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by Paolo
October 8th, 2008, 2:44 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13709

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Regardless, the point of my previous post was not about what one can or cannot eat, but that... It is entirely misleading to think that just because many people can and do eat animals that we are supposed to, as part of some sort of naturalistic fallacy. You did not address that point. And at this ...
by Paolo
October 8th, 2008, 11:22 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13709

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Inuit Greenlanders, who historically have had limited access to fruits and vegetables, have the worst longevity statistics in North America. Research from the past and present shows that they die on the average about 10 years younger and have a higher rate of cancer than the overall Canadian popula...
by Paolo
October 7th, 2008, 7:07 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13709

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Eating a meat based diet is not a nutritionally sound option. Eating a meat only diet is simply out of the question. I disagree. The Inuit have lived on a meat-based diet for the last 1000 years and it is likely that earlier cultures in ice-bound environments have done the same. Anthropologists liv...
by Paolo
October 7th, 2008, 5:56 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

Contraception is fine for reducing the population, but can lead to problems with the population profile a few years down the line. With a cull the least healthy animals can be targeted, which is generally what happens in the wild when the predators are still around - the less fit individuals are fir...
by Paolo
October 7th, 2008, 5:26 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13709

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

:smile:
by Paolo
October 7th, 2008, 4:34 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13709

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Humans are clearly omnivores based on numerous lines of observable evidence. Rami, I applaud your rational stance! I would also say to Chris that cannibalism crops up time and again in human societies, so with the right social conditions I don't see why it wouldn't crop up again (if it were socially...
by Paolo
October 7th, 2008, 12:11 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 2803

Re: Questions about Evolution

Selection pressures are reduced in the Western world (they are still very high in other parts of the world, particularly some regions in Africa), so beneficial mutations do not currently confer any advantage over neutral, or (with modern medicine) many negative mutations. We may be becoming more hom...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 7:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 2803

Re: Questions about Evolution

I'm not sure I'd go as far as "entirely artificial", but they certainly aren't the clearly delimited categories that we might want them to be.
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 6:17 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 2803

Re: Questions about Evolution

It all depends on the species concept you choose to apply - the one you are referring to is (broadly) the biological species concept. With mules it's easy, because you can cross horses and donkeys, but with some species it is difficult to test their ability to reproduce. Simple variation in genes is...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 3:39 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

The only word I would disagree with in the subject title is 'just'. I was thinking about the 'just'. From my personal perspective it fits fine, since I tend to think in timescales that make the actions of individuals so ephemeral that they are reduced to links in a reproductive chain (parent to sib...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 3:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

Paolo says "There seems a lot of resistance to reductionism - why is that?" Words have a variety of meanings and also are used / misused in a variety of ways, so context is vital to understanding --- and the context here should be clear enough from the thorough discussion going on elsewhe...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 3:01 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

I'm glad that you are not the type to condemn me based on my decision. Others would condemn me and those are the vegetarians/vegans that many people have a problem with (nice article here: http://thelazyveganblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-do-you-handle-militant-vegans-and.html ). We make choices and ...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 9:49 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: No Slavery, No Exceptions
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

Re: No Slavery, No Exceptions

Done
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 8:36 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

You think having children is important to the survival of the species, now, at a time when we're numbering 6.7 billion, and when we're threatened by climate change and dwindling resources? And why is the survival of the species such a supreme good anyway? Having children is the only way for a speci...
by Paolo
October 6th, 2008, 7:58 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

My initial reaction to the question is to notice that it is quite common for people to behave morally, conscientiously and thoughtfully within certain social parameters whilst behaving to the contrary within other parameters. For example, the case of killing in times of war by persons who are other...
by Paolo
October 5th, 2008, 11:08 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

You say that there is no natural imperative to reproduce. What brings organisms do it then?
by Paolo
October 5th, 2008, 10:32 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

Well, as I said "reductionist" and for me of very little value. I am no sure that this is going to go anywhere that makes sense to me. There seems a lot of resistance to reductionism - why is that? Surely a complex subject needs to be broken down in order to understand it, since it is imp...
by Paolo
October 5th, 2008, 2:51 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

What is commonly referred to as "morality" seems to be pretty socially labile. Perhaps morals are best considered as memes - adapting to the selective pressures of the society in which they are propagated. Those that are passed on survive, the rest get lost to history. I can go with that, ...
by Paolo
October 5th, 2008, 1:58 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

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

I think the problem comes back to morality. There are rational arguments for and against eating meat which have been bandied about considerably, but without a consensus on whose morality is to be applied we make no progress. Eating meat is not considered morally wrong by the majority of people, ther...
by Paolo
October 5th, 2008, 11:12 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

I'm not saying that anyone's life is (or should be) meaningful or useful, I'm simply stating that the only possible natural reason for being alive is to reproduce. We are products of a process that is driven by a continuing chain of reproductive links. If we do not reproduce we are not part of the c...

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