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Gregor Samsa Mendel
Member since Jul-25-04 · Last seen Aug-22-17


A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks the horse if it's an alcoholic considering all the bars he frequents, to which the horse replies "I think not!" POOF! The horse disappears.

This is the point in time when all the philosophy students in the audience begin to giggle, as they are familiar with the philosophical proposition of Cogito ergo sum, or I think, therefore, I am.

But to explain the concept aforehand would be putting Descartes before the horse. ---

I ought to call myself an agnostic; but, for all practical purposes, I am an atheist. I do not think the existence of the Christian God any more probable than the existence of the Gods of Olympus or Valhalla. To take another illustration: nobody can prove that there is not between the Earth and Mars a china teapot revolving in an elliptical orbit, but nobody thinks this sufficiently likely to be taken into account in practice. I think the Christian God just as unlikely.

Bertrand Russell

I've come to realize that part of me is an argumentative jerk. It's not right for me to impose this part of myself upon my friends, family, coworkers, or students. But at the Rogoff forum, I can indulge freely in this part of myself with the people who richly deserve to be treated poorly--the argumentative jerks who hold views different from mine.

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   Gregor Samsa Mendel has kibitzed 3189 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-13-17 K Forster vs Kupchik, 1946 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <FSR: Unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure how this is a Sunday puzzle.> I think CG puts in these easier Sunday puzzles every once in a while so that patzers like me will try solving all the Sunday puzzles on the off chance that it's one of these. I ...
   Aug-12-17 offramp chessforum (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <offramp>--I can never tell whether you are being serious, but Paul Verhoeven directed neither Terminator 2 nor Batman and Robin. He did, however, direct Starship Troopers, which is one of *my* absolute favorite films.
   Aug-12-17 Gregor Samsa Mendel chessforum
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.
   Aug-12-17 Sinquefield Cup (2017) (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Pinoy King Crabs are invading Norway and annoying everything in their path! "Some fishing communities in northern Norway say the crab, among the largest in the world, has already had a devastating impact. "The bloody things Hoover [vacuum] everything off the bottom of ...
   Aug-12-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <The Emperor of Ice-Cream By Wallace Stevens Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. Let the wenches dawdle in such dress As they are used to wear, and let the boys Bring flowers in last month's ...
   Aug-05-17 R Breahna vs E Ambrus, 1998
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <freewheel>--Do you mean 38..Bxf3? This removes the protection from the knight and allows it to be captured by a rook with check. As for 53 Rg8+...I used to make moves like this all the time when I played chess on the internet using a crappy mouse.
   Aug-05-17 R Maillard
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Any relation? After all, he did roast his opponent.
   Aug-04-17 Anand vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Anand is a tough old bird. I would be surprised if Carlsen were to squeeze a win out of this position.
   Aug-04-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Jack Bauer: I've never witnessed such hatred for a man who is willing to work for free to make his beloved country a better place. It is <pathological.>> What especially impressed me was how he halved the entry fee to his Mar-a-Lago club upon becoming ...
   Jul-21-17 J Perlis vs J Mieses, 1907 (replies)
Gregor Samsa Mendel: Brilliant combination by Mieses, although it all seems so straightforward in retrospect. I didn't get it, as is usually the case with me and Friday puzzles.
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Our genes are out to get us

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Jul-12-16  truepacifism: I just found this forum; it looks interesting, so I thought that I would say "hi".
Jul-13-16  optimal play: <<Gregor Samsa Mendel: "New Equation Tallies Odds of Life Beginning" >

Paul Davies, an astrobiologist at Arizona State University who was not involved in the study, also said that the term that incorporates the probability of nonlife becoming life will be among the hardest to define. "We don't know the mechanism whereby nonlife turns into life, so we have no way of estimating the odds … It may be one in a trillion trillion (it's easy to imagine that), in which case, Earth life may be unique in the observable universe,">

Paul Davies is a very interesting author.

<Cosmologist Paul Davies proposes theory that building blocks of life may not be chemicals but information>

<"Scientists have embraced a kind of mathematical creationism," wrote New York Times science writer George Johnson back in 1998, "God is a great mathematician, who declared, 'Let there be numbers!' before getting around to 'let there be light!'">

<[T]he laws of physics are what they are – but studying them, in time, over generations of scholarship, will lead to the understanding that in a fundamental way the universe was kick-started by what Ames terms a "powerful agent" – or, in more traditional terms, God.>

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "Far from being perfect, one-time creations, we still bear the scars of the evolutionary process that made us."

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "Evolution Is Still Happening: Beneficial Mutations in Humans"

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: An educated guess regarding the genes that were present in the last universal common ancestor of all living things:

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  Penguincw: Hi <Gregor Samsa Mendel>. Happy Holidays to you. :)

Here's to hope in 2017, the bees don't continue to die off at an alarming rate. ;)

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Happy Holidays to you too, <Penguincw>.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Speaking of bees...
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  thegoodanarchist: Speaking of bees...

When I was a child, many years ago, I lived in a cul de sac. There were a few other children about.

There were <many> bees about. We would catch them in Mason jars.

Nowadays I walk down cul de sacs, and if I see a bee more than one day a year it is a rare delight.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "Geological Explorers Discover a Passage to Earth's Dark Age"

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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."

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  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>.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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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