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Go to: The Human Skin Condition

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Hmmm, so if comment # 1 is correct, then it must be because teenage boys would rather not waste their sperm on horny teenage girls with acne... Which must be because males are more selective of mates. So therefore pimply teenage girls must get pregnant less often than those with clear skin. Riiiiiight.... Have you ever BEEN to the mall? Look at who is pushing the baby carriages!

Btw pregnancy is probably the most reliable cure for acne, so clear skin should be a sure sign of ' your genes don't have a chance with me.'

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:49:50 UTC | #617953

Go to: Being non-religious and dealing with death

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Hi Katt, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Dealing with the death of someone close to us is the most painful thing to bear. Sharing this wth others is the best way to deal with it and I admire you for coming here to a community where you can relate to like-minded people. Like several others here, I am reminded of people I have lost, so I thank you for sharing your story. Religious people seem to want to bypass the pain in the belief that their loved one is 'with god now.' I think I became an atheist at the age of 5 when my parents told me that my beloved cat was in Heaven now. This was so transparently a lie, however well-intentioned, even to a 5 year old: I knew exactly what it was for - to get me to stop feeling bad. I dispensed with all the god stuff shortly thereafter. The theme I see emerging here from all of us who have lost someone we loved is that we are all grateful for the time we had with the person (or animal - they take their rightful place in our hearts as well). And it hurts to lose them. It's OK to hurt. In fact, it is not OK to not hurt. There is no bypass around it. But the heart does heal after a while. Many of us here are living proof of that.

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 05:35:32 UTC | #486895

Go to: New Drake Equation To Quantify Habitability?

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The reason that people are focused on 'life like us' is that H2O is extremely abundant, and environments where liquid ANYTHING is possible are relatively rare. So life elsewhere likely uses water. that's what we mean by 'life like us.' we know of no example of life that does not use water. On the other hand, researchers are starting to think about 'weird life' (that's really what its called) that uses things other than DNA and water, so don't fret, we will not miss Carl Sagan's famous silicon-based giraffe when it walks by.

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 21:31:00 UTC | #399986

Go to: QandA May 25th - response to question on Ryan Commission Report

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The reason that the government won't try to take privileged status away from the Church is because the people still love the church - and the politicians are afraid to mess with it. The only thing that could tear down the Church is for the people to abandon it... but if the rape of children does not make everyone abandon the church in droves, what will????

Thu, 28 May 2009 08:13:00 UTC | #365408

Go to: Richard Dawkins' US Dates begin Monday

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welcome darkfact.... I think the de-baptism thing is most likely a very tongue-in-cheek answer to religious ceremonial nonsense that many of us have been subjected to, often without a choice. I think that for people who have been subjected to these ceremonies (myself included: baptism, communion, confession, confirmation, etc), it can be a very refreshing exercise to willfully throw all of that off, by an irreverent party of one's own! And we atheists throw way better parties, btw. :-)

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 15:36:00 UTC | #331815

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