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If it's like the GX7, that tilting finder is useful for one thing - flipping it up is a quick way to stop the eye sensor from triggering when you're using the rear screen in cramped conditions :-)
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The obliviousness of using a quote from Chicken Little, the go-to folk-tale about fearing the end of the world for completely mistaken reasons, as the title for your chapter on the end of the world...
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On 150mm being an unusual focal length; the pioneering colour photographer Saul Leiter supposedly shot with a 150mm lens in the 1950's, but I've never seen any information on what make or maximum aperture it was.
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I think the 7D MkII is an example of the bind that camera companies are in these days - the loss of compact camera sales to smartphones means reduced turnover and less money for R&D, while innovation is the only thing that will keep you afloat, 

You only have to look at what Samsung's done with the NX1 to see all the things Canon's left out of the MkII - but Samsung is HUGE, and can write off the R&D costs for those new technologies much more easily (just think who the leaders are in consumer 4K video at the moment -  Panasonic, Sony & Samsung, all electronics companies with a camera division).

That's not to say that if I were a Canon shooter I'd be switching to Samsung - there are all sorts of factors such as focussing speed and accuracy, ergonomics, lens availability and customer support - but the fact is, Samsung have made a very impressive first try at a pro-quality APS-C camera, and they have the resources to keep introducing new models, new lenses and new technologies in a way that traditional camera/cinema/optical companies like Canon are going to struggle to do.
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+TalesOfWar That's certainly true (and I think I acknowledge that in my comments). The problem for Canon, Nikon and Olympus is that implementation is something that's relatively cheap to improve, whereas core technology isn't. Samsung have the resources to introduce an NX1 MKII next year with improved handling and ergonomics, and a MKIII the year after, and keep writing off models until they hit a sweet spot or decide to stop losing money. Think about how quickly Fuji has learned from their users and how that's built a reputation for them. Their limitation is technology; AF and video have been their Achilles heels. Samsung have the resources to keep updating the technology as well.

It's fair enough to say that the 7DmkII is mainly an upgrade for Canon users, but if it's not also compelling to outside users, Canon runs the risk of selling to a diminishing dedicated user base. Right now the balance is with Canon, but if the likes of Samsung and Sony continue improving their products, then in only a couple of years, buying a 7DmkII could look like a silly decision.
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Keith Thompson - the problem, within the Presuppositional argument, is that everything is founded on the claim to a revelation from God, but said revelation depends on either the evidence of your senses (when it's from the Bible) or personal conviction (some form of innate knowledge built into us by God(?)). Presuppositionalists exclude both evidence of the senses and innate knowledge when it comes when it comes to counter arguments to their position, but can't demonstrate that their own belief in God is excluded from the same limitations. Put another way, rationalists cannot disprove hard solipsism but neither can Presuppositionalists. Until there's a demonstrate of a sound basis of  the assertion that God is fundamental to any understanding of the world, there is no burden on the rationalist to accept that Presuppositionalists have a superior position through God or "ultimate knowledge."

As Steve points out, we atheists know that we have no innate knowledge of God, and the assertion that the Bible says we do is just another reason to disregard the claim that the Bible is inerrant.

If, as Presuppositionalists assert, we have no basis for saying that we can know anything, even our own minds, then the same is true of any claim to know God until some form of external proof can be offered.

Or to put it another way:

How do YOU know?

Do you admit that there are people whose reason is so badly compromised that they can't properly understand the world at all?

How do you know that you're not one of those people?
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Casa Suncia, Gijón, Asturias, Spain.
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Rain of severed heads! Fantastic!
I vote yes to keep the intro
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Okay, so I was listening to his on headphones in a café and "God's grinding organ" just made me laugh out loud so hard that I got stared at a lot
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On false beliefs: the BBC Radio 4 statistics programme More or Less has a regular feature on "Zombie Statistics," claims like "we only use 10% of our brain capacity" which have been de-bunked multiple times but which persist so successfully that "everybody knows" them. Unfortunately, prosaic facts will never out-compete really good stories for a place in the human imagination.
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+Disraeli Demon It's difficult to overturn such memes when people only use 10% of their brain capacity. =)
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Thanks so much for posting the old Fujifilm advert! It was a running joke in our family for years...
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