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Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 25

by smitty_one_each (#48043819) Attached to: You're all right

But how it came to be in the first place? A different question. Not by evolution - evolution works on a population with alleles, there was no such population, no alleles, before the first life. So by definition, whatever gave rise to it, it was not evolution.

So is the argument that evolution, itself, evolved? Now, I failed a Biochem course once upon a time, which isn't to say I learned nothing.
The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology had been understood to mean that the information flows just the one way. Retroviruses made a lot of heads 'splode.
(a) I'm all for more research. If I was some trust fund baby, I envision I'd be a professional student, and just keep on taking fascinating courses.
(b) I've no confidence that we're ever going to replicate the conditions, quantum accidents and all, by which the Periodic Table became Biochemistry. While I hold the Bible to be true at all points, along some literal/figurative spectrum, I don't think ANY of the ideas in circulation is terribly accurate.
(c) In fact, I doubt the very KNOWABILITY of the origin of life, past the poetic, high-level overview offered in Genesis. I typically skirt the question entirely, as I doubt the profitability of going past a cursory nod on the topic.
(d) Same goes for the origin of the universe. Some day I hope to survey papers, and graph estimates of the origin of the universe over the last century. Take the log of the age estimate against time, I expect to develop some nice, steeply sloped line.

Comment: Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 12

by smitty_one_each (#48032119) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic
That quotation smacks of pure nihilism. Unsure then (in the sense of a thought experiment) why people who TRULY think that way don't just off themselves. How is death different that hanging around for a good meal?
For the truly dedicated to the kind of piffle you quote, the two ideas should seem indistinguishable.

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48013015) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

Some day you will learn the concept of peaceful coexistence...

I mean, I live in a low crime neighborhood. Thanks for pointing out the crime of having offered up "southern conservative". Indeed, I live south of the Potomac, and embrace the traditional "conservative" values of individual liberty, equality before the law and private property that are currently under such systematic attack by godless Commie sodomites. Guilty.

Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 25

by smitty_one_each (#48013003) Attached to: You're all right
I wasn't quoting. I was paraphrasing. So, you seem to be espousing Evolution here, amIright? I'm still trying to work out the shift from inorganic to organic chemistry. In particular: why does it take less faith to subscribe to Evolution than any other of the alternatives (without bothering to espouse any one of them).

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48011901) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

And you only want to "rein in" the feds to extent that your corrupt local authorities have more power to practice their bigotry and demand conformity to your culture/religion/whatever. It is your own disregard for the truth that is on display here. I don't care how much you deny it. I know what "southern conservative" means.

Wow, I think you've reached damn_registrars levels of making stuff up out of whole cloth. Everything I say underscores disregard for truth? You've moved past strawmen to a comprehensive sort of Dyson sphere of tautology surrounding me now. Let me give you a golf clap. [clap]. Does the sound penetrate this bubble in which you've encapsulated me?
Can I ask where this bubble is going, since you're doing all the driving?

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48011279) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General
So, other than strawmanning and boorish browbeating in the face of reasoned responses, and projection, do you have anything? Anything at all?

Your "concentration of power" nonsense is exactly that. The real complaint is its proximity, or rather, the lack thereof. You want your people to impose the rules.

What I actually want is to constrain the Federal government to its original enumerated powers. But the truth doesn't seem to amount to much with you anymore.

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