I applaud your rationality. You’re not buying vegetarianism on faith and you’re not dismissing it out-of-hand—you’re experimenting. I’m not sure one month is adequate to realize most of the benefits…"
"Jack, the guy's no better than a thief-- he’s stealingfrom the public commons (I know you don’t believe in the commons but that’s your tough luck.) I live in Oregon, where there are large federal forests. Now, do I…"
"John, well said. Despite what most people think, much of the west is ill-suited for cattle production. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know that Nevada is mostly desert. Very little grass grows there. You’ll…"
"One monkey banking randomly on a keyboard will produce words, randomly.
Is it possible that 100 monkey banging away randomly on 100 keyboards will produce whole sentences? Surely so. It is possible that one monkey banging away at a…"
"I basically ditto what Liam said. I too would be amazed at Richard's monkey. But it wouldn't make me believe there was any supernatural agency involved. The fact that natural selection is the exact opposite of random is…"
"What is often neglected in pure probability discussions is the mechanisms of learning, and natuarl selection.
Natural selection is not random. If, for instance, the ability to produce language was genetic, and monkeys who manage to spell words live…"
“…When you're dealing with really big numbers and places as big and as old as the universe "Everything not forbidden is compulsory." Kevin, I’m not saying you’re wrong but, like so many things in Science, that’s debatable. I’ve held onto the following for quite awhile now and finally I have a chance to use it: “It has been said that an infinite number of monkeys pounding on an infinite number of keyboards would produce the works of Shakespeare-- but the internet has proven this to be…See More
"Make some cocktails for her-- something sweet and on the exotic side.
Watch some old "chick flick" movies with her: Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to remember,-- I can't think of any more right now. Order take-out to…"
I think the way to describe Stone Turners (or at least what I hope it can become) is to compare it to The Great Debate. TGD is focused on questions that most people are aware of and takes an adversarial approach to answering them.
Stone Turners will hopefully focus on aspects of existence that don't get looked at because they are accepted as givens. An example would be jokes (how do they work, what assumptions lie beneath the surface, what does laughing at one say about me?). Another would be our forward facing eyes. The group image is actually of a New Caledonian Crow using a drinking fountain. What's fascinating about these birds is that they are observed using a range of tools not seen in other crows, even though their raw cognitive abilities aren't different. What they do have is a straighter beak shape and more forward-facing eyes, which is what researchers currently believe might account for the difference. So there's territory to be explored there about our natures and how they might result from such things.
So, by nature of the questions we're asking, I hope Stone Turners will be more exploratory and cooperative, as opposed to adversarial. Maybe it won't lead anywhere. Maybe it will just lead to bullshit. But my experience doing this kind of thing on my own is that questioning what's given has led me to some fruitful inquiries and improved my mindset.
"Tsk, tsk, little man. Seems you've forgotten the American revolution can be argued to have begun over taxation without representation - the Sugar tax, the Stamp tax, tea taxes, etc. Nothing unhinges citizens more than when their…"
Hi.I've been a reader now for a short time and I decided to join the forum to maybe take part in some discussions. I'm from Ireland, as the title says... any other Irish readers/posters on the forums?See More
"I think it is mostly just internet talk. Once it comes to actually doing something, only the very few willl show up, and even they really don't want anything to actually happen. Just being there with a gun is all that they can…"
"I've heard that definition of "fascist" before ... mostly from anti-capitalists that like to equate, however spuriously, "fascism" and capitalism.
The definition I'm using is ... "a way of organizing a society in…"
"I wouldn't call these militia types sheep, sheep dogs nor wolves. Annoying dogs that upset your wife a little, shit on the lawn, maybe dig up your flowers but in the end they just make a mess and annoying noise. Sure, the other shit dogs…"
"If you think contractual alterations change moral obligations, then you misunderstand the moral obligation.
It is morally wrong to dodge debts you can afford to pay. That includes dodging them by contract, or by legal wrangling, or by lying,…"
"Liam, you come across like the little accounting clerk with pocket protector and eye shades who counts and recounts the money with meticulous care and whose analness can't handle even a single penny out of place.
Your kind are needed and…"