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Comment: Re:40 years and I still can't solve it (Score 2) 105

by datastew (#47038709) Attached to: Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

I can solve it, and I can say for sure that if you only rotate one edge piece, the whole puzzle will be unsolvable.

Back in grade school, I used to solve people's cubes for them. When I got to the point where it was solved except for the unsolvable part, it would be obvious what had happened. I would show them where they pieces or stickers had been changed and offer to change it back for them.

Comment: Re:Energy density. (Score 1) 734

by kwerle (#46049319) Attached to: Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

Lets say i relocate cross country.
I can fill up at any gasoline station.
I am completely shit out of luck with a Tesla.

No doubt.

And believe it or not, people still do relocate. Or go on a road trip, or vacation or visit families.
So unless there are countless charging stations nationwide or a program to swap out batteries when they're almost out of charge, it's not going to replace a gasoline engine anytime soon.

From the article:

This was an amazing 15,000 mile Road Trip, we caught up with friends and family, met some intriguing people and saw a bit of America along with some really spectacular roadside kitsch, ticking loads of stuff off our bucket list. All the while, we drove the Model S without compromise, never running out of battery, we always found a place to charge, even in rural America. Now I completely disregard range anxiety as an unnecessary fear.

Or maybe not.

Yeah, this is basically an ad. But clearly, relocating is possible and road trips can be done. If you're worried, use a rental for the trip. Hell, maybe you want something bigger for camping/relocating, anyway. Cars can be shipped.

Comment: Re:Now I need a new thermostat... (Score 1) 257

by kwerle (#45945799) Attached to: Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Unless Google WONT be using the temperature I set it at for marketing purposes. I get enough robo-calls about solar, heating, etc as it is.

Really? I added myself to the do not call registry and no longer get any.

In addition, I mostly use google voice - which means that a lot of political calls go straight to spam instead of connecting to me, too. Thank you, google, for plugging the political loophole on the registry...


Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 611

by kwerle (#45861957) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Physical and spiritual death (not cell death which the ancients wouldn't even know about) is the result of sin. There was no sin prior to the fall. In the genesis account God sees that what he created was good on each day.

OK - we're getting pretty deep, here. But let's roll with it.

Evolution through natural selection involves competition and killing. You can't have evolution without something dying.

There are two parts to the equation. The first part is reproducing. The second part is dying. It certainly seems possible to have mutation and variation in reproduction without supposing death. Death just adds the second part, and you're off to the races.

Really, though, there is no mention of reproduction before the fall - seems entirely possible for god to add both at the same time.

I really don't see an issue.

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 611

by kwerle (#45861835) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Die out? No. But, whence comes the current genetic diversity of humans, if not Adam and Eve?

Mutation happens. See also evolution.

Well, yes, actually, they would die out, but not from inherent genetic flaw, so much as the first disease that came along and took advantage of the monoculture.

I guess there are a couple of reasons this doesn't happen (see also every disease that one culture introduced to another):
* The strong survive
* If a disease wiped out an entire species, it doesn't bode well for the disease

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 611

by kwerle (#45857675) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Just for argument's sake -

... If evolutionary theory is true, there were no physical Adam and Eve...

that doesn't follow. If there were an Adam and Eve, there's no reason for evolution to be invalid. It's always seemed obvious to me:
* Suppose there was an Adam and Eve.
* Suppose that evolution is a real thing.

There ya go.

So who were Adam and Eves' parents?

In any creation myth I know, Man1 and Woman1 were created by god[s]. The mechanism varies.

What does that have to do with whether or not evolution is a real thing, today? Don't argue creation, you can not win, and it really does not matter. You *can not* prove that god *does not* exist. Take a deep breath and repeat after me (from the first paragraph on Wikipedia - the second paragraph is crap that religious folks may or may not disagree with, but which *does not matter* - the rest of the article is good science):

Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.

That's it. Done. Basic science. There are plenty of young world issues - the answer to which is always "because that's how god made it." Freakin cope with it, already - either you believe that or you don't.

The question before us is:
Why does shit happen?
The answer is:
Because science.

The question NOT before us is:
Why does science happen?
Because the answer to that could be
* Because god.
* Because.

It's a fine argument to have, but it has shit-all to do with evolution.

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 611

by kwerle (#45857353) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

he'd have to explain why he didn't create immortality for his pet project

A couple of counters, either of which should do, and none of which has anything to do with evolution:

* He did create it - just not on this earth. That's kind of the point.
* I can think of no reason why the existence of god would require living immortality. What's wrong with evolution?

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 611

by kwerle (#45854031) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Adam and Eve = insignificant genetic diversity. Unless, of course, 'God did it.'

Which, of course, is the case.

And besides, do you really think that a species would die out even if the 'original two' were identical except for a single chromosome? I mean - I guess it could happen if they both had tremendously detrimental genes, but let's give the almighty the benefit of the doubt and suppose that he started with a strong breeding pair.

The other question is, 'The Bible lays out a fairly clear timeline of where humanity was. Explain Chinese people. And Australians. And Africans. And, well, everybody else outside of the Middle East.'


And that's all there is to it. Done.

But if we want to be pedantic (and that's why we're here, right?), practically none of any of this has anything to do with whether or not evolution is a real thing. So... done.

Trying to change someone's mind about a belief (this is how things happened - look, evidence vs. this is how things happened - look, religious belief) is nonsense.

Trying to change someone's mind about something observable and predictable is worthwhile.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.