[extropy-chat] survey on fringe ideas: evolution
dirk.bruere at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 00:56:51 UTC 2005
On 10/27/05, Brett Paatsch <bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> Spike wrote:
> > Consider the survey question:
> > Do you believe in
> > a) creationism
> > b) evolution
> > c) neither
> > d) both
> > A sophisticated creationist may answer choice d,
> > reasoning that Noah only took aboard the ark the
> > land-based families of beasts, or possible only orders,
> > then genera and speciation occurred later, by the
> > mechanisms of traditional evolution. If the survey
> > is taken in rural Alabama, I have no doubt that
> > the pollsters are appalled at how few choose b. One
> > of our now-absent former ExI posters insisted that
> > we avoid the use of the term "believe."
> Ah that would be me. I'm not absent, I just don't always
> have time to read or reply.
> > He might choose c.
> I might choose c, probably would if you were the
> one asking the question because you'd know, I hope,
> that for me anyway, Not believing a) is not the same
> as believing Not a), so my answering neither would
> not mislead you and you could ask the question in
> a different way if you chose.
Being a fan of the Simulation Argument, I'll choose d)
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