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The Galileo affair: who was on the side of rationality?

I find more sophisticated theologies as unconvincing. The fundamental problem is the more coherent and logically provable your god is, the less she matters, until it's nothing left that could be thought of as a god at all, let alone produce any real consequences that we should worry about. It's like the driving paradox - to paraphrase George Carlin, everyone that drivers slower than you is an idiot, everyone that drives faster is a maniac. If someone has a more literal god than you (you in the general sense) they're clearly just a straw man or an idiot. If someone has a less literal god than you, they're misguided or heretical or cowardly.

In this analogy, I choose not to drive.

Lifehack Ideas January 2015

I've heard that. I suppose it's for the best that I moved into a style less lunge-happy (German and Italian longsword.)

Lifehack Ideas January 2015

I once had the same problem with a weak core. Fencing cured it for me within a few months, though for the first two months I ended the classes with pain in that area.

Recovery Manual for Civilization

This rings false. Greek learning didn't disappear just because the already faltering Hellenistic dynasties were toppled.

Open thread, Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2014

As a reader, it's less work for more reward.

What false beliefs have you held and why were you wrong?

This is interesting enough that I'd like to see some more explanation, too.

Talking to yourself: A useful thinking tool that seems understudied and underdiscussed

No problem. It seems like programming is a perfect example of something with a very large working memory requirement and the manipulation of a lot of symbolic, linguistic information.

What is the difference between rationality and intelligence?

Ask five gamers what WIS means, get five answers.

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