Michael 100

  • Michael 100 commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 6 days, 14 hours ago

    Some Assembly Required, Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA, by Neil Shubin.
    I enjoyed every page of this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  Dr. Shubin is the Robert B. […]

  • Michael 100 commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    LaurieB, didn’t you love the story in Chapter 1 of Franz Nopcsa von Felso-Szilvas (1877-1933), known as Baron Nopcsa of Sacel – “… a man of intense passions and great intellect (whose) real dream was to assum […]

  • Michael 100 commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I recently finished reading Neil Shubin’s The Universe Within, The Deep History of the Human Body.  The book, to quote Shubin, is organized as a timeline beginning 13.7 billion years ago through to the fo […]

  • I’m not trained  in philosophy, and probably not adequately familiar with the terms used in your post or the article to which you are responding, but I find it somewhat strange that anyone would think that the on […]

  • Cairsley # 213:  Well, I don’t know if our good friend Jon will continue to read our posts, but in the off-chance he does, I’ll offer the following thoughts of my own.  I suspect that he is a committed creat […]

  • Also, if prof. Dawkins is wrong about something, I’m sure he would be the first to admit it.  No one is infallible, and science will continue to develop new knowledge.

    I would invite you to check out the Pr […]

  • Juan sans:  What if Richard Dawkins is wrong?  Wrong about what?  Also, I’m happy you that you have defied gravity, but I have to wonder if your claim will withstand objective testing.

  • Marco.  I agree with every word you wrote.  Although I enjoy an occasional spar with a theist, I’ve recently begun to wonder what kind of chutzpah it must take for people like Jason B to come here – to a site […]

  • In my previous post, I wrote:  “I suspect that in 2775, our ways of seeing the universe will seem, if not mentally ill, at least odd compared to how they will see the world.”  I meant that to refer to cultu […]

  • By way of agreement with what others are saying, in the 21st century I think we can safely say, to a reasonable degree of certainty, that the natural world is all that exists (as though that was not enough).  Not […]

  • Marco # 131. Thanks for that information.  Isn’t it interesting that our very good friend, Jason B, represented himself to be a high school philosophy teacher?  In #2, he wrote:  “I teach philosophy at a public hi […]

  • Jason B  #127, I would argue that my observation that gods are figments of imagination is not a judgment of the gods but of the individuals who propound the concept regardless of motive – power, profit, pr […]

  • Cairsley #122 I think you hit the nail on the head, especially with your Latin quote and Hitchens’ translation.  This entire thread has been “a show about nothing.”  And while such spectacles can sometimes continu […]

  • Danielle:
    “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed l […]

  • Michael 100 commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    WalsallBoy #174.  For no particular reason, my first choice was The Blind Watchmaker.  I read that before The Selfish Gene and the others.  I think my choice of which book to read next was sort of random, but it […]

  • Michael 100 commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Steve Dykehouse #172:  Pardon me for bringing it up, but it seems very strange to me that in 1996, an intelligent adult would be attempting to prove the existence of the Holy Spirit.  And, that you were looking f […]

  • Regarding the discussion about objective standard of morality, i was reminded of a poem by Robert Frost.  I think it serves up a hardy plate of philosophy with a large dollop of humor.  It’s called Quandary.   

  • Thank you, Aseem, for sparking the discussion.  As usual, I feel like the winner because I learn more than I contribute — a net gain for me!  Hope to hear from you again soon.

  • Thank you Phil.  Very much appreciated!!

  • Thanks Alan.  Your answers, and the wikipedia link, help.  I’ve reluctantly concluded that reading any more of Mayr’s books now is counterproductive given my level of education.  I think I’m going to reread s […]

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