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Go to: Did Cooking Make Us Human?

dumbcountryhick's Avatar Jump to comment 25 by dumbcountryhick

They don't look THAT bad.

Also take into account the influence of money (a relative newcomer in our evolution) at a time when only the very wealthy could ever afford obesity. This would 'fat bias' the beauty standards of the time.

The western standard for female beauty is just an oversimplification of what is INSTINCTIVELY recognized as a fitness indicator.(The 'hourglass shape')
Because there are no side protruding bones between the rib cage and the pelvis thinner women tend to conform to the 'hourglass' a bit better than most big women. (The more fat there is the more obscured and distorted this shape becomes particularly in the middle.) And so men tend to give the thinner ones more attention. Hence the assumption that thinner is better when it really has nothing to do with how much they weigh.

The women just take this naive understanding of what turns men on to the extreme. The result is the ultra-thin beauty standard of today.

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 18:00:00 UTC | #448138

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"Anyway, a quick scope through our past will show that the fuller figure lady was favoured as a sign of good health and child bearing ability and is still a body type prefered even today."

Full figured in the chest.
Full figured in the hips.
NOT full figured in the waist.
NOT full figured in the neck.

The ONLY reason men prefer thinner women is because of what they lack in the waist and neck not because their breasts and butts are small or because they have toothpicks for legs.

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 17:01:00 UTC | #448108

Go to: OUR VIEW: Atheists trade bibles for porn; dis Mother Teresa

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"trade good books — which implore discipline, order and love — with pornographic images"

The Bible is probably one of the oldest pornographic publications in existence.

Discipline, order, and love? Is this guy really talking about the Bible?

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 02:34:00 UTC | #447939

Go to: How to Tell if a Guy Is Trustworthy

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"(black males 20% higher testosterone levels than white males)."

Oh so THAT'S why O.J. Simpson um... never mind.

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 22:04:00 UTC | #447865

Go to: Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets

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"If "parallels between the AGW camp and conventional religion" exist, some evidence would exist, no?"

I agree. But who might be inclined to study such phenomena? Sociologists I suppose. But which ones? Those coming from the left or those coming from the right?

I'm prepared to believe most scientists most of the time because most research probably isn't all that political. But the more a scientist sounds like a politician (or a social engineer) the more worried I get.

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 18:48:00 UTC | #447787

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"-according to hearsay, may or may not have done-"

Hearsay? Have you read any of those e-mails?
These guys go on and on about deleting e-mails and saying stuff like "If they ever find out there is a FOIA in the UK I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone."

Now I am prepared to accept that they could have been faked. Perhaps Michael Mann and company were even on the payroll of big oil and agreed to fake e-mails. That I can buy. But to just ignore the content of them is surely more irresponsible than any 'dogmatic skepticism'.

"Be sure to back up this folly of yours with some peer-reviewed evidence."

I didn't know that scientists studied parallels. (parallel universes maybe) At any rate whose peers would be doing the reviewing?

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:50:00 UTC | #447722

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Everyone knows that deleting potentially incriminating e-mails and dodging freedom of information act requests (breaking the law actually) is standard operating procedure in nearly every scientific discipline and in no way does it reflect poorly upon the validity of a line of research.
Why I just bet evolutionary biologists have to to that sort of stuff all the time.

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 06:38:00 UTC | #447639

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Nunbeliever to keddaw

"Frankly, I do not give a damn what you think if you would just be kind enough to keep your ideas to yourself. Thank you, and goodbye!"

People don't typically argue with those whose opinions they don't give a damn about.

keddaw to Nunbeliever
"You are taking on faith that the claims you have read (wherever you get your info) is true and the predictions are definite."

keddaw: If you have not already done so you may want to check out what the late Michael Crichton (I think that's the spelling) wrote about the environmental movement. He compares it DIRECTLY to a religion complete with a garden of eden (world before industrialization) and a Revelation style doomsday scenario (global warming).

Now before anyone starts telling me that Michael Crichton is not a climate authority let me add that I'm not citing him as such. What I am trying to do is point out parallels between the AGW camp and conventional religion.

Religion really has nothing to do with the supernatural. It's about trusting authority (ANY authority) implicitly.
I think it's becoming increasingly clear who here is truly without religion.

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:51:00 UTC | #447582

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Date: Mon Feb 21 16:28:xxx xxxx xxxx
Cc: "raymond s. bradley" , "Malcolm Hughes"

Mike, Ray and Malcolm,
The skeptics seem to be building up a head of steam here ! Maybe we can use
this to our advantage to get the series updated !
Odd idea to update the proxies with satellite estimates of the lower troposphere
rather than surface data !. Odder still that they don't realise that Moberg et al used the
Jones and Moberg updated series !
Francis Zwiers is till onside. He said that PC1s produce hockey sticks. He stressed
that the late 20th century is the warmest of the millennium, but Regaldo didn't bother
with that. Also ignored Francis' comment about all the other series looking similar
to MBH.
The IPCC comes in for a lot of stick.
Leave it to you to delete as appropriate !

The last two lines sound (and I stress only sound) like this guy is telling his associates to delete any data that does not conform to the hockey stick graph in order to satisfy the IPCC.

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 04:09:00 UTC | #447360

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"It's because scientists can only be made to do so much lying with dirty money."

I agree. But surely there is a difference in what evangelicals can spend on misinformation and the kind that oil interests can provide? (Billions instead of millions?)

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 20:00:00 UTC | #447277

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I can't prove if AGW is true or false but if there is, in fact, a consensus that it is true then I might be able to prove that a 'new world order' or something like it exists.
Why aren't the majority of climate scientists saying that AGW is false? They should be! Not because AGW is false (it could well be true) but because the majority of scientists SHOULD be on the payroll of the oil, coal, and gas industries right?
It would appear, however, that big oil with all it's billions can only afford to corrupt a handful of scientists. (the dissenters, skeptics, deniers, etc.)
Is it because the average climate scientist is perfect? (Those leaked emails don't exactly inspire confidence here.)
Or are the majority of climate scientists being controlled (for better or ill) by something even more powerful than the oil companies?

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 16:28:00 UTC | #447232

Go to: Intelligent people have 'unnatural' preferences and values that are novel in human evolution

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Among those 'unnatural' preferences might be a tendency to produce fewer offspring owing to a more critical evaluation of the costs of raising a large family.
This would make intelligence, above a certain threshold, anti-darwinian.
It has been argued that average human cranial capacity has not increased for at least the last 100,000 years.
Could our species have long ago reached a plateau? A plateau created not by biology or chemistry but by an awareness powerful enough to undermine the 'darwinian integrity' of the limbic brain and it's pleasure centers?

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:32:00 UTC | #444002

Go to: 'Teach the Controversy'

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The idea that you don't want to bring creationists up to the level of scientists by debating them assumes that the general public already holds scientists in higher esteem than clergy or other authority. While one might make a good argument that people should think this way the reality is that they don't. Depriving the creationist of the 'oxygen of respectability' might seem a sensible move to an educated person but to the illiterate masses it just looks as though the evolutionists are ducking out because they have something to hide.

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 02:08:00 UTC | #433612

Go to: Bowling for Atheists: Haiti Proves that Nonbelievers Care Too

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Just as we accuse the religious of only being good to suck up to God they will simply accuse us of only giving to prove that we are not the satan spawn that we are.

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:48:00 UTC | #433596

Go to: Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys and Chimps

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When does a child become an adult? Is it the very second that they turn 18?

When does an animal have a language?

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 02:13:00 UTC | #432914

Go to: Rethinking artificial intelligence

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Why not use the real thing? With advances in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research a future involving computers that are partially organic seems much more promising than trying to emulate (either in software or hardware) the most advanced nanotechnology on the planet.

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 03:20:00 UTC | #421291

Go to: The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psychosociological Conditions

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When all people have to grasp at are straws they will grasp at straws. Replacing them with genuine improvements in living standards is the only way to get people to abandon what is essentially Santa Claus for grown ups.

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 08:29:00 UTC | #420883

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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"The Quakers and the Evangelicals were inspired and driven by their religion to oppose slavery, and a good thing too."

Meanwhile the southern Baptists were inspired and driven by their religion to endorse it.

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 01:25:00 UTC | #410829

Go to: There are black-eyed virgins ready for you

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"Heaven is there where Hell is... and Hell is down on earth."

Accept: "Heaven is Hell"

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 23:00:00 UTC | #410801

Go to: Beware Of Demonic Candy!!!

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"These people aren't just real, they're fairly common."

I can remember a classmate once saying that her mother didn't let her go trick or treating because it "lets the devil in your house".

Halloween or Sowen has a very long history of persecution by Christians going back nearly as far as the inception of Christianity itself.

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 18:14:00 UTC | #410292

Go to: 3 Silly Religious Beliefs Held By Non-Silly People

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"It is not true that the sun goes around the earth."

Actually that one is sort of relative. One could argue that the sun goes around the earth the same way one could say that a tail wags a dog, a pendulum swings a grandfather clock or that the road moves under the wheels of your 'stationary' car while driving.
All this being said, however, I'm not about to see what happens if I get hit by a concrete pavement from the top of a tall building.

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 17:54:00 UTC | #410288

Go to: Junk DNA Mechanism That Prevents Two Species From Reproducing Discovered

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Sat, 31 Oct 2009 17:18:00 UTC | #410281

Go to: Scientists oppose plan to fund research according to economic value

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Could this be, at least partially, a maneuver by some on the religious right to stop funding for things like stem cell research£

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:10:00 UTC | #407836

Go to: Are humans still evolving? Absolutely, says new analysis of long-term survey of human health

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Humans are evolving all right. Just not biologically.

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 20:17:00 UTC | #407390

Go to: Ardipithecus Is Ready For Her Close-Up

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I've done some 'digging' on this ardipithecus and it seems that when the scientific papers on it first appeared it was reported as an arboreal ape that might or might not be a representative of the last common ancestor (LCA) humans and chimps share. But no mention was made of it being a habitually upright walker. Why the change£
I also found out that this Owen Lovejoy guy has been advocating this reduced canines/sexual selection idea (as an alternative to the savannah hypothesis as an explanation for bipedality) for about thirty years and that it has not gained many followers among his peers.
Well suppose the guy learned of a new fossil discovery of an arboreal ape (and therefore not living on a savannah) with leanings toward the LCA. If only he could make it out to be a biped then he could prove all of his competition wrong about the origins of bipedality and become the 'top dog' in his profession.
Just a thought.

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 18:18:00 UTC | #405747

Go to: Ardipithecus Is Ready For Her Close-Up

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"My friend wants to know if they may have started walking upright to be able to use a club. Also, would the club have negated the need for threatening canine teeth£"

My thoughts exactly. I guess todays anthropologists are too politically correct for such a straightforward explanation. I mean think how stereotypically 'cave man' that image is.
On the other hand a more roundabout scheme involving the 'peaceful female' taming the 'savage male' through sexual selection thus paving the way to civilization may be less parsimonious but at least the feminists are happy.

As a side note ever wonder why anthropologists seem to think our ancestors never used tools until the stone age£ Like they were all allergic to wood products or something.

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:31:00 UTC | #405226

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"Violence, religious differences, deaths, hunger, displacement and many other issues made me ask myself where God is,” he said."

This is what creates atheists not evolution.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:41:00 UTC | #405059

Go to: Paper Challenges Ideas About 'Early Bird' Dinosaur

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"In former East Germany, 82% accept evolution."

Unfortunately this may only be due to previous communist influence.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 02:38:00 UTC | #404967

Go to: Ardipithecus Is Ready For Her Close-Up

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You guys got it all£ Mine didn't get corrected until the first hour was up. Must be my local cable company. (I know the trouble wasn't at my end because more than one TV in the house displayed that single frame.)
I wouldn't have suspected creationist foul play were it not for the unusual nature of the technical difficulty described in my previous post. But then with so much of previously analog broadcast equipment going digital it might just be a new type of malfunction.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 02:05:00 UTC | #404965

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As I type their is a most peculiar technical difficulty with the discovery channel. The audio is the proper program but the video is a single frame reading "primate helps bridge the evolutionary gap -The Washington Post". (I presume from one of the promos)
Man if this is what I think it is sparks are going to fly!

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:09:00 UTC | #404941