mr_DNA commented on the post, Donald Trump and the Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists 2 months, 1 week ago
OHooligan The following line would seem to make that unlikely,”Vaccine-refusal rates are highest in American communities of wealth, such as Marin County, California. “.
There is a danger of being the mirror image of the conspiracy theorists who claim that the CDC and the medical profession are conspiring to deliberately inflict autism of the…[Read more]
Dan. I can see your point that the wearing of clothes is culturally defined and flouting the mores of your community can incur formal and imformal censure and punishment.
If I were to walk out in the street naked I’d quickly find myself under lock and key (witness what has happened to this guy here). To a certain extent that comes from our…[Read more]
30 to 36 in a thousand in a fifty year period is not massively significant is it? I think the headline is slightly overblown / clickbait.
The rise in caesareans (in the west at least) in mainly due to women being older mothers and therefore more likely to have complications and therefore doctors often go down the caesarean route as its safer on…[Read more]
mr_DNA commented on the post, These Real-Life Ghostbusters Will Help Sell Your Haunted House 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Absolute proof if ever you need it that in the 21st century belief in the paranormal is as strong as ever. I do think the corrosive influence of religion is at work here. If children are brought up from childhood to believe in hell and demons its easy to see how they could be persuaded that they should part with their hard earned money to pay…[Read more]
This should be easy. Consider swapping the claim “there is a God” with “aliens have visited Earth”.
I can be agnostic about whether aliens have visited Earth (they might have) and still not believe it because I have not seen sufficient evidence. Atheism relates to what you believe – agnosticism to what you know. If you do not believe there is a…[Read more]
heres my take on the trolley dillema. This is the same dilemma but with a more plausible scenario.
There is a ward with four patients all in their twenties needing organ transplants or they will die in next 12 hours and there is no prospect of donors. There is another patient who will die in next 24 hours whatever happens and this patient…[Read more]
With respect Mr DArcy this is not a scientific article. It is a social science one. In the social sciences ethnic groups are worth discussing because people perceive such things and modify their behaviour accordingly. Sure, it would be nice if they didn’t but this is looking at how people behave now not in some idealised future.
Couldn’t disagree more. History is replete with examples of crowds being manipulated out of fear to send their country down the wrong path. The crowds decision is only as good as the information they receive. In the UK the majority of the newspapers have sided with the Brexit crowd and have been howling scare headlines about…[Read more]
mr_DNA commented on the post, The Secret Life of Sadiq Khan, London’s First Muslim Mayor 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Really? Unless I’m misunderstanding him he is implying that to criticise a religion is somehow related to racism. This is an often repeated idea that I think has the goal of making it seem like your religious ideology is part of your DNA. This legitimates the idea we can apply different standards of behaviour to say issues like…[Read more]
There’s every chance of Turkey joining the Eu as they hold a big bargaining chip with the migrant crisis – that’s politics. In any case they can simply point at Ireland’s blasphemy law or Polands abortion laws (recently changed so that there are no exceptions – even rape and incest ) as examples of member states who have religiously orientated…[Read more]
David R Allen
I liked your comment but I think the religious dogma is not just a compounding factor it the by far and a way the main source of the bigotry and justification for it. It’s no coincidence that these laws are being enacted in the south – home to evangelical president hopeful Ted Cruz who recently shook the hands of a man who he had…[Read more]
David R Allen
That was the state of education in the UK until quite recently. All the free school stuff has been brought in on a wave of guff about parents right to choose – which apparently means the right to stop their children getting access to state mandated minimum standards of education. But then they have to have inspections like any other…[Read more]
Thank you Laurie. I found my self outnumbered on a Guardian forum on this subject a couple of months back.
I find it disturbing that people are actively campaigning for a “talking cure” for a disease like this. […]