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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".

Comment: Because we have demonstrated, time and again, that (Score 1) 332

by Grey Geezer (#48894511) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

we will buy anything. Every time we come close to market saturation in the latest Video display resolution and the accompanying disc/digital library, they come out with something new...that we all just have to own. I once worked in R&D for a global consumer electronics company...this has all been planned out, decades in advance because...suckers!

Comment: Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (Score 1) 295

by Grey Geezer (#48090411) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

And the last thing either side is going to display is a touch of humility. Useful though that might be.

Well...just how often do scientists need to say "the scientific method compels us to observe, collect and analyze data, and revise our theories when those observations and data require us to do so"? Revising theories, refining our understanding, and being intellectually, is not humility. It's part of the scientific process. The deniers have other motivations.

Comment: Right... (Score 3, Insightful) 423

by Grey Geezer (#48073269) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

and there is no conclusive proof that cigarette smoking causes lung disease. No, really, there has never been an observation of a cell mutating after exposure to a puff of smoke. The evidence is only statistical. And yet... reasonable people can accept that the odds are that smoking is unhealthy, in spite of the lack of "hard" scientific proof. Proof of the kind that Climate Change Deniers seem to be demanding. Arctic ice that is 60% thinner than it was when our first nuclear sub crossed under it in the 60s, Old photos of curling (that obscure shuffle board type sport) on fjords that haven't frozen over in decades, the no longer needed fleet of ice breakers on our Great Lakes, fauna found further and further north every year, tree rings, ice cores, historical records...all prove...nothing...but still, reasonable people can conclude that there is a link between our draining of the carbon sinks, and greenhouse warming. It's really not a stretch is it?

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead