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  1. revprez is an extremely smart and knowledgable person who used to add a great deal to this forum. I don't know why he became so hateful.

    I'll take your word on that, but all I have seen from him is attempts to pick fights by picking apart every little thing you say in an overly pedantic and insulting manner. He did nothing but derail threads and frustrate people, and you did a good thing by banning him. We are all happy, so don't feel bad.

  2. My dad says "you don't like it here, then leave". (sorry)

    Thats the thing- I do like it here, very much. Vigilance is everyone's duty. The day I lose the right to critique the government and its policies, is the day I stop liking this country, and leave. I have no problem saying the pledge. But state endorsement of a particular religion goes against what I believe in.

  3. The only thing that will be left to study in the future is philosophy. It is science that will end. Once all our practical scientific-technical problems have been solved, and we can manipulate all matter and ourselves infinitely, then only philosophy-metaphysics-art will be left, and that study will last forever.

    first of all, I would hardly call metaphysics a study. Second, I don't think humans will ever unlock every secret of the earth and universe as long as we around as a species.

  4. Lastly, illegalizing pot in the USA was a racist, political move against minorities the government had issues with at the time, much like Opium was illegalized because of the Asians in the 1900-1920s who were working in the west on railroads. I wont go in depth, but if you think marijuana is illegal because its bad for you you are sadly mistaken.. :rolleyes:

    I say legalize it. My theory is that it won't be "cool" anymore, so everyone will stop doing it as much. Another fact is that if it was regulated, it would be harder for kids to get. When I was in high school, it was much, much easier to get a bag of that crap than a bottle of liquor.

  5. It wasn't a bad book. I don't know why it makes everyone so hot under the collar. It had some good points, but also a disappointing ending, and wierd logic. Still, it was a pretty good conspiracy book. Reminded me of playing Metal Gear games.

  6. Well, boo-hoo, can't have anyone feeling excluded, can we? That would be unconstitutional!

    In other words, Christians get their way no matter what, everyone else, well who cares about them, right? Thats real insensitive, not caring about kids who feel left out so you all can say "under god" every morning. Give me a break.

  7. Horror. Im particularly into Stephen King books at the moment.

    I have read pretty much all his books, so I have to find my horror somewhere else. I really enjoyed "It", "Pet Sematary" and "Salem's Lot". I sped through the "Dark Tower" series, up to the 4th book, then I just got bored of it. I understand he finished that series though. I liked the "Riftwar Saga" by Raymond Feist, and most of the "Lord of the Rings" books. Now I am mostly reading biology-related books and textbooks.

  8. I don't understand why people believe in this macroevolution, the so-called science that relies on gross amounts of assumptions and pre-bias to make it make sense. :confused:

    Then explain these assumptions and biases to us. No one is going to take you seriously if all you provide is simple statements.

    Why are you in bondage to this belief system? People are talking about the overwhelming "evidence" to support it, but actually the opposite.

    Again, show us why.

    Statistically speaking, what's the liklihood of something like amino acids forming from nothing and surviving?

    Low, if you assume that chemical reactions are random, which they are not.

    ID is a not science unless it goes through peer-reviewed?

    Not on this basis alone, but it certainly helps your credibility (a lot) if your theory can survive peer-review.

    But what if the peers are bent on removing God from the hearts of men?

    What has this got to do with anything?

    Everyone is convinced one way or the other even before the data comes into the equation.

    How is this even possible?

    Moreover, based on your belief, people are treated unequally which is not what you're designed for.

    First, evolution is not a belief. Second, you are referring to antiquated notions that tried to find scientific evidence for racism. Biologists have known for a while that there is no scientific basis for racism.

  9. Dear Gods, what are You, a martha stewart/mary poppins hybrid on acid :eek: ??? I'm disgusted with you. Go sit in the corner and think about what you've said. :mad:

    LOL! My girlfriend gets mad about wedding stuff too. I want camo tuxes at our wedding, and she will have none of that. I think it would look pretty good, personally.

  10. Snakes use their toxins to kill the things they eat, so it has a selective pressure anyway.

    true, but think of the example with bees, hornets a yellowjackets; all have stingers, and all evolved similar patterns. There is obviously a selective advantage to having similar patterns and retaining venomous stingers. The question is why doesn't one or more simply display batesian mimicry?

  11. wouldn't the one that "cheats" and loses its toxic potential still benefit from the mimicry but without the cost of actually being toxic (becoming Batesian mimics)?

    Exactly, thats the question I stayed up all night thinking about. Hmm. Maybe they all benefit from potential predators learning to recognize their coloration better? I don't know.

  12. Indeed, quite a bit of personal frustation and obscure anger seem to be popping out of the woodwork. Let us observe quietly in the company of popcorn.

    I'll not take apart in it anymore either. However, I would hate to see more flame wars here. This is a fine site which I joined one lonely night this winter to discuss science and possibly, philosophy with like-minded people. I didn't join to be insulted and engage in mud-slinging. I guess this is why I tend to get angry and defensive sometimes.

  13. Brain damage. Like dyslexia manifested in syntax-form.

    Also, Star Wars characters usually have some unique quality that makes them memorable, probably done on purpose by the producers to add to the popularity of the film. Think about it; would Yoda be as much of a cultural icon if he was just a plain sagely Jedi, or a 2ft. green alien with verbal dyslexia?

  14. I like his art, but mostly I thought the picture looked cool.

    IDK about his art. Its ok, but I am more of a fan of classical, Rubens and stuff like that. Pics of tomata cans don't make much sense to me. :P. Anyways, thanks for allaying my curiosity.

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