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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,12:02   

Some vintage GilDodgen tard over at UD:
           
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Here’s a thought about anthropic “coincidences.” Michael Denton, in his book Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe (a tour de force which cannot be summarized here), points out that if metals could not have been smelted and refined at temperatures reachable through carbon-based fire, technology could never have arisen.

Uh, I guess that depends on whether you know what the word "technology" means.
     
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tech·nol·o·gy[tek-nol-uh-jee]–noun
1. the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.  
2. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.  
3. a technological process, invention, method, or the like.  
4. the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.

To paraphrase at a level more appropriate for the average tard on the street, "technology" means "how we get stuff done."  Using a rock to crack a nut is a technology.  Which part of "technology" requires "smelt(ing) and refin(ing metals) at temperatures reachable through carbon-based fire?"

I think I can see where GD went wrong with this:
         
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Here’s a thought

See, that's your problem right there.

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