Those sure are a lot of naked assertions with zero supporting argument. Strange, I don't feel any particular urge to defend Bonds' monumentally bad writing.
How could phlogiston theory have explained the flame not going out? It seems pretty straightforward : as the air absorbs phlogistion from the substance being burnt, it eventually becomes saturated. If the flame didn't go out, this would disprove the theory.
Sounds like a great way to excuse writing trash.
what do you mean by "how can you get blue from not-blue"?
"This of course makes me a deranged, non-thinking, Eliezer-worshiping fanatic for whom the singularity is a substitute religion."
Yes, it does. Seek professional help.
And then your opponent still steals, gets all the money, and nothing goes to medical research. woopty doo.
Masculinity isn't off-putting.
So is it a planet or not?
Noise / sound exist independently of observation, at least so long as you subscribe to the idea that there exists an objective reality outside of your own mind. They are pressure waves transmitted through some medium.
The tree makes a sound, which no one hears.