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Go to: Why is evolution more accepted in Mexico than in the USA?

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Comment 16 by Tyrosine :

I think that this is all largely down to the United States being completely unique in how it's turned God into big business. No other country on Earth has done this, or at least not to the same extent. You have big-buck pastors with enormous congregations, who use their influence to make a fortune. To maintain control and to bring more people to them, they have to make people believe that they need God. They convince people that the only way to find meaning in their lives is through God, and that as long as they have 'faith' that everything is going to be alright.

Dunno about that, mate. Nigeria seems to be making a fair attempt at this with its millionaire celebrity pastors.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:58:09 UTC | #948800

Go to: Sunk Costs and Expensive Beliefs

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Comment 16 by xmaseveeve :

Could anyone please explain what this new format is about, in the 'like' and 'reply' threads? I posted two comments and they didn't come up on 'latest comments'. I am very daft. Thank you.

Posts using the Disqus system aren't collated into a single "Latest Comments" thread. I am not sure if this will be eventually implemented on the new site or not, but as of now you have to check those discussions individually.

There is, however, an option to have threads of interest send update notifications to your email account. Hover over the "Disqus" box at the top of the thread and select Settings from the menu that appears.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 01:39:45 UTC | #948538

Go to: HOMOOUSIOS: The movement toward Orthodoxy

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Comment 39 by Alan4discussion :

Even where virgin births do take place - all the offspring are female, with no males involved!

Again that depends on species.  In many, gender determination goes by the poloidity of their chromatins; with males developed from unfertilised (haploid) eggs and females from fertilised (diploid) eggs.  Such is the case for most of the 130,000+ species of hymenopterans—ants, bees, wasps, sawflies, et cetera.

That is: for them virgin birth always results in sons; and often this is then followed by an incestuous orgy resulting in legions of daughters (who are kept sterile for the most part).

Similar patterns exist in asocial insects: such as the button beetle who will virgin birth small males which have no feeding apparatus, since they only need to live long enough to breed.

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:07:36 UTC | #947722

Go to: Church accused of 'scaremongering'

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Comment 39 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee :

I think the following system, which I believe is more or less as they have in France, makes the most sense.

Marriage is legally a secular state institution. Anyone who wants their marriage to be legally recognised must have a state service. That covers all legal issues, such as establishing next of kin, inheritance rights, etc.

It's somewhat similar here in Australia. We have both secular or religious marriage celebrants, but since 1961, any marriage celebrant must be certified and registered by the government. Otherwise a wedding they perform is not legally a marriage.

Despite this, you'll still read letters to the editor espousing the view that the government should keep out of what has "always been a purely religious matter".

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:16:07 UTC | #947214

Go to: Genetically-modified mosquito designed to avoid malaria spread

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"It will take another year or so to make something eligible for field trials," James told Wired.co.uk. "However, all ethical, social and legal concerns over the use of a genetically-engineered mosquito in a country willing to give it a trial also will have to be satisfied. Meeting these concerns requires significant community engagement and intellectual and emotional ownership of the technology by the end-users and stakeholders. I don't know how long this could take, but it won't be fast."

Given the alarmists' response to introducing genetically modified foods... no, it won't be, will it?

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:42:29 UTC | #947208

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