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Go to: Happy Newton Day!

Wilfred C. Lyon's Avatar Jump to comment 143 by Wilfred C. Lyon

"Newton was a great scientist, but also an obsessional alchemist, misogynist and anti-socialite."

Let us remember that Newton in his old age started tinkering with alchemy and that involved mercury. Much of his elder humanist mistakes probably were the results of mercury poisoning his brain.

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:52:00 UTC | #95217

Go to: This deadly religious resistance to vaccinations

Wilfred C. Lyon's Avatar Jump to comment 60 by Wilfred C. Lyon

This series of articles may not just kill Brits. I live in Mexico, but work in the USA, so trip home are always rushed. I a recent trip, my wife and I were discussing health plans for the family. My wife asked me about the risk of autism from a viral injection that we were anticipating getting for the whole family. It seems that bad memes are like bad dreams, they pass borders, cultures, oceans. We live in a borderless society where published word is supposed to be checked for truth, and many of us read it in passing and it becomes a part of the culture.

The injection that we were contemplating was approved for use by the USA's FDA and I trusted that rather than "urban legend," but now I wonder how far "urban legend" can go and now how much damage it can do to otherwise intelligent people.

Yes, I think that the authors and the newspaper should be sued. Even I have made a mistake or two in my lifetime. When I make them out of ignorance and learn better, I at least try to correct and atone, blustering forward with further deceit needs to be punished. Somewhere there is still an ethic.

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 16:03:00 UTC | #93273

Go to: The US is a Christian Nation

Wilfred C. Lyon's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Wilfred C. Lyon

"The idea of Church/State separation comes from Christianity"

Well, in some respects this is a true statement. James Madison was so taken with pity for a Baptist whowas being abused by his Virginia state religion's parson, that he wrote to Thomas Jefferson about it. The two conspired to have Virginia's law changed to protect all religions. That Virginia law became the basis for the First amendment.

Thomas Jefferson, of course, mentioned the "wall of separation" between church and state to assure the Baptists in New York that it protected them, too.

It is one irony of religious history that a minority religion pleads for tolerance until it becomes the majority when it then can become intolerant, and then does.

I have a brother-in-law who believe the Christian nation idea and that the non-faithful are turning it into a nation hostile to Christianity. I say "believes" because no amount of showing that either George Washington did tell a lie with his statement in the Treaty of Tripoli or that he is wrong, or giving him the letters of Madison, Jefferson, Ben Franklin, will shake his belief. A "faith-head" believes and anyone who tries to shake his faith is giving him satanic verses.

Sadly, reason and facts, will not change belief. A believer must put aside belief to accept reason and fact, and then they are no longer a believer.

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 18:41:00 UTC | #80111

Go to: Science of the Soul? 'I Think, Therefore I Am' Is Losing Force

Wilfred C. Lyon's Avatar Jump to comment 77 by Wilfred C. Lyon

And I thought that Descartes' "I think, therefore I am" was a response to Barkeley's idea that everything is just a dream, an imagination, that there is no reality. And now it is about having a soul?

When did this happen?

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 13:57:00 UTC | #51262

Go to: Intellectual Diversity or Intellectual Insult?

Wilfred C. Lyon's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by Wilfred C. Lyon

The answer for reporting on intellectual diversity is:

50% of our students rank in the lower half intellectually and 50% rank in the upper half intellectually

50% of our students are, likewise, above the median intellectually and 50% are below the median intellectually.

This means that our students are a diverse mixture and is proof that we are doing a good job academically.

Sun, 13 May 2007 14:33:00 UTC | #37504

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