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by Paolo
April 16th, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Anonymous poll for UK voters
Replies: 26
Views: 2689

Re: Anonymous poll for UK voters

Anti science? In what way, Paolo? I would prefer to vote Green but we have no candidate, and I live in a Labour seat that's probably going to turn Tory, so tactically I'd probably vote Lib Dem. Sorry, should have been more explicit. They're generally pretty good with regard to environmental science...
by Paolo
April 16th, 2010, 3:33 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Anonymous poll for UK voters
Replies: 26
Views: 2689

Re: Anonymous poll for UK voters

The Greens are anti-science, so I won't vote for them. Labour have been in power for too long, dragging the country too far down the Nanny State route for my tastes. Maggie Thatcher put me off the Conservative Party so comprehensively that I cannot begin to envision voting for them, so I'm pleased t...
by Paolo
April 16th, 2010, 1:11 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychics and mediums !!!
Replies: 68
Views: 4810

Re: Psychics and mediums !!!

I once met someone who told me that they were a medium. I looked them up and down and said "you look more like a large to me" and that stopped the conversation pretty sharpish. I'm surprised they never saw it coming.
by Paolo
April 16th, 2010, 8:08 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Plasma Activated Water - science or pseudo-science?
Replies: 9
Views: 1554

Re: Plasma Activated Water - science or pseudo-science?

Frankly the guy looks the same to me in both pics apart from the angle of his head and his complexion (which is due to the different lighting sources and possibly differences in sun exposure) - hardly compelling evidence. The rest of it is anecdote given a gloss of the theatrical, which immediately ...
by Paolo
April 14th, 2010, 3:34 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9361

Re: General Ignorance

I should make it clear now that I am not really that hot on genetics - I am very much a whole organism biologist, however, I'll see what I can remember... I think the grouping into threes is probably just because 3 provides the smallest integer by which the 4 bases can be encoded with sufficient inf...
by Paolo
April 14th, 2010, 8:03 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9361

Re: General Ignorance

Are the start and stop markers always the same sequence of amino acids? If not, how are they identified as markers? Good observation. The markers are called codons and they are made of the same arrangements of amino acids pretty much all the time in multicellular organisms - ATG is the start codon ...
by Paolo
April 13th, 2010, 6:41 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9361

Re: General Ignorance

Sorry to be pedantic Nick but I think it's 98% of our DNA we share. Genes are part of your DNA but only a tiny fraction (something like 3% I think?) Where's Paolo? I'm here! Apologies - I've been in Norway on my hols. A gene is a subsection of DNA that codes for a particular protein. Think of DNA a...
by Paolo
April 6th, 2010, 4:18 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: So why do they talk like that?
Replies: 9
Views: 1252

Re: So why do they talk like that?

Having been a "they" I would add that radio interviews are often quite heavily edited. This means that all of the scene-setting, contextualisation, logical progression of ideas and other "waffle" are cut and the juicy crux of the answer is maintained, to keep the interview snappy and within time lim...
by Paolo
March 31st, 2010, 8:37 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: God on the Mind
Replies: 30
Views: 3339

Re: God on the Mind

Well, if you like to have as many true beliefs and as few false beliefs as possible, then the comfort you get from a belief is irrelevant. So you get comfort for having true beliefs, right? That's OK then. :wink: The trouble with beliefs is that they are assumptions of truth, yet they may not be tr...
by Paolo
March 30th, 2010, 8:24 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: God on the Mind
Replies: 30
Views: 3339

Re: God on the Mind

I'm with Fia on this one - I don't think it's right to preach your own beliefs to others. That said, I see no problem with making one's beliefs explicit and available in the appropriate fora, where they may offer others a line of reason which they had not previously considered. For me Humanism isn't...
by Paolo
March 29th, 2010, 2:49 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Bringing up children - what makes a good parent?
Replies: 21
Views: 5970

Re: Bringing up children - what makes a good parent?

I find the question difficult - how are we defining "good" and from whose perspective? What makes a parent good in one child's eyes might be bad in another child's eyes, or the opinion might change as the child grows up, or the opinion may be different from an outsider's perspective, etc. For exampl...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 10:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Strongest Argument against Christianity
Replies: 42
Views: 2676

Re: Strongest Argument against Christianity

OK, but my question was what do you think can be known. You evidently believe that he did exist. Do you think that he died on a cross? Do you think that he went about talking about the "Kingdom of God"? What things can we be sure (or pretty sure) about Jesus' life, and why can we be sure about thos...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 7:37 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 125399

Re: Once you've 'had' a deity .....

magic! http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/images/2008/06/03/rapture.jpg That was my 18th birthday and I clearly recall that the rapture was due then. I think that loads of people in Korea(?) didn't go to work and had sold loads of their stuff and spent their savings in the lead up to the...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 6:41 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 158
Views: 20450

Re: Capital Punishment

The only advantage I can see for having built the electric chair was that it was a 'step up' from the alternative ie. hangings, guillotine. None of these options are really preferable although for speed and accuracy, the chair was probably more effective than the other two. I'm not sure that's true...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 6:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Strongest Argument against Christianity
Replies: 42
Views: 2676

Re: Strongest Argument against Christianity

To summarise, the Bible is bullshit and any belief system based on bullshit is also going to be bullshit. *EDIT Whoops, sorry Euthyphro, just noticed that you say that you are a Christian. This isn't meant to be insulting, it's just the way I feel, based on long years of discussion with Christians i...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 6:29 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Strongest Argument against Christianity
Replies: 42
Views: 2676

Re: Strongest Argument against Christianity

Every argument for specifically Christian belief is founded on the New Testament, which in turn is dependent upon the Old Testament for its main assumptions. Both Testaments are riddled with inconsistencies and observations that have since been found to be incorrect (the movement of the sun relativ...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 8:16 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 158
Views: 20450

Re: Capital Punishment

I'm not convinced that capital punishment is "wrong" - but it certainly isn't welcome in a liberal society, where the rights of the individual are deemed important. Capital punishment can only be justified where society is seen as being of greater importance than the individuals that comprise it, so...
by Paolo
March 23rd, 2010, 7:48 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Strongest Argument against Christianity
Replies: 42
Views: 2676

Re: Strongest Argument against Christianity

To be honest my response would be that there is no need for a strong argument against Christian belief, because there is no strong argument for it. I assume the null position and am persuaded by the strength of the argument for something - if that argument can be easily dismissed as spurious then I ...
by Paolo
March 20th, 2010, 10:37 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Something Wonderful Happened Today....
Replies: 111
Views: 17049

Re: Something Wonderful Happened Today....

Every day is wonderful for me - I love my job, I have the greatest partner I could ever hope to share my life with and no-body I care about is seriously ill. I couldn't ask for more than I have, without feeling greedy.
by Paolo
March 19th, 2010, 7:26 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 206238

Re: Homeopathy

I'm going to this talk: There is presently no accepted scientific theory of how the high-dilutions involved in homeopathy might carry any physical effect, let alone a therapeutic effect. Several lines of enquiry have been followed over the years with little success. There is currently a great need ...