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by Paolo
June 11th, 2010, 8:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12911

Re: Fox attack! Really?

Urban foxes are often hand-fed and entirely familiar with people, so I have no difficulty seeing why one might have been wandering around a house in search of food. However, an urban foxes are not tame or domesticated - they can become aggressive or dangerous quite unpredictably, particularly younge...
by Paolo
May 26th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our countup thread
Replies: 1428
Views: 118119

Re: Our countup thread

£142 - the "ash cash" forked out by families when they have a loved one cremated
by Paolo
May 26th, 2010, 1:23 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our countup thread
Replies: 1428
Views: 118119

Re: Our countup thread

140, the number of extra private planes expected in Copenhagen for the Climate Summit last December.
by Paolo
May 25th, 2010, 6:47 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Getting Married or Engaged ...
Replies: 46
Views: 5034

Re: Getting Married or Engaged ...

we've been hunting some pretty big game since long before we were Homo sapiens . Chimpanzees engage in hunting activities for pretty big prey in relation to their body size - at least equivalent to humans hunting Thompson's gazelle. Only the males do this. In hunter-getherer societies there is a cl...
by Paolo
May 25th, 2010, 4:48 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Getting Married or Engaged ...
Replies: 46
Views: 5034

Re: Getting Married or Engaged ...

Big game hunting came later in our evolutionary history, and was an occasional thing, and not something on which humans depended for food, so it is unlikely to have had a huge impact on our psychology Not entirely conviced by this - we've been hunting some pretty big game since long before we were ...
by Paolo
May 24th, 2010, 12:08 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: "Educated" men
Replies: 19
Views: 4453

Re: "Educated" men

I would make a distinction between the Educated (people who have been taught) and the Learned (people who independently gather knowledge). Of course, many Learned people are also Educated, but it is not a prerequisite, so there are Learned people without an education and Educated people who have nev...
by Paolo
May 17th, 2010, 7:25 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Mobile Phones
Replies: 22
Views: 2439

Re: Mobile Phones

Hmph! Bloody mobile phones, never had one, will never have one. What is it with all this txting and shite? Wasn't the phone invented so folk could talk to each other? If you want to msge folk you can use twitter, facebook, bebo, or forums like this, the phone should be for speaking to folk! I alway...
by Paolo
May 16th, 2010, 11:13 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Measuring wisdom
Replies: 53
Views: 3111

Re: Measuring wisdon

The reason I believe that Jesus is Lord and Messiah is the Resurrection - Christianity stands or falls on the historicity of this event. And the reason I take the claim that the Resurrection actually happened seriously is because of the historical witness to that event. Hmm, I wonder if you are not...
by Paolo
May 14th, 2010, 1:02 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Measuring wisdom
Replies: 53
Views: 3111

Re: Measuring wisdon

Well if you take wisdom to mean good judgement, we can (with difficulty!) determine which choice is the best using science, and use that as a proxy for measuring wisdom, I suppose. I fail to see how the scientific method could even in principle lead to conclusions about what makes one choice better...
by Paolo
May 11th, 2010, 2:04 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Man Eating Badgers in Iraq
Replies: 11
Views: 2427

Re: Man Eating Badgers in Iraq

jaywhat wrote:I did not have the hyphen in man eating! :laughter:
I'm sure it's happened (probably Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall), although I wouldn't fancy it myself...
by Paolo
May 11th, 2010, 10:14 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Man Eating Badgers in Iraq
Replies: 11
Views: 2427

Re: Man Eating Badgers in Iraq

I remember answering a question on Ask A Biologistabout this back in 2007, where I linked to that same article (which I am sure triggered the question in the first place).

I wouldn't fancy messing with a honey badger, but man-eating is going way too far!
by Paolo
May 11th, 2010, 9:36 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Indian man claims not to have eaten, drank water for 74 year
Replies: 38
Views: 3110

Re: Indian man claims not to have eaten, drank water for 74 year

Update after two weeks of observation. I'd be interested to see why he's gone from being under observation for 21 days (in the original report) to 15 days (in the second report). That sounds like the observation period was curtailed and I'd like to know why. I'd also be interested to see why the si...
by Paolo
May 11th, 2010, 9:26 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

Re-ravelled. I think we've got a new word :) Thanks for your concern about home stuff; not sure how that is all gonna pan out but there you have it. :) Who says we can't meet? How about after school at the OK corral? :wink: Actually, I'm flying in next Monday and I'm with Nick until the 21st. Perha...
by Paolo
May 10th, 2010, 5:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

Paolo, I am unable at present to answer your post in much detail. Things at home seem to be coming unravelled and I think I over-reacted to your post. Yes, it was your opinion and you did state that but I guess I'm just a little paranoid when it comes to my son. In light of his and my experience, a...
by Paolo
May 10th, 2010, 4:40 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

The Origin of Species is a good place to start. Here are the most fundamental principles of evolution, which are commonly referred to using the acronym VISTA: Variation Inheritance Selection Time Adaptation Variation happens – we can see it in a population and we know it's caused by mutation (and o...
by Paolo
May 10th, 2010, 1:09 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

It is not "a random chance event" - it is the result of many millions/billions of random chance events, with the unsuccessful ones filtered out in a process we call "natural selection" Yes, I understand that...my question, to repeat, is, do you know what is "natural selection"? All you have told me...
by Paolo
May 10th, 2010, 11:27 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

I'd agree that it would be better to not be born at all than have a damaged childhood, but such a consideration is meaningless. You can try to flip the tables and place the blame on me but this is your statement. This statement is what caused the ruckus. Yes, I interpreted your statement; it's a ve...
by Paolo
May 4th, 2010, 2:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

Not trying to misrepresent your argument. I'm answering based on my perception. If it's incorrect, then it's up to you to rectify that, if you want to be understood differently. I’m sorry, but that is total hogwash. If you take what I write out of context and add layers of interpretation that I did...
by Paolo
May 4th, 2010, 12:13 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

My question is, do we know what is the mechanism of evolution. Yes. The mechanism is (in order of importance) Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, hybridisation and probably a few other things like epigenetics. Natural Selection is the most important mechanism and it will result in evolution even i...
by Paolo
May 4th, 2010, 8:41 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

That's where I am facing a difficulty in going along with evolution being caused by random changes. What is it that tells the organism that this particular change (mutation) is beneficial and this one isn't and hence do not pass it on. I know Grammar king has answered this, but I will try from a di...