Food for thought: “Weirdly, it’s easier for us to generate beautiful images of skulls than it is to know what these frogs eat,” Blackburn said. “Natural history remains quite hard. Just because we know things exist doesn’t mean we know anything about them.”
Why not two or four spatial dimensions? One researcher, James Scargill, argues that we could possibly have made do with two dimensions.
Among other things: “Things appear deceptively dire if we calculate death rate solely by reference to reported COVID-19 cases; but the picture is deceptively benign if we measure deaths against an inflated conjecture about the non-reporting population. ” – McCarthy
Sounds like a designed system all right. Too bad that’s a problem for many physicists.
Our betters need to believe that we are gullible. Not so, says Hugo Mercier, whose recent book, Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe (2020), takes a different position from that of the campus fatheads.
Egnor: It’s remarkable that Dr. Shallit—a professor of computer science—doesn’t understand computation. Materialism is a kind of intellectual disability that afflicts even the well-educated. To put it simply, machines don’t and can’t think. Dr. Shallit’s wristwatch doesn’t know what time it is.
Holloway: The fundamental implication is that nothing within math, science, and technology can create information. Yet information is all around us. This problem arises in many areas: evolution, artificial intelligence, economics, and physics.
The comments to the original Pass me a Corona! post are closed. Additional comments on that topic should be posted below. I will start this post with PaV’s last comments to the prior post [i.e., everything that follows is PaV, not Barry]. Today the paywall for a Spectator USA article has been lifted. The article Read More…
In bygone days the news media enjoyed a great deal of prestige and was trusted by nearly everyone. Walter Cronkite was called “the most trusted man in America.” Those days are gone.* A poll last week indicated that the news media are viewed least favorably of 16 major institutions. It is no wonder. Vicious partisanship Read More…
Intro: In the case of Darwin’s idea of unguided evolution and of a planet of life formed from blind material processes alone, John West, Associate Director of the Center for Science & Culture, notes a range of consequences and impacts, on how we see the sanctity of human life, how we understand morality and spirituality, and much more.
Egnor: Heck, if I were a mere vehicle for selfish genes evolved wholly by natural selection, I would love mass death, as long as my own genes weren’t deleted. Coronavirus is efficient — natural selection on an industrial scale. Those of us who are alive are the winners.
Terry Scambray: Opponents were mostly the unWoke—Catholics, anti-Darwinists, and such. (A review of The Guarded Gate.)
A thought experiment by philosopher and mathematician David Berlinski echoes something Michael Egnor noted recently: Not only are human beings unique but we are unique despite being animals in nature. Here’s the thought experiment:
Here is a log-lin on cases, relative to 100 as marking breakout: Likewise, for deaths, starting at the fifth: Here, we see onward unfolding of the pandemic. The 2 – 3 day doubling band is still there [and the USA is growing fastest now], but now we see where the plague is beginning to slow Read More…
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