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  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:59 pm   Subject: The 9/11 debate
About the article, all I can say is that people should judge for themselves if the description fits and dismiss all the derision and arguments from one's own authority as what they are. If the paper d ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:28 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate
My point is simply that it does not matter how long it took you to convince yourself that you were right all along, but that I find it convincing enough to read and I know it well enough to be able to ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:27 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate
Well, I think the paper is good work and I recommend it. That doing so is a reflection of my level of understanding of the issues is a truism, of course, but this thread is open to both newcomers like ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:17 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate
Here's a paper by Ryan Mackey on the discussion around the NIST inverstigation, various kinds of controlled demolition theory, and so forth. I read a good part of it recently and found its clarity cog ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:39 pm   Subject: The 9/11 debate
What are "my views" about 9/11, Finn, as opposed to your fantasies about those views? Tell me, since you're claiming, somewhat implausibly, that you know.

I was too blunt, obviously, but ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 3:16 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate

We all deal with mental comfort and discomfort over information that reaches us or threatens to reach us. There is no way for a person to claim to be above that and not look ridiculous.

I agree t ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:42 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate
Cognitive dissonance is not a special mental condition, cranntara, it's a principle of psychology that applies to all of us.

What the folk reading this thread see is nothing resembling a debate bu ...
  Topic: The 9/11 debate
finn mccool

Replies: 567
Views: 533641

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:22 am   Subject: The 9/11 debate
Cognitive dissonance is not a special mental condition, cranntara, it's a principle of psychology that applies to all of us.

What the folk reading this thread see is nothing resembling a debate bu ...
  Topic: Iraq Body Count
finn mccool

Replies: 272
Views: 251560

PostForum: Media Lens Forum   Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:25 pm   Subject: Iraq Body Count
You say '...Such as one saying that this argument has no force even if it's valid' - how exactly does an argument have no force and be valid at the same time? Surely it can only have force if it is v ...
  Topic: Iraq Body Count
finn mccool

Replies: 272
Views: 251560

PostForum: Media Lens Forum   Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:40 pm   Subject: Iraq Body Count
Roberts, I think, is basing his 200-300000 on his own study, but showing the potential sensitivity of IBC using the data he has to hand. Incidentally, its possibly a reason as to why he conceded a fig ...
  Topic: Iraq Body Count
finn mccool

Replies: 272
Views: 251560

PostForum: Media Lens Forum   Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:51 pm   Subject: Iraq Body Count

I don't know how Roberts arrived at that figure

Here's Les Roberts in his letter to Sloboda a couple of weeks ago. It was prominently discussed on the MLMB not long ago.

Finally, we measured ...
  Topic: Iraq Body Count
finn mccool

Replies: 272
Views: 251560

PostForum: Media Lens Forum   Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:05 pm   Subject: Iraq Body Count
Peter,

>>Clearly you seem to believe that pointing this out has some merit and I'd be grateful if you'd enlighten me as to what you believe that to be? I do not dispute the correctness of you ...
  Topic: Iraq Body Count
finn mccool

Replies: 272
Views: 251560

PostForum: Media Lens Forum   Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:24 pm   Subject: Iraq Body Count
It seems to me that a lot of unnecessary confusion surrounds this issue. The above link gives some basic background on elementary logic, which may prove helpful.

It seems to me that if you use an ...
  Topic: New look forum
finn mccool

Replies: 10
Views: 12662

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:12 pm   Subject: New look forum
It looks really good I must say. Nice job.

Of course your real problem is thinking of ways to get people to actually come here. Perhaps you shall succeed where all others have failed.

EDIT: per ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 12:23 am   Subject: Human Nature
Yes, as I observed in my earlier post, I am just repeating myself. But enough of that.

Found a short transcript of I've-no-idea-what by Marc Hauser, the co-author of the article I linked to above, a ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:03 pm   Subject: Human Nature
Look, I'm sorry for how this turned out. And sorry about the sarcasm in the end. Kiss and make up?

What, no kiss?!

EDIT at 19.15: found an article last night by Hauser, Chomsky and Fitch, titled 'Th ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:36 am   Subject: Human Nature
How do I know that "children choose from a tiny subset of the grammars that are in principle possible"? Well, this has to do with what linguists have found out about human language. See, for example, ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:02 pm   Subject: Human Nature
First, my reference to Pullum was from my memory of reading Cowie's response to Fodor last summer. Pullum is indeed the reference there which is supposed to show that "the poverty of the stimulus is ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:47 pm   Subject: Human Nature
"Finn, I have appealed only to Sampsonís empirical challenges to Chomsky, not his theoretical ones. real linguists and philosophers such as yourself have had in the last few decades.

finn
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:29 pm   Subject: Human Nature
Levs reply (8.11.):

>>I think you misread what I posted. I am asking far broader questions about how children learn their first language, a topic Chomsky was happy to provide a priori answers to, des ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 6:36 pm   Subject: On linguistics...
Copied from the message board. If the discussion continues in the future, this is the correct place for it. But, there's a chasm between us here Lev, and I'm not too optimistic about us being able to ...
  Topic: Human Nature
finn mccool

Replies: 16
Views: 24133

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue May 18, 2004 6:46 am   Subject: Human Nature
I'm happy to let this one go, thought it was long dead already anyway. No need to go through the trouble of finding the articles, unless you want to, since it seems that no one else took an interest i ...
  Topic: What do we think of religion?
finn mccool

Replies: 68
Views: 79489

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:26 pm   Subject: What do we think of religion?
Finn darling, we're splitting hairs and blurring definitions when speaking of spirituality and religion. I challenge you to explain why my moments of epiphany, which have been singularly cognitive, ar ...
  Topic: What do we think of religion?
finn mccool

Replies: 68
Views: 79489

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:28 pm   Subject: What do we think of religion?
Hi ion,

Spirituality is not a concept I use in my own life. The kinds of feelings and emotions that you describe are familiar to me, but I don't really distinguish them from non-spiritual emotions. I ...
  Topic: What do we think of religion?
finn mccool

Replies: 68
Views: 79489

PostForum: off-topic   Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:50 pm   Subject: What do we think of religion?
It was obviously a mistake to post my thoughts. I really think that my reasons are pretty clearly explained already - you'll just have me endlessly explain myself without really giving any thought to ...
 
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