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BinkyBonks's Avatar Jump to comment 142 by BinkyBonks

No.
Oh, OK. So I suppose you think you're smarter than Isaac Newton, as well as Behe and Hoyle.

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 15:09:00 UTC | #320925

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BinkyBonks's Avatar Jump to comment 138 by BinkyBonks

Many of you people need to seriously reconsider this notion that anyone with a grossly illogical belief system is an idiot. It is manifestly wrong. Isaac Newton was a magnificent scholar (fluent in not just Latin and English, but also ancient languages), the best mathematician of his day, and (as everyone knows) the best scientist. The hundreds of proofs in his Principia were discovered in the language of algebra and calculus (largely using techniques he invented or rediscovered), and subsequently translated into classical geometry, which other mathematicians were familiar with. That's how brilliant he was. What's more, he had absorbed almost all chemical knowledge known to man (being one of the world's foremost alchemists), and had invented the reflecting telescope.

By conventional measures of intelligence, he was obviously extremely brilliant. At the same time, many of his cherished beliefs were deeply muddled and illogical - even for his day.

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 14:58:00 UTC | #320916

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BinkyBonks's Avatar Jump to comment 135 by BinkyBonks

Perhaps if he had been told nicely, instead of have his face rubbed in it publicly ...
Obviously court is different.

I wanted to turn over a new leaf with a new account. I was behaving well, I was polite to everyone, and yet my account was suddenly banned (presumably because I expressed a dissenting opinion).

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 14:29:00 UTC | #320909

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BinkyBonks's Avatar Jump to comment 132 by BinkyBonks

Diacanu:

Lol, if he knows more than "the average poster", then I must be Superman!!
So what are your scientific qualifications? They'd need to be pretty impressive to beat professor at a university which was recently considered most selective in America by the 2008 edition of Colleges from US News & World Reports.

Yeah, I'm smarter than Behe, I'm going right out on the fucking limb and saying it.

Anyone who thinks "irreducible complexity", is a valid idea instantly loses the smart race, end of story, next fucking case.
Fred Hoyle also made essentially that argument, and yet I doubt anyone aside from your few chums here would seriously consider the idea that you're smarter than him. It's possible for people to simply be afflicted with an idée fixe. This is well-known.

epeeist:
But even if Behe did know more science than all the people what he does is not science. Starting from a fixed belief in what is true and bending the evidence to fit that belief is deception pure and simple.
I'm sure his teaching duties are performed adequately, otherwise he wouldn't still be employed.

It's true that ID is very bad science. This doesn't make him stupid or ignorant. People can be very clever and knowledgeable, and yet capable of stunning irrationality. For instance, nobody would doubt Noam Chomsky's scholarship, but he maintains that language is not for communication. I'm not misrepresenting him: he believes exactly that. This is bizarre, in the same way as Behe's adherence to ID.

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 14:18:00 UTC | #320904

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BinkyBonks's Avatar Jump to comment 94 by BinkyBonks

You didn't appologise to Steve. Now compared to wanker, Butt-head is an incredibly mild insult (even if Richard was actually calling anyone butt-head). So why do you have this ridiculous double standard?
First of all, I'm not the owner of a draconian forum in which people regularly pick up "Formal Warnings" for milder tones than the one Dawkins adopted. Second, I don't have a cult following. If I did I would try to set a better example.

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:52:00 UTC | #318254

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