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Go to: Faith schools are a beacon of excellence

shaunfletcher's Avatar Jump to comment 2 by shaunfletcher

Gods is the woman a simpleton?

Religious schools get better performing students out because they select only better performing students (or those from backgrounds likely to encourage better performance) to enter.

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 09:31:34 UTC | #564061

Go to: Obama's stimulus pours millions into faith-based groups

shaunfletcher's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by shaunfletcher

Well.. Im very much an anti-religionist (and yes, I am anti-religion not just an atheist) but the only objection Ive got here is if money is going to actual churches for church stuff.

If money has gone, in non-preferential proportion, to charities run by churches etc etc then I dont much care. I also think that 140 Million sounds like a vanishingly tiny proportion of the many billions in these stimulus packages.

Do we risk making much ado abuot nothing here?

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 23:51:03 UTC | #558134

Go to: The accidental exclusion of non-white atheists

shaunfletcher's Avatar Jump to comment 129 by shaunfletcher

Well that is a perfect illustration of the point I was trying to make, so thanks. :)

Shaun

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 06:28:35 UTC | #550280

Go to: The accidental exclusion of non-white atheists

shaunfletcher's Avatar Jump to comment 127 by shaunfletcher

The existence of homosexuality in the pool has to be a result of something that was or is adaptive, but that relationship can be extremely complex and non-linear, and in fact there is no reason at all that it should be directly adaptive.

It probably is though, it is amazing how often counter-intuitive things are.

I have no idea what percentage of people have a genetic makeup which inclines them to exclusive homosexuality, and I dont realy think anyone else knows. What is known is that SOME tendency towards homosexual behaviours is extremely prevalent, possibly even almost universal. There is a huge spectrum of tendencies, all filtered through the sieve of our conscious minds.. To expect some kind of crayon-simple chart that says 'x therefore y' about this or any other complex behaviour is stupid.

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 02:30:31 UTC | #550226

Go to: The accidental exclusion of non-white atheists

shaunfletcher's Avatar Jump to comment 125 by shaunfletcher

You seem obsessed with a distinction between kin and single organism selection, as if this was important.. It is not, and both of these are merely mechanisms for the actual selection which takes place at genetic level anyway.

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:06:53 UTC | #550145

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