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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 6th, 2006, 02:44 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Well MM, if you believe your own “axiom,” that “people believe what feels good to them - and use their brains to justify it,” then all you’re doing is simply using your brains to justify...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 5th, 2006, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

So then you’re saying that you’ve “used your brain to justify” something that you don’t “believe” and doesn’t “feels good to you?” Congratulation MM, you’ve just disproved your...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 5th, 2006, 04:49 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Using MM’s “axiom of human nature,” I suppose MM might say that she “used her brains to justify” that belief of hers—that mathematics is the ultimate tautology—apparently b/c that’s...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 5th, 2006, 12:07 AM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

I’m inclined to agree with much of what you say here Carey, although I’d say that MM has not knowingly, at least not consciously, “designed” her arguments to, as you say, “put an...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 4th, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Views: 33,056
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Carey.

BTW Carey, did you notice the similarity of JimB’s thinking to my own regarding the circularity thing—i.e., using his words, “‘If it's alive,...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 3rd, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Aw shucks Jim, Margaret ain’t so bad . . . except for the paranoia; the ideology; the use of terms such as “bully,” “coward,” “asshole,” “ideologue,” the "Full Monte” of the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 3rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 33,056
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Hmmm, sounds like a version of dumb and dumber . . . and yet, somehow, MM made a “choice,” “long ago to go with the scientific (non-theistic) view.” I wonder if even a “fawning undergrad...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 2nd, 2006, 09:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 33,056
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Well Carey, if you’re saying that the individuals/traits having higher survival and reproduction rates are always going to, well, survive and reproduce at higher rates, and that therefore we can...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 1st, 2006, 11:14 AM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

I think we’d agree that “selection” more or less satisfactorily explains the primary mechanism utilized (supposedly “artificially,” by humans) to “evolve,” for example, wolves into...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology June 1st, 2006, 12:25 AM
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Views: 33,056
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

And so, to reiterate, the problem is that natural selection, although somewhat compelling, and probably superficially true, is ultimately nothing more than a circular explanation that, as Dawkins has...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 31st, 2006, 08:24 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

I’ll admit that “natural selection” can be quite compelling. But I’d say that you and those from whom you have learned are probably too in love with your core belief (as Dawkins acknowledges...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 30th, 2006, 10:33 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

So, to summarize, the problem is that natural selection is ultimately nothing more than a circular explanation that, as Dawkins has acknowledged, many believe is true but that can’t really be...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 30th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Yeah, essentially survival and perpetuation of the traits/individuals that are the “fittest.” I don’t doubt that life “evolves” and that the traits that result in higher survival and...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 30th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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Views: 33,056
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

The bottom line is that Dawkins acknowledges that all life, all intelligence, all creativity and all 'design' anywhere in the universe, being the direct or indirect product of Darwinian natural...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 29th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Well, I suppose one could argue that “discrimination” is not terribly “rational,” but is it really so mind-boggling when understood in terms of evolution and primitive subcortical...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

Not to take MM’s side on this issue, but let’s face it Carey, whereas the evolution of the solar system is superbly explained and predicted by Newton’s and Einstein’s equations (along with...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 29th, 2006, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Fred H.
Re: Emergent Networks and Fine Art

At times the stories in Crash felt somewhat contrived to me, although I’m inclined to agree with what seemed to be its premise—that all races, all ideologies, all of us, no matter how...
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