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Aug 23 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Hypothetically Possible /= Plausible

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

An idea can be hypothetically possible and still be wildly implausible. Including religious ideas. “You can’t disprove it with 100% certainty” is a terrible argument for God: without good evidence to support it, the God hypothesis is no more plausible than the hypothesis of unicorns, fairies, or Zeus. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

3 comments

  1. 1
    Eclectic

    I don’t usually respond, because I don’t have anything to add, but thanks for your memes of the day. They’re worthwhile.
    Just a little note: You can get the ≠ symbol with “≠”.

  2. 2
    DSimon

    Eclectic, unfortunately that doesn’t work on some of the more poorly designed browsers or operating systems. For example, on the system I’m browsing from right now, your sentence looks like:
    You can get the <cat barfed up a lego> symbol with “&ne;”.

  3. 3
    Eclectic

    Arrgh, actually, that’s typepad’s fault. It has nothing whatsoever to do with your browser. It’s expanding my HTML into UTF-8 input, and converting Latin-1 to UTF-8. The not-equal symbol is U+2260 (let’s try: ≠ or decimal ≠), which is binary 10001001100000, which is broken into 6-bit parts for UTF-8 encoding as 10 001001 100000, and UTF-8 encoded as 11100010 10001001 10100000, or e2 89 a0.
    The web server could have just left my $#%#@$ entity alone, or converted it to Unicode, but it did the latter and then did some more!
    Typepad is then UTF-8 encoding those bytes as if they were latin-1, turning e2 into 11000011 10100010 (c3 a2), 89 into 11000010 10001001 (c2 89), and a0 into “&nbsp;”. Which, if you look at a hex dump of the raw HTML, is exactly what you get.

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