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  1. James R

    Intelligent design redux

    Take it to a new thread. Be sure to give your opinions and the reasons you hold those opinions when you do that, because this is potentially a hot-button topic and you wouldn't want people to assume you're trolling, would you?
  2. James R

    Presidential predictions for 2024?

    Are you an American who is eligible to vote? Who do you plan on voting for in the presidential race? Or are you not planning to vote? Maybe. What would that consist of, exactly?
  3. James R

    Write4U's wobbly world of word salad woo

    Write4U: The universe isn't expanding into anything. There's no "outside" of the universe. I don't care, unless you can explain why it proposes that and what justification is given for it. Can you? Do I have a problem when a mathematician uses the words "value of a variable" to refer...
  4. James R

    Shooting at Trump rally

    Well, there's your mistake, right there. People who try to assassinate Presidents tend to be an exception to your rule about usually seeking to enjoy it. There, you've learned something new. Let's move on.
  5. James R

    Intelligent design redux

    billvon explained to Trek how a series of small changes over a very long time period can add up to big changes. The example he gave wasn't hard to understand. A small amount of rain can carve out a small gully in your front yard. Repeated rain over millions of years can carve out the Grand...
  6. James R

    Intelligent design redux

    You claim to have a grandson. But think about it from my perspective. I haven't seen any evidence that this grandson exists, other than your written claim that he exists. So, while you might have some very good reasons to believe in your grandson's existence, I have very little to go on at this...
  7. James R

    Florida man claims a plesiosaur killed his friends. His son is interviewed

    How do you know? (PM me if you prefer not to answer in the public thread.)
  8. James R

    Alien contact..

    I'd be excited, first and foremost. Depending on the nature of the contact I might also be worried, or even scared. Or I might be very happy. The premise of your hypothetical is that there is real alien contact between us and some aliens. I assume you mean proper, verified contact, not another...
  9. James R

    UFOs (UAPs): Explanations?

    Erm... what? How does the mere existence of two conflicting reports "confirm" the one you prefer to believe? Especially given that the military report is the more comprehensive of the two by quite some margin.
  10. James R

    Shooting at Trump rally

    Usually. Okay. So what? What's your data source for this conclusion? There's an extensive investigation going on right now that is expected to take several months, at least. The motives of the shooter might be speculative now, but you shouldn't jump to the conclusion that they will remain so...
  11. James R

    Shooting at Trump rally

    As you will recall, you introduced the whole concept of enjoyment into this discussion, not me. I helpfully pointed out to you that enjoyment is not the aim. Which is why I didn't say it was when I explained a common motive for shooting Presidents. Rather than getting all snappy with me...
  12. James R

    Intelligent design redux

    Moderator note: Trek has been warned for telling lies. It is utterly implausible that Trek can be across concepts like "micro-" and "macro-evolution" (terms, by the way, that are typically only used by indoctrinated Creationists) and yet somehow can't understand the concept that erosion over...
  13. James R

    Intelligent design redux

    You're saying God is an "object of belief" that you don't believe exists, then? I think you're a bit confused. The God which you don't believe exists, but which you believe in? It sounds like a person has to be very confused to qualify as a proper theist.
  14. James R

    Write4U's wobbly world of word salad woo

    Who says it can? You? Where's your maths? You're the "everything is maths" guy, so why don't we ever see any maths from you? If we can't, why are you claiming the universe is toroidal? Just a guess? A fantasy? No. It is not. Word salad. As we have established in previous conversations...
  15. James R

    Write4U's wobbly world of word salad woo

    What is that supposed to mean? There's no such thing as "pure energy". Energy isn't a substance. It can't be "pure" or "adulterated". The rest is just word salad. Meaningless. That, also, means nothing, as we have established in previous discussions. Likening the earth's atmosphere to an...
  16. James R

    Write4U's wobbly world of word salad woo

    It's pure, unadulterated pseudoscientific nonsense.
  17. James R

    Write4U's wobbly world of word salad woo

    You didn't take in anything I said to you, did you? You have utterly failed to engage with the point of my post, which I thought I made quite clear. I even referenced examples from your posts. In response, you managed too irrelevant lines of text, neither of which address my objection to your...
  18. James R

    Presidential predictions for 2024?

    Just a civil court that proved it. Methinks you are splitting hairs because you're partial to the rapist, or because you want to excuse him because you like his "policies", shallow as they are. Oh no! Clearly you're not trying to condone his behaviour. Rather, you just want to ignore it -...
  19. James R

    Presidential predictions for 2024?

    Yazata, Wow. It sounds like you've really drunk the Republican kool aid. This sounds like it came straight from Fox News. The US economy isn't in "stagflation". On many measures, it is doing quite well. I'm not sure what particular "crime" and "riots" you're thinking about, if it's anything...
  20. James R

    Presidential predictions for 2024?

    The standard in civil matters is "on a balance of probabilities", which sounds to me like a higher standard than a mere "propensity of evidence". But I'm not sure exactly what you have in mind. "Balance of probabilities", to my mind, means "greater than 50% chance". As in: a court found that...
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