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  • So if you had him on the couch -- with the tasteful plants in every corner and the diplomas on the wall, with the pillows arranged just-so and the tissue box nearby -- would you find yourself saying something that sounded approximately like this?

    Rick Horowitz: Obama: No More Mr. Nice Guy?

  • Ms. Unterman says the Grill makes the fries just-so crisp by blanching them in oil before frying them.

    Hayes Street Grill

  • Many colonies have in recent years attempted to find the right degree of connectivity — to create a just-so Internet experience.

    Retreats Surrender to Wi-Fi

  • We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community of unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to naturalism ... for we cannot allow a Divine foot in the door.

    A Reasonable Argument for God's Existence

  • And once again we see that no matter what is observed, there is a Darwinian adaptationist just-so story told by those oblivious to the teleological nature of their own stories.

    February 25th, 2009

  • The diversity of food laws across areas where similar health problems could arise, combined with the fact that basically all food is dangerous, have driven the historical and anthropological concensus that explaining various food laws requires far more than some just-so stories about health in the ancient world.

    Matthew Yglesias » Avigdor Lieberman Boosted By Pro-Pork Backlash

  • This moment marked a difference for me between La Bague de Kenza and the boulangeries: when I managed to pronounce everything just-so in French, there was no acknowledgment on the part of the women who worked in the boulangeries.

    Five Stops on Line 2, Ch 1: Qalb elouz

  • He exposes the just-so teleology of many such arguments: In terms of mere survival, he suggests in one provocative example, there is no biological reason for preferring the consciousness of humans to the unconscious life of, say, a butterfly.

    In Brief: Science

  • The same is true of virtually every imagined scenario for the evolution of some major biological system, be it bat wings, feathers, or eyeballs, all of them are merely 'just-so' stories about how it might have happened.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • You picked a really bad example: the just-so stories offered up in order to shoehorn preferential homosexuality into a crude adaptive framework are uniformly theory-free, and make absolutely no sense in the context of everything we know about population genetics.

    An Evolutionary Model of Depression, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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