From: Norman Noman (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Aug 27 2007 - 06:14:41 MDT
On 8/26/07, Matt Mahoney <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> --- Norman Noman <email@example.com> wrote:
> > If there was a magic word that made people turn into frogs, I would have
> > hard time considering that a natural feature.
> No you wouldn't. Miracles are miracles only because they are rare.
No, they're not. They're miracles because they're rare and they can't be
explained. It's really rare for a movie to be made that's based on an
amusement part ride, but it does happen occasionally and nobody considers it
If people could be turned into frogs, we would adjust our scientific
> theories to fit the
> facts. We do it all the time.
Conservation of mass (adjusted)
The mass of a closed system of substances will remain constant, regardless
of the processes acting inside the system, except when people are being
turned into frogs.
Yes, I can see how after a few years, that little wrinkle would be all
I thought I was making my case rather bluntly, but apparently it was blunt
enough. Let's say in addition to the frog word, there's a magic word that
makes the names of the programmers scroll upwards across the sky in giant
letters of fire, accompanied by a pleasant MIDI file, and after they're done
scrolling there's a blinking message that says THIS UNIVERSE IS A
Would that be distinguishable from a feature? Mr. Smart Guy?
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