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Go to: In a Novel Theory of Mental Disorders, Parents' Genes Are in Competition

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Cartomancer, PM for you.

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 06:25:00 UTC | #269363

Go to: In a Novel Theory of Mental Disorders, Parents' Genes Are in Competition

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It's not "just a theory", it's just a hypothetical model.


Exactly. Why is it that journalists almost invariably make basic errors like this when they report news on science?

As for the model itself, I have to agree with those who said that it is interesting, innovative and probably wrong! Nevertheless, the whole field of psychiatry is in need of an overhaul and I welcome fresh ideas.

As some wit has said, anyone who visits a psychiatrist needs their head examined.

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 18:43:00 UTC | #269065

Go to: 'Child-witches' of Nigeria seek refuge

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I'm just reading Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World so all this sounds sadly familiar.

Michael


Since no-one pays much attention to me, can I be excused for repeating what I said:

Where science isn't a candle in the dark, the world is still haunted by demons. [Allusion to Carl Sagan's wonderful book.]

I despise religion for the idiotic and cruel ideas it imposes on the minds of those who know no better.

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 06:39:00 UTC | #268227

Go to: 'Child-witches' of Nigeria seek refuge

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Not in the least bit surprised. I despise religion for the idiotic and cruel ideas it imposes on the minds of those who know no better.

Where science isn't a candle in the dark, the world is still haunted by demons.

Sam Harris has an interesting piece in his book about witchcraft. To stop any practice it is useful to understand it.

I've fairly sure that if I had stayed in my country of birth, I would have had an exorcism forced upon me by now.

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 14:39:00 UTC | #267805

Go to: The 'Great Debate' in Texas

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If it is actually true that Berlinski doesn't believe a word of it, and simply does it for the money, then I've lost all hope for humanity. How could anyone lower themselves that much?


Well, I lost all hope in the human species a long time ago but regained it when I remembered that people like Prof. Dawkins, Prof. Dennett, Prof. Atkins et al. are still fighting for the truth and the betterment of the human condition.

As for how someone could lower themselves so much, isn't this a staple diet for lawyers? (No real offence is meant to lawyers.)

Indeed, one of the Greek philosophers thought of the best kind of life as one in which a person would have "the reputation for perfect justice whilst being perfectly unjust."

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:23:00 UTC | #267745

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