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First question is for Bot:
WHO posts something about Coulter's headlamps and then provides nothing but her written opinions? ....
The title of the thread was my comment on Coulter's column. Must I explain the metaphor?
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Humes argument is convincing, but doesn't it focus on pragmatism rather than certainty: if there really are miracles in say 0.0001% of cases, then applying this makes us wrong 0.0001% of the time. Another difficulty is if we encounter a technology beyond or own ('indistiguisable from magic' - Arthur C Clarke) perfoming what appear to be miracles - again we would be wrong, but in the other direction. What do you think?

I just came back from a workshop that included Murray Gell-Mann, nobel laureate physicist. He was of the opinion that we are on the brink of discovering all of natures laws. He thought they would be VERY simple. The interesting thing for me as a biologist is the generation of so much complexity from so much simplicity - explain that!

I would dearly love to see Philosophy taught in Schools. Unfortunately, it seems hard enough to teach anything in schools, even basic lieracy and numeracy.
I hope its simple. I've been trying to get a grip on String Theory, which is supposed to give us all these answers, and I haven't been successful yet.

On the issue of how life arises, I have been reading some stuff that makes a good case that our idea that all life must be water based may be wrong. A computer is not very far from meeting all the criteria of being alive. A planet rich in silicon, given 4 billion years like ours, could very well bring forth silicon based life forms. After all, our planet has in about 20 years just about done it.





Kirk, rather you than me on theoretical physics. When they say 'simple', they mean pages of stuff exhausting the greek and roman alphabets. The latest thing is 'M' theory (sometimes amusingly called P-brane theory). As I remember, it is an amalgamation of string theory and supergravity theory into an 11-dimensional universe.

I think the priciples behind life are very simple - there must be many alternatives to our 'bag of enzymes' version of it. I think we would be utterly astonished if we could see what's going on in the rest of our galaxy. It may well not be particularly benign, though, kind of like ourselves with a bigger gun.
Anybody read, "A New Kind of Science" by Stephen Wolfram (2002)? I have not, but I do recall it made a huge splash in the media. I recall he claimed some insight into the workings of EVERYTHING.

Right now I'm reading a book about the politics and history of the writing of the King James version of the Christian Bible. Its a funny world with some strange history.
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I once met an alien life-form. It was composed entirely of d-lysergic acid diethylamide. It hung around for a few hours, then slowly drifted away... [8D]
D-u-u-u-ude, that was me!
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