Re: India Joins Search for Oil off Cuba's Coast/Kuwait offers to build first refinery in U.S. in 30 years

From: janice matchett <janmatch@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon Sep 19 2005 - 12:38:28 EDT

At 12:26 PM 9/19/2005, Michael Roberts wrote:
>Is this meant to be humour or are you deadly serious?

### Are you saying that the well-researched phenomenon in evolutionary
biology known as Zahavi's handicap principle is a joke?

Janice :)

>----- Original Message -----
>From: <mailto:janmatch@earthlink.net>janice matchett
>To: <mailto:glenn_morton@yahoo.com>Glenn Morton ;
><mailto:asa@calvin.edu>asa@calvin.edu
>Sent: Monday, September 19, 2005 3:21 PM
>Subject: Re: India Joins Search for Oil off Cuba's Coast/Kuwait offers to
>build first refinery in U.S. in 30 years
>
>At 09:44 AM 9/19/2005, Glenn Morton wrote:
>
>
>>janice matchett <<mailto:janmatch@earthlink.net>janmatch@earthlink.net>
>>wrote:
>>3 Items of news regarding oil and refineries in case you missed
>>them. ~ Janice
>>GRM: Janice, I could give you lots of headlines. Headlines without
>>analysis is not science, it isn't even interesting, nor it is meaningful.
>>None of these headlines nor the stories behind them are really applicable
>>to the issue of Hubbert's peak.
>>glenn
>>http://home.entouch.net/dmd/dmd.htm
>
>### Careful -- your species/type may be on the way to early extinction:
>
>"There is a well-researched phenomenon in evolutionary biology called
>Zahavi's handicap principle, which establishes that certain types of
>animal morphology and behavior evolve precisely because they reduce the
>animal's fitness and penalize its chance for survival.
>
>A peacock's tail is an obvious example.
>
>One can observe that a peacock's tail is almost "deliberately designed" to
>introduce a higher cost for survival for the host animal and therefore to
>communicate to others (including predators and potential mates) that the
>peacock-carrier of the larger tail is the animal with superior genes.
>
>I propose that a very smart person deliberately ignoring reality and
>expressing extremely shallow opinions with extreme confidence based on no
>thinking at all behaves much like a peacock advertising to predators his
>costly tail.
>
>The message that he broadcasts is basically this: "Look at me -- I am so
>obviously smart that I can deliberately make extremely dumb statements
>with a very high degree of confidence; it takes a really high-IQ person to
>totally ignore reality and still be this confident in his forecast." ~
>Dmitry Podborits
>Janice :-)
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