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Comment: Re:civilizations' bottleneck (Score 1) 392

by Smallpond (#46677807) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?

And that is why we do not hear any intelligent radio transmissions from other star systems.

But does it explain why there's apparently no intelligent postings on Slashdot?

There were originally equal amounts of facts and anti-facts. Computer Scientists are still trying to explain why anti-facts now make up 99.999% of the postings.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by Smallpond (#46677509) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Apparently you know a thing or two about the bible, maybe you can solve something that has puzzled me for a while now.

God punished Adam and Eve for eating from the tree when he forbade them. I.e. for breaking his law. So far, so good. But why did he put the trees in there in the first place? He's God. He's all mighty. He could have put the trees wherever he pleases. Especially since, being omniscient, he must have known that they will break his law. Being omniscient, he must have known that they will not heed his law. So he punished them for doing what he knew they would do, which he himself could easily have avoided.

You are missing the point of the story. Before eating the fruit, they didn't know what good and evil were, hence they didn't know that eating the fruit was wrong. It was a certainty that they would eat the fruit and learn right and wrong by committing wrong.

Like many ancient legends it is an explanation of something that people had observed and didn't understand. In this case, why do animals act in innocence and people act with knowledge of consequences? How did we become different from the other animals?

Comment: Re:trees have branches (Score 5, Insightful) 1037

by Smallpond (#46677421) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Perhaps being an atheist requires blind faith as well. If you are an atheist you have a belief that all hell won't be applied to you for adopting your belief system.

No. You just have to believe that none of the 20 different afterlifes posited by religions is true, instead of believing that one of them is and the other 19 are false.

Even science itself rests upon articles of faith. For example assuming that the laws of physics are the same all over the universe is irrational and arbitrary.

No. Its just the simplest explanation in the absence of evidence to the contrary. Support for it comes from everything we observe of distant stars and galaxies, which seem similar to our own.

That being the case the entire cosmology presented by science becomes very fishy. Quantum mechanics hints that physical reality is not actual and quite an illusion in itself.

No, Quantum mechanics says that at the realm of the very tiny or the very fast, our everyday model of physical reality is not accurate.

We can postulate that all science does is falsely attempt to decode segments of the illusion. It suggests that a rabid, backwoods, Baptist, in a fever of religious excitement and an atheist are as far as logic goes equals.

That must make the rabid, backwoods Baptists very happy.

Comment: Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (Score 5, Insightful) 310

by Smallpond (#46439915) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time ...

I think we should standardize on UTC time everywhere. Forget timezones and 'Savings Time'. One time for all - would it really bother us if we had to wake up at 03:00 and it was daylight?

We have standardized on UTC. We are just following the principle of separating View from Logic.

Comment: Re:Not privacy (Score 2) 174

The problem is that the phone companies believe that those call records are made on their systems and belong to them. The credit card companies own the transaction records between you and some merchants. Just because your name is in it, they don't believe that it is your information or that you have any control over it. Copyright does not apply to facts and its tough to draw a line anywhere over what should be private.

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain