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posts by snapdragon Candidate | joined 12 May 2007 | 14


posted 13 May 2007, 19:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

must all of the options be mutually exclusive? granted that by definition, some of the choices given must exclude the possibility of the others. but not all, right? view post


worth the time posted 13 May 2007, 22:05 in Literature Discussionworth the time by snapdragon, Candidate

not fantasy or s.f. but worth every minute spent: Embers by the late Sandor Marai. should be required reading for all sentient beings. view post


posted 13 May 2007, 23:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

i meant all of the options, Randal: Creation as described in Bible Evolution Alternate Intelligent-Design Intelligent Design together with Evolution Other (State and Explain) the devil created us all at 2:37 this morning with our memories intact any combination of these things together is plausible, correct? must there be only one way? when your pants rip, you can sew the edges back together, use some sort of bonding agent, staple them (for those of you here in the south), adhere the errant rift via an artificial patch, or any combination of any number of other options. further, you can create a sheep by putting two mutually consenting sheep of legal age in a pen, putting on some lou rawls or marvin gaye, turning down the lights for a soft glow, a little wine, and...well, i don't have to tell you of all people what comes next. oooooorrrrrrrrrr, you can go into the lab with the genius team to do some cloning! not nearly as much fun for the sheep, but not quite as sticky, either. next, shall we talk about viruses? so, to rip off film's favorite chaotician, "life finds a way." you may have been created this morning, springing forth fully formed and programmed, but will you be the same tonight as you were at 2:37 am? view post


posted 14 May 2007, 01:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

[quote="Randal":3izl0hcn] Whether one of the other combinations is plausible... well, it depends what you consider plausible. I certainly see no reason to assume that some life evolved naturally, some of it was made by an alien with a hangover, and some of it was created by god as the bible states. (though the alien with the hangover would explain the platypus)[/quote:3izl0hcn] yes, sir, you got my point. different things, different organisms, different processes, different species can be affected by combinations, yeah? not combine them all at once, but allow for the possibility of several types of combinations, especially given the complexity and diversity of "stuff." take a look at mixed media works: a little decoupage, a little oil pastel, some assemblage elements, and a charcoal drawing or two. each item was "created" differently but still work together as a unit. better yet, think of free radicals and apoptosis. while i have heard it said that it would be folly to think that everything must follow the same rule, i reckon it would be even more ridiculous to assume that we have had adequate time to figure out what are all of those rules. most important to ask the questions, though, right? view post


posted 14 May 2007, 01:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

Q, it is just important to keep asking the question, yeah? answers will always change because we can't have all the data at one particular time. "life" isn't static, right? the usefulness is in the asking, not the answering. the answering depends on too many things. the asking forces us to begin the quest. view post


posted 14 May 2007, 02:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

eesh, that may be a new thread, sir. i would, however, encourage you to check your premise. view post


posted 14 May 2007, 02:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

careful, careful or i'll have to break badass Wittgenstein on you, but girlie style! i didnt say "there can be no answer." i said that the question is important. the answer changes. it depends on too many things. your assessment of the world around you today, given the facts you have, may not be the same assessment you have ten days from now when you have more information on which to base your "answer." you could, i think, even say your answer...(wait for it, wait for it...)...[i:2p5dlr54]evolves[/i:2p5dlr54]. the question matters because without it we don't look for the answer, we don't begin the quest, we remain complacent and veiled. view post


posted 14 May 2007, 10:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

genetics, your internal programming, can only carry you so far. the rest is impacted by, as Jamara said, climactic changes as well as other external factors, including, [i:72wwecwo]but not limited to[/i:72wwecwo], a small bit of choice and chance. not claiming to have any answers here, since all the data isn't in yet... view post


posted 14 May 2007, 21:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

on the development of species...hmmm...how about deforestation? or an aerobic environment becoming anaerobic? this is more than genetics. view post


posted 14 May 2007, 21:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

very beautifully said. /tips her hat with deferential nod view post


posted 18 May 2007, 00:05 in Philosophy DiscussionEvolution vs Creation by snapdragon, Candidate

when you secure distribution, it'll be on my wishlist view post


posted 25 May 2007, 01:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by snapdragon, Candidate

am i alone in thinking it incredibly arrogant to post opinions you claim to be certainties?! fact is that the case can be made either way on this issue. you are going to see what you want to see in the metaphors, similes, comparisons, and ambiguous language that draw the reader deeper into the literary work. you think you can boil down three novels' worth of the illiterate, outcast, barbarian character heralded as the "most violent" into a question of sexual orientation? better question...you think you [i:3ixpf9fo]should[/i:3ixpf9fo]? eesh! a forest-for-the-trees moment here, people. maybe next you wanna stand in front of a painting in a gallery and tell me what the artist was [i:3ixpf9fo]trying [/i:3ixpf9fo]to say? view post


posted 31 May 2007, 20:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe Ramblings of two SciFi geeks in the ATL by snapdragon, Candidate

Q, still trying to work out the invitation design. and the party favors. and narrowing down the agenda. so far, have had ideas for: a Skiotha seance, to find out the truth about Cnaiur and Moenghus back in the day an all-night Fanim drum circle (like that impromptu thing that pops up at DragonCon every year) with dancing priestesses, of course a Circumfix rollerderby Steppe stepdancing pin the eyes on Xinemus...or Iyokus, if you prefer Earwa geography challenge (copies of Akka's "map" permitted) a "Men of the Mandate" bachelor auction Chorae jewelry making Consult & Dunyain face painting a Thunyeri head-swap ah, so much to do! don't know if i can truly pull it off. going to slip into my probability pants, check the odds, and will let you know when i set a date for the fest. view post


posted 01 Jun 2007, 21:06 in Philosophy DiscussionThe idea of global beauty by snapdragon, Candidate

short version, hasn't humankind since the time of Pythagoras found beauty in order, perfection, proportion, symmetry? Aristotle, Hume, Burke, Kant (and others, of course) all wrote very influential works about the topic including the discussion of "cause" and also humankind's conditioned responses that affect an individual's aesthetic judgments. but by-and-large aren't there basic images or ideas that are, independent of cultural conditioning, perceived as beautiful by humankind? view post


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