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Comment: Re:Non Story...Not Exactly... (Score 1) 163

by Grey Geezer (#49225631) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

Did the police then remove the innocent citizen's DNA record from all databases it was entered into against said innocent citizen's will?
If not does:
  "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
have any real value in protecting our personal liberty?

Comment: RE: Salem Hypothis: Be careful not to paint with (Score 1) 188

by Grey Geezer (#49209937) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

too broad a brush. I am an Engineer, and can tell you that many of us hold to scientific discipline in solving engineering challenges. We do this without being atheist, or while being atheist as the individual case may be. Wanting something to be true, really badly wanting something to be true, in the absence of good, confirmed, triple checked, data, can be deadly. But really, anyone, of any profession, who attributes the unknown/unexplained to (a) God, are not (should not claim to be) scientists.

Comment: As an Engineer/Journeyman Machinist I can tell you (Score 3, Informative) 188

by Grey Geezer (#49205501) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

that watches are not really all that complex. Nor do they ever evolve to better survive in a changing environment, or reproduce of their own accord. But (scientifically) the fact that we do not completely understand how something works does not mean that, a "God" must therefore have created it. The fact that we find something difficult to understand is not an excuse to abandon the Scientific Method, shrug our intellectually lazy shoulders, and attribute (said difficult to understand thing), to a creator...You are not suggesting we do...are you...really?

Comment: It's just my opinion but, (Score 0, Flamebait) 277

by Grey Geezer (#49205351) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

I think DST is a crime against nature, a testament to human arrogance, and largely motivated by greed. Adding to the confusion are the "lines" on the map designating the various time zones. They often are determined by economic zones (we just have to be in the same zone as New York City) and are often not reflective of the natural day/night rhythm of local geography. Stop the madness!

Comment: This theory gets muddied (Score 2) 94

every time "missing gap" is used to discuss/describe evolution. We will never find all relevant fossils. Most intermediate iterations were never fossilized in the first place. The "fossil record" can never be complete. All we can do with the infinitesimally small percentage of fossils we do discover is use them to confirm, or refute, the theory of evolution as it currently exists, and, perhaps, revise the theory as required to account for new discoveries and observations. Science!

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 3, Interesting) 277

by Grey Geezer (#49030241) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Nonsense. The guest interviews were certainly not scripted. His quick wit, knowledge of current events, historical expertise, and the courteous manner in which he made his disagreements (with his guests) are not easily replaced. So much more than "delivery" must be considered when selecting his replacement.

Comment: Re:We don't (Score 1) 153

by Grey Geezer (#48907673) Attached to: How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

You are correct only by stating the obvious fact that we don't/can't know...but the math, and the theory both suggest that a spaceless/timeless condition existed before the initial event. The trick we all play on ourselves when we visualize "an empty void" is just a reflection of our inability to see in our mind's eye what a spaceless/timeless condition "looks" like. But an empty void is most certainly a mental cheat and not what current theory suggests was there "before".

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