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  1. Champagne

    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    They've found other Australopithecine skeletons. Considering the number of bones and fragments found at the Lucy site, and considering there was no duplication, it would be exceedingly unlikely for more than one individual to be represented.
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    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Erm, they have to what?
  3. Champagne

    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    If the bones are symmetrical from one side to the other, you don't need both sides to know what the bones are like, you just need one. Which means that the researchers know a lot more about the Lucy skeleton than you're suggesting with that 40% figure. They have the pelvis and femur from one...
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    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Erm, no. This sort of evidence has been found consistently over the last 150 years. This particular fossil is significant because of (a) the high degree of preservation and (b) the overall scarcity of early primate fossils. What did humans evolve from, then? Or are you saying humans didn't...
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    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Rubbish. They want to find cold fusion in the worst way, but the scientific method is what's showing that the various claims haven't held up so far. You do understand that with a bilaterally symmetrical species, 40% of bones is actually more than it sounds, right?
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    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    No they weren't looking for the missing link because scientifically the missing link is a meaningless concept. What theory are you talking about? If you're referring to the basic theory of evolution by variation and selection, it's already been developed; scientists are using observations to...
  7. Champagne

    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Read the link in my previous post and see what you think they were doing.
  8. Champagne

    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Scientifically, a theory is an explanation. It most certainly is not an assumption. Other definitions of "theory," which are used in a nonscientific sense, are irrelevant when you're talking about the scientific context, which we're doing here. Where Ida is concerned, I wish the press would...
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    Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

    Theories are explanations. The scientific method is a way to explain observations on the basis of the laws of nature. Since explanations (in other words, theories) are the whole point of science, there's no such thing as "only" a theory. Evolution is a process. The theory of evolution is an...
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    HPV Vaccine

    Just this vaccine, or vaccines in general?
  11. Champagne

    Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin

    No surprise there, unfortunately.
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    Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin

    Apparently Gwen Ifill had been told ahead of time to stay away from certain subjects. It looks as though religion might have been one of them. We went to see Religulous today, and the notion of having a biblical-literalist end-times-believing fundamentalist in the White House (or, actually...
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    Commentary: Time for Palin to put up or shut up

    I don't understand why the Democrats keep caving in like this. So she isn't a good debater - why are the Democrats going along with this attempt to help her compensate for something she isn't good at? That isn't how it's going to work when she's Vice President or even President and sitting...
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    Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin

    She was heard to say that she was a young-Earth creationist, but I expect her to duck it or deny it in the VP debate if it comes up. In the Bill Maher show last year Joe Biden called creationism malarkey, and one of the other panellists said that that might come back to haunt him if he went much...
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    Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin

    I saw an article in the Times saying that McCain's advisors were urging Palin to arrange this wedding for Bristol and her boyfriend sometime in the next few weeks so it takes place before the election. It's supposed to create goodwill for the Republican ticket or something. Some of the quotes by...
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    "Biblically Correct" museum tour

    You do know how to cheer a person up, don't you?
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    Sam Harris rips Sarah Palin

    Good for him. It's about time we heard some serious commentary on what a dangerous choice she is. I hope one of the debates or interviews she gives between now and the election gets her to be honest about her religious fundamentalism. Not that I really expect it to happen, especially after her...
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    Is this horrifying or absolutely beautiful?

    Well, I was hoping that was going to be some tongue-in-cheek list - I rather wish it had been.
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    Is this horrifying or absolutely beautiful?

    From the article: "Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy." She'd fit right in with the Bush administration; that's exactly how they've been running things. Yet another indication that a McCain administration would be more of the same...
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    McCain picks VP

    You know that's Photoshopped, right?
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