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commented on Get Fuzzy
4 months ago
Just so you know, there are pieces of software that use “genetic algorithms” to solve very complex problems. They are based on the theory of evolution to evolve a working solution from initially random data. They work well — I’ve coded some. Look it up..“I don’t believe in magic.” Thanks for the laugh! I guess it’s not magic, it’s “miracles”, which are completely different.
commented on Monty
6 months ago
So what’s your solution? Obviously the government isn’t perfect, nothing is, but at least it’s something, and it helps everybody. What’s your solution to help the poor and unfortunate? Let’s say there’s a poor, atheist, homosexual who’s the son of legal Mexican immigrant and who became too sick to work. Who should help him?
Krankyman, you’re completely and absolutely wrong about me. I’m not even American, so Obama’s plans have no impact on me. I pay my own house, food, phone and transportation, but I’ll admit I don’t have to fear going bankrupt if I become sick. It tells a lot about you that you immediately assume others care about politics for purely selfish reasons.
I’ve never understood some Americans’ visceral disdain for anything vaguely socialist, especially considering many of them are also strongly Christians. How can you be against, say, universal healthcare and at the same strongly support a religion that’s most fundamentally about helping the weak and the poor? The bible says “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” when talking about taxes, yet American Christian fundamentalists seem to be among those who complain the most about high taxes. I don’t get it.
commented on Frazz
10 months ago
You have converted me! I now believe that a supernatural being in the shape of a giant space goat has created the universe instantly, already in movement, last Tuesday. It explains everything! Everything was created as is, with every event appearing as if already in motion with fake memories implanted into our minds. It’s a lot simpler than that middle-eastern god theory you mention, and it has just as much proof backing it up (ie. none). (Or do you have concrete proof that god exists? You’ve completely failed to provide any.)
@exoticdoc2You’re right, we don’t have absolute proof that evolution as we understand it is true. There are gaps in our knowledge. I understand that you posit that the bible has a more exact recounting of the appearance of species, that some super being created all living thing from nothing within a week. You ask for perfect proof of evolution, so I think it’s only fair that you provide such proof for your own point of view..What proof do you have that this “god” you speak of exists? Can I see god? Hear him? Measure his existence in some objective way? Are there any traces of his existence anywhere (some proof that would be much more conclusive than the fossils we have for proving evolution, of course). What proof is there that he, in fact, created living things and didn’t take all the credit for it? I’ve seen some pretty convincing evidence that the universe is way older than humans have existed, but I’m open-minded enough to consider other evidence..Keep in mind that I’ve read the bible but don’t trust it as a reliable source of information; there are no reproducible experiments or data in it, it just asks you take everything in it as is, based on faith. We don’t even have the original books to see if there were changes over the centuries. If I start doing believing the bible just because it tells me it’s the “truth” I could just as well start believing the books of other religions too, who all claim to be just as right without providing evidence.—Why do you need God for right or wrong? Are you telling me that the only reason you’re not horribly evil is because you fear punishment by god? I act in a good way because I respect other human beings and I believe they have just as much a right to life and happiness as I do. I don’t need an invisible watchman to keep me moral, as you apparently do.
@exoticdoc2The fossil record does show very well that evolution is true; there are gaps in our knowledge, but that doesn’t invalidate the huge amount of evidence backing evolution.
Our genome is evolving. There is no such thing as a degenerating genome — you’re assuming that we’re evolving toward a specific ideal form, but that’s not true. Creatures are simply evolving based on their environment, evolution doesn’t necessarily means improvement, just change.
You don’t need a god to be moral or to understand what information is. As for free will, if god is omniscient, he knows what you’re going to do in every situation, doesn’t he? If he knows the future, how can you have free will? It’s all according to a plan. And why would he punish you for sinning in a way that he knew you sin when he created you?
How can you posit a god with nothing to create it?
You should evaluate arguments based on their logical and rational value, along with the quality of the data they’re based on, not just on what brain or book it came from. Don’t just believe a science book because it says so, try and understand how it came to its conclusion then think for yourself whether the conclusions are valid. Do the same thing with other sources of information like news or the bible. God gave you intelligence and rational thought, use it ;)
commented on Pearls Before Swine
about 1 year ago
The irony here, of course, is that this comic makes lots of reader who are car drivers feel superior to all those scum cyclists…
commented on Monty
over 1 year ago
The colorist forgot to color Monty’s stomach
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