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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 10:57 PM
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Posted By Taraz
Re: Case in Point...

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One of us doesn't get it. Maybe it's me.

The degree of nuttiness is irrevelant. It's the core axioms that are off. It's from these beginning axioms that major nuttiness occurs.
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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 10:47 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 92
Posted By Taraz
Re: Case in Point...

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You hit on a great point, actually, and its something I'm intellectually aware of but constantly forget because I give everyone too much credit. Let me try and give an example. If I...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 10:04 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 92
Posted By Taraz
Re: Case in Point...

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And if THATS true then mocking them and getting them to show their true colors seems like a reasonable way to garner support from places it might actually exist. I have never wanted to...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 09:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 96
Posted By Taraz
Re: Just A Reminder About Religious People

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Well, to be fair, I dont start OUT ridiculing them for making assumptions that I dont make. And really at no point is that WHY I might ridicule them. More, I ridicule them for having...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 09:53 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 92
Posted By Taraz
Re: Case in Point...

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I think the west is making a terrible mistake when it allows (even encourages) the belief that the extremist nutters and Islam are synomamous.


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QFT. Let's not act like...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 16
Posted By Taraz
Re: smp posters, do you do well in poker?

I started playing online around 2003. I played middle/low buy-in sng's as my sole source of income for a couple years after college, but got sick of it toward the end when I figured out what I want...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 09:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 96
Posted By Taraz
Re: Just A Reminder About Religious People

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good point, i agree. by extension, picking the parts that you like most from various logical philosophies and discarding the parts that you don't like, to make a nonsensical jumble that...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 05:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 79
Posted By Taraz
Re: The Best Poster in SMP

I just wanted to pop in and add that as much as I disagree with him on a few topics, Phil153 probably makes me think about things and work hard to clarify my positions the most. I think that should...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 12:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 79
Posted By Taraz
Re: The Best Poster in SMP

Is this just a question of which poster we agree with the most? If that is the case, I would say probably tame_deuces and RDuke (although he rarely posts here anymore).
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-30-2007, 03:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 27
Posted By Taraz
Re: the secret + the law of attraction

I just heard about The Secret and I think it's utter bullsh*t. It often advocates blaming the victim for everything that goes wrong in his/her life.

Obviously if you try to think positive...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 11:03 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 78
Posted By Taraz
Re: Is Neo-Atheism The Way to Go? [Poll]

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I agree with Bill Haywood on pretty much every point he has made so far.

Many of you are acting like hardcore theists were well-educated and rational adults when their...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 10:59 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 78
Posted By Taraz
Re: Is Neo-Atheism The Way to Go? [Poll]

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<font color="blue"> Should we mock them? No. How does that solve anything? </font>

This is what I'm trying to find out. But I think perhaps you are dismissing the effects of mocking...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 04:29 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 78
Posted By Taraz
Re: Is Neo-Atheism The Way to Go? [Poll]

I agree with Bill Haywood on pretty much every point he has made so far.

Many of you are acting like hardcore theists were well-educated and rational adults when their beliefs were formed. In...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 45
Posted By Taraz
Re: Why should we bother with you guys anyway?

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Considering the fact that only about 2-3% of the world's population is atheist, it would seem prudent to be able to engage theists in a constructive...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 05:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 45
Posted By Taraz
Re: Why should we bother with you guys anyway?

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Considering the fact that only about 2-3% of the world's population is atheist, it would seem prudent to be able to engage theists in a constructive manner.

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I...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-29-2007, 04:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 45
Posted By Taraz
Re: Why should we bother with you guys anyway?

Considering the fact that only about 2-3% of the world's population is atheist, it would seem prudent to be able to engage theists in a constructive manner.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-28-2007, 06:25 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 58
Posted By Taraz
Re: Slate.com on race and IQ

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He cherry-picks. There's nothing more to it than that. Just as some social scientists cherry-pick their data to support the idea that everyone is equal, ITD cherry-picks his information...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-28-2007, 03:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 58
Posted By Taraz
Re: Slate.com on race and IQ

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Sources from academia are still of some value, just less than they used to be. Hard leftist ideology gained status
in American colleges in the 70s. Unlike hard science, the research in...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-28-2007, 05:43 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 58
Posted By Taraz
Re: Slate.com on race and IQ

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You won't see the bias you confront from inside academia. I didn't but that was 25 years ago and at least an order of magnitude less. Imagine a BA in psychology and you don't meet 2...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-28-2007, 05:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 29
Posted By Taraz
Re: Society, Intuition and Logic

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I dont think the speed of decision is the essential distinguishing factor between logic and intuition, although I agree it is often the case. I think a logical approach involves only...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-27-2007, 08:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29
Posted By Taraz
Re: Society, Intuition and Logic

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I had another question today which probably should have its own thread but the question grew out of this thread.

The question is: Is Genius more like Logic or Intuition?

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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-27-2007, 08:44 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29
Posted By Taraz
Re: Society, Intuition and Logic

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While logic is normally the better way to go, there are actually many cases where this "intuition" is superior to logic. Any practiced motor skill actually gets worse if you...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-27-2007, 08:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29
Posted By Taraz
Re: Society, Intuition and Logic

Can we all agree on what we are talking about?

The 'logic' we are referring to a longer, conscious process of figuring things out. It involves analyzing the situation in some sort of detail.
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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-27-2007, 03:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 58
Posted By Taraz
Re: Slate.com on race and IQ

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I'm studying psychology and neuroscience right now, so forgive me if I trust my reading of the literature more than yours.


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So very much explained in one...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 11-27-2007, 04:47 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 58
Posted By Taraz
Re: Slate.com on race and IQ

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that much is obvious

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Is only a good burn if we take this thread to be the be-all and end-all of information / wisdom pertaining to this debate. Suffice it to say...
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