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Go to: The Smithsonian caves to conservatives

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Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:21:50 UTC | #557978

Go to: The Smithsonian caves to conservatives

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I wouldn't say that I like the video... but I do think that it is powerful in its ability to provoke, and it abstractly depicts how gays were seen in the 1980s and early 1990s, that is: UNCLEAN, MONSTER... or something of the sort.

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:20:36 UTC | #557977

Go to: Pope should come and go in peace

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@sunrise

Can you please paste a link(s) of all your epidemiological references.

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 05:51:01 UTC | #523154

Go to: [UPDATED VIDEO] Richard Dawkins at Protest the Pope Rally in London Sept 2010

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This video made my day. I'm proud to say that Richard Dawkins is one of my heroes.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 12:09:55 UTC | #521182

Go to: I have no faith in these unholy warlords

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Having just seen the documentary "The Trouble with the Pope", I'm even more convinced that Pope deserves little respect. I've spent the first 24 years of my life in the Philippines, and I've worked with some of the poorest families, teaching them about artificial contraception. The Catholic church has done a lot of harm there by ordering its masses against the use condoms. I've seen households where there is only one bedroom, but there are up to fifteen or eighteen children. Incest obviously is a problem in this kind of setting as well. In a country where many people, especially the gullible poor, believe that the pope's every word is infallible, the actual consequences are just devastating. The Philippines is a prime example of what happens when the distinction between politics and religion blur.

The author of this piece thinks that she knows what she's talking about. I think the opposite is true.

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 11:41:26 UTC | #520531

Go to: Audio slideshow: Seeing into space

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beautiful! I didn't like the moon pictures as much, though. I wish someone would paint the moon with a different set of colors.

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:35:13 UTC | #515862

Go to: UPDATED: "Honour" killings. The crimewave that shames the world

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I cried reading this.

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 01:07:59 UTC | #513458

Go to: If you can't see her face, how can you fall in love?

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oh, and of course: "bisexual subtype" is also distinguished.

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 08:28:00 UTC | #512831

Go to: If you can't see her face, how can you fall in love?

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While Wuht2Ask appears to be interminably dense, as usual. Obviously, you misunderstood my point.

@Cartomancer

I know that you trying to simplify things for some of the people here by saying: "Homosexual = attraction to adult men, paedophile = attraction to pre-pubescent children."

In order to clarify the details of cases for pedophilia, current sex therapy 'manuals' require the clinical psychiatrists or psychologists etc. to write in their reports if it's of a "heterosexual subtype" or "homosexual subtype". So in clinical practice, the definition for homosexuality has never been used in that limited sense of only 'adult' male-to-male attractions. How clinicians, sociologists, anthropologists, or the lay public etc. use these two terms -- as always -- are in conflict. A sad story that I personally find disheartening. And so the arguments never end.

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 07:42:22 UTC | #512807

Go to: Focus On The Family: Anti-Bullying Efforts Promote Homosexuality

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Wuht2Ask talked about a gay agenda...

Here's the GAY AGENDA according to Richard Cohen:

http://decongestant.blogspot.com/2009/12/richard-cohens-outline-of-after-ball.html

Cohen, of course, is no longer a licensed counselor.

In the Philippines, a great number of Counselors and Psychologists are more or less pro-NARTH in their understanding of sexual orientation -- especially the pastoral counselors/psychologists. Well, I'm glad I left even if it meant having to stop my graduate school work. The sheer ignorance of accumulated research was stifling.

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 05:13:53 UTC | #512774

Go to: If you can't see her face, how can you fall in love?

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my head hurts! Wuht2Ask way of argumentation reminds me of someone quite dear to me... my own inveterate father. But what the hell, he's my dad and I'm his gay son. I just filter most of his inanities out of my brain. I have tried for years to reason carefully with him, and he say s he gets me... accepts me... and yet, more or less continues to hold on to most of his old ways of thinking. Even shouting vociferously sometimes when near the throes of defeat -- at least indirectly.

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 08:17:31 UTC | #510427

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@Cartomancer

Well said. I also found it problematic in the original paper how clear terminology were never provided. Aside from the fact that this was written with a woman's perspective in mind, I don't think that many sociologists are very well-informed or careful when doing sexology anyway. Nevertheless, it should have been clear that the larger pathology lies not in the presence of same-sex attraction but in the deeper culture of gender inequality & segregation. Not to mention that children are also seen there as sexual prizes.

Human sexuality is far more flexible than one might ordinarily suppose. With the lack of positive female contact and access -- many times continuing into adulthood -- it is not surprising how Afghan males develop a strong female aversion. Women and female sexuality are simply alien to their understanding.

If you think about it: even if Afghan females were to suddenly become (hypothetically) desirable, and boys rejected as sexually repulsive, pedophilic sexual abuse would still continue, though now shifted towards young girls. The author's confused emphasis on homosexuality muddles the main issues of the report -- pedophilic abuse, gender segregation, and a pervasive hostile treatment towards females.

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 10:55:22 UTC | #509682

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As disturbing as all of this today... it reminds of ancient Greece and some other ancient societies. But at least their women got better treatment. I can actually see how having boys pleasure these older men might be their form of contraception. Strictly speaking, in the physiological sense, love and lust aren't all that different. So how these guys say that they are in 'love' with their wives but not with their 'boys' sound rather odd.

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 08:46:28 UTC | #509616

Go to: People With Asperger's Less Likely to See Purpose Behind Events in Their Lives

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Bering asserts that the tendency for teleological thinking is a natural outgrowth of the evolution of social-cognition in humans. Try to check out his paper on "The folk psychology of souls" in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol. 29, Issue 5 (2006) -- valuable peer commentaries and his reply to them are also found in that issue. I do not think he espouses religious thinking at all. For him, supernatural morality and excessive teleological thinking are cognitive illusions. Has anyone read "Born on a Blue Day"? Daniel Tammet (the author) has a high-functioning form of autism but still believes in a God. The explanation Tammet gives is weak ,of course... there we have an exception. With regard to Heywood's findings, I couldn't find it using Psycinfo, though. Did she publish it?

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:18:43 UTC | #493339

Go to: Why Belief in God Is/Is Not Innate

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Bonzai

Ad hoc stories are not necessarily wrong, but the point is that there is no (non ad hoc)mechanism to tell whether they are right or wrong


Yes, but I think most people would rather prefer to have at least some kind of explanation sketch than having absolutely nothing at all to go by with. Suspending one's judgment indefinitely isn't an easy thing to do -- it's hugely anxiety provoking for some.

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:10:00 UTC | #457807

Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

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happy birthday! :)

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 03:57:00 UTC | #453231

Go to: The Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate

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I understand Nunbeliever's point... As for Spinoza... eh.

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:20:00 UTC | #452327

Go to: An Apology

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Caveat emptor: my comments here probably is unqualified, coming from someone who has never used the forums, but I'm free to speak my mind anyway right?

some guys here really do have an incredibly high level of attachment towards the forums -- maybe because they've invested so much of their time in it OR for some other reason(s).

mistakes is a part of learning though. And I agree with what one poster said about it being actually a privilege to sign up here in the first place. I don't think it's ever possible to set up rules and regulations to a site like this that would truly be universally approved by all. There will always be disagreements of what is the 'best' approach of running things. and I don't even agree on how some of the comments are being deleted... except perhaps if the posts are really clogging up, or making it difficult to read through the thread with any coherence.

although I personally find it ridiculous how some are (could be wrong here) unable to help but resentfully announce to everyone else that they have completely (or almost) lost 'faith' and will have to find some other niche... more or less sounding like an implied invitation of sorts for others to leave as well. of course, no one is compelling anyone to just stick with using this site, and this site alone. No one.

Three years of scientific knowledge? I agree that that's an awful lot, but this attitude of 'all is lost' or 'people's thoughts and ideas are lost forever' sounds rather defeatist. And I don't see the point of starting up this I'm rational he's not being rational in his line here arguments. Clearly, what's rational/reasonable for some here simply is not rational/reasonable for others. And I would hope some would just be able to accept that -- or if not, then at least not spew out their resentments, (repeatedly) all over the place. okay, I'll just shut up now.

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 19:02:00 UTC | #445542

Go to: An Apology

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... and I haven't even the time to check out the forums. But I absolutely appreciate this site anyways -- there's tons I've actually learned by just singularly checking out the articles section.

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:54:00 UTC | #445024

Go to: New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

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hmmm... not really obvious. interesting though.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:54:00 UTC | #443261

Go to: Suffer the little children

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@Lendear
"Are sexually repressed homosexuals more likely to become priests?"

If you look at certain ethnographic/historical studies (e.g. Aztecs), it appears to me that there may be some relationship there -- especially in the olden days. But the common people were often somewhat aware, and it may have been accepted as a normal part of those cultures.

edit: but these ancient/indigenous priests weren't really sexually repressed, were they? They revered the act.

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:56:00 UTC | #433088

Go to: Oh no! "Licentiousness breeds extremism"

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Great response to Y A-B who is clearly suffering cognitive pollution, perhaps stemming from her own religion? In the tropics, people used to only 'hide' their genitals -- then the priests & missionaries came in -- bringing forth their own version of malice, prejudice, perversions & diseases to the natives...

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:29:00 UTC | #431216

Go to: Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion

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@yyuryyub said:
"Argue with the religious about their faith schools. Argue why you think their faith is wrong. Tell them why you don't like their religious symbols and what they represent to you..."

At least in my part of the world... this is what you would do if you want to die early. I have never heard of anyone here *openly* debating another Muslim about their faith - never, unless if you're reallyx10 close friends (as in the case with my own Muslim friend). But even he's afraid of us being heard in public. It's the silent rule.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 05:20:00 UTC | #422118

Go to: Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion

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@Bonzai said:
"I have the feeling that it is not as noble as AHA thinks."

Probably right... Banning does seem to be rather overboard, but maybe there really is a good reason [though I am still not completely convinced].

In my experience here in the Philippines, mosques and minarets are usually the place markers for Muslim occupied areas. It's also a sign of their 'territorialship'. Residences in those areas quickly become mostly Muslim-occupied (I've seen this happen--like mass migration), and soon you better abide by their rules or be very careful--better not wander without a Muslim companion (a Muslim friend told me this). They love to congregate -- whether in slum areas or affluent areas -- for some reason they don't like to live mix... they always like to form little communities, which of course grow really fast. The need for protection might be another reason.

What I'm worried about is this weird tendency for forming groups/oligarchies... some of you might have heard of news here in Maguindanao... warlords, family oligarchies, family-run criminal activity -- of course, they're not the only ones, but there is a tendency -- and this strong utter need for vengeance. But I'm talking about the local Muslims here. AND of course the context in Europe is likely to be completely different.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 04:20:00 UTC | #422103

Go to: Swiss ban on minarets was a vote for tolerance and inclusion

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Personally, I agree with Ali here... I know this might sound intolerant, but I feel that too much cultural tolerance would eventually lead to abuse. Although, I'm not yet so sure on this issue... Minarets are extremely powerful and assertive symbols of Islamic supremacy -- they might only seem harmless at first glance.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:25:00 UTC | #422035

Go to: Sermon for All Saints' Day, Cologne Cathedral, 1st November 2009

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@Stafford Gordon
2. Comment #429771

"I resent being constantly told that because I don't believe in a sky fairy I'm incapable of distinguishing between good and bad bevaviour..."

That's what they learned at a very young age. Personally established worldviews are extremely difficult to change. Often presentation of evidence won't do any good the first time around. Some even learn to ignore the evidence, trusting gut instincts from their ingrained worldviews despite truth staring glaringly at their faces.

There is student friend (psychology grad school)of mine who said to me that she doesn't care what the evidence for evolution is... she'd rather stick with her faith because that is what gives meaning to her life. I had no intention of 'traumatizing' her any further with the most 'basic' evidence so I eventually stopped my pursuit of the subject.

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:43:00 UTC | #411571

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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@Spinoza:

Haha! Actually psyc grad student. I find the philosophical and theoretical aspects of psychology quite interesting. You mentioned Wittgenstein; coincidentally, just this week, I tried reading his tractatus but couldn't understand him... The beginning, yes; the ending, yes. The body? NO. Undergrad indeed.

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 17:03:00 UTC | #411404

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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Spinoza, why do you have to be so... what's the word? incorrigible. Maybe that's not the right word I was looking for. But there is an air of condescension in your words towards us who are not 'expert' philosophers. I love philosophy but I do not have the time to mull over the deeper philosophical implications Ruse's article. It's a piece of crap. I'm just your ordinary run of the mill person here. I actually have heard some of Ruse's lectures which are great... but this time around, I enjoyed the criticisms more... and I think it's only natural for individuals (as I) to be disappointed at the kind of garbage Ruse is spewing out these days. He's sucking the life force out of people... what is he giving us back? NOTHING. If some of us think that this article is shit, then so be it.

Ruse is so much better than us all, because he is 'moderate' or a 'serious scholar'? Unlike the rest of us? The generalizations and misrepresentations in this article are open for all to see and criticize as they wish.

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 17:38:00 UTC | #411159

Go to: Atheism's open-door policy

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I still find comments like this baffling: "I believe Andrew Brown correctly notes the snobbish character of the so-called "New Atheists" who get off on humiliating working class believers deprived of a world-class education."

I AM WORKING CLASS (if nursing is working class w/c I'm not sure). I live in a third world country and I am an atheist... and I know people who are atheists or agnostics as well (although not that many 'intellectual atheists'. Funny thing is, I am currently working in graduate school, reading and researching about stereotyping, categorizing, and labeling. 'SNOBBISH atheists' fits right in that group mentioned. It's possible that the commenter probably had some past 'outlier' experiences with atheists that stood out strongly and negatively. Thus, people choose to label people by whatever subjective, aberrant impression strikes them as most memorable -- instead of what's statistically factual.

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:07:00 UTC | #402301

Go to: Who needs theology?

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I love Mark Twain and Bertrand Russell!

I've always puzzled on how someone like Mark Twain could ever deserve hell because of blasphemy -- it doesn't make sense.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 02:40:00 UTC | #401693