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I don't [know] if Mr. Tweet is going to actually bother reading this or not but I know this fellow, Peter Almaine, who claims to be of the D&D group that disowned you because of your comparative immaturity. They were 20ish and you were 12ish, he claims. Can you confirm this?

Dan Connelly
USA - Monday, July 02, 2001 at 15:39:27 (PDT)

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Indeed, my contrast of evolution and creation doesn't in any way rule out or reflect on the idea that a deity created a world with the potential for creatures in the

deity's image. My narrow point is that evolution theory and creationism are not the same sort of knowledge.

Jonathan Tweet
- Friday, June 29, 2001 at 19:05:36 (PDT)

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That the Asian system works on "squares" (the pattern ten, ten-squared, ten-squared-squared, etc.) explains why the Tao Te Ching always talks about "the ten thousand things." Informally translated, that would be "the million things." Thanks.

Jonathan Tweet
- Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:22:02 (PDT)

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Yes, capitalism has strangely done a lot of what Marx promised. Revolutionaries often see their agendas usurped by reformers.

Jonathan Tweet
USA - Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:19:04 (PDT)

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You're right, that there could be life on Mars. Certainly if little green people from Alpha Centauri had visited earth when it was covered completely by ice, they would have been hard-pressed to notice microbes huddled around sulphuric vents at the bottom of the lightless sea. My point is that it's not the case that there was life once and isn't any more.

Jonathan Tweet
USA - Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:15:39 (PDT)

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I would point out that there is a growing concept among some of us younger persons of faith, who are also versed in science, that there is an alernative to the Theory/Anti-Theory debate of Evolution/Creationism. We, who cannot dispute empirical archaeological evidence, propose a creator who seeded creation at the First Event with the _potential_ for beings in his own image. Evolution then becomes the mechanism of delivery and not a "Babel Fish" denouncement of a Creator.

I have always believed that God is a more subtle being that dogma currently allows for. After all, why would an omnipotent being just absolutely dictate the shape of the universe, when He could be surprised by the form an organically developed one takes. Anyone who sculpts, paints, or expresses themselves in any way knows the feeling of a creation becoming something other than intended.

Dogma was codified for much more primitive peoples. Unfortunately, as we have changed, dogma has not. It now believes its own press releases.

Morristown, NJ USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 08:19:52 (PDT)

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Love the site :) Wonderful to see the Great Thinking that goes on behind games (we all know that it does, but its nice to have something to point at and show the non-gaming unbelievers).

The base 10 idea is very similar to asian numbering systems, although they would drop the "a" entirely, not having particles to begin with. And the response to your Base 10 idea is exactly how asian numbering systems work, that is, on a basis of 10,000 rather than our 1,000 (or should it really be written 1,0000?).

Tell you the truth, after learning a handful of languages, the irregular numbering systems of European languages have a great deal of charm. It is very easy to learn asian numbers, at least up to 10,000. But there are no cool but ridiculous numbers like German's elf (11) and zwolf (12) or French's soixante-dix-sept (77, literally 60-10-7) or quatre-vingt (80, lit. 4 20s). While mathematics may be without borders, the way we say the numbers themselves is definitely a cultural phenomenon.

Now, metric time, there's an idea with promise .... :P



Piper Jackson
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 17:35:47 (PDT)

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You said with regard to Karl Marx, "The exploited workers would rise up and use their superior numbers to recreate society to serve them instead of to serve the bourgeoisie. The corrupt world would be overturned, and the justice would reign in place of despotism."

And while I admit that I've never read the book (shame on me), I find this description of yours interesting. Because, if that is what he predicted, then his prediction will undoubtedly come true... only, in the form of capitalism. Mm? Let's hope it happens soon. I recently heard they're having a vodka crisis in Russia. Something about laws passed but necessary supplies not provided to allow manufacturers to abide by the law. Silly people. I'd riot too if I didn't have access to my vodka.

Hi, Jonathan. :)

Seattle, WA USA - Monday, June 18, 2001 at 23:49:28 (PDT)

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Perhaps there is life on Mars, and it has evolved in such a way that we cannot perceive it. Perhaps something as mundane as moving deep underground, or something as bizarre as...well, something that humans can't even comprehend.

Monte Cook
Renton, WA USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 16:47:29 (PDT)