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by Luke Muehlhauser on December 27, 2011 in News

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Reginald Selkirk December 27, 2011 at 6:39 am


Luke Muehlhauser December 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

broken link


slappy December 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

Hmm… I’m not so sure that The New York Times predicts AI, but rather that a lone reader submitted the prediction, and various other readers moved around the date several hundred times. That’s what I see if I click on the year for any given prediction. It does all appear on The New York Times website though. Am I somehow stupidly misunderstanding?


Paul December 28, 2011 at 5:35 am

Holy fuckweasels did I enjoy the 25 Best Autocorrects. Plus now I know how to properly ask for money if I need to borrow some in the future. Thanks for sharing.


Reginald Selkirk December 28, 2011 at 8:16 am


Reginald Selkirk December 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

The geniuses at Manhattan Declaration ask What if Jesus had been aborted? They conclude that the result would have been no art, no famous buildings, no discovery of the New World, etc.

Here’s an interesting argument: No Jesus, no wine.

The global wine industry has been largely impacted by the church and America. In medieval Europe, following the decline of Rome and its industrial-scale wine production for export, the Christian Church became a staunch supporter of the wine necessary for celebration of the Catholic Mass.

That’s right. Without church sponsorship, wine drinking would probably have died out.

Also, the practice of grafting in resistant American wine grape rootstock to guard against phylloxera has been used globally. Had American rootstock not been available and used, there would be no wine industry in Europe or most places because of the devastating Phylloxera louse of the 1870s.

The discovery and colonization of the New World, which the geniuses of Manhattan Declaration have separately explained is indirectly due to Jesus, made American root stock available to save the European wine industry from the dreaded Phylloxera louse. They forget to mention that Phylloxera is native to North America, so its introduction to Europe is also due to the discovery and colonization of the New World. That Jesus has us coming and going!

Luke, why aren’t you taking on the sophisticated arguments for theism, like those being made by Manhattan Declaration?


Matti Sironen December 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Those Plinkett reviews are like fairly good movies themselves. Many thanks for the introduction!


Felicity December 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

Second attempt: best American football interception

Meh. There has been better.


mpg December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

That Dolphin Jetpack is insane.


scott December 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm


Have you ever tried to contact Prof. Arif Ahmed for an interview? He’s a very solid debater with a tightly honed analytical mind. It’d be great to hear you interview him. Thanks for the great work.



Eurocentric December 30, 2011 at 5:43 am

Quine, aĞ er arguing that there is no line between science and philosophy,
tends to assume that he has thereby shown that science can replace
philosophy. But it is not clear what task he is asking science to perform. Nor
is it clear why natural science, rather than the arts, or politics, or religion,
should take over the area leĞ vacant. – The Mirror of nature


Luke Muehlhauser January 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm




Larkus January 2, 2012 at 2:48 am
Reginald Selkirk January 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

Felicity: Meh. There has been better.

I’m open-minded. Show me a link.


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