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EighteenDelta
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Message 61 of 115 (421191)
09-11-2007 1:15 PM
Reply to: Message 59 by Clark
09-11-2007 8:16 AM


Re: SETI on The Skeptics Guide #69
How can Kent's group get upset and threaten litigation? He specifically made them freely available for distribution, no copyright. He wants this garbage spread out as much as possible, he can't have it both ways.

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."
"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don't. Q.E.D."
"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

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EighteenDelta
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Message 62 of 115 (421263)
09-11-2007 7:50 PM
Reply to: Message 61 by EighteenDelta
09-11-2007 1:15 PM


Re: SETI on The Skeptics Guide #69
Now all but one of the videos on the first page (the one obviously owned by Ali G) have been removed 'for copyright claims by Creation Science Evangelism. Apparently they were not aware that there were more after the first page... In any case they even pulled videos that they clearly did not have any claim to, such as the music videos made with flash animation to a song written and performed by a youtube member. Fraudulent claims are not limited to the former leader of that group I see.
Edited by EighteenDelta, : spelling

"Debate is an art form. It is about the winning of arguments. It is not about the discovery of truth. There are certain rules and procedures to debate that really have nothing to do with establishing fact ” which creationists have mastered. Some of those rules are: never say anything positive about your own position because it can be attacked, but chip away at what appear to be the weaknesses in your opponent's position. They are good at that. I don't think I could beat the creationists at debate. I can tie them. But in courtrooms they are terrible, because in courtrooms you cannot give speeches. In a courtroom you have to answer direct questions about the positive status of your belief. We destroyed them in Arkansas. On the second day of the two-week trial we had our victory party!"
-Stephen Jay Gould

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Percy
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Message 63 of 115 (422777)
09-18-2007 10:18 AM


Sparks Fly: B. Alan Wallace Interviewed on The Skeptics Guide
Wikipedia introduces it's article on B. Alan Wallace like this:
Wikipedia writes:
B. Alan Wallace is an author, translator, teacher, researcher, interpreter and Vajrayana practitioner interested in the intersections of consciousness studies and scientific disciplines such as Contemplative Neuroscience. Stated simply, Wallace endeavours to chart relationships and commonalities between Eastern and Western thought and traditions.
In episode 73 of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, Steven J. Novella goes head to head with Wallace in an intellectual battle where the sparks fly and, while they keep it civil, no holds are barred. This is a meeting of the minds at the highest level. The interview begins at 19:05:
Which formerly very active member does Wallace remind people of?
--Percy

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Max Power
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Message 64 of 115 (424308)
09-26-2007 1:58 PM
Reply to: Message 63 by Percy
09-18-2007 10:18 AM


Re: Sparks Fly: B. Alan Wallace Interviewed on The Skeptics Guide
First, Steven Novella is my hero. I think he does a great job of arguing against B. Alan Wallace and it was fun (I'll admit a little frustrating) listening to how carefully Novella crafts each statement and how quickly Wallace changes the statement to something he can argue against.
Second, it was great hearing Perry DeAngelis's voice again, but a little sad hearing that he had just come from the hospital that week.
Last, I just want to thank you for getting me into this podcast. I started listening a few months ago and I instantly fell in love with it.

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Annafan
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Message 65 of 115 (424474)
09-27-2007 7:14 AM
Reply to: Message 64 by Max Power
09-26-2007 1:58 PM


Re: Sparks Fly: B. Alan Wallace Interviewed on The Skeptics Guide
First, Steven Novella is my hero.
Hey, wait a minute: he's MY hero!
Last, I just want to thank you for getting me into this podcast. I started listening a few months ago and I instantly fell in love with it.
I have to second that. Since I found the podcast (and since I happened to have an mp3-radio in my new lease car), I have been listening to them every spare second in my life, it seems. Still more than 70 shows waiting in the backlog, and I'm already feeling depressed that I will be able to listen to them only once a week as soon as I've worked through it, lol.
Although they are fun and entertaining in their own right, Steven Novella is by far the main reason why I listen to them. I've never felt the need to worship anyone in my life, but it's getting pretty close with Novella, lol! I only JUST about don't hang posters of Him on my walls. ;-)
He is SO bright and knowledgable, SO calm and considerate and intellectually honest. I never read or heard a word from him that indicated possible arrogance. It also shines through (in WHAT he says/writes and HOW he says it) that he is a compassionate person, also reflected in his profession as physician. Above that, the clarity of his writing and how he presents his arguments is just of an insanely high level IMO. You know this feeling when you read something and feel the need to debunk it? You have hundreds of ideas, both clear and a little fuzzy, of what to write and how to write it. When you're finished it reads clumsy, you're jumping around like crazy and in the process of writing you forgot half of the arguments. Doesn't happen to Steve. He always seems to address every angle, and finds exactly the right words and the minimum number of words to express exactly what needs to be said, in a logical progression.
One of the wonderful examples of this is the article "Anatomy of Pseudoscience" ( » Page not found), but he approaches this quality even in his almost daily Blog articles.
If talkshow hosts and TV preachers would be replaced by Steven Novellas, the world would be a different place... But of course there wouldn't be anything left to talk about. ;-)

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Percy
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Message 66 of 115 (425626)
10-03-2007 8:54 AM


The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts
I've listened to two of these so far, they are absolutely outstanding. Find them at iTunes, or at the website:
The first is about asteroid number 134340 (a dwarf planet once known as Pluto) and the New Horizons space mission that will reach it in July of 2015, the second about dark energy and the accelerating universe, there are seven in the series so far. These are highly entertaining (these guys know how to give a talk!), highly informative and highly recommended, definite "must hears".
--Percy

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NosyNed
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Message 67 of 115 (425644)
10-03-2007 10:36 AM


Quirks -- Humans not so unique ...
This Week on Quirks & Quarks we ask:
"What Makes Humans Unique?"
We like to think that humans are distinct from all the other species of animal on the planet. Sure, we build cities, write poetry, do calculus and bend the natural world to our purposes. But despite all this, the message from scientists is, increasingly, "get over yourselves." This week on Quirks and Quarks, we look at why we're not that special, and just how similar we are to the other animals, in everything from our biology to our psychology.
Plus - why monkeys don't wash their hands after peeing.
All this and more on Quirks & Quarks, Saturday right after the noon news on Radio One, or anytime on our web page.
Bob McDonald
Don't forget to check out our new Quirks blog: Sorry - we can't find that page
Or subscribe to our Quirks podcast: Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio

  
NosyNed
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Message 68 of 115 (427195)
10-10-2007 10:31 AM


Quirks -- Arctic Warming
This Week on Quirks & Quarks:
(Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio)
When The Permafrost is No Longer Permanent.
For the last few years, we've heard plenty of warnings about what climate change will do to the planet in the coming decades. Well, after a record-breaking summer of heat in the Canadian North, the effects of climate change are no longer something the next generation will have to worry about - they're here now. The permafrost, that layer of permanently frozen ground north of the treeline, is no longer as permanent as it was. We'll look at dramatic changes to the landscape in the Land of the Midnight Sun. And we'll see what the loss of the ice means to the whole climate system.
Plus - a prehistoric tree that gets hot for sex.
All this and more on Quirks & Quarks, Saturday right after the noon news on Radio One, or anytime on our web page.
Bob McDonald
Host
Don't forget to check out our new Quirks blog: Sorry - we can't find that page
Or subscribe to our Quirks podcast: Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio

  
EighteenDelta
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Message 69 of 115 (428224)
10-15-2007 2:58 PM


I thought this was an interesting and educational video concerning human and chimp genome analysis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXdQRvSdLAs
I hope this is the best repository for this link.
-x

"Debate is an art form. It is about the winning of arguments. It is not about the discovery of truth. There are certain rules and procedures to debate that really have nothing to do with establishing fact ” which creationists have mastered. Some of those rules are: never say anything positive about your own position because it can be attacked, but chip away at what appear to be the weaknesses in your opponent's position. They are good at that. I don't think I could beat the creationists at debate. I can tie them. But in courtrooms they are terrible, because in courtrooms you cannot give speeches. In a courtroom you have to answer direct questions about the positive status of your belief. We destroyed them in Arkansas. On the second day of the two-week trial we had our victory party!"
-Stephen Jay Gould

  
Kitsune
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Message 70 of 115 (428643)
10-17-2007 4:06 AM
Reply to: Message 66 by Percy
10-03-2007 8:54 AM


Re: Astronomycast
Astronomycast, your weekly fact-based guide through the cosmos. Hosted by Fraser Cain, the publisher of Universe Today, one of the most popular space and astronomy websites on the internet; and Dr. Pamela Gay, a professor of physics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Episode 58: Inflation
We interrupt this tour through the solar system to bring you a special show to deal with one of our most complicated subjects: the big bang. Specifically, how it's possible that the universe could have expanded faster than the speed of light. The theory is called the inflationary theory, and the evidence is mounting to support it. Einstein said that nothing can move faster than the speed of light, and yet astronomers think the universe expanded from a microscopic speck to become larger than the solar system, in a fraction of a second.

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cavediver
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Message 71 of 115 (428651)
10-17-2007 5:06 AM
Reply to: Message 70 by Kitsune
10-17-2007 4:06 AM


Re: Astronomycast
Specifically, how it's possible that the universe could have expanded faster than the speed of light. The theory is called the inflationary theory
no, it's standard big bang cosmology withing General Relativity and has nothing to do with inflationary theory - so much bad science and so little time...

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Kitsune
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Message 72 of 115 (428653)
10-17-2007 5:19 AM
Reply to: Message 71 by cavediver
10-17-2007 5:06 AM


Re: Astronomycast
Hey, this is a mainstream podcast and a mainstream website. Don't assume it's bad science because of things I've been saying in other threads here.
This podcast talks about how space-time theoretically expanded faster than the speed of light. They don't claim that the actual matter or energy itself traveled faster than light speed.
Have a look at the topic of each past episode. Lately they've been going planet by planet and discussing what we know about each, and what current and upcoming missions are designed to study.

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cavediver
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Message 73 of 115 (428661)
10-17-2007 5:48 AM
Reply to: Message 72 by Kitsune
10-17-2007 5:19 AM


Re: Astronomycast
Sorry, it was no complaint against you. Yes, I know it's a mainstream podcast and a mainstream website, and that's why I'm unhappy. It's quite possible they get it right in the actual body of the talk, but their intro lines which you quote are simply wrong.
I've been quiet on EvC for a while but I'm well known here as a cosmologist with a major dislike of popular science presentations (becasue they are so often wrong!!) This isn't a discussion thread but I'd quite happily explain this particular point if one were opened (but briefly, the fact that the universe expands "faster than the speed of light" has nothing to do with inflation - inflation just makes it happen "even faster" for a very brief period of time)

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Kitsune
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Message 74 of 115 (428665)
10-17-2007 6:06 AM
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10-17-2007 5:48 AM


Re: Astronomycast
Why not start a thread in the Coffee House? I'd love to talk about this. It would make a nice change. As long as you don't get too heavy on the maths LOL.

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NosyNed
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Message 75 of 115 (428699)
10-17-2007 10:53 AM


Quirks --Fisheries Disaster, 800 teeth and mummy dinners
This week on Quirks & Quarks:
The Unnatural History of the Sea.
All around the world, the oceans are in crisis. Fisheries are collapsing, as long-liners and factory trawlers vacuum the oceans clean, devastating entire species and ecosystems. Our appetite for fish and seafood is leading to what many scientists think is a global fisheries disaster. According to Dr. Callum Roberts, however, there's nothing new about this. As soon as humans first took to the oceans, we started over-exploiting them. But he thinks history can teach us how to save the seas.
Plus - Unravelling dietary secrets from Inca mummies; and a duck-billed dino with 800 teeth.
All this and more on Quirks & Quarks, Saturday right after the noon news on Radio One.
Bob McDonald
Host
Don't forget to check out our new Quirks blog: Sorry - we can't find that page
Or subscribe to our Quirks podcast: Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald | CBC Radio

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