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Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

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I don't think you should leave Pakistan. If this is the route chosen by most whom, despite the odds, have finally seen the light, we'd have no improvement in such places. You will simply be replaced by two newborns. I'd say the first step in your case is to do just the bare minimum your religion demands and even less wherever possible and when no one's looking. Just enough to keep you alive, so to speak. Not going to "extremes" is already a contribution in itself that has a good chance of rubbing off on those around you, especially if you're in an "influential" or respectable position, such as a physician or teacher. At the very least, your friends (some of whom may be potential "extremists") will follow your example without anything having to be said explicitly. Let the circle grow from there. We humans tend to emulate those around us.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 03:49:52 UTC | #948949

Go to: Petition to defend Indian rationalist from false accusations

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Do we have any statistics or more details as to how often "international pressure" actually works in cases like this?

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 03:28:47 UTC | #946259

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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Comment 36 by Dovahkiin

Apparently an intelligent person with a genetic mental disorder that can be treated shouldn't have children but people who cannot feed their current children with a spoonful of rice should continue to because contraception is the greatest evil on earth. We have a long way to go in evolution, ladies and gentleman.

Perhaps it's partly because contraception doesn't feel as good and we still don't have a more pleasurable method that is as safe, effective or cheap. The condom, if you think about it, is kind of a crude solution. :)

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 03:08:07 UTC | #946257

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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If there was a way to cure people of their depression - at the genetic level - they could still have kids. Besides, who's to say that the same genes won't reappear in some form in a population after many generations of mutation? This seems like a temporary solution, at best.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:24:39 UTC | #946049

Go to: Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One

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Comment 17 by Deako

I'm not convinced it's as simple as finding a "cure" for autism. Just a brief glance at the wikipedia entry on the heritability of autism (autism wiki ) indicates its a multi faceted problem, which could involve genes from all human chromosomes - and has high heritability. It's not going to be a single treatable disorder a la phenylketonuria, there's someway to go yet.

Comment 24 by Red Dog

My intuition is that once we really understand everything that is describes as "autism" we will find that there are multiple causes and also possibly multiple diseases getting grouped together.

I'm optimistic that, with the right motivations, we could rid the world of autism and diseases like it; extraordinarily difficult as that may be. After all, we did manage to put a man on the moon - which, at the time, if I had to choose, I probably would have thought was a more difficult problem.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 01:28:58 UTC | #945621

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