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Comment: Re:"What happened to the dinosaurs?" (Score 1) 435

by StikyPad (#49792993) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Unless you're reading ancient aramaic and greek, you're interpreting an interpretation of words whose original meanings and connotations are speculative anyway. You're speculating on speculation, even assuming the original text was authoritative.

Of course, the canonical texts of the New Testament were chosen by some guy named Athanasius who lived 300 years after Jesus, and you probably didn't know of until reading this. If you did, you'd be an exception. And why are there four gospels? Because of such amazing logic as: "since there are four-quarters of the earth in which we live, and four universal winds, while the church is scattered throughout all the world, and the 'pillar and ground' of the church is the gospel and the spirit of life, it is fitting that she should have four pillars breathing out immortality on every side, and vivifying men afresh⦠Therefore the gospels are in accord with these things⦠For the living creatures are quadriform and the gospel is quadriform⦠These things being so, all who destroy the form of the gospel are vain, unlearned, and also audacious; those [I mean] who represent the aspects of the gospel as being either more in number than as aforesaid, or, on the other hand, fewer." By that logic, the Bible should exhibit bilateral symmetry and be capable of reproduction.

But I guess that doesn't matter, as long as we get the "jist" of the Bible. Even though not one word can be added or removed, sayeth the Lord, dontchaknow.

Meanwhile, science is testable and repeatable, not "trust me, it happened because someone wrote it down and then some other people voted on it."

Comment: Re:Scientists are generally trusted (Score 1) 221

by StikyPad (#49792405) Attached to: How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

Most people don't have time to do this, even if they had the requisite level of knowledge, so we trust other people to do it for us, and we call those people "journalists." Ideally, there would be multiple people doing independent reviews, but in the days of the AP and Reuters, we just get 1 semi-literate write up and then syndication, unless it has to do with whether some soccer people took bribes or how cute kittens are, and then we can count on no less than 20 independent reporters and weekly follow-ups.

The other problem is that there is no genuine nutrition research, nor genuine nutrition practitioners. As someone above mentioned, the only way to have controlled trials which pass ethical considerations is if you believe a substance will help, or very certain that it won't harm someone. You can't just feed them a diet of Twinkies and red meat and then see what happens, and say "oh yeah, heart disease, sorry about that" but you can't have a controlled trial without doing that either.

Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 73

Right... manufacturers could avoid all of this BS if they just stuck to standard head unit sizes and bezels. For whatever reason, though, they don't want to make it easy to replace a stereo -- probably to make the $5000 upgrade to the "premium" audio more compelling. Of course, once you hear that midrange, it's hard to say no. It sounds like someone's right there in the car, possibly in the trunk, quickly running out of air.

Comment: Re:You shortchange Mad Max 1 -- I want a prequel (Score 1) 225

by StikyPad (#49791507) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

Mad Max 1 wasn't "post-apocalyptic" but I think it was more interesting than that -- it was *pre* apocalyptic. It was set in an era of severe social and economic decline. Petroleum was becoming very scarce. Government services were basically in tatters, law enforcement was marginal at best -- they had basically lost control of the countryside and rural areas -- there was basically no law enforcement in the small town where the biker gang picked up the Nightrider's coffin and terrorized the townspeople.

Yeah, except lack of a functional government and society are what most people consider post-apocalyptic. At best, it's simply apocalyptic. Pre-apocalyptic would be the first world as we know it today.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.