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by Paolo
May 3rd, 2010, 9:49 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

but I know what my decision would be should the situation arise. I don't think it's possible to know how you would feel in a situation such as this. You would only know how you would react when it actually happens to you--otherwise you are merely making an assumption. You're right, but based on oth...
by Paolo
May 3rd, 2010, 3:36 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What is the science of evolution?
Replies: 44
Views: 3026

Re: What is the science of evolution?

Recently I have been trying to think through the possibility of evolution, as in random mutation, being true and I haven't been able to find convincing answers to suggest that random mutation (or change) is responsible for natural selection and the evolutionary process. For one, this explanation do...
by Paolo
May 3rd, 2010, 12:55 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

You may find it appalling, but at least it's honest. Too many people self-censor when talking about these sorts of issues, through fear of social perceptions of their opinion. I'd agree that it would be better to not be born at all than have a damaged childhood, but such a consideration is meaningl...
by Paolo
May 3rd, 2010, 8:09 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

She claims to care for the children and on some level, I'm sure she does but what I found appalling was that she stated outright that she wished she left her eldest in foster care. Lovely... :rolleyes: What a terrible thing for that child to hear. 'Well dear, seeing as you've turned out like shite,...
by Paolo
May 2nd, 2010, 10:59 pm
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

N.B. I do not even remotely believe that the claims of not eating or drinking water for 74 years are true - merely that he can go for extended periods without food or water.
by Paolo
May 2nd, 2010, 10:13 pm
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

Utter nonsense, of course. What a waste of resources! He's taking up a hospital bed and valuable time of health professionals. Wasn't there a fairly recent death of a woman in the UK, who was attempting to follow this Breatharian twaddle? Lots of things take up the valuable time of health professio...
by Paolo
April 30th, 2010, 3:51 pm
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

Indian man claims not to have eaten, drank water for 74 years. Comments? These sorts of claims have been made before . There are physiological mechanisms that can hugely reduce the amount of food and water a person needs (starvation and or deep meditation can trigger a reduction in metabolic rate, ...
by Paolo
April 28th, 2010, 9:48 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

Sounds right - fewer people being born with disabilities, but more surviving. For example, according to Mittler this resulted in there being four times as many Down's Syndrome people in 1979 than there were in the 1930s. This trend seems to be continuing from what I've seen reported. So although bir...
by Paolo
April 28th, 2010, 1:37 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

I would argue that the mere fact that our system allows abortion for foetal abnormality as a matter of course implies that those foetuses are less valuable to society than "normal" ones. As far as I am aware, late abortion is only permitted where there is grave danger to the mother OR foetal abnorm...
by Paolo
April 28th, 2010, 12:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

I must admit that I am playing devil's advocate here, since I think that voluntary sterilisation is probably a fairly sound practical option for most of the people likely to be involved in this campaign. However, the fact that something is practical, pragmatic or sensible doesn't mean that it lacks ...
by Paolo
April 28th, 2010, 8:40 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

I've worked out why I'm not keen. This whole idea strikes me as being disguised eugenics, where "unfit" parents are pre-identified for sterilisation on the basis of something they do that is strongly correlated with their socioeconomic situation. I think it's better to change a person's socioeconom...
by Paolo
April 28th, 2010, 8:22 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

I would argue that there's a difference between the case-by-case termination of a particular pregnancy because of identified health issues that will impact on the lifelong well-being of an individual child and its parents, compared to the complete sterilisation of a person based on a transitory soc...
by Paolo
April 27th, 2010, 10:11 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

They have been accused of promoting eugenics (though don't we all, to a degree when ,as a society, we are more than happy to "allow" terminations for foetal abnormalities untill quite late into pregnancy? But that's another discussion) which they refute. Of course they refute it, but it's hard to s...
by Paolo
April 27th, 2010, 5:00 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

Our mission is to reduce the number of substance exposed births to zero. So are they paying off smokers too? They should be, given that smoking is known to cause birth defects. I can't believe I'm saying that. I'd normally be the first to suggest that everyone on the planet was sterilised... I've w...
by Paolo
April 27th, 2010, 4:34 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 7212

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

The trouble being that people who misuse substances when younger can kick their habit and want kids later when they've matured a bit. I'd rather see the money go towards programmes to help people kick bad habits and the follow-up support to get them set on a new path. I can't believe I'm saying that...
by Paolo
April 26th, 2010, 10:58 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychics and mediums !!!
Replies: 68
Views: 4748

Re: Psychics and mediums !!!

I guess there is probably a bit more to superstition than simply laziness about seeking rational explanations. Many superstitions have a practical safety function (like deterring people from walking under ladders or passing on stairs for example) or they reduce the risk of damaging or wasting expens...
by Paolo
April 26th, 2010, 8:23 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychics and mediums !!!
Replies: 68
Views: 4748

Re: Psychics and mediums !!!

Marian wrote:
ludite wrote: The point Iam trying to make is that there is always arational explanation if looked for .
Why do you figure the superstition remains then?
Because so many people don't bother looking for the rational explanation...
by Paolo
April 21st, 2010, 11:47 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Have a look at my blog on ICR :)
Replies: 3
Views: 2245

Re: Have a look at my blog on ICR :)

Hi Tea - I like the blog, the whole ID thing crops up way too often for my liking in the questions we get on ask a biologist . Speaking of which, are you familiar with this particular brand of ID: http://www.macrodevelopment.org/? Might be worth a bit of picking over because it's being put forward a...
by Paolo
April 21st, 2010, 1:49 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Act of God?
Replies: 16
Views: 1407

Re: Act of God?

This infuriates me on 2 issues: adultery increases earthquakes :puzzled: Just how, exactly, Mr Sediqi? I would have thought that was obvious - Mr Sediqi must have had adulterous sex and it was so good that the Earth moved for him. He's just extrapolating from his own experience. And he reckons that...
by Paolo
April 19th, 2010, 10:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Natural Human Sexuality
Replies: 15
Views: 2613

Re: Natural Human Sexuality

I think that's giving learning a far too dominant role, and ignoring evolutionary biology. (Sheesh! I'm normally the one who complains when the opposite happens!) And I'm normally the one on the receiving end of those complaints! As you might expect, I agree with you on most points Emma, although I...