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Comment: Re:Actually, no ... (Score 1) 650

by kuzb (#48265155) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

>The theory of evolution, as a scientific theory, mandates that living organisms develop through a process of natural selection

No it doesn't. It only says that natural selection is one possible mechanism by which an evolutionary path is decided. We engage in artificial selection all the time and there's nothing natural about it.

Comment: Re:Clarification on ID (Score 1) 650

by kuzb (#48264905) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

No, that's not what it's defined as at all. See:

"Intelligent design (ID) is the pseudoscientific view that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.""

Comment: I suppose it's progress (Score 1) 650

by kuzb (#48264875) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

"Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they "require it.""

No, they don't require an intelligence at all. They require appropriate conditions are met. Those conditions do not necessarily imply an intelligence.

It's like one form of stupid is solved just to make way for another.

Comment: Their views don't hold up, so why is it a problem? (Score 1) 986

by kuzb (#48245447) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

This is a perfect opportunity to actually correct ignorance through debate. You go to these things and then pose the hard questions - the ones their theories can't account for, or only have fantastical answers with no basis in fact. Any time someone with a broken theory decides to showcase it in the face of solid science he's doing the world a favour by providing an opportunity for those who know better to show everyone why it's broken.

The absolute worst thing that could happen is that a creationist conference could be held in a place that is absent of any opposing view. It's much easier to convince someone that your opinion is right when nobody is opposing it.

Comment: Big fucking deal. (Score 0) 422

by kuzb (#48182065) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

No really - have you actually looked at how helpless and broken most people are in their late 70s to early 80s? Why would anyone want to keep going? Why would anyone want to reduce the pleasure they get out of life in their prime to allow themselves to keep living after life ceases to be worth living?

Frankly, if I could just die at age 70 before my mind turns to shit and I can't control my bodily functions I'll be happy. Living for an extra 10+ years in the shadow of what you once were is not living. It's a cruel form of torture.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 305

by kuzb (#48169387) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

I really don't get the start menu love. The search feature is actually very quick and accurate once you start using it. Perhaps I'm not like other people, but when I go to run a program I already know what I want to run so it's easier to just start typing the name of the program than it is to navigate some legendary list of programs.

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