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by chaz wyman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 21476

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

]chaz, Are any of Joey's actions blameworthy? Why or why not? Of course. Vandalism , the destruction of property is worthy of punishment. That would be an arrest, a fair trial and some remedial sentence. As he was a minor, the possibility that his mental state might be examined too. Summary executi...
by chaz wyman
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:47 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 21476

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

John W. Kelly wrote:
chaz wyman wrote: It does not take much imagination to realise that a police officer in a car is in no danger from a boy with a bat.
Ha! Easy to say from the comfort of your keyboard!

Try and use your imagination! It is not a capital offence for a boy to vandalise a police car.

by chaz wyman
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists
Replies: 1887
Views: 180394

Re: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists

So true but then you can belong to a religion and not follow morality. But then again, this is a less honest /conman "religious" person! :) Or worse still: you can be religious and follow the morality to the letter of the Book. Then you can happily stone your unfaithful wife; you can keep her tied ...
by chaz wyman
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: On Time and Archaeology
Replies: 128
Views: 31523

Re: On Time and Archaeology

We believe in the passage of time, even though we cannot perceive time’s passage, and our belief in time is so confident that we assume to assign the objects we encounter at various points along time’s passage. Our friend hands us two objects: one is a fossil and the other a terracotta jug, freshly...
by chaz wyman
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Thank you Joseph. I was waiting for someone to step in and bang our heads together, trapped in the argument as we both were. On your point about steering away from energy and toward information. One of the main points I've been trying to make is that energy is information. There's no physical basis...
by chaz wyman
Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 21476

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

chaz wyman : "Whilst one might be tempted to invoke the Darwin Prize for being stupid enough to attack an armed man with a base-ball bat, I would also dismiss the police officer for being careless and stupid. Let's image that he incident was accurately reported. Breaking windows and other acts of v...
by chaz wyman
Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

But as evolution has to have its variations ready before the environment makes them "adaptations" then there is no teleology possible and only plays the game of the religious. Yes, but adaptation happens for the good of the organism. In this sense we can speak of final causes. I disagree. Final cau...
by chaz wyman
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

people use teleological language when describing evolution. It really bugs me. I think that the use of final causes as an explanation in biology is not entirely misguided, just not in the traditional form you are likely referring to. Teleology is out, teleonomy is in, as I like to say. But as evolu...
by chaz wyman
Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Yes, something like that. What I read was a general "idea" paper that left with no firm conclusions, but it analyzed some possible influences of nutrient resources on speciation. For example, heavily fluctuating nutrient regimes (on a geological time scale) may increase allopatric speciation rate b...
by chaz wyman
Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Also, picked this out from the conversation Evolution is the result of change - it is not a cause in any sense. Thanks whoever said this, this is a particular pet peeve of mine. It was me. Yes, a 'peeve' would be putting it mildly. Even Dawkins (and Dennett) slips into the lazy language where he ta...
by chaz wyman
Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Joseph wrote:I mean, I have seen papers that deal with the effects of energy resources on speciation fossil invertebrates, so this sort of thing might be valid, but I can't see this being a major factor.
In what way do 'energy resources' effect speciation? Do you mean food resources?
by chaz wyman
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

First of all, please end the long quotations. I suspect that the reason it is just you two now is because no one else wants to sift through all the waste. I think chaz wyman is right. Energy is not a highly limiting factor to organisms, so it does not seem to be a major determinant of evolution/etc...
by chaz wyman
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 21476

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

Whilst one might be tempted to invoke the Darwin Prize for being stupid enough to attack an armed man with a base-ball bat, I would also dismiss the police officer for being careless and stupid. Let's image that he incident was accurately reported. Breaking windows and other acts of vandalism is no...
by chaz wyman
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Back to black bold . Thank you for your interest. You're welcome. I have carefully read the entire contents of this thread. You are saying nothing. Your dinosaur extinction was a standard response but you failed to show specific instances where the "energy structure" related directly to evolution -...
by chaz wyman
Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8462

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Thank you for your interest. I have carefully read the entire contents of this thread. You are saying nothing. Your dinosaur extinction was a standard response but you failed to show specific instances where the "energy structure" related directly to evolution - there was nothing new. You cannot un...