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Ivan Seeking
Oct26-07, 03:24 AM
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Quote Quote by jim mcnamara View Post
This is the main reason I back out of posting. Any quarrel with an idiot means I lose. And a lot of it in Biology is Religion motivated. Sometimes I post a statement, I always put the poster into my kill filter and let it go

Evo/Monique then usually end up closing the thread.

I'd like to complain that Science should not have to fight Religious views, but I'd be wrong. I don't think there ever will be any reconciliation between Christian Fundamentalists and evolutionary Biologists, for example. So it's a no-win deal. But correct information has to go out there somewhere.
By definition, there is no argument against faith in the omnipotent because there is always an escape clause. However, in the end, borrowing from the movie Contact, science and religion both seek truth, and we see how over time science wins out when conflicts arise. For example, even if one believes that God is punishing him with a water-born parasite, he doesn't call the parasite "evil spirits" any longer. Now that's progress!!!

To the point: The internet gives oddball views more than their fair share of exposure. IMO.
The "inumerati" (innumerate ones) out there seem to outnumber the rest of us, if the internet represents any kind of reasonable sample space.
"inumerati", I love it!

On the average, isn't PF a pretty high-end crowd, intellectually speaking? I would expect this group to be in the minority as compared to the norm.

Otherwise the inumerati try to outshout those of us who can count to ten.

I cannot tell which. I am hopin' for number two.
I think both... it will be interesting to see what becomes of the internet in the future. And who knows; perhaps here we are seeing the real battle for hearts and minds? Will the internet be a source of useful information, learned insights, and even a place to find wisdom, [perhaps even the road to global peace] or will it degenerate into intellectual chaos [and a weaspon of war]? Will good and bad information become indistinguishable, or will sanity prove an emergent phenomenon?

Given that the internet was originally ruled by thirteen year old boys and was powered by porno sites, I don't think we can say yet how this will go.