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by Technical Ben
Sun May 12, 2013 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled
Replies: 61
Views: 8743

Re: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled

Izawwlgood, what is the difference between a predator riding a log to an island, and a predator riding a humans boat to an island? Say a rat for example? There is at least one difference, I'll see if you notice it I think you hinted at it with "glut". What would we be controlling for b...
by Technical Ben
Sun May 12, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

I'd probably consider anything not forbidden as required here. :P Such that, if the environment does not forbid complexity, then it's a requirement for life to be complex so as to fit the environment the "best". As selection will select for the best fit, life will always get more complex. ...
by Technical Ben
Sun May 12, 2013 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Some questions raised in the other thread, thought it best to post them here. Are you asking what % of mutations are deleterious/neutral/beneficial? To some extent yes. While the answer "evolution is possible" or "we observe life exists, so evolution must be probable" are somewha...
by Technical Ben
Sun May 12, 2013 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Izawwlgood, the link you provided on equilibrium is decades above my head. I don't speak that language, but that does not mean I could not understand the concepts if explained. Thanks. :) Does the link suggest each generation is the "same", or that there is variation within a specific boun...
by Technical Ben
Sun May 12, 2013 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Izawwlgood, it was not necessarily you who was guessing at my thoughts. But I see others do. As to the question, it was asking if life can ever reach an equilibrium, I think the answer is not just "no", but possibly "never"? Life that does not posses a mechanism to fit it's envir...
by Technical Ben
Sat May 11, 2013 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 718
Views: 304002

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Yeah, resources have been pushed back a bit sadly as they will take more time. Most mods make good use of them though.
by Technical Ben
Sat May 11, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled
Replies: 61
Views: 8743

Re: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled

Again, that's assuming it's easier to eat a couch potato over eating what the couch potato eats. That's a poor assumption IMO. It may be true in some environments, but I see no requirement for it to be true in all environments (or all webs of life if including those in our consideration). We would f...
by Technical Ben
Sat May 11, 2013 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Thanks, I asked if you see things as ever reaching an equilibrium, did I say which answer I was expecting? Again, you guessed what my implications must be, instead of asking. I only asked if evolution, environments and their interactions can reach equilibrium. Did you assume I was suggesting they ca...
by Technical Ben
Sat May 11, 2013 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled
Replies: 61
Views: 8743

Re: Evolution question: Why DON'T niches get filled

Seems to be a problem here. We are assuming in this particular case there is a niche/drive/selection for predators. Can we confirm that is the right assumption? If we make it erroneously, then of cause such a theory of "predators will top the web of life" will appear. It may be that it's s...
by Technical Ben
Thu May 09, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Thanks for your replies. I understand I'm not always the best at posting, and your replies have been very helpful. I'll stick to the comments on complexity here, and post the rest in the other thread. :) Have you missed the entire discussion that was had about 'what does complexity mean'? I hope not...
by Technical Ben
Wed May 08, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Most mutations are deleterious, to be certain, a large chunk will be neutral, and some will be beneficial. I could ask how we know this, even the "complexity" in the case of this thread. If the distribution is uneven, then how do we know if the mode is for deleterious, neutral or advantag...
by Technical Ben
Wed May 08, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Most mutations are deleterious, to be certain, a large chunk will be neutral, and some will be beneficial. I could ask how we know this, even the "complexity" in the case of this thread. If the distribution is uneven, then how do we know if the mode is for deleterious, neutral or advantag...
by Technical Ben
Wed May 08, 2013 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

PS, Izawwlgood, if a scientist cannot roll a die (or RND generator) prior to SDM (yes, it was my dyslexia there that caused a error in letter order previous, sorry) so as to choose a site at random, then I am lost for words. I am beyond uncertain how you can possibly be confused at ...
by Technical Ben
Tue May 07, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

So, to be clear on what answers would be like for you, you'd like to hear something like "A transcription error that inserts an extra A into an otherwise unchanged sequence is 2500x more likely than a cosmic ray coming in and doing something wacky." But with the full list of what sorts of...
by Technical Ben
Tue May 07, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Thanks Izawwlgood, I see no where in the description of SMD that requires non-random selection of the site to carry out the procedure. Does it? Am I missing something here? What 'two observations'? The lab and in nature. I can't observe every mutation in nature, nor every variable. But we can look a...
by Technical Ben
Mon May 06, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire/Explosion
Replies: 61
Views: 7108

Re: Texas Fertilizer Plant Fire/Explosion

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/attorney-texas-fertilizer-plant-that-exploded-carried-only-1-million-in-liability-coverage/2013/05/04/cccab504-b4e8-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html DALLAS — A lawyer says that the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring m...
by Technical Ben
Mon May 06, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

lzawwlgood. Thanks for the reply, sorry if I confused terms or subjects there. Does SMD differ from "a point mutation" through replication errors? Are replication errors the only method of mutation, the most common, or just one method? If the two observations are the same, then I can be ha...
by Technical Ben
Sat May 04, 2013 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

gmalivuk, with all due respect it has nothing to do with a "deity" and everything to do with how I would falsify (thus "sicence!") a theory, or in this case show the alternative to be falsified so we can say "yes evolution is the closest correct theory". Really, it's do...
by Technical Ben
Fri May 03, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

As said. If we cannot tell by looking at the sequence, then we cannot make a claim by looking at the sequence then. If both methods apply to being able to create the sequence, we have to state some other measurable difference. So, assuming the scientist stands in as any mechanism that is not "r...
by Technical Ben
Fri May 03, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 25893

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Consider a scientist. This scientist has a rock solid clear and unambiguous definition of 'complexity'. This scientist also has tools for manipulating DNA in the seeds of a plant. He can copy genes, move genes, insert or remove small (really small) fragments of DNA, and so on. He wants to increase ...
by Technical Ben
Thu May 02, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 718
Views: 304002

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Using tri or double couplers can help. But it's more work. I tend to use at most 2 or 3 docks in a row, and any more have to spur off a center. So you end up with tree or comb shaped stations. Using time acceleration (this turns off physics movements and wobble) and always turning OFF SAS will help ...
by Technical Ben
Thu May 02, 2013 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reference material for simulating interplanetary travel
Replies: 7
Views: 2597

Re: Reference material for simulating interplanetary travel

You can try out the free demo of Kerbal Space Program. The full game only has 1 system currently. But when you see what is involved with just navigating around a single system, it makes it understandable what going to another system would be like. It takes around 3 years in game to get to the equiva...
by Technical Ben
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 14260

Re: 1204: "Detail"

It's basically "how far can you zoom". A resolution of one meter would mean everything within a given 1m square on the ground would show up as just a block of a single color, i.e. one pixel. Repeat after me: A pixel is not a little square. A pixel is not a little square. A pixel is not a ...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

For or against the other person. Altruism requires a universal standard though, does it not? It requires us to know what is best for others. Is the OP asking why religions don't support selfishness then? So if we state taking from others is evil and giving to others is good, that seems to set a fram...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

How are those words different than "for" and "against"? They'd fit as well. But we are still left asking, from who's perspective are we being altruistic or selfish? If a Satanist considers "Selfishness is good", then is our definition of "Good = altruism" is m...
by Technical Ben
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

: taking candy from a toddler or never letting him experience it in the first place? His suffering is worse if taken away, but in order to achieve that "evil" you have to do "good" by letting him experience pleasure. Perhaps it's neither. What are we judging good and evil by? If...
by Technical Ben
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

Being able to conceive absolute light and absolute darkness, does not require either to exist. I also see nothing preventing absolute lies and absolute truth, as an example. While we ourselves may not be able to achieve these things, we can defiantly choose a trend or direction to move in. So is abs...
by Technical Ben
Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

But I didn't specify the God of the Bible. I'm questioning why people forming/joining religions in the first place don't often choose ones with good and evil in true conflict with an uncertain outcome. As said though, it was an example of possibly why people do not. If it's considered illogical to ...
by Technical Ben
Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

If God is by definition "good" and God is also the most powerful, or "all powerful", then any who oppose Him would be by definition "bad/evil" and would not be able to prevail. Would that be a logical conclusion from the belief in a God? Though I'd not know where the i...
by Technical Ben
Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 15618

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

If God is by definition "good" and God is also the most powerful, or "all powerful", then any who oppose Him would be by definition "bad/evil" and would not be able to prevail. Would that be a logical conclusion from the belief in a God? Though I'd not know where the id...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Oversimplistically, a theory includes a big huge conjunction of statements, S 1 && S 2 && S 3 && . . ., which in turn make certain predictions. If one of those predictions turns out to be contrary to observed reality, we conclude that the conjunction as a whole is false, !(S...
by Technical Ben
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: T-Mobile Breaks the Covenant
Replies: 32
Views: 5142

Re: T-Mobile Breaks the Covenant

Not sure if this has been offered in the US yet, and I think I've only really seen it here with appliances and not phones, but this is relevant. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/17/o2_refresh/ Looks like they are putting more transparency on the bill. You could see what pays off the "load/c...
by Technical Ben
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 93040

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Hope goes out to all those involved. Glad to hear the forum members are ok.
by Technical Ben
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

The... same? Are you asking how you can tell the difference between two different species? Didn't we already go over speciation? How would we tell with fossils. Or, more precisely, how do we tell inheritance through fossils. I can confirm there is a species, I can confirm there is variation. How do...
by Technical Ben
Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Are dogs diverse in genotype and phenotype? Are molluscs diverse in genotype and phenotype? If there is strong correlations, so as to make the assumption "observed phenotype is observed genotype", then I could do so with those examples, right? What about the measurement of family inheritan...
by Technical Ben
Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Thanks, to simplify things for now, I'll ask just one question for clarification. Ben, it would be helpful for the people who are trying to help you if you actually answered Izawwlgood's questions. There can be variation in the genotype that produces minimal or no variation in the phenotype. Many mu...
by Technical Ben
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Thanks Izawwlgood. So what should I be observing in the fossil record? How do I confirm relationships or inheritance in a fossil record? The animal is dead, how do I know what it is related to via it's fossil? You're close, but kind of skirting around the meaning; fecundity means 'ability to produce...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Possibly. I don't subscribe to baraminology. It would seem I am asking a similar question though. But to avoid confusion, would it be best to tackle the specific areas I need clarification on, and not the references to others beliefs? How do I confirm that the variation I observe to day is more or l...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best proofs of evolution
Replies: 392
Views: 49434

Re: Best proofs of evolution

Izawwlgood. I'm happy to accept the two are different. But I need assistance in seeing how they are. So the speed of reproduction is different to the reproductive success. Sorry if I'm having difficulty grasping what the difference is. The analogy underlines that reducing the fecundity of maladapted...
by Technical Ben
Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: T-Mobile Breaks the Covenant
Replies: 32
Views: 5142

Re: T-Mobile Breaks the Covenant

I'm sure these contracts have existed in the UK for years. We have had everything from full free phone and expensive calls. To expensive phone and lower cost calls (though most avoid too low, so as to cover overheads). The last of the "same price for life" contracts ended about a decade ag...

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