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I seem to have some kind of dopaminergic reward pathway established for blog commenting. Every time I see a new post, I know I’ll either be happy because I agree with it, or I’ll get that little surge from disagreeing vocally! Any time I see a remark about “framing,” I’m either gonna like you or hate your guts, and my natural argumentative streak gives me a positive brain-boost either way.

Trying to find a simple principle which completely covers a complex and heterogeneous set of overlapping problems in which our pious platitudes frequently conflict with one another is, as Sean Carroll says, a mistake. Complex problems, regrettably, often demand complex solutions. If this discussion had, from the beginning, focused on specific and concrete examples, I believe we would have seen much more agreement — and much more productive disagreement!

Blogs are the enkephalins of the masses.

Enough of this. It doesn’t make a difference.

May I remind everyone that Michael Egnor is still saying ridiculous things?

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  1. He may be saying ridiculous things, but he’s a master of the deadly martial art of Frame-Fu! Or so some would have us believe. Apparently, all anti-scientists are gifted with an innate +1 bonus to their Frame rolls (modified by CHA and not INT, of course, or else not even the bonus would save them), whereas all scientists start with a -4 CHA penalty for the purposes of calculating Frame roll modifiers.

  2. That. . . almost. . . makes a kind of. . . horrible sense!

    • stogoe
    • Posted Friday, 20 April 2007 at 11:56 am
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    BLake, There’s something really wonky about the ‘frame’ of your comment box on IE. My text

    • stogoestogoe
    • Posted Friday, 20 April 2007 at 11:57 am
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    Hey! I kind of figured it out. Ahem: Blake, There’s something really wonky about the ‘frame’ of your comment box on IE. My text is the same color as the background, and the name and email boxes as well as the Post button don’t actually exist.your comment box on IE. My text is the same color as the background, and the name and email boxes as well as the Post button don’t actually exist.

  3. As Jacques Distler said under similar circumstances, “http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/“.

    Seriously, I’ll take a look at it. (Probably something funky with the skin CSS.) First, I have to find a computer which runs IE. Which version are you running?

    • Randall
    • Posted Friday, 20 April 2007 at 12:21 pm
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    It’s only a problem on IE 6. Adding div.comments { height: 1%; } to the stylesheet seems to fix it. (Someone’s had to spend too much time dealing with browser incompatibilities…)

  4. Ah, the benefits of collective wisdom!

    I’ve noticed problems with blog comment CSS in IE 6 before. I tweaked my style.css file; hopefully everything works now.

    • Randall
    • Posted Saturday, 21 April 2007 at 14:17 pm
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    Offtopic and mildly amusing: Revere at Effect Measure thinks Boston street signage is so bad that it’s a threat to disaster preparedness.


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