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Go to: Is “epigenetics” a revolution in evolution?

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correction: that should read --lack of clear genetic effects MdM

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:56:58 UTC | #880385

Go to: Is “epigenetics” a revolution in evolution?

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As a clinical social worker it interests me that "clear genetic effects in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder supports the concept that the biological risk factors for major psychotic disorders are epigenetic in form rather than solely DNA sequence based". The field of epigentics opens up new ways to understand the relationship between environment and mental health conditions.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:54:19 UTC | #880384

Go to: Anecdote vs. fact

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Dear Graxan,

Aren't those questions of yours still debated within the philosophy of science, under epistemology? I mean there are no simple answers; facts can change, can be influenced by ideology and language, have ethical implications, can appear differently to different people with more facts....on and on.

Haven't you had the experience of a teacher, or politician or salesperson telling you something is fact, but somehow you know it is not quite the whole picture, or there is something fuzzy about the argument. Geez, it happens all the time.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:25:29 UTC | #873452

Go to: Hinduism and Buddhism offer much more sophisticated worldviews (or philosophies) and I see nothing wrong with these religions.

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Which religions (or philosophies) are you comparing with Hinduism and Buddhism, and what do you mean by sophisticated? Do you mean intellectual, or more scientific? Also, how important is it whether or not you have no objections to these belief systems?
Anyway, both the above religions are as diverse as the many dialects within their diverse cultures - and they vary widely from mystical to more pragmatic practices- is difficult to know how to approach your statement. Also the beliefs and practices vary somewhat between religious leaders and the general population, between eastern countries and the west. The statement does lead me to wonder if the scientific community in general has more or less objection to the eastern faiths than others. Also, could the statement also have included Confucianism?

Overall I find the starting point for discussion a bit too vague.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 08:08:17 UTC | #873443

Go to: The Gruen Transfer - The Pitch: Banning All Religion

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Good video, but religion is also tied to culture, intellectual history, even civil law and political culture. The video messages might appeal to athiests, but would not resonate with believers.

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 08:36:41 UTC | #871872

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