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true morals

What is it that disturbs me the most about believers: their dishonesty. The extent to which they would actively and without hesitation subvert honest debate in the name of faith. It is not that they would do physical damage to those opposed, but rather that they would tell a lie to defend their faith and believe it themselves. Knowing you are telling a lie at least leaves hope for correction, but mistaking a fabrication of your mind as the truth undermines any hope for a true debate.

Added by AHB on February 28, 2010 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

on the shoulder of midgets

You don't need something more to get something more. That's what emergence means. Life can emerge from physics and chemistry plus a lot of accidents. The human mind can arise from neurobiology and a lot of accidents, the way the chemical bond arises from physics and certain accidents. Doesn't diminish the importance of these subjects to know they follow from more fundamental things plus accidents.
TED talk on beauty and truth in physics (video TC 14m48s), March…
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Added by AHB on February 28, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Eureka in the modern age

when we happen on an epiphany:
1. it is good judgment to remember that probably someone somewhere has already had it. once the glare of our brilliance has waned (or our awareness of it), we are likely to apply judicious criticism and make it practical
2. we are better off if we moved quickly on, since, as the famous saying goes, "to the one wielding a hammer, everything is a nail." as one of the profs who teaches a class on optimization says on the first day of class:…
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Added by AHB on February 28, 2010 at 2:27am — No Comments

Of First Cause (Karl Pearson)

The Grammar of Science, Karl Pearson
Chapter IV: Cause and Effect
Summary.
1. Cause is scientifically used to denote an antecedent stage in routine of perceptions. In this sense force as a cause is meaningless. First cause is only a limit, a permanent or temporary, to knowledge. No instance, certainly not will, occurs in our experience of an arbitrary first cause in the popular sense of the word.
2. There is no inherent…
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Added by AHB on February 27, 2010 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

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