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  1. Mate your ability to express yourself makes PGW look like an exemplar of erudition. Me have magic book says world is flat have pretty pictures it must be hologram. Enoch Enoch Enoch. Gawd.
  2. Yeah cos over-exposure and over-saturation are such unconvincing explanations and “IT’S A HOLOGRAM” explains away everything. Said it before will likely say it again... Omphalos for the win.
  3. Erm ... what’s the opposite of nominative determinism? ‘Cos Ms Outlaw seems to have been affected by it! Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49382386
  4. Saw this and was intrigued by it: I'm not quite sure what to think. Firstly I don't really know who Mr Rogers is ... I suppose it would be like "praying" to Geoffrey off Rainbow; odd. Secondly, I don't tend to verbalise my thoughts in any way which is like a prayer. I see a separation between defining "my thoughts in words" and being reminded of "my relationship to the larger universe outside myself". I get great pleasure from nature and the wider world around me - especially the night skies and the quiet sound of a woodland or a coast; and I think quite a lot about my role in society, but there is no sense of prayer in either of these two activities. I suspect there is something very American in this; a god soaked country where everyone is expected to be churched and so where people without a theory of the supernatural are still influenced by the folk memory of prayers at the end of the bed. I've mentioned Elizabeth Anderson quite a few times before on MF. Her essay "If God is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?" is quite brilliant. She talks about morality being reciprocal claim making: How ... can I answer the moralistic challenge to atheism, that without God moral rules lack any authority? I say: the authority of moral rules lies not with God, but with each of us. We each have moral authority with respect to one another. This authority is, of course, not absolute. No one has the authority to order anyone else to blind obedience. Rather, each of us has the authority to make claims on others, to call upon people to heed our interests and concerns. Whenever we lodge a complaint, or otherwise lay a claim on others' attention and conduct, we presuppose our own authority to give others reasons for action that are not dependent on appealing to the desires and preferences they already have. But whatever grounds we have for assuming our own authority to make claims is equally well possessed by anyone who we expect to heed our own claims. For, in addressing others as people to whom our claims are justified, we acknowledge them as judges of claims, and hence as moral authorities. Moral rules spring from our practices of reciprocal claim making, in which we work out together the kinds of considerations that count as reasons that all of us must heed, and thereby devise rules for living together peacefully and cooperatively, on a basis of mutual accountability. I don't pray - but I do have a sense of preparing a conversation to a community to try to work out how to "give others reasons for action" and how we can "work out together the kinds of considerations that count as reasons that all of us must heed". These private attempts at verbalisation aren't to any Geoffrey or any sense of a personality, but there is a sense of a community being willing to listen and respond - one without a supernatural, one aware of the fallibility and bias, but one still trying to find a right path in a complicated world. Is that close to what the cartoon is characterising? Maybe.
  5. Spotlight. Wordy, slow, but brilliant portrayal of the Boston Globe's Spotlight team of journalists uncovering the systematic protection of pedophilic priests preying on children in the Boston Catholic Church.
  6. Is changing your mind continuously an early sign of Altzeihmer’s?
  7. Inspired by a thread recently started on MF.
  8. That’s a huge achievement. Well done to her.
  9. So, anyone had a relieved or crestfallen young person today with A level results arriving. Lots of hard work and whether it is University a job or a break it is a day people will long remember!
  10. I thought PZ Myers summed things up pretty well. https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/11/i-reject-conspiracy-theories/ https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/13/the-best-explanation-for-the-death-of-epstein/
  11. Indeed. But PGW should have the right to put his point of view . I seldom agree with his views and I am guilty of mocking them, but is this banning a bit too much. Should one be banned for questioning a mod's view.?, I'm not going to criticise the Mods for doing an impossible job. I despise PGW's sneers, evasions, and put downs, but that is par for the course for MF and is he really that different from those quoted above? PGW can't resist the petty insults of the peanut gallery, is extremely poor at expressing himself, has a simplistic view of the scientific process and is a master at wriggling out of a request for a straight answer. John put up a poorly written, but basically correct article and PGW got his nickers in a twist, producing some of the longest posts and analyses he's ever produced., but as ever his language is full of snide and sneer. My advice to anyone who will listen is to not play to the peanut gallery and don't piss off the mods. PGW doesn't have the self control to manage that. Not surprised, not surprised by the consequences. I doubt PGW will ever answer the question about what "causes" his thumb to change its position when looked at first by his left eye and then the right. He'd rather play games.
  12. As ever prove is a difficult word, but you and a friend can easily take measurements that can be used to work out the height of the ISS. Nothing to stop you doing that at all. Those that do it get consistent results that it is 100s of km above the Earth never 10s. Why do you think that is Manxie?
  13. Powerful words about the racist nature of this mass murder. click through for the full statement.
  14. Nice piece of artwork generated from raw Rosetta images:
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