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Comment: I think they mean ... (Score 1) 167 167

de-minify, not de-obfuscate. Obfuscated code generally replaces named variables with random letters, thus making it hard to read. Obviously there's no way of restoring the original code. But minified code can be restored by a parser. That seems to be what they are referring to.

Comment: Re:It's a race... (Score 1) 813 813

I don't think that's how ID works. It's really mostly a "God of the Gaps" approach. Rather than explicitly stating that God made the goldfish and it was good, they say that there's no way something as complicated as the eye could have evolved, and therefore the most likely explanation is that some kind of divine influence must have been at work. So a test on ID would take the form of listing discrepancies in the fossil record, citing evidence that humans and dinosaurs co-existed, etc.

Comment: Re:It's a race... (Score 1) 813 813

No. The point of the "odd line" seems to be to preclude any discussion of the identity of the creator in the classroom. i.e. If you want to nominate a particular creator, you need to be able to prove it with observable evidence. As that is obviously impossible, the identity must remain a matter of personal belief, not open to interrogation. It seems to be specifically designed to rule out the sort of challenge you are making. Of course, that makes it impossible to place any explicit religious material in the course, but it doesn't matter. Those who believe in a particular divine creator will just take it as confirmation of their privately-held belief.

Comment: Re:blah (Score 1) 615 615

If you believe in god, why would the existence of aliens prove that god doesn't exist?

I gather this is a problem for Christianity. The Incarnation was supposed to only happen once. But if beings exist on other planets, Jesus would have had to appear to them as well, and go throught the whole resurrection thing again.

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351

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