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Go to: Darwinian Selection Continues to Influence Human Evolution

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I've always wondered what the catalysts would be for evolution in an advanced society. With our ability to control nearly all aspects of our environment, from food production to heating and cooling, etc., it seems like the environmental concerns that would lead to adaptation through environmental forces are largely offset by our ability to control these things. We have gained so much in terms of treating diseases and providing for those whith developmental deficiencies that we are largely unaffected (or at least much less so) by those aspects of nature that would have ravaged certain members of our population in the infancy of our species. When you no longer have to worry about things (that we would now consider trivial) like dental problems, common viruses and bacterial infections, what is left to drive that natural selection? Even things that routinely kill people at a relatively young age (cancer, heart disease, etc.) often don't occur until after the childbearing/siring age. Those items would seem to have very little impact on the passing on of genetic traits, and would therefore not be very powerful forces for evolution due to natural selection. I think it is ineveitable that there will be a worldwide economic collapse sometime in the not-so-distant future...and that will likely lead to a rapid increase in observable evolution of our species due to the effect it would have on our abilities to control our environment.

Tue, 01 May 2012 19:07:07 UTC | #938772

Go to: Group blasts Marine Corps for reviving 'Crusaders' name and symbols

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All debate about the "Crusaders" emblem aside..."Werewolves"...really? What did he do...let his third grader pick the new mascot?

Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:53:09 UTC | #936532

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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I had water dripping from my entire body this morning after my shower...it continued for awhile even after I turned the shower off! i wonder how much i could sell little bottles of it for...I even have the damp towel as proof!

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:01:48 UTC | #934489

Go to: Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be "Intelligently Designed"

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So, let me get this straight...the woman interviewed, when asked about the detriment of a non-religious government, used Syria and Sudan as her examples? Isn't that actually an example of what happens in religion-controlled governments?

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:30:10 UTC | #932554

Go to: The ‘God wars’ and the Global Atheist Convention

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The author writes “I cannot help but reflect that Jesus rejected no one except the religious bigots and those who thought themselves righteous.” It seems from the excerpt below that Jesus did not reject the religious bigots, he was one. He apparently came to give salvation only to the Jews and anyone else would be left to suffer, as indicated below. Only after the woman denigrated herself to the point of a common animal looking for scraps, did he answer her pleading for help (and for her demon-possessed child at that).
The bible says, in Mark 15: 21-28, Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:26:40 UTC | #932003

Go to: Religious freedom under threat from courts, professor warns

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I always wondered about the whole "no graven image" thing regarding the wearing of the crucifix by xians.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:37:30 UTC | #911515