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Go to: What does it mean to be human?

willdabeast's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by willdabeast

I think the point Absinthius was making was that we're less and less prone to evolving via the traditional Darwinian model. Not that we stopped evolving altogether. "End-point" is probably not the best phrase to use.

If there was someone out there with some unique genes that are resistant to certain diseases, in our modern day and age it would largely be irrelevant since we have vaccines and antibiotics. Barring some catastrophe, those genes would likely not propagate into the extent of being the "norm" for humans.

Another example would be our ability to extend the lives of some children with treatable genetic diseases to the point where they are old enough to have children of their own, and so those genes continue to survive. (I'm not arguing that natural selection is a moral way of dealing with people with genetic diseases, just illustrating a point. Especially with gene therapy now becoming a reality.)

I wonder if this is something Professor Dawkins has addressed. I've only recently have become an atheist so I haven't had the chance to read his books.

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:40:00 UTC | #451069

Go to: 'Race' and God people

willdabeast's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by willdabeast

I agree with the spirit of the article, but at the same time the issue, as people have pointed out, is I don't think it's so clear cut that every religious person is so because they choose it. On both the muslim and christian side, parents will use various methods to keep their children believing in the same filth they do. Even to the point of threat of death. That's not really a choice then, when the shortcomings of being a believer is outweighed by the shunning and threats that come from their own family.

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:38:00 UTC | #449531

Go to: Pregnant Iowa Woman Arrested for Falling Down

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It doesn't just stop there. There are people who are serving time in prison because they legally bought comics that were considered "obscene". Children are being charged with manufacturing and possessing child pornography because they have semi-nude pictures of themselves on their phones.

And now you have women potentially serving life sentences because they committed the ambiguous crime of being "reckless" while pregnant.

Once you go into trial then the entire US legal system becomes a joke, especially if you're poor.

If the only thing standing between you and the death penalty for stealing some bread is a public defender with an alcohol problem because you couldn't afford a real lawyer, then obviously you would just plead guilty even if you aren't. And just be find $50 with a 1 year probation instead. I'm exaggerating a bit but hopefully you get the picture with how our "guilty until proven innocent" system works in the US.

It's really amazing how systematically evil people can be. And nearly all of it under the guise of being a loving "religion". Hah, yeah right.

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 14:17:00 UTC | #445385

Go to: Utah: Making miscarriages a crime?

willdabeast's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by willdabeast

^^^

That Florida case is pretty stunning, here's another to add to the list:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100210/NEWS/2100367/-I-never-said-I-didn-t-want-my-baby--Mom-won-t-be-prosecuted

This woman only got away from being prosecuted because she just happened to be in her 2nd trimester and not her 3rd.

So not only can a woman be charged for a "reckless" act but to potentially serve life sentences? I would just love for the court to prove beyond a doubt that the miscarriage was because of the actions of the pregnant woman. Oh but wait, chances are she will be tried in a kangaroo court with some psycho judge on the bench.

What's with all this hatred of women?

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 09:12:00 UTC | #445266

Go to: Papal aggression

willdabeast's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by willdabeast

I watched a brief clip of the Pope giving a speech and there was a large spider climbing all over him and he didn't know it was there. Or maybe he did. In any case, it fit perfectly with that evil smile he likes to give.

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:14:00 UTC | #437921

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