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by Duncan Butlin
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:17 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Current Reads: What is Everyone Reading?
Replies: 174
Views: 45351

Good evening, RachelAnn, You are spot on: exaggerating, embellishing, or adorning a statement, just to make is sound more impressive, is one of the great human temptations. Even those who make a habit of telling the truth can fall foul of this one. I think it must originate in the oral tradition of ...
by Duncan Butlin
Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:26 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Challenge to both Evolution and Intelligent Design
Replies: 148
Views: 34760

Deary, deary, deary me. What are we going to do with you? Can’t you guys keep your eyes on the ball for one second? We are talking here about the children of the United States; how their education is being undermined by a flight of female fancy. Do you seriously question whether those children exist...
by Duncan Butlin
Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Current Reads: What is Everyone Reading?
Replies: 174
Views: 45351

At the moment I am reading “What is Nature?”, by Kate Soper, 1995, Blackwell. It has almost defeated me. As with all the postmodernists I have read, Professor Soper is trying to tie up her reader’s mind in knots. Right in the introduction she states her determination to avoid answering her title! Ev...
by Duncan Butlin
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A Challenge to both Evolution and Intelligent Design
Replies: 148
Views: 34760

Good evening, Nickolai, In focusing on the definition of life, aren’t you in danger of losing sight of the main issue? We are all pretty much in agreement about what is living and what is dead, whereas the theories of Evolution and Intelligent Design are light years apart. Why don’t we bury the hatc...
by Duncan Butlin
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: I am Jean
Replies: 25
Views: 5961

Good morning Jean, If you don’t mind, first of all I’d like to get a few things straight between us, just to clear the air. Let’s start with me: I am a 62-year-old British man, divorced, retired, studying programming at a local college, and whose main preoccupation is the sex war. I am trying to re-...