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Go to: Mysterious Snippets Of DNA Withstand Eons Of Evolution

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Could there be another possibility - these genes give no survival advantage to their host at all? Could their phenotype simply be that they massively increase the chances of themselves appearing in the next generation?

I read about something like this with fish, whereby there is a species that is susceptible to a particular gene. If this gene randomly occurs through mutation, it massively affects it's own chances of being in the next generation (I forget the mechanics of how). However, if any fish had two copies of this gene it was fatal... meaning that the gene would usually wipe out small fish communities.

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 08:24:00 UTC | #248801

Go to: George Scales, War Hero and Generous Friend of RDFRS

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From reading the wonderful write-up that Richard has given you it seems clear that you have lead a rich, fulfilling and varied life. Long may it continue! It is wonderful that you have chosen to donate so much from your own earnings for the cause of reason and science. All the best, everyone here at is wishing you a swift recovery!

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 13:03:00 UTC | #106132

Go to: New attempt to end blasphemy law

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Comedian Stewart Lee co-wrote Jerry Springer the Opera, I recently posted in the forums about his 2005 show in which he talks a bit about the blasphemy debacle and how it affected him:

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 13:43:00 UTC | #104520

Go to: This Friday: Debate between Dan Dennett and Dinesh D'Souza

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The topic is definitely more biased in "our" favour than the Hitchens talk... D'Souza won't be able to use any of his silly claims of the great works of Christianity, as that has nothing to do with the central question of Gods existence. That said, Dennett is mild mannered and could simply be bulldozed by Dinesh, who is in many ways the closest to the Christian equivalent of Hitchens.

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:53:00 UTC | #87315

Go to: The absurd world of Martin Amis

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Lets keep this in proportion... Morris is not criticising anyone who criticises Islam. He's critiquing Martin Amis apparent view of Islam, based upon what he actually says.

The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order. What sort of suffering? Not let them travel. Deportation – further down the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Strip-searching people who look like they're from the Middle East or from Pakistan... Discriminatory stuff, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children...

Strip-searching people because they look foreign? Deliberately hurting a community? That's ludicrous.

On the other hand, Morris' article isn't great... his tone is overly mocking and his parody of Amis and Hitchens as flashers does not endear me to him.

Sun, 25 Nov 2007 04:21:00 UTC | #86255

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