Aside from the question of the status of the issue, what's the status of the discourse? Are we talking about the role that skepticism plays in science? The basic premise of falsifiability? The relationships between theory and observation? The triad of induction, abduction, and deduction that Pierce wrote about? Has slashdot taken a look at the mathematical and computer models involved with various predictions? Or are we throwing rhetorical rocks at one another and angling for the cheap shot?
To address this, and to stir the pot some, I've written a blog article critiquing the current level of debate. I believe the level of debate sucks — it's more like a drunken european crowd at a soccer game than a bunch of science-minded analytical geeks. We can do better than that."
If this passes will we one day be able to train as co-pilots on the living room couch in our underwear on our brand new Nintendo Ding-A-Ling?
On a more serious note, will this be safe? As the article states, co-pilots perform many of the same tasks as pilots. One of my friends is a commercial pilot. Back when he was a co-pilot, flying from California to Hawaii, he used to tell me that he and the Captain would switch off on flying the plane. One would fly to Hawaii, and the other would fly back to California. Now before the flamers get started, please recognize that this is anecdotal and that I doubt that it was as simple as I just stated. Still it makes me wonder."