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Go to: Anti-Evolution and Anti-Climate Science Legislation Scorecard: 2012

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It always irks me when people take potshots at homeschooling as if it were nothing but a movement of religious zealots. It is just another example of how religion poisons everything.

The homeschooling movement in the U.S has quite secular roots and is not all about "childhood indoctrination". There are a ton of good good reasons to homeschool (including to protect children from the indoctrination that takes place in the normal school system such as mythologizing tales of George Washington and his Cherry Tree, for example—harmless misinformation?). Besides the typically poor education given in the school system, it is rife with gender stereotyping, enforces passivity, inculcates obedience to authority as the prime directive, consigns countless children to the dustbin of humanity by establishing a record of failing grades the only purpose of which is to help future employers prejudge potential employees and reinforce the class system, and harms children in many other ways.

There is a vast literature on the brokenness of the school system, and until it is fixed, thoughtful people will continue to choose to homeschool as long as it is an option. It is perhaps unfortunate that thoughtless people can do so as well, but that is a consequence of living in a free society.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:02:20 UTC | #945868

Go to: 'You just don't understand my religion' is not good enough

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So without undergoing a "personal transformation" I'm never going to understand religion or see the truth in it and I'll remain unqualified to discuss the subject. Damn.

Yes, it's theology's version of the Dunning-Kruger effect. You are only competent to evaluate the performance of a theologian if you are a theologian. Mere competence with language or logic is of no avail because those things are not the actual core of theology...

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Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:49:39 UTC | #888323

Go to: All eyes are on huge asteroid buzzing Earth on Nov. 8

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...if the asteroid approaches the earth closer than the moon, why it doesn't become captured by the earth's gravity and start to orbit us as another satellite? Is it travelling too fast or is there another reason?
Short answer:- yes, its travelling too fast. Long answer:- the gravitational attraction of the earth and moon will accelerate the asteroid towards us on its approach, and decelerate it on its retreat…

Another way to look at it is in terms of the mass of the item. If the moon were much less massive it would also be much less strongly attracted. The Universal law of Gravitation (Newton) is Fg = G (m1*m2)/(d2) where G = gravitational constant. For the Earth moon system, the mass of the Moon multiplied by the mass of the Earth divided by the distance squared times the gravitational constant is sufficient to keep the moon in orbit. For this asteroid, it would only feel the same attractive force as the moon at the same distance from the Earth if it were equally massive as the moon.

In fact, it is so small compared to the moon (so much less massive) that it is virtually a massless particle zipping by the Earth. The amount that it will be accelerated and decelerated as it passes by will be measurable but tiny.

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 19:22:08 UTC | #888314

Go to: 'Coming Out in America' is a new film about atheists coming out

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I also would like to see it. But I can already hear the critics going off about whinny atheist complaints.

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 13:19:19 UTC | #879153

Go to: New study says birds learn how to build nests

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There is no such thing - as "undirected action" ! Action simply cannot be undirected - otherwise it could not be action at all.

Others have been generously challenging... I am less tolerant. This sounds to me like you are just stuck in a scholastic mind set, pronouncing an Aristotelian notion of action as if the term had some inherent absolute meaning... Shit happens... that's undirected action. No problem for evolutionary theory at all.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:14:59 UTC | #875371

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