On 2/10/2013 2:58 PM, Jesse F. Hughes wrote: > William Hughes <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: >> On Feb 10, 5:45 pm, "Jesse F. Hughes" <je...@phiwumbda.org> wrote:
>>> Hey, William. >>> You recently suggested that BroilJAB's stupid (and often racist) posts >>> usually have some (admittedly very tenuous) connection to reality. >>> That really surprised me. >>> Is the following made-up quote a counterexample to what you claimed? >>> Or is there some tenuous connection I don't see? >>> Just curious. >>> >>> BroilJAB <DesignDen...@wmconnect.com> writes: >>>> "The specified complexity of Life and the Cosmos >>>> render the existence of God highly plausible." >>>> -Dr Dawkins. >> >> Actually, this was one of the examples I was thinking >> of. The "quote" is made up, but there is >> a tenuous connection to the truth. Dr Dawkins is on >> record as saying that the existence of godlike >> creatures is plausible. (Nothing to do with >> complexity, specified or otherwise). > > Okay, thanks. I don't suppose I know the Dawkins comment > you refer to.
The quote which has some people reaching for their smelling salts is: > Doesn?t that description sound an awful lot like God? > > ?Certainly,? Professor Dawkins replies. ?It?s highly plausible > that in the universe there are God-like creatures.?
And then the article goes on: > He raises his hand, just in case a reader thinks he?s > gone around a religious bend. ?It?s very important to understand > that these Gods came into being by an explicable > scientific progression of incremental evolution.?
It seems to me that, beyond some blurry but real point on the more-tenuous/less-tenuous spectrum, the so-tenuous connection is irrelevant, as far as communication is concerned. In my judgment, BroilJAB passed that point a ways back.
Everything has a connection to everything. I don't think that means that it doesn't matter what I say because anything I say will be true -- in some tenuous sense.