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by Paolo
September 18th, 2008, 4:31 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Let The Panda Become Extinct
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Let The Panda Become Extinct

I was under the impression that their lack of a sexual appetite and poor digestive system was to blame. I understand the impact of humans is part of the problem, but is the money we spend on Pandas not better spent on people? They are perfectly happy to mate in the wild, when they have enough food ...
by Paolo
September 18th, 2008, 3:17 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Did Jesus exist?
Replies: 155
Views: 22930

Re: Did Jesus exist?

There is little evidence that my great great great grandfather ever existed, but he must have done since I am here. 2000 years ago there were a lot of people who never left a scrap of evidence that they existed. At least Jesus had a few eyewitnesses that say he did exist, although like all witnesses...
by Paolo
September 18th, 2008, 3:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Let The Panda Become Extinct
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Let The Panda Become Extinct

I would say that Darwin's theory is not something to be "believed", it is the demonstrable mechanism that gives rise to distinct species. Natural selection is not a preordained or moral rule, it is simply the name for the non-random inability of less well adapted individuals within a popul...
by Paolo
September 18th, 2008, 10:43 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4734

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution How did I miss this!? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/2910447/Charles-Darwin-to-receive-apology-from-the-Church-of-England-for-rejecting-evolution.html ------------------------------------------...
by Paolo
September 18th, 2008, 8:16 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: I know that as well
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: I know that as well

Sounds about right, it's in Hertfordshire and when I was a bit older I would go and hang out in Stevenage with a friend who lived there (and indeed still does). Small world!
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 9:20 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Interview the person below you.
Replies: 2007
Views: 133255

Re: Interview the person below you.

Home was a tiny village called Essendon, on top of the highest hill in the area and surrounded by trees and fields. You could see for miles, the sunrise and sunset were amazing and there were local quarries that gave good access to fossil echinoderms from the Cretaceous chalk forming the bounding an...
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 7:36 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our very own countdown thread!
Replies: 5486
Views: 224142

Re: Our very own countdown thread!

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I'm supposed to be on a diet, but would a small whisky be alright do you think? Hate to see people drinking and not join in!
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 5:16 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 2706

Re: Questions about Evolution

You raise a good point in that any species at a given point in time is merely a part of the life line that started at the inception of life and is ongoing. Well said! "Species" are a human construct based around historical classification. Aristotle first started using "genus" an...
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 11:30 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cheddar Gorge 5
Replies: 485
Views: 26654

Re: Cheddar Gorge 5

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by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 9:28 am
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 4686

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

I think that sounds like a great idea - nothing changes unless interested parties get up and do something. I sat through the hymns and prayers in our assembly at primary school, but to be honest it doesn't seem to have done me much harm. My mother went through a similar situation to you if I remembe...
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 8:42 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 72990

Re: Do you ever go to church?

Weddings and funerals. Great buildings - I live opposite one which has been turned into flats, I'm really wishing I could afford the one in the tower! I've had more than enough funerals to attend in my time and after long and serious thought I find I am able to get through the prayers and hymns by j...
by Paolo
September 17th, 2008, 8:06 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 65310

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

Thank you Paolo, For supporting freedom of choice. Secondary smoking, however, has been found to bad for people's health and so it is banned in many European countries. And driving while intoxicated is also illegal. So until it is proved that the non vaccinated are a risk to the life of others, (un...
by Paolo
September 16th, 2008, 10:13 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4734

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

Living in London, you are not far away from Darwin's home, now in the hands of English Heritage, Down House, in Downe, Kent. It has been restored to how it was in Darwin's day and is well worth a visit. I was actually over there not long ago talking with the guys at Down - hopefully we will be coll...
by Paolo
September 16th, 2008, 5:15 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4734

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

I'm more interested generally in his life and times than in the evolution stuff. I can't be bothered to read a biography but was interested to hear that he married a Wedgewood and I'm still unsure as to the extent of his religiosity. I presume he came from a privileged background and wonder how his...
by Paolo
September 16th, 2008, 1:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Make a New Word, Use a new Word
Replies: 62
Views: 5678

Re: Make a New Word, Use a new Word

My family use 'poot' as a verb. I spend no more than half an hour a day pooting but my daughter has a serious addiction and poots every spare minute.. I always think of "pooting" as using a pooter, which is a tube with a collecting pot, filter and a mouthpiece that is used to collect inse...
by Paolo
September 16th, 2008, 8:33 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4734

Darwin's 200th anniversary

I thought I'd have a go at starting a thread about Darwin since there is going to be a massive amount of information and discussion about him over the next year or so (perhaps even a forum's worth?). I'm going to be heavily involved in events for next year and I am really interested to find out what...
by Paolo
September 15th, 2008, 8:30 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 65310

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

Going back to the original question, I hate to sound either idealistic or uncaring, but I expect I am about to do both. Freedom of choice should be available to everyone - of course the information to make that choice is essential. The flip side of that choice may be that people die, but everybody d...
by Paolo
September 15th, 2008, 7:33 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 18605
Views: 590713

Re: Word Association game

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by Paolo
September 15th, 2008, 7:30 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Organ Transplant phenomena
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: Organ Transplant phenomena

Having an organ transplant suggests that the recipient has been very ill (likely to die), have undergone painful surgery and have been exposed to a lot of medication. There are cases where any one of those three factors have caused substantial changes in a person's personality. A commonly heard abou...

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