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Manny
Manny is on page 85 of 532 of Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: Ptolemaic and Copernican
It seems to me that at such times as the celestial bodies are contributing to the generations and alterations on the earth, they must too be alterable. Otherwise I do not see how the influence of the moon or sun in causing generations on earth would differ from placing a marble statue beside a woman and expecting children from such a union.
Oct 15, 2013 04:01AM Add a comment
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: Ptolemaic and Copernican

Manny
Manny is on page 240 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Invagination! Invagination! Invagination!

To my disappointment, it turns out not to be a rude word. Though it does play an important role in the process of making babies.
Oct 13, 2013 11:46PM Add a comment
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 200 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
So it's apparently possible that turtles left the sea and became land-creatures, twice! Who knew they were so exciting?
Oct 11, 2013 02:58PM Add a comment
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 160 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
A striking experiment with parallel lines of E. coli, which elegantly demonstrates how non-trivial evolution can happen over a period of as little as 20 years. The most impressive part is how the good methodology allowed clean analysis of a metabolic improvement requiring two independent mutations, each useless on its own.
Oct 11, 2013 06:49AM 1 comment
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 120 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
I'm certainly improving my knowledge of Young Earth Creationism. How could I not have heard of the "head for the hills" theory, which is intended to explain the fossil strata in terms of the Biblical Flood?

I am curious to know whether there really are people who believe in this nonsense. Perhaps it's not mainstream Creationism?
Oct 10, 2013 12:11AM 6 comments
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 95 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
If the people who deny the fact of evolution are ignorant of biology, those who think the world began less than ten thousand years ago are worse than ignorant, they are deluded almost to the point of perversity. They are denying not only the facts of biology but also those of physics, geology, cosmology, archaeology, history and chemistry as well.
Oct 09, 2013 12:23PM 42 comments
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 50 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
It would be possible to produce dairy humans, if anyone wanted to try. All too many women, bamboozled by the myth that breasts like melons are attractive, pay surgeons to implant silicone, with (for my money) unappealing results. Does anyone doubt that, given enough generations, the same deformity could be achieved by selective breeding, after the manner of Friesian cows?
Oct 09, 2013 11:17AM 3 comments
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 30 of 470 of The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Suppose you were a Latin teacher, and you constantly had to deal with interruptions from people who claimed that the Roman empire never existed? It's a nice analogy to get things started...
Oct 09, 2013 04:22AM Add a comment
The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution

Manny
Manny is on page 20 of 528 of Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
He outlines an ambitious program...
Oct 08, 2013 10:06PM Add a comment
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology

Manny
Manny is on page 160 of 184 of Doktor Glas
Varför törstade jag efter en handling? Kanske mest för att råda bot på ledsnaden. "L'ennui commun à toute créature bien née", som drottning Margot av Navarra uttrycket det. Men det är länge sedan det var ett privilegium för "varelser av börd".
Oct 08, 2013 08:35AM Add a comment
Doktor Glas

Manny
Manny is on page 120 of 184 of Doktor Glas
"Vill" - ja, vad betyder det? En människovilja är ingen enhet; den är en syntes av hundra stridiga impulser. En syntes är en fiktion; viljan är en fiktion. Men vi behöver fiktioner, och ingen fiktion är nödvändigare för oss än viljan. Alltså: vill du?

Jag vill, och jag vill inte.
Oct 07, 2013 12:32AM Add a comment
Doktor Glas

Manny
Manny is on page 95 of 184 of Doktor Glas
Det finns människor som sakna all anlag för lycka och som känna det med pinsam, obeveklig klarhet. Sådana människor sträva inte efter lycka utan efter att få litet form och stil på sin olycka.
Oct 06, 2013 10:25AM Add a comment
Doktor Glas

Manny
Manny is on page 40 of 184 of Doktor Glas
De talade om kvinnorna och om kärleken, och frågan gällde, vad som är den viktigaste förutsättningen för att man skall kunna ha riktigt roligt med en kvinna.

Den första sade: Att hon är sexton år, att hon är svarthårig och mager, och att hon har ett hett blod.

Den andra, med ett drömmande uttryck: Att hon är tjock och mullig.

Den tredje: Att hon håller av mig.
Oct 05, 2013 04:46AM Add a comment
Doktor Glas

Manny
Manny is on page 267 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
He's wrapping it all up, and notes that the fine-tuning argument is just a special case of the Prosecutor's Fallacy. So even if the whole book is wrong, the fine-tuning argument is still dead in the water.

Hm. I can't help thinking that it sounds like the atheist version of the Ontological Proof...
Oct 02, 2013 02:58PM Add a comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 250 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
In the 2003 book The Probability of God: A Simple Calculation That Proves the Ultimate Truth, physicist Stephen Unwin attempted to calculate the probability that God exists. Unwin's result: 67 percent.
Oct 02, 2013 02:17PM 3 comments
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 210 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
Stenger busily crosses more things off his list: ε, proton decay, deuterium abundances, and now he's going to start on Λ. I'm wondering what he'll say about The Cosmic Landscape; Susskind thinks Λ is a slam-dunk proof of fine-tuning. He's already quoted the book, so he can hardly ignore the question...
Oct 02, 2013 01:06PM Add a comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 160 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
According to Stenger, the ratios of the masses of the elementary particles have to be roughly what they are because interactions between quarks and gluons supply most of the mass, the value of which thus follows from the particle's structure. So why have people as diverse as Smolin and Susskind said that no one knows how to explain the particle masses? Recent breakthrough?
Oct 02, 2013 08:45AM Add a comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 135 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
Dinesh D'Souza tells us that scientists are "working hard to come up with an explanation for the Big Bang that avoids having to posit a creator." I guess someone who has worked in politics for so many years finds it hard to believe that there actually are people in the world who are motivated by the truth rather than by winning points over the opposition.
Oct 02, 2013 07:56AM 1 comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 115 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
"Certainly for a creation to have happened at all, the universe must have had a beginning," says Stenger. Though I believe Thomas Aquinas disagreed with this claim.
Oct 02, 2013 04:59AM Add a comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 75 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
"I will present a modern version of basic physical principles, including Newtonian physics, stated in the elegant formulation of four-dimensional space-time and its conjugate four-dimensional energy-momentum. And I will show that these principles are not fine-tuned, since they can hardly be anything else."

Sounds, a bit, what's the word I'm looking for, Aristotelian?
Oct 02, 2013 02:03AM 2 comments
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 30 of 345 of The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us
He's going to explain why the universe isn't fine-tuned after all. Let's see if he's more convincing here than he was in the relevant chapter of God: The Failed Hypothesis.
Oct 01, 2013 09:04PM Add a comment
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

Manny
Manny is on page 225 of 332 of Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
1758, and Halley's Comet has returned as predicted. "Astrophilus" writes in the Gentleman's Magazine: "I cannot but congratulate my countrymen on an event so glorious to the Newtonian doctrine of gravity, and to the memory of that excellent philosopher Dr Halley; and may it ever be remembered that the first instance of an event of this kind was foretold, and with accuracy too, by an Englishman."
Sep 30, 2013 11:49PM Add a comment
Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation

Manny
Manny is on page 200 of 332 of Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
Many things that cosmologists thought in 1974 were miraculously fine-tuned to allow life and human existence are neatly explained by inflation. In their book The Early Universe, Rocky Kolb and Michael Turner state: "It is unclear to one of the authors how a concept as lame as the 'anthropic idea' was ever elevated to the status of a principle."
Sep 29, 2013 11:56PM Add a comment
Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation

Manny
Manny is on page 140 of 332 of Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
Now that he's stopped telling us about history and has got on to the things he did himself, the book has gone from dull to unputdownable. The story about the balloon experiment which drops from 40,000 feet and lands in the hick farmer's vegetable patch is excellent, and the part about using U-2 spy planes for cosmology research is even better.
Sep 28, 2013 06:41AM Add a comment
Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation

Manny
Manny is on page 100 of 332 of Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
The Swedish physicist Hannes Alfvén liked to compare himself to Galileo, who he would jokingly say was "just a victim of peer review".
Sep 27, 2013 02:22AM 3 comments
Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation

Manny
Manny is on page 50 of 332 of Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation
"Comets such as Halley's travel around the Sun on highly elliptical orbits that can be predicted with Newtonian equations; binary stars orbit each other according to Newtonian laws; and brand-new planets can be discovered (as was Uranus) by using Newtonian laws to detect their gravitational pull on known planets."

Ah - excuse me, Professor Smoot, but don't you mean Neptune?
Sep 25, 2013 12:39PM 6 comments
Wrinkles in Time: Imprint of Creation

Manny
Manny is on page 210 of 297 of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality
Is the editor asleep or something? Now we read that the neutralino is the supersymmetric partner of the neutrino. Puh-lease!
Sep 20, 2013 11:33PM Add a comment
The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality

Manny
Manny is on page 200 of 297 of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality
"The result of quantum particles possessing energy that interacts with gravity was what physicists call the Casimir effect."

Really? I have never seen the Casimir effect described in these terms before. Am I missing something?
Sep 20, 2013 09:47PM Add a comment
The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality

Manny
Manny is on page 200 of 297 of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality
"The result of quantum particles possessing energy that interacts with gravity was what physicists call the Casimir effect."

Really? I have never seen the Casimir effect described in these terms before. Am I missing something?
Sep 20, 2013 02:26PM 7 comments
The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality

Manny
Manny is on page 175 of 297 of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality
"I cannot believe," says the astronomer's wife of one day, "that you are working on a paper on the way from our wedding to our honeymoon."

"Well, this is a really important one!"
Sep 19, 2013 11:44PM Add a comment
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