Blind Ambition — Revisiting Searle’s Chinese Room

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For the most part, computer scientists have tended to ignore Searle’s argument and the point of view that it represents. Source
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Brain Size Doesn’t Determine Intelligence

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Brains are not simple, so many “just common sense” theories have fallen by the wayside. Source
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How Plants Talk When We’re Not Around

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One genuine surprise in recent decades has been the discovery that plants have nervous systems like animals. Source
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New Animation on Topoisomerase Demonstrates Irrationality of Denying Design Evidence in Biology

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Replication or transcription of DNA stresses the macromolecule, resulting in supercoiling. Topoisomerase II relieves the stress. Source
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Jordan Peterson Springs the Trap of Scientism

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There’s a gaping God-shaped hole in both Krauss and Peterson’s particular ways of spinning all this. Source
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Jordan Peterson, Lawrence Krauss, and the God Hypothesis

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Stephen Meyer opens his new book with a memorable anecdote about debating Krauss live while battling a fierce migraine. Source
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Admit an “Error” by Darwin and Huxley? Here’s How It Could Be Permitted

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As we all know, evolutionary theory, like the famed golf game of Kim Jon-il, contains no errors or weaknesses of any kind. Source
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Balancing Lives, Economics, and Public Policy in This Plague

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I am a physician, and while I don’t treat coronavirus patients personally (I’m a neurosurgeon), I work in a regional coronavirus center and have first-hand knowledge of the medical impact of this pandemic. The danger the virus poses to life is substantial — in vulnerable people, it causes severe pulmonary compromise, often requiring the patient to be placed on a ventilator, and a substantial portion of these ventilated patients will die. The virus is highly contagious, and has a rather long incubation period, which helps it spread — people who have it continue to walk around and spread it for quite a while before they become sick and realize that they are contagious.  A Framework for the Wisest Decisions For a variety of reasons, the coronavirus plague is devastating to…
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