• Peace: Wow. That’s a lot of meaning to pack into a nonsense word. I would suggest “developing” as a word that fits better with your explanation of what you meant.

    Bravo! You’re suggesting different descriptions by using words that are, in your view, more accurate. When I wrote the sentence it seemed wordy and inadequate that’s one reason why w…[Read more]

  • Je suis Al Gore et Leonardo Di Caprio. I’m a primate too..just a helluva lot cleaner than those hypocritical sons of bitches.

  • Melvin: “…the unformed products of conception”

    Peace: “Unformed? What exactly does that mean?” By “unformed” I mean not yet constituted to a point where
    anyone could describe the entity coherently in relation to the functional properties necessary for minimum recognition of a holistic human being…(see below)

    Melvin: “…constitute a…[Read more]

  • As for “irrefutable” assertions which are devoid of evidence and logic, they simply require dismissal, not refutation!
    The (early stage) undeveloped and unborn, are not individual organisms!
    They are dependent clusters of cells incapable of independent living.

    Commendably, you are starting to put ‘abortion’ under descriptions that make sense to…[Read more]

  • Alan4: Peace is asking for a definition of a human being within the parameters of conception (the fertilized egg) along the continuum of development from zygote to embryo; from embryo through the simple to complex features of the fetus; from cells to globs of tissue to something that starts to look like a baby. In my view, clearly expressed in…[Read more]

  • Peace: “… a definition that exists in a scientific journal or other publication, written by subject matter experts.”

    No such definition exists. Abortion is a procedure that necessarily kills an unborn human organism. With exceptions too numerous to cite, societies have “traditionally” treated abortion as “homicide” or a serious offense with…[Read more]

  • Alan4: In terms of scientific classification, there is a strong case for humans to be included in the genus Pan – along with chimps and bonobos.

    Of course humans and anthropoid apes are related species. If we take the term “hominid” to refer to: erect bipedal primate mammals that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and r…[Read more]

  • Alan4: “As you say, language and meaning s evolve along with the processes and technologies they describe.
    Stone age “manufacture” of artefacts may have been originally fairly exclusively by the use of hands, but even then sinues, fibres, etc. were processed by also using teeth – so the word acquired new added meaning as tools and machines becam…
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  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 2 days, 14 hours ago

    Alan4: I commended Vicki for her wish to see systemic changes in the American [income] tax structure.

    In the popular imagination that fulminates at the extremes of political imagination, Democrats are socialists and Republicans are fascists. Neither caricature carries much water. Both parties are committed to a narrow centrist portion of the…[Read more]

  • From a purely political perspective, the first priority for anyone who cares to “reform” the Republican party should be to cleanse “abortion” from their party platform or discourse. Outside of perhaps expressing a single soundbite: “I’m personally opposed to abortion” the repetitive emphasis should fall on: “but it is a private matter.” Granted…[Read more]

  • I take on board the clever jabs at celebrities who pound their chests and sound off like Tarzan about their commitment to environmental virtues while over-consuming and leaving a carbon footprint like King Kong.
    The blindside to the yucking up is that the little people contribute much more in their collective resource consumption, pollution,…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 3 days, 1 hour ago

    Vicki: Thank you for your comment.

    Vicki: My hope is that the party shifts in Congress as well, then she needs to work like hell before the 2018 midterms. Personally, I hope her focus in her first year is on restructuring taxes. Supply side Reaganomics has all but destroyed the middle class. …..I couldn’t agree more but the subject of taxes…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 3 days, 17 hours ago

    Hillary Clinton will come into office with serious disadvantages: Her approval and trustworthy ratings are low.
    She will win largely by way of voters that dislike her less than Trump. Frankly she is not a good politician. Her public speaking comes across cold and stiff. (She has been trained with mixed results to raise her voice without…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 4 days, 13 hours ago

    Phil: If its the right thing to do, to make the situation manageable. Political expediency wins in my book

    Unfortunately “political expediency” can serve self-interest at the expense of the public good (and vice versa). That’s the pending question about Bill and Hillary in general and Hillary Clinton in particular as she takes the oath of…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 5 days, 1 hour ago

    Dan: “admiration for Hillary’s ability to change her mind (about the complex trade deal TPP). Why is changing one’s mind, why is the process of evolving on an issue, confused with dishonesty?”

    Dan, you’re not following the very suspicious circumstantial evidence underscoring Hillary’s political opportunism on the TPP (Trans Pacific Par…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 5 days, 12 hours ago

    Recent poll results show not only a “defeat” for Trump supporters but implicitly predict a rout. It’s no contest. Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. Flush your dread down the toilet and sleep peacefully tonight. Newly elected Senate Democrats may well wrest majority control from Republicans with a few down-ballot…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 6 days, 1 hour ago

    Dan: Let’s see some of those corrupt skeletons come out of the closet. That’s where they are; and that is what they are: skeletons. No meat on them and designed to scare. Are they coming out on Halloween?

    Obviously you support her, she has your vote , and you like her as a person. This is your right. She has my vote too because the ele…[Read more]

  • Melvin commented on the post, Trump in Exile 6 days, 13 hours ago

    Trump is off the radar screen with no chance to win. James Ballard raises valid concerns about Hillary’s integrity, motivation, and ability to lead coming into office with low trustworthy-approval ratings. There are a lot of corrupt skeletons in her closet. If she is going to turn the country around she has to turn herself around…[Read more]

  • I have numerous times earlier on this site dismissed claims that language capacity in animals will be any more than what we see achieved by a great effort. The brain areas simply don’t exist in the associative corteces.

    Thank you. Fair enough. Let’s move on. No hard feelings.

  • All I’m doing is trying to clarify the historically damning word “Atheist,” with more intellectually accurate language to defuse some of the inflammatory connotations. My “atheism” is that no supernatural powers, forces, planes of being exist or operate in an impersonal exclusively physical cosmos indifferent to any organisms, including humans,…[Read more]

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