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Grow Up

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    Teach, translate, compute
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    Notting Hill, Brief Encounter, Bridget Jones's Diary, Erin Brockovitch
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    Rachmaninov, Giovanni Gabrieli, Sibelius, Randy California, Jerry Garcia, Holst, Berlioz, Mark Knopfler, Chopin
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  1. Grow Up

    Flock of Dodos

    Flock of Dodos:The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006) IMDb listing A calm, objective exploration of the Creationism ("Intelligent Design") movement and its attacks on the theory of evolution by natural selection. It exposes the somewhat uncomfortable facts that truth can wear an ugly face; that plausibility, likeability and authenticity do not always go hand-in-hand; and that people on both sides of the "circus" do not always conform to stereotypes. An interesting comment on the IMDb entry: And one on the Amazon page: This film makes compulsive viewing for anyone interested in the interface between science and faith. It may not change minds; after all, as Gerd L
  2. Flock of Dodos:The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006) A&F Discussion IMDB listing A calm, objective exploration of the Creationism ("Intelligent Design") movement and its attacks on the theory of evolution by natural selection. It exposes the somewhat uncomfortable facts that truth can wear an ugly face; that plausibility, likeability and authenticity do not always go hand-in-hand; and that people on both sides of the "circus" do not always conform to stereotypes. This film makes compulsive viewing for anyone interested in the interface between science and faith. It may not change minds; after all, as Gerd L
  3. Agreed, Jeff! I was wondering if they'd added up the masses of all the electrons in 1 bits, and made sure they'd excluded those in 0 bits, on every wire, cable, fibre, channel, trunk, hard drive, flash memory and whatever else counts as part of the Internet. That way, by zapping a drive, we could make the Net lighter! But surely asking the weight of the Internet is a bit like asking what colour "kindness" is? ::ermm:: Cheers, Archie I am a bright. A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview. Visit The Brights' Net for more information.
  4. The basic problem was that farms had been reduced in size by enforcing equal division of inheritance, instead of allowing land only to pass to the eldest son. Consequently, only potatoes could provide adequate nutrition for a family from such small plots. There were only two varieties then grown in Ireland, and unfortunately both were vulnerable to a new strain of the "blight fungus" phytophthora. Traditional propagation of potatoes can indeed involve cutting the seed tubers into pieces, leaving an "eye" in each piece, and this would have aggravated the vulnerability of the crop. Certainly the expatriation, poverty and starvation were exacerbated by political and economic factors, but I was only addressing the disease question. I actually share your optimism about the FDA's track record
  5. Excuse me for jumping into this thread which is probably none of my business
  6. Grow Up

    Evolution

    The geologist Ron Peterson once defined "creation science" as "An attempt to give credibility to Hebrew mythology by making people believe that the the world's foremost biologists, paleontologists, and geologists are a bunch of incompetent nincompoops." Harsh, perhaps, but true! Archie ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am a bright. A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview Visit The Brights' Net for more information.
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