s33 asked:

"our tendency to detect intelligent agents when none are actually present"

I think that HADD is crap. If anything, our tendency as humans is to fail to give the benefit of the doubt to other humans let alone other species as far as intelligence and equality. Mythology is not the result of mistaking inanimate objects for spiritual entities, rather it is the natural function of the human psyche to express superlative qualities as personified characters. It is a playful, fictive process which is interpreted in a variety of ways, ranging from simple entertainment to social drama to sacred revelation and has nothing whatsoever to do with survival or evolutionary biology.

Obviously whatever we have in the way of signifying sentience is present in other life forms as well - not as an independent phenomenon but as an aspect of being a living organism as opposed to a dead one.

Mythology is not the result of mistaking inanimate objects for spiritual entities, rather it is the natural function of the human psyche to express superlative qualities as personified characters. It is a playful, fictive process which is interpreted in a variety of ways, ranging from simple entertainment to social drama to sacred revelation and has nothing whatsoever to do with survival or evolutionary biology.

Oh?  I suppose you have some other hypothesis or data to present?  ”Natural function of the human psyche”?  Why does it have that function?  ”Playful fictive process”…that means nothing and explains less.  Everything about human physiology and psychology has something in principle to do with evolution.  We are not privileged to have received some of our qualities by providence or magic rather than evolution like everything else.

Listen my friend.  I have tried before to get you to realize that you speak about science and physics in a way that may make you appear intelligent to those unfamiliar with the subjects, but it is obvious to those with formal schooling that your knowledge is superficial at best.  Your pronouncements are based on wish-thinking and fuzzy logic.

Fox News is bat shit crazy.

Ok.  It is officially official.  On the Fox News website, they asked in a serious tone if the green lens flare at about the 1:20 mark is one of the Horseman of the Apocalypse.

I mean, can I debunk this?  It’s like debunking the tooth fairy.  How obvious is it that it is just lens flare?  You expect the average crazy to put up nonsense like this and the rainbow in the sprinkler, but not a major “news” company.