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Now for January 2005 (as per previous months):
quote:Please post your votes for the January, 2005, Post of the Month here. Include author, forum name, thread name, post number, eg:
Name: Velvet Tongue Forum: Evolution Thread: I'm no monkey Post #: 17
A link to the message, and perhap a SHORT comment would also be nice. But, this is NOT a place to debate the referenced topic - so be nice.
I think that a fairly liberal use of this topic would be a good thing for indexing some nice messages that are otherwise doomed to be lost in the clutter. So, if you encounter a message that seems to say something of special substance, please give it a plug/reference in this topic.
New year, new month, same old message and routine, Adminnemooseus
Quetzal on scientific lingo; Also on evolution - fact and theory
Name: Quetzal Forum: Biological Evolution II Thread: Evolution is a basic, biological process Post #: 99
The language of science is often confusing and/or unintelligible to non-scientists. This is not, as you implied, an attempt to obfuscate or blow smoke. The terminology used by scientists is a shorthand that is designed to facilitate communication between scientists in the same field.
Q also goes on to a truly fine presentation of what a theory is, and why evolution is both a fact and a theory.
Dare I say, a "Sylas Quality" posting?
Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment. "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham
Dshortt takes a needed breather and summarizes the state of the discussion. I think he is reasonable (or better than) clear in his position too.
I many not agree and think there are serious flaws but it is well done anyway. It will take some time to point out the flaws in detail. I don't think current responses have been up to the standard of this post.
This message has been edited by NosyNed, 01-05-2005 13:33 AM
quote: I many not agree and think there are serious flaws but it is well done anyway. It will take some time to point out the flaws in detail. I don't think current responses have been up to the standard of this post.
Obviously I don't entirely agree - at least so far as quality of argument goes. Maybe I ought to write the post I was thinking of doing which explains why a pragmatic assumption that human reason is effective is the best we can do.
That's an interesting nomination. When perusing a thread I usually check yours to get a good sign of where things are as the "minimum standard" of your posts are (to my mind) consistently higher than most. There are a few others with equal/better, but then they don't post as much.holmes "...what a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away.."(D. Bros)
I would like to nominate Message 1 as one of the great all time threads. The photos are outstanding, the information clear and concrete and it simply gets better and better. This is without a doubt the best thread on geology I've seen here so far.Aslan is not a Tame Lion