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Comment: Craft recovery? (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by thegameiam (#49750035) Attached to: India Targets July/August To Test Its Space Shuttle

I'm very surprised that they wouldn't be at least planning to recover the craft - that would give them all sorts of validation about the actual impact (heh) of launch and re-entry, and could help them get to the next iteration faster. I assume they know what they're doing, but TFA didn't include anything approaching a reason for not attempting recovery.

Comment: Re:"Born atheist" quite a leap (Score 1) 531

by thegameiam (#49140759) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I confess the possibility of misunderstanding. However, when I've had multiple Atheists assert that belief in God is {foolhardy, evil, insert_negative_emotion}, that does seem to be a parsimonious explanation.

I do not think that Dawkins' formulation of the existence of God as a scientific proposition makes much sense, and it's an example of over-scientification of matters of philosophy - he fails to account for the idea of undecidable propositions (the existence of God being among them). Dawkins is actually a good example of someone who makes a bunch of attacks on Theism (cf the title of his book), when if it is merely a matter of him personally not having a belief, why would he care so much? Further, the spectrum displays a profound ignorance of religious people - doubt is a normal part of the religious experience, and he denies that sincerely religious people experience doubt (that is, the expressions of typical religious people would have a lot more degrees between his "1" and his "2"). .

Comment: Re:"Born atheist" quite a leap (Score 1) 531

by thegameiam (#49140549) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I have a conviction that there are no such bunnies, due to lack of atmosphere.

I take it that you don't study much philosophy or theory of knowledge - there is a gigantic conceptual difference between "absence of evidence of X" and "evidence of absence of X". In code terms, it's the difference between an as-yet-undeclared variable and a variable set to (null).

Comment: Re:"Born atheist" quite a leap (Score 2) 531

by thegameiam (#49139669) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Atheism is an absence of belief, not a belief in absence. Few people who self-identify as "atheist" have an affirmative belief/faith in the non-existence of a deities. Atheism is just the default position of an absence of belief through faith. It doesn't require "proof" of anything.

This doesn't describe most of the Atheists I've met, who affirmatively proclaim the non-existence of God(s). Perhaps a differentiation could be made between "atheists" and "Atheists" - the former would be as you describe, and the latter would describe a person who expresses a conviction that there is *not* a God.

Comment: Re:So who's going to buy them? (Score 1) 294

by thegameiam (#48999421) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

The solution is remarkably simple: require the minimum wage be more closely matched to the cost of living. Miraculously, anyone who is working is earning enough to not require assistance, saving tax dollars.

You do realize that raising the minimum wage has consequences on small businesses, right? Take a look at Borderlands Books in SF, which is now closing because they can't afford the increase.

If anything, increasing the minimum wage will speed the consolidation of small businesses into a smaller number of larger ones, because Wal-Mart is more able to absorb increased costs than Bob's house of whatever is.

Comment: Re:Parents (Score 1) 784

by thegameiam (#48829717) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

The sad thing is that this probably happened in a mid-level neighborhood. If it was a poor slum the police wouldn't care if the kids walked 5 miles under snow and surrounded by gang members.

I know the neighborhood. It's quite nice: houses are around $600,000-$2M. It went through a rough period about 15 years ago, but it's benefited tremendously from the increased wealth in Washington.

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor

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