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|Quote (thordaddy @ April 06 2006,23<!--emo&)|
You seem to have missed that all questions about life "come down to" a yes/no answer.
Literally, is it life... yes/no? That's what all questions about life "come down to."
You have to throw up your hands when we talk about human life. You don't know. So why should we look to you for answers?
I missed no such thing, Thordaddy. Try to concentrate.
Can we stay on topic for a few seconds? My point, which I feel like I'm beating to death with a spade here, is that you, personally, have a hard time understanding that not everything in life comes down to a black-white, wrong-write, up-down, strange/charmed, yes-no dichotomy. I specifically stated that not all questions are answerable by either yes or no. You're proving my point for me by insisting, against reason, logic, and common sense, that all questions can be answered yes or no. I've given you a handful of questions that clearly cannot be answered with either a yes or a no, and believe me, I could go on for fifty posts with them. For the sake of the sanity of the other readers here, I'll refrain from doing so.
But the funny thing is, you're not even right about the question of whether something is alive or not. Is a virus alive, or not? Do you know? Because no one else does. A pretty good example of a question not answerable with a yes or no, right? How about an encapsulated bacterial spore. Is it alive? No one's exactly sure. What about a prion? Now there's a poser. Care to answer that one with either a yes or a no? How about this one? Is a photon a particle, or a wave? Oh, wait, that one can be answered with a yes and a no!
And you're also wrong about me and human life. I'm pretty sure that human life is, in fact, alive. I don't think I've ever expressed any doubts about that.
Just when I didn't think you could get any more wrong, you go ahead and prove me wrong.
2006 MVD award for most dogged defense of scientific sanity
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