Sayonara

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  1. Imprecise wording on my part, mea culpa. He says the results suggest a specific motive, and I characterise this specificity as the 'conclusion'. Perhaps I should have said that he could not possibly justify selecting one of many possible motives as being one that is suggested by the available evidence, given that there is no such evidence accompanying the reputation total on each post. Ironically, this was my point to him.
  2. A logical fallacy occurs when invalid logic or an unsound logical argument are used in furtherance of an argument. Since I made no argument, no logical fallacy can be said to have occurred. My comment is best characterised as jest, and it is aimed at the juxtaposition of the import of the OP's chosen subject matter with the apparent clumsiness of his tool use. You cannot possibly make a conclusion about the motives behind upvoting. You cannot say why people voted, only that they did. You also cannot assume that the community is homogenous and there were no downvotes, only that there were fewer downvotes than there were upvotes. Since you're taking the super serious high road and calling "logical fallacy" (albeit incorrectly), it seems very strange that you'd then draw such a spurious inference. I suggest you drop this now. In future when you see a post which you think is abusive, off-topic, or otherwise breaks the rules, use the post reporting tool like you're supposed to.
  3. I strongly disagree. This is not a request for help made by someone who wants us to check his work and give him pointers; it was linked for us with the comment that it is a "one-page article, which clearly shows that the current interpretation of the theory of relativity, on the slowing down of clocks in motion and time dilation, is wrong". In that light, it is a very strong indicator that the OP does not have a good understanding of the academic process or any formal system of peer review. This in turn allows fairly accurate inferences to be drawn about their rigour and acumen. And I did not state that it did. I am entirely free to make comment on the fact that Dropbox is not an academic or publishing resource, regardless of your views, and I will thank you not to police my posting decisions.
  4. Ah dropbox, that well known repository for peer-reviewed papers.
  5. That was just a free taster. We have to pay Cap'n ransoms to keep it going
  6. He was talking about having religious faith, not the academic practice of theology.
  7. Unless she's part of an away team and that's her communicator.
  8. Oi! False dichotomy! It can totally be both It's the same thing, only more of it. The emergence of complex behaviours through natural selection is no more difficult than the emergence of highly exotic phenotypes through natural selection. Nature is not beholden to us to act in accordance with our intuition and expectations.
  9. Quick query, because I think I possibly misunderstand you. In your first post you talk about the language appearing naturally as "an enhancement of whatever animal language proto-humans spoke". Is it an assumption of this thread that the Egyptian culture developed in isolation from other cultures, from their ascension from animal status to the beginning of their written history? Or that they are the common root of modern languages? I get the impression from your posts that there is an unspoken supposition at work: that modern languages and civilisation exclusively have their roots in Egyptian culture. This is not the case. I'm also curious to know what your understanding of "computer code" is. I suspect from the context that you don't quite appreciate its lack of redundancy, the structure and context division, or the inherent fact of function by intention. Yet you're suggesting that an early language, which anthropomorphised natural phenomena, was similar. They could hardly be more opposed. The only similarity I can see is that some computer languages abstract concepts into functional classes, which could be said to be similar to the use of metaphor in human language. But the design intent and reliability outcome are so different as to make the link tenuous and superficial. So yeah... curious to know what computer code you refer to and why (there are many languages, organised in a loose hierarchy, so it's not a good term to bandy about without being specific).
  10. Nobody is making that claim. The claim that is made - and which is backed up by reams of actual science - is that it is empirically demonstrable that complex behaviours can arise from selection events. Again, that wasn't the claim. Go back and read. Selection events such as that work by incrementation, not sudden invocation. We know that there are many animals that can perform apparently complex tasks. For example, an octopus learning how to access reward items inside a screwed-shut jar. Many bird species can perform similar tasks and adapt to condition changes in the scenario. As I said, there is a surfeit of material available about these behaviours. Then there are more advanced animals like chimps and dolphins that have highly complex interacting behaviours from which social interactions and linguistics have emerged. They could be viewed as the transitional phase between "selection-invoked" behaviours, and the more heuristic, situation-dependent, apparently "free-willed" behaviours that we display. I'd strongly suggest reading up on the behavioural sciences in biology prior to attempting to speak on it with authority. It's relevant to what you're talking about, and knowing the material will prevent faulty assumptions. I think it's easy to confuse, and thereby treat in the same way, two critically separate ideas: That humans see something happening and learn to duplicate it consistently, That humans understand why that thing happens and how their consistency is obtained. The more we come to understand dolphins, the more complex we find them to be. Their vocabulary might not have anywhere near as many symbols as ours does, but the thing with symbols is that they can be recombined. And recombination frequently leads to novel usage. This is quite an interesting talk on the matter: http://www.ted.com/talks/denise_herzing_could_we_speak_the_language_of_dolphins.html I think possibly language in its own right is not the super-ultimate-key, but as I alluded to earlier it's quite likely how we have used it that has made such a rapid difference to our species. That's an assumption. Why should people not have used this new technology to record what was important to them at the time? Why should every literate person suddenly think "ah ha! time to record all of our knowledge for posterity"? New technologies aren't always immediately applied to the aim that they will best serve. That is true now, despite us being in the age of design, and I don't see why it should not have been true when writing first appeared. For the purposes of modern man, you could take the design of a micro-processor to be a form of communication. Or the mapping of the genome. Those are pretty awesome practical consequences of our ability to communicate precisely. I think you grossly undervalue this ability, although based on the way some people communicate I can't necessarily say I blame you.
  11. Possible that we are currently experiencing the lamest DDoS attack ever.
  12. Sigh. http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index See the bit where it offers you two products? The one on the left is the lovely free antivirus only package. The one on the right is the internet security suite, which you have to pay for.
  13. A few years ago when we were plagued by nuisance members we used a plug-in to set up a special user group. Any members in that group would have a horrible experience on the site until they gave up and went to troll elsewhere (long loading times, randomly incorrect pages, missing style sheets, broken images... you name it). I wonder if @blike has put us all in that group
  14. Seems much faster on my iPad than it is via Firefox
  15. The use of the word "weak" isn't a value-judgement. I think you're possibly a bit confused about the physical terms. This might be what you're talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weak_interaction FYI, I'm pretty sure gravity propagates at the speed of light.