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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:49 PM
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Poll question: Is the belief in theoretical science a prerequisite for being a liberal?
Or is it alright to maintain a healthy skepticism regarding theories purporting to explain the observed through the unobserved, be they biblical, scientific, or otherwise?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:50 PM
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1. No, but it should be a prereq to graduate high school.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:51 PM
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2. What about graduating college, though?
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 09:52 PM by BullGooseLoony
Should you then have to switch over to the healthy skepticism? That's where I picked mine up.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:52 PM
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3. Nope, too late. Get it in HS and NEVER lose it.
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 09:54 PM by BlueEyedSon
Are you saying that it's OK to reject it at some point?

Maybe gravity will stop working if you concentrate hard enough.....
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:54 PM
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5. ????
Are you saying two different things there?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:59 PM
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11. I guess you are. Sorry if my reply is confusing.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:03 PM
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17. K, after your third edit-
The phenomenon of gravity is clearly observable.

The explanation behind it, though, is theory.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:13 PM
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27. Your understanding of science is weak.
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 10:15 PM by BlueEyedSon
What is the "theory" behind gravity?

On edit: what the f*&k is "theoretical science"? Strings with 11 dimensions? Atoms with nuclei? Evolution? The red shift?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:15 PM
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31. That space is bent.
I'm not talking equations, here, which come from observable data, I'm talking about the theoretical EXPLANATION for the observable phenomenon of gravity.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:18 PM
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34. Which is???
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:31 PM
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54. I just said it...space is bent by matter,
and that creates a dimensional "vacuum" which attracts matter to itself, like a marble circling around a hyperbolic plane.

Or is that close enough to what Einstein said? Did you have another theory?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:44 PM
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60. No, not a vacuum.
The "bending" you describe is a way to for us 3-D people to VISUALIZE the effect mass has on the 4-dimensional space-time continuum. Is something actually BENT? Who is to say? We can't "see" in 4-D, but all the predictions are accurate to 1 part in a million. That is the point, the "reality" if you will, of Einstein's General Relativity. Most physicists agree that this so-called theory is "proved" and could be called a FACT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity

So what is "theoretical science"?

Maybe there is room for "theoretical theology." For example: we know there is a supreme being, we know he/she created the universe, but we are still unsure how he/she feels about gays/abortions/atheists.....

:)
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:53 PM
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63. I didn't mean a literal vacuum...
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 10:56 PM by BullGooseLoony
That's why I put it in quotes, and had "dimensional" before it.

Yes, I understand the theory. How someone would go about matching it up with the observable numbers to justify it, I have no idea.

And theology is even more bullshit than theoretical science. At least science TRIES to use observable phenomena (although they always have to throw that unobservable stuff in there for their explanations- funny similarity).
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:54 PM
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64. They did, they do, they match. End of story.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:58 PM
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66. Uh huh- and how did it match up with electromagnetism? nt
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:09 PM
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74. Just fine. Were not talking unified field theories here.
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:40 PM by BlueEyedSon
But photons (light waves), the gauge bosons of electromagnetism, are bent by gravity AS IF space itself was warped. This is a consequence of the equivalence of gravity and acceleration plus the constraints of Special Relativity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauge_boson
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:10 PM
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76. If you can't unify them, they don't match up.
You're dealing with two different systems. How is that possible, in this one universe?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:14 PM
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78. I offer no theory. Is that the theory you wish to oppose?
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:14 PM by BlueEyedSon
Sheesh.

Like I suggested earlier, you don't really "get" science, do you?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:18 PM
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80. I'm just asking how two seemingly different systems
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:18 PM by BullGooseLoony
can come from one universe.

I don't think that's an unfair question.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:24 PM
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84. Humans have managed to "unify" the mathematics of ALL THE FORCES
except for gravity.

We are uniquely gifted to understand our universe. Maybe it's evolution, maybe it's divine, maybe it's a tautology (we're from here, so....).

But it will happen.

Because it hasn't happened YET, does that invalidate all the science up to 2005? Does it invalidate the scientific method? Does it invalidate human reason?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:27 PM
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87. If reasoning is contradicting itself, there's nothing wrong with reason...
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:27 PM by BullGooseLoony
There's something wrong with the reasonING.

Somebody fucked up. Back to the drawing board.

Maybe stop it with the unobservable stuff this time around....
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:28 PM
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89. This thread just jumped the shark for me.
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:29 PM
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90. LOL n/t
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latteromden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:35 PM
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56. Thaaaanks.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:54 PM
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4. It depends on what you mean by a belief in theoretical science
For example, one could believe in the power of science to answer scientific questions, while believing it had no power to answer theological questions.

Or let me put it another way, does the belief in theoretical science preclude a belief in God or in a creation (wether through mystical means or scientific methods)?

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:55 PM
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6. No, it would not preclude a belief in God.
I'm asking, basically, do you have to believe in electrons, as described in physics and chemistry books, or other theoretical elements of science, to be a liberal?
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:57 PM
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9. Yes, IMHO.
It should also be a prerequisite for using a computer and reading this post.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:00 PM
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12. Why? nt
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:00 PM
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13. Because using computers without believing in electrons...
is like using an hourglass without believing in sand.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:01 PM
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14. But...you can see the sand.
Where are these electrons that you speak of?

Never seen one.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:06 PM
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20. No, you're seeing photons that reflect off of the sand.
You're also seeing photons emitted from phosphors which are being activated by electrons.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:08 PM
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23. Photons...
So, to see a photon, does a photon have to reflect off of another photon?

What does a photon look like? And, if I'm looking at photons, why am I seeing sand?

You're confusing me.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:15 PM
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30. No, there are numerous ways to detect photons.
CCDs, electron multiplyer tubes, etc.

What's happening is, photons are reflecting off of the surface of the sand, traveling to the back of your eye, hitting a receptor, where it increases the energy of an electron from a pi-bonding orbital to a pi-anti bonding orbital of a very specific molecule, this triggers a stereochemical change of said molecule, which triggers a cascade chemical reaction which leads ultimately to your brain, where you interpret it as "a grain of sand."

All very much verifiable through scientific experiments, and recored in peer-reviewed scientific journals which is far more reliable than "what my friends tell me."
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:18 PM
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35. I know the theory...
But here you're talking about this thing that's never been seen. And I don't understand how you can vouch for its existence, and all of its attributes, when you've never seen it.

You can show me all the gadgets that "pick up" photons all you want (the eye, supposedly, being one of them), but you still haven't shown me a photon. You're just showing me a gadget being affected in some way, no matter how consistently, given certain conditions.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:21 PM
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40. That's because I don't have to see something to believe it's real.
I believe in germs because science has proven their existence, not because I can see them. I believe in electrons because science has proven their existence. If I were blind, I'd still believe in the moon, even though I couldn't see it.

What's so special about the sense of sight anyway?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:23 PM
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43. Germs are observable.
It's not just sight, in any case- it's some form of sense.

I can feel air, I know it exists, even though I can't see it.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:25 PM
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46. You need a microscope.
That's crazy voodoo, that is.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:27 PM
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50. No, it's not.
You're trying to distort my argument.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:29 PM
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52. That is your argument.
You're using it against electron microscopes, and tunneling microscopes, it's just as valid against optical microscopes.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:33 PM
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55. No, it's not- because
the light is not being electronically translated. It's just being "bent" (---in theory :P).

Optical microscopes are obviously fine. They can be checked for validity with the naked eye.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:19 PM
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36. Technically you don't even see photons
What you actually experience is your brain recreating the image the senses have detected. What we experience is a momentary lagged replication of reality. And its not even an absolutely accurate replication.

Just being technical.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:17 PM
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33. As I said earlier, no, but it should be a prereq to graduate high school.
After that, you may choose class warfare, greed, racism, narcissism, global hegemony, manifest destiny, etc.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:22 PM
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41. I think you should know the theory.
But, believe in it as if it's been proven to you beyond the shadow of a doubt?

Not even close.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:23 PM
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42. Define "theory." Then we may get somewhere.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:56 PM
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7. Go to church to address your theological issues.
Go to school for everything else.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:13 PM
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26. Studying philosophy helps with them, too,
if you don't want to just take people's words for things.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:56 PM
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8. You mean belief in evolution?
That's a prerequisite for being intelligent.

And being intelligent is a prerequisite for being a liberal, IMHO.

Our are you talking about real theoretical science, like String theory, or something?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 09:59 PM
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10. Yes, string theory would be an excellent example.
I'm talking about theoretical science, which for the most part doesn't include biology (until you get to an unobservable molecular level).
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:02 PM
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16. Molecules are observable.
But are you saying something has to be directly observable to be confirmed to exist?

If you were blind would you question the existence of the moon?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:05 PM
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19. Molecules aren't directly observable.
You have to use a separate medium to translate them into an observable form.

And, yes, if I was blind I'd believe in the moon because I'm sure that my friends would vouch for its existence.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:07 PM
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22. And optical microscopes use different mediums...
i.e. glass lens to look at cells.

Do you believe in cells?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:10 PM
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24. Yes, but those aren't electronic.
Lenses are clearly perfectly acceptable mediums for translation.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:15 PM
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32. So are electron microscopes.
Or atomic force microscopes, or scanning tunnelling microscopes.
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Undercover Owl Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:01 PM
Response to Reply #8
15. I disagree.
Being intelligent is absolutely not a prerequisite to being a liberal. Some people were raised liberal, and they just accept what their parents told them. I have known a few liberals who aren't very bright.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:03 PM
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18. Are we asking what should be or what is?
IMHO, you can't support the death penalty and be a Christian. There are however, plenty of Christians who support the death penalty.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:21 PM
Response to Reply #18
39. I would go further and say that a Christian could not support war.
Yet many do.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #39
48. Well, I could have gone on.
But I was just using that as an example.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #48
49. NP. nt
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:06 PM
Response to Reply #15
21. That wasn't the question.
Since when is being skeptical stupid?

And don't tell me that you've worked out all of the math yourself that brings you to the conclusion that string theory is true....
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Undercover Owl Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:12 PM
Response to Reply #21
25. were you replying to me?
if you are I don't understand
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:14 PM
Response to Reply #25
29. Well, I guess I'm replying to both
of you.

I'm just saying that being skeptical of theoretical science is the farthest thing from stupid there is.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:19 PM
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37. Since when is being skeptical stupid?
I suppose whenever you're skeptical of something that's been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. When can you tell when something has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt? That's what an education is for.

As for string theory, it hasn't been proven beyond the shadow of the doubt. That's why many people are skeptical about it. As for doing the math yourself, neither have you, so why be either accepting or skeptical about it?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #37
47. The existence of things such as electrons
and protons and such has not been proven anywhere near beyond a shadow of a doubt.

It's all just a theoretical explanation- perhaps the best we have. But it's not very likely that these theories we're working with will never change, because they always do.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:29 PM
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51. Oh, yes they have.
One has to resort to ridiculous arguments in order to argue against their existence.

You might as well argue that England doesn't exist because you've never been their and anybody or anything that says otherwise is all part of an elaborate practical joke.

Or that the holocaust never happened.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:37 PM
Response to Reply #51
57. Nowhere near the same thing.
At all.

People have seen England, even if I haven't been there. And they saw the holocaust. They SAW them- they didn't come up with them as an unobservable idea and then go about proving their existence through indirect experiments.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:38 PM
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58. They're lying.
Just like those phony indirect experiments.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:42 PM
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59. Now THAT'S ridiculous.
And, dude, I'm not really against indirect experiments- I'm just saying that they're not showing the existence of anything.

I'm sorry, man, I just haven't seen an electron, or a photon, or a tachyon, or a neutrino, or any of this other stuff.

Again, though, that's not to say that we can't make use of the theory for practical purposes- they clearly work (except when they don't). I'm just saying I've never seen one, personally.

Yeah, it's crazy, I know.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:45 PM
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61. Indirect experiments vs. eye witness testimony.
I'd take indirect double-blind, reproducible experiments over eye witness testimony everytime.

And I'd sooner accept holocaust denial over electron denial, not that I'd ever deny either.

If you're just waxing philosophical, that's fine. If you actually doubt the existence of electrons, I recommend some remedial science coursex.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:48 PM
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62. The reliability of eye-witness testimony depends on the
nature of what they're reporting (i.e. "miracles" are highly unlikely to be true, by definition) and the number of people reporting it.

I take the assertion that England exists much more seriously than electrons.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:14 PM
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28. Yes
You have to be somewhat rational to be a liberal, and rational people believe in theoretical science. You can still believe that an unobserved power (God) created the observed -- but you need to believe that the unobserved power created a rational, observed realm, which is the realm observed by science.

You can also believe that there are unobserved phenomena that are not subject to the theories of science. Love, for example, is an unobserved phenomena from the point of view of theoretical science. Observed phenomena, such as physical reactions to the presence of a loved one, blushing, for instance, are, however, related to love and are subject to theoretical science.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:20 PM
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38. I'm really not talking about God, here.
The skepticism should follow that belief, too.

I think it's odd, though, that people can say that you have to believe in something you've never even seen in order to be "rational."
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Undercover Owl Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:24 PM
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44. Bull Goose Loony: I think you misunderstood me.
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 10:26 PM by Undercover Owl
Where did I suggest being skeptical has anything to do with being unintelligent?

I'm just saying some people were lucky enough to be raised with liberal values, even if they aren't lucky enough to have brains.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:24 PM
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45. Look, the answer must be "no" because 97% of Americans don't
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 10:25 PM by BlueEyedSon
even UNDERSTAND science.

But about 50% are liberal.
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:31 PM
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53. something else
I like your healthy skepticism comment better. I think it helps keep one open-minded to new ideas to be skeptical about almost everything.
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:58 PM
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65. Do you believe that the earth is 6,000-odd years old? n/t
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 10:59 PM
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67. NO, GODDAMMIT.
This is fucking ridiculous.

Do you think it's impossible for someone to be skeptical of ALL unproved assertions?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:01 PM
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69. I have direct evidence that the Earth might be as young as 45 years old
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:01 PM by BlueEyedSon
Just TRY and prove otherwise!

:)
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:04 PM
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72. My grandfather was here 85 years ago.
And he says his mom was here even longer.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:11 PM
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77. That's HIS story.
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:13 PM by BlueEyedSon
:)

Maybe I'll give you that, but you cant prove it's over 150.

But maybe all existence came into being yesterday, complete with all our memories implanted in our heads. God works in mysterious ways. Now what?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:21 PM
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83. Now you're just being irrational.
Cartesian arguments confront existence directly. I'm not doing that. It's irrational.

As far as history, well, you know, probably a lot of it ISN'T true LOL. What is, what isn't...well, I don't know. I tend to think most of it is, though. Again, large numbers of reliable sources will help with that.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:25 PM
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86. But...could you prove otherwise?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:35 PM
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93. PROVE it?
Absolutely not.

Believe it with good reason? Sure. You could even say that with theoretical science (although I choose not to because of the nature of the assertions).
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:03 PM
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71. I didn't think you did.
The reason I ask is because some people do believe that.

What is it that makes that particular idea distasteful to you? Therein lies the answer to your question.

It's a matter of degrees.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:06 PM
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73. I want some PROOF. I don't want made up
stories and explanations with two hundred exceptions and contradictions.
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:18 PM
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81. Is there something you do "believe" in, BullGooseLoony?
Or are you skeptical about absolutely everything?
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:36 PM
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94. Ha indeed.
I couldn't care less about your Lounge fights.

Bye :hi:
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:00 PM
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68. I have never seen that the Earth is round.
Never been up in space to see that directly, myself with my own 2 eyes.

Never seen the dark side of the moon.

Never seen electrons flowing thought my battery powered flashlight, neither.

Never seen Paula Zahn in person, she could be a cartoon. I guess she is theoretical too.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:03 PM
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70. We have satellite pictures of the Earth.
And people have traveled around the globe. No end.

AND you can see the curvature in an airplane.

The moon- well, I just take people's word for it. It jives with the roundness of the Earth. Makes good sense. It's another rock out there.

Gotta agree with ya on those electrons.

And some have seen Paula Zahn in person. Although she could be a robotic humanoid of some kind. :)
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:10 PM
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75. Me. Personally. My own 2 eyes. Get it?
What do YOU consider proof?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:15 PM
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79. Proof for an ordinary assertion can simply be the
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:16 PM by BullGooseLoony
testimony of a typically reliable person. It doesn't take much, as long as you're not asserting anything unlikely (or unobservable).

Of course, an assertion gains strength with eyewitness numbers, as long as its ordinary enough to not require some kind of skepticism.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:19 PM
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82. So reality is a democratic, like in the dark ages when most people
Edited on Mon Jan-17-05 11:24 PM by BlueEyedSon
though the earth was flat. Because they were significantly more than half, the consensual reality was "flat earth."

Is it possible that an enlightened few can be "more accurate" in their perception?
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:25 PM
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85. Actually, many historians say that most people knew that the Earth
was round back then.

And, no, I'm not saying that reality, especially the bigger questions, is a "democrac" (that's actually more of your argument, what with the way that scientists talk, right?). I'm just saying that if my brother says he bought a red shirt at Macy's, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, I'm going to believe him.

Isn't that rationality?
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:27 PM
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88. Obviously you don't know your bro is a pathological liar.
It was blue. And Kmart.

(fixed my typo, BTW.. thx)
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 11:33 PM
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92. I have no reason to think he is.
If I'm just being paranoid, that's irrational.
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Boosterman Donating Member (515 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-05 12:56 AM
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95. While I disagree with you
to a certain extent you have defended your position extremely well. Kudos.

I actually think skepticism can be an excellent trait. I tend toward a bit too much acceptance and outright naivety at times.
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