put stuff like that in a Contracting Out Agreement, over here anyway. Not totally relevant: But if you've ever read any P G Wodehouse you will have come across scenarios to the tune of: Good old Biffy has had a drop too much at luncheon and got a bit carried away and popped the ques...
by Indy
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 24715

Re: Why is adultery legal?

So even today you could actually sue someone for going back on a marriage proposal?
by Indy
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 24715

Re: Why is adultery legal?

Used to be that if you said you wanted to marry someone and then didn't, they could sue you for breach of contract.
(If P G Wodehouse is to be relied upon)
by Indy
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atlantic Article on Gender Roles and Children's Play
Replies: 13
Views: 4921

Re: Atlantic Article on Gender Roles and Children's Play

An enforced 50/50 split is actually closer to what happens I was referring to this right here, I thought you were saying that 50% of girls will choose to play with trucks and 50% of boys will choose to play with dolls, but it strikes me now that you might have been talking about advertising. (Never...
by Indy
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atlantic Article on Gender Roles and Children's Play
Replies: 13
Views: 4921

Re: Atlantic Article on Gender Roles and Children's Play

I thought it was an interesting article, and I appreciated the non-hysterical tone. That study overview she linked to on CAH was interesting too, although I'd be keen to read a fuller version. The thing I find kinda weird is that whoever is driving these changes in Sweden seems to see the concept of...
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Applying the scientific method correctly does not mean you get the 'correct' answer. It means you get the scientific answer. This really doesn't make sense to me. The whole point of science is to find things out. To get as close to the truth as possible by the collection and analysis of data. If yo...
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I think you're misusing the word 'rejection'. Two scientists can disagree about an aspect of some scientific discipline or other. If their positions are mutually exclusive then at least one of them must be wrong. But I just don't see how doing your best to apply the scientific method and failing at ...
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Free Will
Replies: 728
Views: 154119

Re: Definition of Free Will

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:How are those incompatible? I can say that "I" am breathing while recognizing that what's really responsible is the mechanical interaction of my lungs and diaphragm.


Sure, but you don't choose to breathe in the way that you do. A subconscious mechanism is not a freely willed action.
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Okay. So can we go back to this?

Indy wrote:
The Great Hippo wrote:And if you accept evolution blindly--if you accept science blindly--then you do not accept science at all!


I do not understand this sentence. Would you mind elaborating?
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If someone is rejecting the scientific method, then I agree that it's fair to say they're rejecting science. But what if they object to it on other grounds, like the researchers are biased to select one result versus another? Or in other words, the scientific method works, but it's not being applie...
by Indy
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594408

Re: Religion: The Deuce

The Great Hippo wrote:And if you accept evolution blindly--if you accept science blindly--then you do not accept science at all!


I do not understand this sentence. Would you mind elaborating?
by Indy
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: You keep using that word...
Replies: 39
Views: 13705

Re: You keep using that word...

Infer.
by Indy
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Vaccination and allergies
Replies: 40
Views: 7732

Re: Vaccination and allergies

Which is why they're vaccinating pregnant mothers in England now, so the antibodies are transferred to the baby across the placenta before it's born to give it protection. Hopefully it will be implemented here soon. I understand that the modern vax recipe is acellular -- does this mean that there i...
by Indy
Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Vaccination and allergies
Replies: 40
Views: 7732

Re: Vaccination and allergies

New babies are at risk regardless, since the first vaccination isn't given until 6 weeks.

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