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Re: [atheists-8] Christian Fundamentalism & The Current State of the Union?

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Sent on: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:27 AM
quite so. Feynmans brevity in humor made it��elegant.
��I
gather alot of folks put quotes up from some collection of neat bits
culled for
them. Mine are culled from my deficient memory from what i've read. The quotes
are inherintly not quite quotes, paraphrazed or otherwise mangled. And yes, my
vocabulary exceeds my spelling- no big deal. I'm here talking w/ ya'll for a
pleasant diversion and meet folks in a new locale. Exchange of ideas and
perceptions is FUN, or should be,��sometimes challanging to mindsets. My
mindsets are longstanding as per my age-54 years of atheism, skeptisim,
rational thought and questioning of prevailing opinions. Feynman was a pretty
funny guy- for a genius. Quoteing him inserted humor, (or attempted to)
something sorely lacking today, especially amoungst folks who justly
take their
thinking seriously, and expect to be 'heard'.��

Quoting Joy
<[address removed]></[ad­dress removed]>: </p><blockq­uote dir="ltr"
style="PADDING-RIGHT­: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT:
rgb(0,0,0) 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><tr><­/tr><td class="text"
align="left"><­/td><div id="html-message">­<div>But you have to admit - the
brevity of Feynman's quote makes it instantly funny! ;+)</div><d­iv><br
/></div><­div>Joy</div>­<br /><div><­div>On Oct 21, 2008, at 12:38 AM, Dan
wrote:</div><­br class="Apple-interch­ange-newline" /><blockquote
type="cite"><d­iv dir="ltr">Hey Jim,<br /><br />Actually the above statement is
not correct (or at least not accurate). Here is a simple counter example: In a
class with 30 students, student A got 30 in the exam, student B got 50 and C
got 100. The average is 60 and two thirds of the class falls bellow.<br /><br
/>The correct way to say it is that half of the class is below or at the
median. Apparently Feynman (who is he?) makes the assumption that the
grades of
the class are Normally distributed in which case the median and the average
overlap.<br /><br />Cheers,<br /><br />Dan <br /><br /><div
class="gmail_quote">­On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 4:52 PM, jim copeland <span
dir="ltr"><<­a
href="/hwebmail/serv­ices/go.php?url=mail­to%3Ajamescopeland28­9%40centurytel.net"
target="_blank">[­address removed]</a>>­</span> wrote:<br
/><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT:­ 1ex; BORDER-LEFT:
rgb(204,204,204) 1px solid"><div>­<p>I'm reminded of a Feynman 's
phyisics class
quote- 'like it or not, half of this class is going to be below
average'</p><­p>Quoting Dan : </p><blockq­uote dir="ltr" style="PADDING-RIGHT­:
0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: rgb(0,0,0) 2px solid;
MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><table>­<tbody><tr>­</tr><tr>­<td
align="left"><­/td><td><­div><div dir="ltr"><div­ class="Ih2E3d">He­y
Bug,<br /><br
/>I am a bit confused. So, do you agree with Ashly that average seems to be a
bad central measure for IQ? <br /><br />Dan<br /></div><­div
class="gmail_quote">­<div class="Ih2E3d">On­ Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 3:14 PM,
bugpowder <span dir="ltr"><<­a
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class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT:­ 1ex; BORDER-LEFT:
rgb(204,204,204) 1px
solid"><div class="Ih2E3d"><­div>"BTW with out taking the test I can tell
you that my IQ is extremely high :) "</div>...well­, sure. ����The
question remains whether you could still say that after taking an IQ test.
����(-:<br /><br />-bug<br /><br /><br />Dan wrote:</div><­blockquote
class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT:­ 1ex; BORDER-LEFT:
rgb(204,204,204) 1px
solid"><div class="Ih2E3d"><­div>Hi Ashly,<br /><br />Nice remark. It made me
laugh.<br /><br />BTW with out taking the test I can tell you that my IQ is
extremely high :)<br /><br />Dan</div>­</div><div>­On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 4:55
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