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Old 3rd March 2013, 10:46 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by TubbaBlubba View Post
I'm sorry, but this wriggling is inane. Randi incorrectly characterized an important scientific theory in order to support a stupid idea he had. If he didn't mean to say that evolution supported his solution, why the hell did he refer to not only natural selection or SotF, but Darwin himself?!
It sounds like you are absolutely right. I agree.

However, since I tend to (a character flaw I have) try to give the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he, as I sometimes do, use a name or concept as a basis for attempting to express my PoV. For example, I would mention Darwin to draw the person I am talking to into the "idea" of what I am trying to express. I am not dropping the name to be exactly what Darwin expressed, but to use as a basic framework simply in trying to formulate my thoughts.

Now, if Randi seems very certain, than he does indeed need to read up more and be precise. If he means/meant to be a bit more general, then he should say so.
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