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Go to: Guidance in turning my children to reason

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my suggestions on raising free thinkers is

Reading suggestions 1) I suggest The Magic of Reality, Sophie's World, Thank You for Arguing and anything scientific you can get them interested in. My son (now 12) expressed an interest in biology and nature so I read the Selfish Gene with him. My daughter was more interested in weird physics so we read In Search of Schrödinger's Cat and other physics books (she is now 14).

2) The suggestion of teaching mythology is good for the younger ones... the older ones as well if you can find the right books.

3) The history of religions. I liked Cartoon History of the Universe, if you don't mind a little cartoon nudity.

on TV, watching Mythbusters is good. I especially like the episodes where I think they did something wrong. This leads to good discussions about scientific process.

For the younger ones I enjoyed a game I call "real or pretend?" When asked that enough times about the tooth fairy or Santa they quickly get the point on other subjects.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:32:05 UTC | #950460

Go to: Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

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Well, two things. First the obvious, Comment 6 seem well put to me as well. Good job moving the conversation from systems to individuals.

Second, I think that this posting by R.D. is an important one. We -should- be watching to make sure we are getting justice not revenge or scapegoating. We are supposed to be the rational ones here. Now in this specific case (which is all you should look at when an individual is prosecuted under the law), we have a person who is being convicted of covering up a single case (from the article: "conviction on a single count of child endangerment") getting near the maximum sentence. That sounds like justice. The followup to that is that I don't know why he wasn't convicted on the other coverups and why others are not also being convicted. Now we need to make sure this doesn't let the RCC "off the hook."

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:28:37 UTC | #950060

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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Comment 15 by Bigtimedwarfer : (long and interesting explanation)

ah, that helps. Thanks. It is all far more complex than I would have thought. The part of what you said that I question a bit is the "fathered by one of her sons" part which seems like, while mathematically better, would be inferior due to inbreeding concerns. Then I get a bit confused about the replacement queen's ability to get fertilization since it can't fly off and breed. At least according to this article it remains and it supported by the remaining hive. I guess it is time to get a good book on bees and read up.

Wed, 02 May 2012 17:23:37 UTC | #939071

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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This is interesting. Now I want to see it all worked out from the selfish gene perspective. Aren't bee's in the group that has males only getting half the genes? I am going to need to reread that chapter.

Tue, 01 May 2012 16:16:00 UTC | #938720

Go to: Any other former Muslims out there?

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I am not a former muslim but I read the blogs by:

Heina ( and Maryam Namazie (

both former muslim skeptics with very different approaches to secularism. I think reading through their entries may give you some guidance. I wish you well.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:07:03 UTC | #936805

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