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Comment Re:What People Mean by 'Evolution' (Score 1) 556

Nonsense. The problem with origin of life research is precisely the opposite: not that there is no plausible scenario, but instead that there are far far too many possibilities that we do not know enough about to rule out this or that one. Legitimate science lies in trying to learn more and nail down information that can help us figure out what is and isn't plausible. But simply declaring that its impossible isn't based on anything: it's an empty, pragmatically unprovable claim.

Darwin speculated about "warm ponds" in a private letter, not in his major published works. If you knew anything about his actual work, its scope, and so forth, you'd see that any claim that his theory rested on or required abiogenesis is pure nonsense. The origin of a hereditary metabolism is a very different sort of thing than the evolution of a hereditary metabolism, involving very different sorts of processes.

Submission + - Houston, We Have a Drinking Problem (hughpickens.com)

Pcol writes: "Aviation Week reports that astronauts were allowed to fly on at least two occasions after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk. A review panel, convened in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest to review astronaut medical and psychological screening, also reported "heavy use of alcohol" by astronauts before launch, within the standard 12-hour "bottle to throttle" rule applied to NASA flight crew members. Dr. Jonathan Clark, a former NASA flight surgeon, says it's a tradition for crew members to gather for a barbecue on the eve of a shuttle launch, and these gatherings sometimes include alcohol and a toast but that the greater problem is that preparation before a flight can leave astronauts sleep-deprived and overworked. Meanwhile at Frenchie's Italian Restaurant, a popular astronaut hangout in Houston, owner Frankie Camera disputed the reports. "The Mercury astronauts may have been a little more wild (than later ones) but I did banquets for them and never really saw any of them drink so much they were out of control or drunk.""

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten