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Go to: UP w/ Chris Hayes

M D Aresteanu's Avatar Jump to comment 42 by M D Aresteanu

It was nice to see atheism as the topic of discussion without the so-called 'equal' representation from the religious apologists. The fact that I had higher expectations, I think, really disappointed me... Every time the host, Mr.Hayes, questioned Richard's style/approach (do you mean lack of hypocrisy?), I felt myself gasping in awe at the lack of rebuttal from the co-panelists. How could any rationalist divorce personal beliefs from public beliefs? The answer is, no rationalist can... Chris Hayes and some others on that panel are not discussing these issues rationally. What really annoyed me was that Mr.Hayes exposed his issues with the topic quite clearly and no one jumped on it. Steven Pinker attempted to explain to him where he's confused, but could have been a little more upfront. Chris Hayes was implying that we all must "trust blindly" somebody somewhere to believe any of the things we believe. Steven explained that scientists, and the scientific method, have earned some trust. That no doubt holds...but I don't think that's nearly as important as actually GETTING IT. When liberal atheists hold their beliefs based on authority, it shows how bad public science understanding is. Mr.Hayes seems to think the only people GETTING IT(meaning scientific theories and their implications) are the scientists who "come up" with the theories... That is simply not the case. Theories, when properly understood, in fact ease the cognitive load... I was much more confused by consciousness/human nature before understanding evolution by natural selection. Gravity makes a lot more sense after understanding the concept of general relativity. Empirical evidence is essential in theory making and understanding. In terms of understanding/accepting a theory, you don't have to BUY into it...it's FREE (in terms of cognitive load).

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:06:10 UTC | #930655

Go to: Video: In SNL sketch, Jesus tells Tebow to ‘take it down a notch’

M D Aresteanu's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by M D Aresteanu

That skit had me laughing but so did the rest of this week's episode. Skit comedy is always hit or miss, but SNL really hit it this week. They had to make up for that last episode with Katy Perry...that was hard to watch. It's nice to see religious belief being mocked on such mainstream american television.

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:08:32 UTC | #901261

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

M D Aresteanu's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by M D Aresteanu

This is a sad day. Hitch... you will be missed wether you know it or not.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:00:11 UTC | #899423

Go to: CERN Lectures on Cosmology and Particle Physics

M D Aresteanu's Avatar Jump to comment 82 by M D Aresteanu

I think Rtambree is essentially right about physics, but not about science as a whole. Even in other fields, science doesn't necessarily have to progress at an exponential rate, though it often does. I think there's also some kind of taboo in physics of simply doing "botany" like work... I think its because there seem to be enough mysterious unexplained phenomenon in physics. Biological facts and observations rest firmly on the reassuring notion that natural selection is their reason for appearing designed(complex=>unlikely=>mysterious), while electromagnetism and thermodynamics explain the mechanics of the moving parts.

Physics is at the forefront of the big and the small...it's bound to beg for revolutions in understanding when new physical phenomena are being observed. I think it's important to keep in mind reality must have its contingencies...science doesn't operate in a vacuum. If this dark energy stuff keeps up its mysterious work, our(whomever's living somewhere in the milky way at the time) universal horizon(what we will ever be able to see) will not include other galaxies.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 03:45:03 UTC | #880738

Go to: A History of Violence

M D Aresteanu's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by M D Aresteanu

I've had the book for 2 days now and I'm near the end...I haven't put it down. It has a lot in common with Guns, Germs and Steel.

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:32:38 UTC | #876222

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