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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 19 2007,01:17   

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The anatomical position of the genitalia gives females total sexual control over who is allowed to mate with them.


It's length is variable, and considered a secondary sexual trait as well.

bigger the better.

There is a professor of behavioral ecology/psychology (Steve Glickman) at Berkeley who specializes in studying hyena social behavior.

He's raised some of them from babes, and they readily accept him as part of the "pack".

fascinating animals, really (well, the spotted ones anyway, striped hyenas are kinda shy and boring, IMO).  I recall spending time watching him work with the animals directly at the facility up in Strawberry Canyon.  Not only unusual social behavior based on entirely matriarchal heirarchies, but the vocalizations are quite complex as well.

and yes, they indeed can crunch a thighbone in a single bite.

http://psychology.berkeley.edu/faculty/profiles/sglickman.html

It was a blast having a psychologist on my advisory comittee who spent most of his time studying hyenas.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 19 2007,19:32   

Dr. Hunter:

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On the other hand, letís look at an evolution example. An evolutionist uses DNA sequence data to construct phylogenies. First, the data are processed to cull homologous sequences, thus rejecting differences. Then the analysis is rerun several times to hone the results, and remaining outliers are explained as a consequence hypothetical evolutionary scenarios. The results are published, and later become strong evidence for evolution and we use them to confirm our flimsy conclusions.


There's a lot to say about this paragraph, but since I'm tired and irritable, I'll give you time to support this statement if you wish. Just two questions:

If molecular phylogenies are simply exercises in forcing the evidence to match preconceived ideas, then:

1) Why do the molecular trees surprise scientists so often, and

2) How are these phylogenies able to predict patterns of SINE insertions? The Afrotheria hypothesis was validated by retroposon evidence, and while it's true that the authors posit a "hypothetical evolutionary scenario" to explain a possible discrepancy caused by one insertion, the overall pattern supports common ancestry for these mammals.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,13:14   

Which animal has the stronger bite: the hyena, or the American Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier? Does anybody have any data on this? Is there even a reliable way to measure bite strength? Just curious, cause I hear so many different claims.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,13:37   

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Which animal has the stronger bite: the hyena, or the American Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier? Does anybody have any data on this? Is there even a reliable way to measure bite strength? Just curious, cause I hear so many different claims.

I've heard that there isn't any way of measuring bite strength (from folks opposing breed-specific legislation). I suppose one could measure the amount of pressure put on something as a dog/hyena bites it, but I imagine getting the animal to bite as hard as possible might be difficult.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,14:54   

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Which animal has the stronger bite: the hyena, or the American Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier? Does anybody have any data on this? Is there even a reliable way to measure bite strength? Just curious, cause I hear so many different claims.

yes, you can measure bite strength with a pressure sensitive strip. †Often, it is encased inside a malleable cylinder. †You have to calculate the proper position to place it to get maximum bite strength, which is often the most difficult thing when comparing one animal to another.

it's been done for lots of animals, though I haven't done a search to see if the results are on a website somewhere.

that said, I've never seen a pit bull that was able to crack a bone the diameter of a human thigh bone with a single bite.

my money would be on the hyena.

a quick google search shows MANY studies on bite strength; if you have access, there are several studies on hyena bite strength mentioned.

shouldn't be too hard to anwer your question.

http://www.google.com/search?....spell=1

oh, here's a video showing the mechanism commonly used to measure bite force, along with (in the first part of the video) a clip from a nat geo show that came out a while back where some dufus (Jim Fowler, maybe?) got paid to go all over the world to measure bite strengths.

note in the chart that domestic dogs are typically measured at around 330, while hyenas are around 1000.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAL6vGsQL8

...oh, and don't ask me why the person who did the youtube decided to use Lakme as background music.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,16:37   

Cool!

So, in theory at least (subject cooperation could admittedly be an issue...), we could find out exactly how hard Dr. Hunter is chomping on his foot while he types the tard he posts here?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,16:48   

I saw a program in which they were measuring the bite strength of snapping turtles.  One of the things they found was that the bite of turtles in the wild was MUCH greater than that of ones in zoos.  So I would expect that getting any particular animal - especially a domsticated one - to bite as hard as it can would be problematic.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,16:53   

Thanks for the info, Ichthyic. That You Tube guy must have been mauled by a lion while on a safari.

"Lions are so overrated (mutter)....why I never...(mutter mutter)" †;)

Was the measurement in psi's? The video didn't make it clear. This source supports your claims, although he's a little more skeptical about measuring bite strength:

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There is no accurate way to determine the pressure of a dog's bite. Although there have been studies to attempt to answer this question, the PSI (pounds per square inch) tends to vary greatly depending on who you talk to. In many cases the number seems to have been completely made up, or pulled from a source (i.e. newspaper) that has invented some ridiculously high number. I have heard: 1000 PSI, 1800 PSI, 2000 PSI, and "10 times the strength of Rottweiler jaws". None of this is based in reality.

In real life a dog's bite strength is determined by a wide variety of factors. While these include the dog's size and individual jaw strength, the severity of a bite is primarily determined by the dog's intent (i.e. aggression, fear, warning snap, playful nip), the victim's behavior (twisting or yanking the body part being bitten can increase the damage), the dog's training, and so on. Scientific experiments indicate that trained bite dogs (including pits) can bite at a little over 300 PSI maximum.

Interestingly, recent attempts to measure a dog's jaw strength have indicated that pit bulls have much lower bite pressure than some other breeds, putting lie to the idea that pit bulls have more bite power than any other breed. For more details, check out http://www.understand-a-bull.com/PitbullInformation/Urbanlegends.htm


Now wait for the Tasmanian devil nut-huggers to show up. Or don't.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,17:03   

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we could find out exactly how hard Dr. Hunter is chomping on his foot while he types the tard he posts here?


yes, provided you could somehow get his foot out of his mouth long enough to be able to insert a bite meter.

which of course is the real challenge.

oh, and I think those bite meters do have an upper limit of around 2000 lbs, so they might not be adequate in this case.

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Was the measurement in psi's? The video didn't make it clear


hmm, it's my understanding it's equated to the amount of pressure a stationary object of given weight would exert.

IOW, if it states "1000 lbs." that would equate to a solid weight of 1000 lbs being placed on the meter.

I'm sure the pressure meter actually measures it directly as PSI, which is then translated into a measure that is easier for pop. science buffs to translate into real-world examples.

so when someone says 1000 lbs of pressure, it allows comparison between parking a VW on the meter, for example.

It's legit enough, if not the most accurate representation.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,18:48   

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This was my question. There are many, many more examples of similarities that do not fit the common descent pattern. Why are those that can be fitted to the common descent pattern cited as such powerful evidence? Without some justification, this fundamental claim of evolution appears to be selective. Unfortunately, good justification is hard to come by. The vast majority of the responses simply avoided the question and made up their own.

I'd be interested to see these "examples of similarities that do not fit the common descent pattern." Are you saying you've identified unambiguous violations of nested hierarchies? I'd be surprised to find that there are known falsifications of common descent with modification. Such falsifications would, of course, fatally undermine the Theory of Evolution in its entirety.

Are you sure that's what you're talking about here? Or are you talking about apparent violations of nested hierarchies. Convergent evolution may make it difficult to construct accurate phylogenentic trees, but you sound like you've found something that makes it impossible to construct such trees. Are you sure that's what you mean?

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2007,20:38   

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I'd be interested to see these "examples of similarities that do not fit the common descent pattern."

Me too.

Alas, though, Doc Hunter is apparently, like every other IDer I've ever run into, lethally allergic to answering direct questions. Almost as if he, ya know, has something he needs to hide, or something.

(I mean something OTHER than the fact that he's too uninformed to tell the difference between "homologous" and "analogous". . . . .)

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 12 2007,07:41   

This just in

Hunter allies himself with creo-legal nut Caldwell and get's slapped around again.

Thanks to Ed Brayton for the report.

http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2007/09/caldwell_loses_suit.php

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 12 2007,07:49   

Quote (The Ghost of Paley @ Feb. 19 2007,19:32)
Dr. Hunter:

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On the other hand, letís look at an evolution example. An evolutionist uses DNA sequence data to construct phylogenies. First, the data are processed to cull homologous sequences, thus rejecting differences. Then the analysis is rerun several times to hone the results, and remaining outliers are explained as a consequence hypothetical evolutionary scenarios. The results are published, and later become strong evidence for evolution and we use them to confirm our flimsy conclusions.


There's a lot to say about this paragraph, but since I'm tired and irritable, I'll give you time to support this statement if you wish. Just two questions:

If molecular phylogenies are simply exercises in forcing the evidence to match preconceived ideas, then:

1) Why do the molecular trees surprise scientists so often, and

2) How are these phylogenies able to predict patterns of SINE insertions? The Afrotheria hypothesis was validated by retroposon evidence, and while it's true that the authors posit a "hypothetical evolutionary scenario" to explain a possible discrepancy caused by one insertion, the overall pattern supports common ancestry for these mammals.

Hunter:
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On the other hand, letís look at an evolution example. An evolutionist uses DNA sequence data to construct phylogenies. First, the data are processed to cull homologous sequences, thus rejecting differences. Then the analysis is rerun several times to hone the results, and remaining outliers are explained as a consequence hypothetical evolutionary scenarios. The results are published, and later become strong evidence for evolution and we use them to confirm our flimsy conclusions.


What an ignorant fool.

He must have gone to the Paul Nelson school of molecular phylogenetics.

Nelson once claimed that the order in which a taxon is placed in a dataset and then aligned will dictate its position in the phylogeny, that experimenter bias essentially produces the desired outcome.

So, I took a dataset that I had been working on at the time, scrambled the order of the taxa in the alignment, coded their names, and removed all gaps.  I offered to send him this dataset, provided links to free software with which he could align them himself, and to free phylogenetic software that he could then run his dataset through.  I wrote that if his outcome was different than the outcomes that I got with that dataset, then he might have a point worth discussing.

But...

Darn it, he just didn't have the time...

... to test his claim....

But he went right on making it.

The more I read, the more I am convinced that these people are just plain old pathological liars.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 12 2007,09:08   

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The more I read, the more I am convinced that these people are just plain old pathological liars.

Good post!

Unfortunately, they are plain old patholgical liers that want to teach crap to our kids, which is why they need to be constantly monitored and slapped around.  And which leads us to why we are here. :)

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(Permalink) Posted: June 06 2009,07:48   

Cornelius Hunter has posted several new threads at Uncommon Descent most of which link back to his own blog for the balance of the essay. But there doesn't seem to be a way to comment on his blog.

How Future Scholars Will View Evolution

PZ Myers: The Anti-Authoritarian Authoritarian

The Three Fallacies of Evolution

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(Permalink) Posted: June 06 2009,18:51   

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Cornelius Hunter has posted several new threads at Uncommon Descent most of which link back to his own blog for the balance of the essay. But there doesn't seem to be a way to comment on his blog.

How Future Scholars Will View Evolution

PZ Myers: The Anti-Authoritarian Authoritarian

The Three Fallacies of Evolution

Religion Masquerades as Science in Forbes Magazine

Its odd. You'd figure he would prefer to be slapped around in private than be humiliated in front of his mates at UD.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 07 2009,15:49   

Quote (Zachriel @ June 06 2009,05:48)
Cornelius Hunter has posted several new threads at Uncommon Descent most of which link back to his own blog for the balance of the essay. But there doesn't seem to be a way to comment on his blog.

How Future Scholars Will View Evolution

PZ Myers: The Anti-Authoritarian Authoritarian

The Three Fallacies of Evolution

Religion Masquerades as Science in Forbes Magazine

Every single one of those topics include at least one, and sometimes several, links to his own pathetic blaggery.
Looks like Corny is taking lessons from Densye on how to use UD in a pitifully blatant attempt to direct traffic to their own blogs.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 10 2009,23:18   

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Every single one of those topics include at least one, and sometimes several, links to his own pathetic blaggery.
Thus, we can be optimistic that he will copy his recent Pyknon prediction that he alredy linked copied to ENV will show up at UD. Of course he doesn't mention that the Pyknon concept has been criticized:
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An example of underestimating the probability of frequent word occurrences is apparent in a recent study by Rigoutsos et al [16]. They reported that certain DNA words, termed pyknons, appear frequently in human gene-related sequences andin noncoding regions, in restricted configurations, and presented many arguments for the pyknonís functionality. By relying on a Bernoulli model, they reasoned that 16-mers should appear in a random genome sequence more than forty times with a probability <10-32. Such a word frequency, however, is not as extraordinary if we take into account the universal shape of genomic spectra. A DPL distribution fitted to the human genome spectrum yields a P-value of 0.001 (see Supplementary Material).This latter translates to about four million 16-mers that are expected to occur at least forty times in a random genome-sized sequence. Strikingly, at least 460 thousand frequent words appear already in the repeat-masked sequence as accidental constituents of the fitted distributionís heavy tail.
(CsurŲs M, Noť L, Kucherov G. (2007): Reconsidering the significance of genomic word frequencies. Trends Genet. 23(11):543-546; a free author's copy can be found here)

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 12 2009,07:30   

Someone I went to school with has an interesting post on Cornelius Hunter

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2009,20:42   

I had a go at Hunter's water strider post if anybody is interested.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2009,21:41   

afarensis you now know more about water striders than Cornytard ever will.  what a maroon

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2010,22:01   

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learned-hand: Zachriel, I believe you're being successfully trolled. Has Ilion said anything with any content at all in this thread? No response can be anything more than a jumping-off point for more angry, empty rhetoric.

Who would have thought!?

As for being "successfully" trolled, that requires having provoked a reaction rather than a response. Fortunately, our patented {not really} DeSnarkģ desnarkification field suppressor (remark desnider) limits the amount of trolling emissions before viewing. Here's an example.

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Ilion (no filter): Of course! How trollish of me to help the "Darwinists" demonstrate to one and all that they do not reason.

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Ilion (filtered at 70%): Sorry. I'm not following your argument.


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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2010,09:18   

Ilion is a fun one. He came up with a "disproof" of evolution (regarding the human chromosome 2 fusion) in some gaming forum years ago), and has been traveling from forum to forum peddling it ever since. His argument has been dismantled several times by different people, but when that happens he just leaves (because he just can't stand "intellectual dishonesty", you see) and finds another where the members haven't seen his pet argument demolished.

Here is a thread on †ARN where I dealt with him, and here is a blog where he tried it again ( a friend who frequents the blog †noticed his presence and let me know).

He is nasty piece of work, but easily refuted. The trouble is, many laypeople are impressed by his 'sciency' schtick.

Edited by KCdgw on Feb. 28 2010,15:17

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 02 2010,00:24   

I haven't read this entire thread. Has someone made the Hunter-Byers link? Too obvious to miss, really, innit.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 02 2010,17:32   

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I haven't read this entire thread. Has someone made the Hunter-Byers link? Too obvious to miss, really, innit.

I was about to suggest that your hypothesis could be refuted by the simple fact that no one could fake the word salad that is Byers's prose.  Then I realized I wasn't thinking in the 21st century.  Maybe Hunter is using one of those online translation programs to go from English to ? and back to English.  Someone should try that with a known sample of Hunter's writing and see how it compares.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 02 2010,19:03   

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Quote (fnxtr @ Mar. 02 2010,00:24)
I haven't read this entire thread. Has someone made the Hunter-Byers link? Too obvious to miss, really, innit.

I was about to suggest that your hypothesis could be refuted by the simple fact that no one could fake the word salad that is Byers's prose. †Then I realized I wasn't thinking in the 21st century. †Maybe Hunter is using one of those online translation programs to go from English to ? and back to English. †Someone should try that with a known sample of Hunter's writing and see how it compares.

Apparently you have never read anything by Denyse O'Leary - Canadian journalist and editor. Contributes to UD a lot. Rumored to be an Inuit morphodyke...  :p

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 03 2010,10:23   

never mind

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 04 2010,15:26   

How long till he moderates his blog?  He and the standard crowd are getting trounced fairly regularly.......

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 13 2010,05:54   

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How long till he moderates his blog? †He and the standard crowd are getting trounced fairly regularly.......

I've tried asking about the age of the Earth and his alternative to the ToE but I can still comment!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 13 2010,13:31   

I agree it seems unusual for the Blog to be staying as open as it is.

I'm glad "our" side seems to be keeping the name calling down to a minimum.

Unfortunately, Robert stepped into it with this comment.

As bad as the "Does fire create fire?" was, the AGW versus GW was a wild goose chase which could only end up distracting the conversation. †(IMHO)

Oh well.

  
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