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by Paolo
July 9th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I sometimes think you are being willfully difficult. Someone mentions 'chance' amongst other things and you only look at the issues relating to chance - not those relating to the other issues and how these wil...
by Paolo
July 8th, 2010, 1:38 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

By the way, there has been recent evidence to support the idea of chance and stability explaining the transition from the quantum to the classical universe. This is called quantum Darwinism.
by Paolo
July 8th, 2010, 1:32 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

At the end of the day explaining it all off as "chance" is similar to other pseudos like placebo...we have no clue how it happened. The order of infinity here is unimaginable. Chance has to be the most irrational explanation to say that the universe and further down, growth of the fetus, ...
by Paolo
July 7th, 2010, 1:05 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

In short, the answer is DNA, RNA, ribosomes and proteins. Simple chemical reactions, just lots of them.
by Paolo
July 7th, 2010, 12:59 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

a. where is the intelligence of this process? I fail to see why a process needs an intelligence. The formation of ozone in the atmosphere involves an input (3O2 + UV energy) a process (breaking of O=O bonds, then formation of O-O-O bonds) and an output (2O3). None of these require anything more tha...
by Paolo
July 6th, 2010, 3:54 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 7892

Re: General Ignorance

Deeper voices are usually associated with large size and masculinity, but it is also an indicator of maturity in both genders ( pdf ). People will subconsciously deepen their voice when they want to be taken seriously and my guess is that this happens because deeper voices are perceived as being mor...
by Paolo
July 6th, 2010, 2:47 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Should BNP members be barred from teaching jobs?
Replies: 60
Views: 7346

Re: Should BNP members be barred from teaching jobs?

There is an assumption here that BNP members who are teachers will be discriminatory with regard to the children they teach and will therefore be unprofessional. This isn't really a fair assumption. The beliefs or opinions of people (however obnoxious) are not equivalent to actions. Unless a teacher...
by Paolo
July 6th, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?
Replies: 22
Views: 3633

Re: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?

I would say that I am fairly logical and rational, but I like fantasy. Good fantasy can still be logical and rational, it just has to be rational within the set of universal constants that the creator of the fantasy posits. Fantasy becomes crappy if it breaks its own rules thereby losing its cohesio...
by Paolo
July 6th, 2010, 11:22 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Three things I am really quite happy about
Replies: 119
Views: 9361

Re: Three things I am really quite happy about

1. I got a research paper accepted

2. Melissa comes home from Ireland today

3. I've found the time to write this!
by Paolo
July 5th, 2010, 11:01 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

I was called? Ah, yes - developmental biology. Not my strongest point, but hopefully I can help clarify a bit. There is actually quite a lot known about development in certain model organisms ( Drosophila and C. elegans are good examples) and the same sets of rules seem to apply to all other groups,...
by Paolo
June 28th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Posherising
Replies: 18
Views: 2894

Re: Posherising

English is an excellent language for this kind of thing. Normally the 'posherised' versions of words are of French (or Latin) derivation and the vulgar is based on the Anglo-Saxon, reflecting a division in the languages predominantly spoken by the aristocracy and the peasants since the Norman conque...
by Paolo
June 15th, 2010, 7:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

Paolo, I think London Zoo used to sell packets of dried lion and tiger dung for sprinkling round gardens. Wonder if they are still in the market? Maybe, but this "Get off [my garden]" stuff seemed to work fine for me: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Off-Garden-Scatter-Crystals/dp/B000LS57O0
by Paolo
June 15th, 2010, 7:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

I don't think a reasonable person would expect a fox to enter a house through an open door, climb the stairs, jump into a cot and attack a sleeping child. At least, not before this case. Is this actually a court case or just a news article? Haven't heard anything about it over here. I have to disag...
by Paolo
June 15th, 2010, 1:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

I too have a foxes in the back garden and I certainly don't try to encourage them. I have boarded up holes in fences that they used to use as convenient walkthroughs and when they started coming up to the back door I started sprinkling a cat and dog repellent called "Get off!" at the house...
by Paolo
June 15th, 2010, 12:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

Sensible as ever Emma. I would still say that encouraging foxes to become habituated by feeding them and tolerating them near our homes is a bad idea though. It's not just children, it's pets and property that can be damaged. As you say, culling foxes won't do much good (there will just be more move...
by Paolo
June 15th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

I really think all this is hysterical chatter. AFAIK there has NEVER been a confirmed case of a fox attacking a human in the UK (please let me know if anyone knows different) We may as well say that badgers, wildcats, polecats, otters pose a threat to infants. There are all preditors with big sharp...
by Paolo
June 14th, 2010, 8:16 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised
Replies: 52
Views: 5967

Re: Paying Substance Misusers to be Sterilised

It would be if: a) drug abuse of that type was genetically determined to any significant degree; b) and class membership was genetically determined to any significant degree. Neither premise is true. But nor would socioeconomics change much all by itself, since that again makes just as wrong presum...
by Paolo
June 14th, 2010, 1:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Cumbrian murders
Replies: 20
Views: 1551

Re: Cumbrian murders

What can you say when this sort of thing happens? What a tragic and unnecessary situation. My thoughts are with you and with the many others affected.
by Paolo
June 14th, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

I wonder whether the people in the house might have encouraged foxes, left food for them so that their daughters could watch the "lovely little fox" through the window? This would have made it more bold in their territory. Pure speculation of course, and also quite natural (but mainly mod...
by Paolo
June 14th, 2010, 8:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fox attack! Really?
Replies: 67
Views: 12024

Re: Fox attack! Really?

they are also one of the UK's few predators that pose a risk to infants Since when were foxes considered a danger to children? Simon King said that in his 36 years of experience he has never heard anything like this (it was on Springwatch, the other night). Since when were wild carnivores capable o...

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