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Sat Apr 25

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btresist replied to the Climate Change board. 10:09 PM

Re: Getting to the bottom of the fraud

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has enlisted an international team of five distinguished scientists to carry out a full inquiry into just how far these manipulations of the data may have distorted our picture of what is really [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 6:49 PM

Re: How to build a worm

I prefer reductionism. All the ingredients are accounted for. In emergence, an extra or additional attribute is added. A tornado, for example, is something more than air pressure and wind speed. If it's not, then there is no emergence that can't [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 6:40 PM

Re: How to build a worm

But it seems just as far-fetched as all the air in the room suddenly moving to one corner so you can't breath. The possibility is non-zero, especially in a multiverse with who-knows-how-many rooms. But it's still pretty close to [more]

Fri Apr 24

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 4:40 PM

Re: How to build a worm

The laws of probability are not suspended. But some events are so improbable that they are, effectively, impossible even in a vast universe. I can't say "absolutely impossible". Just as I can't say "absolutely no chance of a [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:15 PM

Re: How to build a worm

IMO, vastness does not imply inevitability. I can't say "impossible", but I feel quite safe wagering against it.

Don't think that is a particularly good example as the distribution of gas molecules is not strictly [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 11:22 AM

Re: How to build a worm

So, in arm chair layman terms, if we make some assumptions, and let the universe expand to a point that it is no longer fit for matter, let alone us, a vacuum cleaner may pop into existence. My apologies. I'm a pragmatist. Technically, you are [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:27 AM

Re: How to build a worm

I do. However, we also know that there are many things in quantum mechanics that truly are unpredictable. They are random. Assuming that was already at work after the first few seconds(??) of Event One, things were not yet deterministic. You need [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:04 AM

Re: How to build a worm

Please show me a real example of something infinite in the physical universe.

Can't really help you there. Stuff could be infinite but difficult to prove. Perhaps it will help to rephrase my assertion to: "Given sufficient time [more]

Thu Apr 23

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:52 PM

Re: How to build a worm

Quit trying to insult Nigel by comparing him to me, he doesn't deserve that ;-)

Not trying to insult either one of you, though it may appear that way. We all have our mindsets, ways of looking at the world and assessing knowledge. I [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:34 PM

Re: How to build a worm

Well, it started as a bunch of dissociated subatomic particles (perhaps a "quark gluon plasma").

Whose model is that? Most see the Big Bang as a singularity, when all the mass/energy and spacetime of our universe were [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:42 AM

Re: How to build a worm

but I'm not a big fan of intuition, either, so from where I'm sitting, it's common sense observation...The current view is the universe is finite. The current view is that time and matter do not become infinite in a black hole, physical [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 7:37 AM

Re: How to build a worm

But at some point in the distant past chickens have a single-celled ancestor.

Well, if we are going to time travel, that single-celled ancestor could only have arisen in an anthropic universe. How simple/complex is an anthropic [more]

Wed Apr 22

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 4:05 PM

Re: How to build a worm

Why is that a bad thing? The worst that could happen is a different understanding that may or may not be more accurate than what we have right now.

It is not a bad thing. If you look at my posting history I've advocated all sorts of [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 2:30 PM

Re: How to build a worm

Infinity is a very big factor contributing to my intransigence about math being discovered.

Keep in mind that probability is defined mathematically and impossibility is determined logically. If both these are subjective, then you [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 1:41 PM

Re: How to build a worm

Yes, it can go the other way too. But in general only after the complexity had arisen previously (i.e. was not spontaneous).

But all the examples take place in a quantum mechanical multiverse. In effect, you are always beginning with [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:19 AM

Re: How to build a worm

What about the formation of stars, planets, and galaxies from simple space dust and debris?

It all occurs as dictated by the complex set of pre-existing natural laws. And note that when stars go nova, one goes from complex to [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:02 AM

Re: How to build a worm

What currently holds the record as morphologically simplest metazoan (animal) is something called placozoa. It is small (up to 3mm if squished) and poorly differentiated, with a grand total of four different cell types. [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:22 AM

Re: How to build a worm

Complexity arises from simplicity, it doesn't just happen,

This isn't really true. In evolution, simplicity often arises from complexity. The simple parasitic worm that Loren describes may have arose from a more complex free-living [more]

Tue Apr 21

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 3:48 PM

Re: How to build a worm

"Evolution predicts junk DNA, so the discovery of junk confirms evolution" vs "Evolution predicts function for DNA, so the fact that this turns out not to be junk is expected".

You can cherry pick examples all you [more]

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btresist replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 1:35 PM

Re: How to build a worm

It is not plausible to me. You fault me for asking for proof of things that so far have just been assumed. I see no reason to just accept it blindly. For me, evolution only has the power to do what it has been shown to be able to do. I am a [more]

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