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Tim Minchin talking about evolution with a nice little musical number at the end
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March 28, 2011 at 4:58 am
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@singerg02 And given enough time (like for Nostradamus 400 years), any half way reasonable “prophecy” will come to pass whatnot with the world being such a big place and all. And the “third big war will begin” umm 9/11 didnt result in WWIII. fail.
Ps, how is New York the “city of god” as according your nostradamus? Lol.
@singerg02 as Im sure many people have already told you, first off when you make as many predictions as Nostradamus youre BOUND to get some right, thats the property of a sub machine gun. no one ever pays attention to unfulfilled prophecies. Creative interpretation: “what soft light through yonder window breaks” AH! Shakespeare is talking about the prismatic effect of light!! 3: well OF COURSE he forecasted disasters, we live on a FREAKING planet! thats what planets do you know, have disasters.
@SCRulerShinoda — “Detail” doesn’t determine accuracy, though. Just because someone says “That ball is purple” instead of “That ball is violet” doesn’t mean the ball isn’t still purple.
@singerg02 you think it does because you can apply the details. It’s vague.
They are not specific. the interpretations are extremely open because they are vague. This is the same property in the bible. any specific prophecies are bullshit, but the vague ones are all pointed to as fulfilled.
@SCRulerShinoda —- “”In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb”,
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning”
- Nostradamus 1654″
This particular prediction speaks of the events of 9/11. There are almost 100 of predictions like this one, which were FAR to specific to be “lucky guesses”. Just because they are all open to interpretation doesn’t mean they aren’t accurate.
@singerg02 they weren’t predictions. they were written in language that could only be applicable when someone thought hard about what goes with what. At best they are post dictions.
@SCRulerShinoda — Who happened to have given at least 5 accurate predictions about 5 world disasters. Once, he might have gotten lucky. Twice, there just might be something to it. 5 times? Nuh uh. That’s NOT a coincedence.
@singerg02 Nostradamus is naught but a man.
is it bad that me and a couple of freinds know this off by heart?
Has he never heard of Nostradamus?
22 people ostracized Tony the Fish.
I want to meet Tim SO bad. He is one of the single most amazing people I have ever known to exist. His brain is amazing, and he is so inteligent.
10^-140 may seem like a very large number, but the universe is a four dimensional space so inconceivably vast that the improbable quickly becomes not only probable, but likely. Also, there have been very, very many more E. Coli on this planet than can reasonably be calculated. Just be assured that the number is also vast, and that empiricism has proven that genetic mutations occur in bacteria at an alarming rate. Also, bacteria don’t need to slowly evolve; conjugation helps a lot.
@mrfrankincense the source is: Junker R, Scherer S (1998) Evolution – Ein kritisches Lehrbuch. Weyel, Gießen. Unforunately the source is german :S And I can’t really figure it out for you, because my english sucks :S
@agro0 First off I’d like to say that the mutations are random, but the evolution process is not so. Can you verify the source and validity of this p=10^-140. I wasn’t aware that physics had a way of so accurately predicting chance, unless of course Intelligent design proponents just made it up and you copied it over here like a good little sheep.
@mrfrankincense The chance of a random development of the locomotive system of Escherichia coli is 10^-140. This seems so damn impossible
@agro0 It is random and evolution clearly has worked. Are you forgetting the natural selection process, or would you like me to explain the mathematics of probability?
@Diosukekun Organs do not just spring up, so there was no point where a mutation gave tony some feet without nerves. He already had fins which gradually became more foot like and they retained the nerves that the fin had. If you are asking about the times when the brain first evolved , it did so in organisms which were already functioning well before they had that brain. The brain evolved separately from the organs that it controls.
@mrfrankincense nope, it can’t be random. otherwise evolution wouldn’t work
22 people are called tony
@mrfrankincense at what point would it be advantageous to have a new body part that’s disconnected from our nervous system and at what point would it be advantageous to have some superflous neural pathways? this is just an example
@mrfrankincense Most adaptations existed before the brain and the brain would have gradually mutated to grow nerves in more and more organs as the generations passed. How the brain would adapt to controlling these things is central to how a brain works. By nature of the brain it can send and receive an impulse from all of the nerves connected to it and can learn in what way it should manipulate these signals. These are good questions, but answers exist, don’t be too coy in your dismissal.
@Diosukekun You’re right, in one respect; a series of generations inflicted with detrimental mutations would die, even if it was going to lead to something good. But that is why evolution has not created things like wheels. For wheels to evolve in an organism a mutation must cause an axle, wheels and things to hold the axle in place all at once because on there own they would be useless. However organisms only have organs where each step is advantageous.
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