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Comment: Re:The metaphysics of evolution are a different st (Score 1) 669

by Dimensio (#48260893) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

"Fitness", within the context of evolution, relates only to reproductive success rates within a population. If a "simple" structure is sufficient for reproductive success, then the "simple" structure will remain present over time.

Evolution is not driven by "purpose". Evolution is a consequence of imperfect replication; is not a movement toward a goal.

Comment: Re:Intelligent Design (Score 1) 669

by Dimensio (#48260833) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

"Intelligent Design" is the conjecture that certain biological structures could not have emerged through the process of evolution and therefore (a non-sequitur reasoning method) an unspecified "designer" employed unspecified methods to implement the "design" of these structures. Not only is the conjecture completely untestable (as undefined mechanisms cannot be tested), but many of the supposed "irreducibly complex" structures are not actually irreducibly complex. A common failing of "design" advocates is an assumption that biological structures always emerge through purely additive processes, when in fact a process that removes redundant structures could leave behind structures that could not have existed in partial form on their own (but that could have existed in partial form along with the no-longer-present redundant structures).

Comment: Re:Whats the purpose of this (Score 3, Informative) 179

Some games do in fact request Administrator rights when run from Steam on every launch. Typically, this is a consequence of a bugged launch condition check that fails to accurately detect that needed libraries are often installed; choosing not to authenticate will still allow those games to run properly, and workarounds exist to eliminate the incorrect detection entirely.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 4, Informative) 1013

by Dimensio (#42349395) Attached to: Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

The term "assault weapon" is a nebulous term based upon the presence of features that do not affect actual firearm function. Most "assault weapons" are in fact civilian sporting rifles featuring a pistol grip and at least one other defining feature that are most commonly seen at target ranges and occasionally in the hands of hunters.

The term is applied for the specific purpose of confusing those unfamiliar with firearms into believing that common civilian sporting firearms are actually military weapons.

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