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Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 11 '08, 8:58am
Replies: 1,213
Views: 24,279
Posted By Yakiniku
First, the Ayers association has been completely...

First, the Ayers association has been completely debunked by every credible news outlet. Second, the complaints about McCain's negativity are because he's running an extremely negative campaign....
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 6 '08, 10:48am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
Okay, I see. First, complexity doesn't require...

Okay, I see. First, complexity doesn't require the work of a creator. Random fractals are a lot more complex than "designed" patterns. Second, if you're suggesting the presence of a designer, then...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 6 '08, 6:31am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
They think that because they don't understand...

They think that because they don't understand evolution. Again, I don't want to debate the merits of evolutionary theory, but it's sound science and you can't reject it without rejecting the...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 6 '08, 2:43am
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
There are limits to national sovereignty....

There are limits to national sovereignty. Khartoum might claim unimpeachable sovereignty, but the international community has every right to intervene given the situation in Darfur. The U.S. violated...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 6 '08, 2:29am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
Evolution was guided by a force--the laws of...

Evolution was guided by a force--the laws of nature. Understanding how complexity can arise it's not really through chance is a conceptually difficult question. But once you get it, it makes complete...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 5 '08, 8:40am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
I'm not one to question the validity of your...

I'm not one to question the validity of your experience, and I'm sure other people have had similar experiences. I do know, though, that the atheist/skeptic community is hugely science-focused. I've...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 5 '08, 3:14am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
Scientists are the only people who do science....

Scientists are the only people who do science. It's hard for anyone to ignore science entirely, since it's the cornerstone of modern civilization. But the more you care about and study science, the...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 4 '08, 1:28pm
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
It shows that in the United States, by far the...

It shows that in the United States, by far the most religious First World country, the leading scientists overwhelmingly reject religion. And in the same country, a majority of religious people...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 4 '08, 5:34am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
I wholeheartedly disagree. Science by its very...

I wholeheartedly disagree. Science by its very nature is a tool of skeptical inquiry, and is thus diametrically opposed to faith. A scientifically literate person will be inclined to look for an...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 4 '08, 2:09am
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
I'm sorry, but Palin does not represent the...

I'm sorry, but Palin does not represent the "folk." She is wealthier (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081001/ap_on_el_pr/palins_finances) than Joe Biden...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 11:28pm
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
You mean like the military tribunals Bush has...

You mean like the military tribunals Bush has created?
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 11:23pm
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
This is a completely real quote from the editor...

This is a completely real quote from the editor of the National Review (http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDYzMGFiNjQ0MWRjNmI0ZTlkYjgwZTExMjA3MWNiZTk=):

Excuse me while I throw up in my...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 2:52pm
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
You don't get to act like a global hegemony,...

You don't get to act like a global hegemony, ignore the UN and the Geneva Conventions, defy the international community on things like the Kyoto Protocol, and then accuse other people of being...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 2:39pm
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
I hope she does go far. Back to Alaska.

I hope she does go far. Back to Alaska.
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 1:24pm
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
Palin playing up the "folksiness" is a deliberate...

Palin playing up the "folksiness" is a deliberate attempt to compensate for her lack of knowledge or understanding on the most basic policy issues of our time. I'm sure lots of people like the sound...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 7:11am
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
Bah! You just hate our freedom.

Bah! You just hate our freedom.
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 6:19am
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
John McCain's standards might be that low, but...

John McCain's standards might be that low, but that doesn't mean the country's are.

CNN Poll: (http://www.pollster.com/blogs/whats_a_win_vp_debate_edition.php)


In other words, even though...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 5:00am
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Yakiniku
I saw pretty much what I was expecting. Palin...

I saw pretty much what I was expecting. Palin avoided answering the questions and regurgitated talking points. She thereby managed to step over the extremely low bar that had been set for her. Biden...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 1:15am
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
Well, there's alleged problems with the...

Well, there's alleged problems with the Constitution. I doubt the Supreme Court would actually shoot it down.

And since the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is either going to be...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 3 '08, 12:23am
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
I'm really bad at math, but it seems logically...

I'm really bad at math, but it seems logically necessary to me that given a set of possible outcomes, the probability of each outcome is nonzero no matter how large the set is.

The most important...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 2 '08, 10:47pm
Replies: 57
Views: 1,219
Posted By Yakiniku
The Bush administration has also strong-armed...

The Bush administration has also strong-armed other countries into exempting U.S. nationals from the ICC's jurisdiction. Even when it came to things like letting the ICC go after war criminals in...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 2 '08, 10:35pm
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
I think I have to side with the Boyce on this...

I think I have to side with the Boyce on this one. You can't actually divide a number by infinity. But for the sake of argument, I don't think it makes much difference if the chance of a religion...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 2 '08, 10:19pm
Replies: 139
Views: 2,759
Posted By Yakiniku
And who can argue with a nonzero chance of being...

And who can argue with a nonzero chance of being correct?
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 2 '08, 3:10pm
Replies: 1,230
Views: 26,503
Posted By Yakiniku
VBB, if you've read everything we've said...

VBB, if you've read everything we've said explaining about our position, and you still believe that an embryo is equivalent to and has the full rights of a person, there's probably nothing we can say...
Forum: Worldly Talk Oct 2 '08, 2:14pm
Replies: 32
Views: 1,244
Posted By Yakiniku
You do realize, though, that Canada Dry,...

You do realize, though, that Canada Dry, Stewarts, Schweppes and (I think) Vernors are all owned by Dr. Pepper, which is in turn owned by Cadbury. So there's nothing especially regional about them.
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