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#1 Edited by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

Also, a common misunderstanding is the conflation of evolution the theory with evolution the phenomena. When Einstein proved that Newton's theory of gravity was wrong, he obviously did not disprove gravity, but just Newton's explanation of it. Objects continued to fall when dropped.

Evolution, in the simple sense, is simply a fact. Life on Earth has changed over time. The fossil record, DNA evidence and direct observation all clearly demonstrate this.

*How* this happens is much more open. Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is deservedly the dominant "theory of evolution," but there have been others proposed over the centuries, such as Lemarckian evolution. These theories could be wrong, but even if Darwinian evolution was disproved tomorrow, we would lose an explanation but not the phenomenon it was trying to explain. Because life on earth still changes over time, and objects still fall when dropped.

#2 Edited by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

Evolution is a difficult subject because it is so deceptively simple that it's very easy to misunderstand, and soon you're thinking of higher orders of creatures vs. lower orders and similar errors.

It's about an hour long, but I highly recommend this interview series with a medical doctor named Randall Nesse who goes into many of the aspects of our own bodies have been shaped by natural selection, both to our benefit and detriment. Susceptibility to back injuries, the immune system, women outliving men and so forth. Lots of interesting stuff. It fantastically illustrates evolution as a process, when too often we focus on the outcomes. Also, the interviewer is Richard Dawkins, but don't get put off by that as a religious person. He's pretty much there as a sounding board, and I don't recall religion ever coming up.

#3 Edited by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

The death of the Joker in The Dark Knight Returns

For context, an older Batman has come out of retirement, which causes the thought-cured Joker's psychosis to re-emerge. After the Joker slaughters a horrifying amount of people, Batman resolves that he has to finally kill him. It has to end. When has the Joker cornered, he breaks his neck, paralyzing, but not killing the Joker. He still cannot make himself become a murderer. This is how the Joker responds.

#4 Edited by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

You own 193 games worth: $2,504.48 USD

Member since Half-Life 2, and I go after those Steam sales pretty hard.

#5 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

1. Mass Effect 2

2. Braid

3. Fallout 3

4. Portal

5. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

6. Supreme Commander

7. Rainbow 6: Vegas

8. Super Mario Galaxy

9. Rock Band

10. Uncharted 2: Among Theives

#6 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

Ghostbusters

#7 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie

#8 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

I really enjoyed it, and it's a shame that it's bombed as badly as it has. It's flawed in a lot of ways, but it's stuck with me in a way few flicks have this year, and had some really striking moments (I'm thinking of the ship rigging / Neo Soul bridge crosscutting and Hugo Weaving's Old Georgie confronting Tom Hanks as they climb the Hawaiian volcano).

Not to mention how shockingly well paced it was. Almost three hours, and I don't think I was ever bored.

Sadly the film's dialogue doesn't measure up to the visuals, and the themes are far more eloquently expressed through the editing and the connections between the actors (like Jim Sturgess's freeing slaves across different stories) than when a character gives a big speech about the meaning of the movie, which is mainly a dull word salad of new-agey buzzwords. Sonmi's big climactic broadcast kinda lands with a thud. I much preferred Hugo Weaving's big harangue about the naiveté and futility of the abolitionist movement, which *was* actually quite moving, given what the audience knows about that history.

The strengths definitely outweighed the weaknesses, though. And it has Hugh Grant eating people and Keith David running around in pretty much the exact costume from Shaft, so that's a big plus.

#9 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

I own that figure, and it is pretty great. There's a lot of subtle work in the sculpt that you can't really tell til you have it in your hands, like the asymmetry Each side is not just a mirror of the other, which gives it a nice look. The atomic breath extra was nice too.

The only thing is that it is very posable, but it is really meant for display, not for playing with. For instance, the joints aren't loose at all, which is great for locking it into whatever position you like, but I know I was surprised by just how stiff it was.

Worth $50+? Tough to say, I know I grew up loving old Godzilla movies, but never had a Godzilla toy that wasn't crap, so this tickled my nostalgia enough for the splurge.

#10 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

I love Firefly as much as the next geek, but The Wire is just on a different level. I went into it with unfairly huge expectations (after all, you can only be told its" the greatest TV show ever made" so many times before that sinks in) and it more than lived up to the hype.