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by morriswalters
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9519

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

This section from the article in question. While she was pregnant, Ms Duchesneau said: " It would be nice to have a deaf child who is the same as us . " I think that would be a wonderful experience . " You know, if we can have that chance, why not take it? "A hearing baby would b...
by morriswalters
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9519

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

I read it, the argument on genetics was a natural extension, my apologies if it strayed too far off target. As I stated their method showed poor judgment. If you wish I will argue on two levels. The first economic. Society in general spends time and money on making the world as accessible as possibl...
by morriswalters
Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9519

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

The vanity is in wanting a mirror reflection of themselves, without regard to the impact on the child. Choosing a partner and having a child by normal methods is one thing, genetic manipulation is something else. The first may show poor judgment but has to remain in the realm of acceptable behavior....
by morriswalters
Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9519

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

You're glossing over the fact that a child with a different set of genes is a different child. Whether or not manipulating the DNA after conception qualifies as a violation of bodily rights is up for debate--at what point does a human have the right not to be violated? At what point is it human?--b...
by morriswalters
Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26544

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

Any definition of racism is a perceptual definition colored by emotion. Meaning racism is what an individual perceives to be it as based on whatever emotional context they place on it, and as such useless in any rational discussion. Dr. Luara jumped in a shit hole and and came out smelling like it. ...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Oddly enough the book you cite is available online and I took a look at it. It illustrates the problem with statistics. The mathematics required to understand the reasoning and the reasoning itself is requires a high level of skill to follow. People with the background would understand but the avera...
by morriswalters
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

True, you can't personally test everything. But the point I've been trying to make is to be suspicious of those claims where it's not possible to test them even if you wanted to and were prepared to do the legwork. Evolution can be tested at the very least by examining fossil records and understand...
by morriswalters
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9519

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

The phrase birth defect as is is most useful for doctors who have to treat them. And the more serious ones have to be treated. People with disabilities don't have to acknowledge their disabilities, they live with them day by day. They are much more aware of their limits then any outsider. They just ...
by morriswalters
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

The answer is in two parts. The first part is the acknowledgment that most people don't want the facts on some matters and won't do the work to separate the wheat from the chaff. Crowd sourcing in this case is crap. The second part is a realization that at some point you have to trust authority. Her...
by morriswalters
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

It's impossible to verify all knowledge, nor do you need to. Everything is not important to any one person at any given time. The only thing you really need to be able to do is to be able to understand how to critically examine an idea if it is important.
by morriswalters
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

This assumes that each claim is independent, they are not. Certain claims will be mutually exclusive(setzer777 hints at this in his previous post). If I have a box that represents "God creating the universe" which can either be true or false, another that claims "nothing created the ...
by morriswalters
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Perhaps my reasoning is faulty, I'll lay it out. The probability of anything is stated as the ratio of the number of things divided by the number of members of the data space. For a deck of cards 4 suits 13 cards a suit. 52 cards. The probability of drawing any single card is 1 in 52. Now, what is t...
by morriswalters
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

I am not saying which god or what name is important. The general point of Russell's teapot is that an absence of data is data against the entity existing. Just because the answer is a binary solution set doesn't mean that the odds are 50-50. I will draw the analogy explicitly with cards. "Will...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

setzer777 wrote:So do we have to make an infinite number of leaps of faith to not believe in the infinite number of possible things that are beyond evidence?


Only if you can think of an infinite number of things. I make my decisions as I need them.
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

You seem to like unicorns so I'll tackle that first. They are a physical entity that could exist, therefore it is reasonable to give a low level of probability to their existence. That based on the amount of the earth we have explored and the amount of time we have had to look. A deck of cards has 5...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Saying that those odds are 50-50 is just as arbitrary as saying they are for example 60-40. If we would ask ourselves the question whether there is no god, one god or many gods, should we conclude that the chance of any of those options being true is 33,33...%? If so ,that would mean that the chanc...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

It can be used to "prove" anything by manipulating the premises that it is based on. If you think logical arguments can be used to prove anything, you clearly don't understand logical arguments. Note the quotes around prove and reread. People keep throwing "truth" around, and od...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Logic can point to certain truths(and falsehoods) for example statements that claim " X exists and X doesn't exists", are false. Dawkins doesn't close off the possibility that God exist, he repeatedly states "there is almost certainly no God". He never(at least that I can rememb...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So, Define "Intelligence"?
Replies: 27
Views: 5727

Re: So, Define "Intelligence"?

Practical intelligence might be defined as the ability to manipulate the environment so as to obtain the maximum benefit from it. Another aspect would be to think in terms of time so as to maximize the benefit. Which implies the ability to think in terms of scenarios or what if, without having to ac...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Logic as a tool for reasoning is powerful but it provides no truth in and of itself. It may point to truth which is implicit but unrecognized, but that's all. It can be used to "prove" anything by manipulating the premises that it is based on. The problem I have with all of this is not in ...
by morriswalters
Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30320

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

This type of discussion is why talk of human "rights" leaves me a little cold. People seem to confuse human rights and morality. Your right's end where mine begin. And if times get tough your rights end period, at least for me. This is why I say that there is no such thing as a basic human...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

[ The reason why we believe in religion is that it gives us a purpose for living(even if there is no actual purpose for living, just because we evolved to believe something doesn't mean it is true). This is a mechanism we evolved to ensure we engage each other altruistically and attempt to live a p...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

We had been discussing safety at the beginning of this thread and I ran across this. It seems that Volvo has a very ambitious program. The concept of the road train is very intriguing to me.
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

If you would claim that atheism is not a belief requiring a leap of faith, I would say if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. As an atheist I hold my belief strongly, but I recognize it for what it is, a belief. The Ant's see their Universe in a way that is governed by their b...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 15189

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Russell's Teapot revolves around skepticism about using authority as a basis of proof. In the simplest terms he's believes , at least according to the text, that people accept God as a matter of authority and indoctrination. But they accept the doctrine because they can make a leap of faith. The ath...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30320

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Somebody explain to me where these rights derive from. What innate characteristic of of the universe do they represent. In point of fact aren't they are gifts which derive from our wealth as a society? We talk about these things because we can afford them. We have the time and the wealth. We should ...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 30320

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

There is only one fundamental human right, the right to die. And that's biological. Else wise mother nature and man let you have whatever rights you can enforce for yourself. So in that sense there is no fundamental right to health care. In America whatever rights you have are laid out in the Consti...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 11749

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

What I truly don't understand is what people want. They seem to be of multiple minds about the subject. The young sometimes seem to believe that they will never get sick, therefore why health insurance for them. The old seem to think that anything should be available to them no matter the cost. For ...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 11749

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

So the question, IMO, is what's the best & least costly approach. 1) We could stop providing any subsidized care for anyone in the US. Everyone assumes complete responsibility for their own care. No more Medicare or Medicaid. If you're sick but can't pay, tough. If that means you die, so be it....
by morriswalters
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!
Replies: 44
Views: 3188

Re: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!

Don't lose your sense of outrage, but understand that where money is concerned there will be fraud and misuse, it's unstoppable. Food stamp fraud is bad, but food stamps themselves do a lot of good. I've perhaps seen and heard more than you. Food Stamps are traded for drugs, sex, almost any vice tha...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!
Replies: 44
Views: 3188

Re: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!

If you want to cut the deficit then spend your energy where it will do some good. Food stamps works in a lot of cases and I doubt if restructuring it would change a lot. I seriously doubt that a whole lot of food stamp users are buying Prime Rib. The thing about anecdotal evidence is it makes a judg...
by morriswalters
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Here's an article from Autoblog Green about a patent from applied for by Ford. Seems like a strange concept.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

I spent 5 days without heat a year or two ago, and it would have been nice to have 1 outlet for my furnace and a light. Not to mention my drip coffee maker while camping.:lol: May the aftermarket rule.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Like most other things this is about people. The biggest barrier to acceptance of electric vehicles is range anxiety at least IMO. The Volt gives you a path. As battery tech improves, Volts EV range can improve by swapping in better batteries. And the better it's range, the more efficient. Here's a ...
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

My point is one of future focus. The hybrid represented by the Prius my be a dead end. If the goal is to go electric then the series hybrid represented by the Volt moves the paradigm in a good direction. The Volt itself is not the point, it's rather the direction Chevy took to get there IMO. The ide...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593264

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Yes, we have an abundance of wealth, created by science and technology mind you, that is giving us the freedom and security to expand science and technology and to move away from religion. This is because science and technology works. Religion does not. And yes, If we stop making further technologi...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Well, speaking purely out of my ass since I have no data, even as reliable as the Prius seems to be, it's a very complex vehicle. The drive train has two electric motors, two generators and an ICE. Add to that the complex coupling to get power to the drive axle. See this article. When you get the IC...
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28891

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

People can continue to tinker with ICEs but they are about at their peak, or so it seems to me. Been looking at the Chevy Volt, an EV with a generator if I'm not mistaken. If that's true I like it as a way to go since it's simpler than drive train hybrids.
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593264

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Just want to point out a few things. I hope no one here is seriously arguing the science and technology and the reasoning that produced it has been a totally positive thing. Most advancement has come through conflict. Look at the Nobel Peace Prize. Guilt founded that prize. People, not their Gods, h...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 18100

Re: Why aren't we happy?

Just looking at the list there seems to be a correlation between suicide and latitude.

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