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Comment: a prediction of not the future (Score 1) 211

by fche (#47873571) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

"The new approach is to create a mathematical model ... And interestingly, the predictions closely match what researchers have found in practice"

Unless the mathematical model was built *before* any of those practical empirical test results, it is not at all interesting or surprising that the model happens to match the pre-existing data.

Comment: Re:you must not have done well in math class (Score 1) 214

by fche (#47686865) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

" If guns are restricted, *everyone* has less access to them, including the bad guys."

What you refuse to accept is that "less" access to guns by bad guys is still ample for them to shoot good defenceless people. What you also refuse to accept is that bad guys may be armed by other-than-guns and still threaten the lives of good defenceless people.

Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 1) 541

by fche (#47657267) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

"This doesn't mean they have a gene for preferring Taryton cigarettes."

Straw man. No one said there is exactly a single gene for that. The effect of N genes working in conjunction toward outcomes such as visible racial features, social behaviors, preferences, are entirely consistent with theories such as those in this "decried" book.

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