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Comment Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (Score 1) 149

Are you saying that this data proves that chimpanzees and humans do not have a common ancestor?

I was talking more about the anthropoligical effects of not being able to speak. And that it's rather arrogant to say that the great apes and the homo species do not have quite a bit in common.

I have no idea what you think your point is. Possibly because your IQ of 500 is so much greater than my mere 156.

Comment Re:also (Score 1) 289

"What in modern physics (I assume you refer to the Big Bang theory?) describes gravity as "making decisions"?"

Nothing in modern physics- which is why I say Stephen Hawking has moved beyond physics and into philosophy.

"I mean, you could possibly interpret it that way, but it would be as meaningful as saying that things fall down "because gravity decides so"."

Yep. In other words, a philosophic explanation for the anthropic constants being what they are is because "Gravity made them so" is philosophically equivalent to "God made them so". It doesn't remove the need for a personality designing and creating those constants; it merely reassigns that personality from God to Gravity.

And that's why I say Stephen Hawking is a bad philosopher, no matter how brilliant his physics are.

Comment Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (Score 3, Insightful) 149

Actually, I'm autistic myself, high functioning. But I'd say all homo sapiens are little more than apes- about 4% of our DNA is different. Part of that 4% is the power of verbal coherent speech, so yes, low functioning autistics are a bit closer to apes than the rest of humanity, in that neither apes nor low functioning autistics have verbal speech ability.
Much has been proven that apes are a LOT closer to us than some people would like to believe.

Comment Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (Score 1) 149

I know a young autistic man- age 22- 3 verbal words in his vocabulary- who uses a PICS-to-Speech synthesizer program on his IPAD to communicate. I don't have any video of him however. I will try to remember, next time I see him, to take some on my phone and upload to Youtube for the next time this debate comes up.

He's like my special needs son- "facilitating" him on his pad would be impossible, unless all you want him to click is "no dad". Heck, at 22, he's larger and more muscular than his father- getting him to do ANYTHING he doesn't want to do is next to impossible.

TYPING, on the other hand, I largely agree with you. PICS to speech is easy, especially for those who have already been using the cardboard version of PICS in school - tap on the little picture and it says a word. Tap on the lunch folder, then the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then the glass of milk, and the computer says "Lunch SandwichPBJ Milk". Makes for awfully choppy sentences, usually full of nouns with few verbs. My special needs son, when he types, what he types has even less meaning in English than what he says.

It's not much good beyond "what do you want for lunch?" type questions. And it's NOT going to "unlock hidden creativity".

Comment Re:also (Score 1) 289

I'm basing it on _New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy_ by Robert Spitzer, not my own work. He goes into some detail about where cosmology in general fails as a philosophy- and why physicists should stick to physics.

http://www.amazon.com/New-Proofs-Existence-God-Contributions/dp/0802863833

Comment Re:You know... (Score 1) 289

"Lack of documentation doesn't mean it's necessarily poorly designed."

It just means utterly unmaintainable after about 3 months.

" And I'm not talking about something that fits on a wheelchair. Think entire industrial plants."

Yep. I've seen entire industrial plants needing to be scrapped and re-engineered from scratch for exactly this reason.

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