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Gregor Samsa Mendel
Member since Jul-25-04 · Last seen Dec-11-17


High school science teacher, and proud union representative. Just doing what I can to build a better America.

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   Gregor Samsa Mendel has kibitzed 3254 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-17 A Brinckmann vs Kieninger, 1932
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Preliminary analysis by Stockfish the Computer declares that 5..Nf6 and 6..Qxf6 are best in this position, and that black might have been able to hang on with 7..Bg7.
   Dec-10-17 London Chess Classic (2017) (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: In So-Karjakin, it looks like both sides tried to mix things up in the ending, but it wound up drawn.
   Dec-09-17 Carlsen vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The dancing rook and the fat lady are waiting in the wings.
   Dec-07-17 M Turov vs G Orlov, 1994
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The Silicon Beast says that 36 Rb6 and especially 37 a6 were major errors, preferring 36 Rd6 and 37 Bd2.
   Dec-03-17 Anand vs Adams, 2017 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <MrCarciofo: Black could now try to exchange the rooks by d6 d7> I don't see why it would be advantageous for black to trade rooks in this position.
   Dec-02-17 Keres vs V Petrov, 1937 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Black could try to move the rook and attack the bishop simultaneously with 44..Rd6 or ..Rf5, but this would fail to 45 Nh7+ Ke8 46 Rxa6, when 46..Rxd5 would lose the rook to 47 Nf6+.
   Dec-01-17 O Bernstein vs Kotov, 1946 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: I usually don't get Friday problems, so this one is definitely on the easy side.
   Nov-30-17 E Williams vs Harrwitz, 1846 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <yureesystem>--After 23..b5, I thought that white could still win a piece with 24 Be2. So I plugged the position after 23..b5 into Stockfish and the computer found the amazing (to me, anyway) 24 Bxf7!!
   Nov-27-17 Vladimir Barskij (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: The game Belov vs V Barskij, 1959 was probably played by a different V Barskij.
   Nov-27-17 Hector vs Barbero, 1991 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Mendrys: Very forceful play by Barbero. It's also a good example of a tactic like 17. Qg6...that always looks good to get in but isn't always good to play. In this case it's the best move in a situation where white has an inferior position already...> According to
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "...the task that reason evolved to to prevent us from getting screwed by the other members of our group. Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt while others loafed around in the cave. There was little advantage in reasoning clearly, while much was to be gained from winning arguments."

Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: LOL!

Cute fairy tale.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I believe it explains a lot on why you post here, <BP>.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: "Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers..."


People get so carried away with these imaginative settings and stories.

It cute.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <BP>--I guess you never took a college anthropology class.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: Oh, the college professor is what makes it true?

Thanks for clearing that up.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: No, the college professor summarizes the evidence gathered by scientists. You could read a textbook on the subject as well, and judge the evidence for yourself. You say you value critical thinking skills, but you seem to use them only in an extremely narrow sense. If you use them at all.
Feb-25-17  Big Pawn: The evidence?


A few pieces of this and that, plus a <LOT> of wild imagination is the *evidence*.

Let's not conflate the *wild imagination* with the evidence.

"Where's the evidence?"

"There's tons of evidence!"

"Where is it?"

"Everyone knows about the evidence!"

"So where is it?"

"Ask John, he has the evidence and wrote a book on it"

"Hey John, where's the evidence?"

"There are mountains of evidence!"

"John, okay, where is the evidence?"

"Go to college dumbazz!"

"I went to college, John, where's the evidence?"

"Mountains and mountains of evidence!"

"John, you said that already. Where did you get the evidence for your book?"

"I got the evidence for another guy named John. Here is his book. Ask him."

"Hi John2, where is the evidence?"

"It's science, go away."

"But John2, where can I see the science?"

"You can't because you're an idiot."

"Look, John2, I want to see the evidence. "

"The evidence is well documented!"

"I know, John2, but where exactly is it?"


"John2, what exact does that mean?"

"It means there are mountains of evidence!"

"Where did you get your evidence from, John2, to write your book?"

"I got it from another guy named John that is from the generation before me. Here is his book."

"Hey John3, where is the evidence?"

"It's science. It's well documented. Mountains and mountains of evidence."

"John3, how do you know that these little bands of "hunter-gatherers" were living in caves and there was little reason for reasoning early on?"

"Why? Because of science! There is lots of evidence. Well documented."

"Like what?"

"Like lots of it! Why don't you read a book, if you know how to read!"

"But John3, just because you found an arrow head in a cave doesn't mean that people didn't reason. How do you get that?"

"I got it from another guy named John! And he's a scientist! So you lose"

The emperor has no clothes.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: How do people study prehistory?
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  thegoodanarchist: <But to explain the concept aforehand would be putting Descartes before the horse. >

I groan every time I read that.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Big Pawn--The emperor has no clothes.>

I don't know about that, I think his getup is kind of snazzy.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs"

<So if climate modeling remains imperfect, what’s the point of doing it?

...a lot of the concerns about implementing policy are related to concerns about the reliability of the numbers being used. It’s a little like the doctor coming in and saying you’re sick and he has some medicine which might work. You’ll feel much more comfortable about the medicine if you know there’s been clinical research and systematic control trials demonstrating it works.>

Time will tell. However, I suspect a lot of self-professed "Christians" aren't worried, because they think the Second Coming will occur in their lifetime or not much later.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "In Landmark Move, GOP Congress Calls Climate Change ‘Direct Threat’ to Security"

As they say in Kentucky, even a blind pig will find an acorn every now and then.

Aug-12-17  pinoy king: Gregory Salsa Mandela, or whatever your name is, you suck. You suck at chess, and you suck at everything.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <pinoy king>--I have been fatally wounded by your dexterity with wordplay, forsooth! That'll teach me to mess with a crab.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist

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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel:

I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist>

Much better to be a, Government Funded by Exxon, Government Climate Scientist!

(Obama tried to pass the, "No Taxes for Big Oil Act" but Republicans wouldn't let him)

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  thegoodanarchist: Ever notice how both of diceman's dice are rigged?

It's all 6s. Nothing else! You can only roll boxcars.

He will likely blame me, for I took the fair die for my own :)

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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist:

Ever notice how both of diceman's dice are rigged?>

They were a gift from "crooked Hillary."

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <diceman>--And Hillary Clinton gave you a pair of loaded dice because...?
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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <diceman>--And Hillary Clinton gave you a pair of loaded dice because...?>

She wanted me to go to Trump casinos
and bet "Any Craps" all day long!

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: ...but you misheard her, so here you are, posting any crap all day long.
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  diceman: <Gregor Samsa Mendel:

...but you misheard her>

"Any Crap" was Hillary's campaign!

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Evolution and the ability to walk on water.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: International agreements based on scientific findings make a difference. The reversal of ozone depletion is an example of this.

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