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by MedMae
October 15th, 2008, 8:32 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: The new insomniacs' thread
Replies: 245
Views: 74698

Re: The new insomniacs' thread

Maria wrote:Everybody sleeping OK at the moment then?
I wish.
by MedMae
October 14th, 2008, 8:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Well, Humanists, what about the other Crisis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Well, Humanists, what about the other Crisis?

Dear Emma Technological solutions are a Humanist response because Humanism is historically associated with science and progress rather than the quasi-religious response of the green movement (eg guilt about materialism, dream of return to a pre-industrial Eden etc). Re GM: my understanding is that ...
by MedMae
October 14th, 2008, 8:11 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: DRM problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: DRM problems.

lewist wrote:
MedMae wrote:DRM = Digital rights management.
or Digital restriction management
Or maybe:
How to punish people for buying your products and then extort more money from them just so you can punish them again.

And people wonder why software and music piracy is on the rise.
by MedMae
October 13th, 2008, 6:29 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: DRM problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 659

DRM problems.

by MedMae
October 10th, 2008, 11:35 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19227
Views: 836154

Re: Word Association game

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by MedMae
October 10th, 2008, 10:21 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 19986

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Because I don't think it's ethical to have your food shipped half way round the world, when there is food available locally, whether it be mostly fish, meat, or vegetables and grains, I think you should eat what's available. Is it that you feel that some sort of ethical consequence of importing som...
by MedMae
October 7th, 2008, 7:11 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5928

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

This is probably just a quibble but I am not sure we 'choose' all our purposes in life ---- I would think some are thrust upon us and some we stumble into with little exercise of our free will, for a whole host of reasons. Chris You always have the choice to walk away. So I would argue that by choo...
by MedMae
October 7th, 2008, 12:45 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...

Take the PubMed article, for example. The abstract says: Aluminum compounds are the only adjuvants used widely with routine human vaccines and are the most common adjuvants in veterinary vaccines also. Though there has been a search for alternate adjuvants, aluminum adjuvants will continue to be us...
by MedMae
October 7th, 2008, 12:35 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 3230

Re: Questions about Evolution

I'm not convinced there is a reduced selection process going on or if it's just changed. For example in western society there is clearly a reduced significance on physical capabilities, but there is still going to be a high selective process going on in relation to cognitive abilities. Not just in i...
by MedMae
October 6th, 2008, 7:29 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5928

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

I think the way I would decribe it is something along the lines of: Assuming there are no supernatural forces at work (Deities and souls) the nearest thing to a purpose that we are born with is to pass on our genetic material to the next generation. Any other purpose we gain during our lifetimes are...
by MedMae
October 6th, 2008, 6:52 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 3230

Re: Questions about Evolution

I thought that something became a different 'species' when the genetic code had diversified enough that any offspring were infertile. You know, like horses and donkeys mating to produce sterile mules. Is that not right then? Thats one of the requirements used to define different species and when sp...
by MedMae
October 6th, 2008, 1:38 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...

Which vaccinations would you choose to make compulsory? All the infectious diseases ones? Just the infectious diseases ones which kill? Or all vaccines available, like chicken pox, and future vaccines? I read recently that all pregnant mums are to be offered the flu jab...should this be made compul...
by MedMae
October 4th, 2008, 10:11 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 9700

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Firstly. So what about all the pest species that get poisoned for the plant crops? You mention 1680 animals killed per second for meat, it is likely that the number of animals poisoned as pests would be in the millions or more per second. Secondly. Your argument is meaningless to me because you are ...
by MedMae
October 2nd, 2008, 2:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse...

The whole MMR thing was media driven and even well informed intelligent people seemed to forget the maxim by which at least the tabloid style media work, never let the truth get in the way of a good story . There's a lot of that attitude out there! Newspapers only want a catchy headline to sell mor...
by MedMae
October 1st, 2008, 9:39 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19227
Views: 836154

Re: Word Association game

by MedMae
October 1st, 2008, 9:26 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse...

If the Measles vaccine indeed reduces the deaths from measles, and it may have a part to play in the reduction from 30-50 deaths per year pre-vaccine to just a few deaths now 50 years later, then I can understand many people wanting the Measles vaccine. However, this is not the whole story. The dec...
by MedMae
September 26th, 2008, 11:08 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 9700

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I have a friend who lives in the new forrest, they often eat venison from deer which they hunt themselves. The reason that they have to kill the deer is to prevent the population form growing too big because all the natural predators have been eradicated except for humans. If we did not control the ...
by MedMae
September 19th, 2008, 10:35 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse...

Thank you Maria, Don't worry - lets not break up this thread... I was just wondering whether with more consideration and discussion since the beginning of the thread, the poll would show any change? How many people are watching this thread please, perhaps it is 'burning out'? What do you think? Ann...
by MedMae
September 17th, 2008, 1:23 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 3230

Re: Questions about Evolution

I would not normally resurect a thread but I though this sequence of lectures would make a good addition for people who wich to learn about evolution. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=34BA77F1BB7DFCD4 A lot of the other videos by ExtantDodo are interesting especially if you are concerned abou...
by MedMae
September 16th, 2008, 9:41 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 74085

Re: Should parents have the right to refuse...

I have a osteopaths apponintment for 8:00 tomorrow morning so we will see that he can do.