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  1. Jinto
    2012-11-29 05:08
    Jinto
    Thank you.

    Its not strange to revisit places that you like.
  2. Jinto
    2012-11-20 17:00
    Jinto
    I post irregularly to be honest. Sometimes I have a posting spree. And then a half year nothing.
  3. DonQuigleone
    2012-09-28 12:17
    DonQuigleone
    Soda is definitely was created by the gods.

    I'd like to say your grandfather is an abberation but... he definitely isn't! Well done steak is blasphemy! Irish people are only beginning now to develop a sense of taste...
  4. Hiroi Sekai
    2012-07-27 01:15
    Hiroi Sekai
    Happy birthday
  5. TinyRedLeaf
    2012-07-26 18:27
    TinyRedLeaf
    Happy birthday, by the way. Hope I wasn't too late with the well wishes.
  6. Ledgem
    2012-07-25 23:24
    Ledgem
    It's somebody's birthday today... Make it a good one!
  7. TinyRedLeaf
    2012-07-23 22:43
    TinyRedLeaf
    Sorry for eavesdropping. Quick note before I disappear under a deluge of paperwork.

    Journalists are very familiar with "learned helplessness": The idea that if we were good with numbers, we would have become accountants or scientists instead.

    To which a particularly acerbic crone (a senior copyeditor) said: "Yeah, right. Let me dock your pay and bonus, and let's see how good you really are with numbers."
  8. Ledgem
    2012-07-21 22:46
    Ledgem
    I suppose the saying "don't judge a book by its cover" also applies to its title I do have an interest in reading over his ideas (if for nothing else than to be able to correct people and/or properly shoot them down when they cite his works), just no time in the foreseeable future...

    The idea about a person's "programming" (whether genetic or otherwise) leading them to commit crimes is an interesting one. It's not so different from blaming violent video games as the cause of violent crimes in that it's an effort to try and explain why people commit atrocities seemingly on a whim, at random, or with no understandable reason (if there's any reason at all). In trying to find a cause like this, it also assumes that humanity is good overall; that to commit a horrible act, there must be something else that forces a person's hand.

    If we assume that everyone is good, and that those who commit "bad acts" have some sort of corruption, then what he says makes sense. Fix the biological imbalance, correct the psychology, and even the worst criminal can be restored to one of society's most upstanding members.

    I don't particularly buy into that.

    Try a little experiment. Think of a very sad thought, one of the worst experiences in your life. Now think of a very happy thought, one of the best, the type that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

    Congratulations - you just willfully adjusted your brain chemistry with each of those thoughts. Granted, you thought of what you did because I prompted you to (assuming you were following along with my text), but in a day-to-day occurrence, why do we think the things that we do? True, much of it is reactionary, and we're all working with different baseline chemistries that are partly based on our genetics. Yet we do think and perceive, and this is not simply knee-jerk reactions to what happens around us. Even when we're in an environment devoid of stimuli, we're thinking (some more than others...).

    The underlying biology can explain why some people are more prone to a condition, such as depression. It can't explain why some depressed people will wallow in their condition, while others will fight it as hard as they can. In my opinion, the difference is "spirit" - the culmination of all experiences and thoughts that are held by an individual. That involves but goes beyond genetics or physiology.

    But now I'm rambling...
  9. Ledgem
    2012-07-21 09:12
    Ledgem
    I haven't read any of his works. I really have no room to critique him as a result, but during discussions with others I've heard some of his arguments. It could be that the people re-using them were oversimplifying them. Although I must admit that even the title, "the selfish gene," was rather off-putting to me.

    I'm not overly familiar with his arguments against religion. However, I don't see that evolution and the existence of God are in opposition.

    Similarly, I'm not familiar with the "dangerous idea." If it's something that TinyRedLeaf mentioned, is it the idea that we're carrying out a complex set of instructions based around our genes? Did Dawkins take that to say that people committing crimes can't help themselves? I'd strongly disagree with that.
  10. Ledgem
    2012-07-20 21:05
    Ledgem
    I can't say that I'm a fan of Dawkins, either. I suspect that he greatly oversimplified his views in his books in order to make them more approachable, understandable, and acceptable to most people. Yet I've encountered some people who had incorrect (in my opinion) views, and then they backed them up with things that Dawkins wrote.

    Who knows - maybe Dawkins didn't oversimplify his views, and it's what he really believes. I don't know exactly what an evolutionary biologist studies, but I was always under the impression that they're specialized ecologists. If so, his take on biology would be very different from mine. He sees how populations are altered over time and in response to environmental changes; I see how cells work through complex signaling networks that interact with the genetics, how those cells interact with other cells, and how all of that affects the host organism.

    I still think his views are too simple.

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