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    Some brains obviously do that with ease. Just...

    Some brains obviously do that with ease. Just another page in the march of natural selection. I'm certain that one day we will be able to recognize the difference between a religious brain and a...
  2. It's paranoia and a whole lot more. :D

    This is what happens when your news diet consists of outrage over blacks and muslims (and black muslims) who have insignificant power and influence. You tend to ignore the one guy who leads a...
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    There are rational and irrational parts of the...

    There are rational and irrational parts of the religious corpus. Religious people seem able to recognize the irrational parts of other religions but unable to recognize the irrational parts of their...
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    Santa isn't invisible and doesn't live in the...

    Santa isn't invisible and doesn't live in the sky. He only flies around in the sky because of magic.

    The question is about being judged by someone who lacks the cognitive ability to be able to...
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    Those folks who don't think Santa is real, are...

    Those folks who don't think Santa is real, are they against Santa? Would anyone want to be judged by a jury who thinks Santa and magic are real?

    Does anyone want to be judged by someone who...
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    All other things being equal it's a fact that...

    I read a lengthy article at a medical site a few years ago that mentioned that some people were helped by placebos even when they were told they were being given a placebo. I wish I could say that...
  7. So we're in agreement?

    The difference being salt, or slightly healthier water, isn't otherwise rare in the oceans, quite the opposite, so adding what amounts to very small quantities relative to what's already there is...
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    Shame we don't have George Barna type research...

    Shame we don't have George Barna type research for every 25 years of the past couple millennia.
  9. The seas are big. People used to think about the...

    The seas are big. People used to think about the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Erie similarly, just keep dumping the waste there, it won't matter.

    Back on topic, the problem isn't water, it's...
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    Why any person is seemingly compelled to...

    Why any person is seemingly compelled to rationalize his or her attachment to woo is ultimately a scientific investigation and discussion, there being a very physical explanation for the behavior. ...
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    Wow, what a total douchebag.

    Wow, what a total douchebag.
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    That's all standard, predictable, human behavior....

    Surely you jets.

    I belive tolerance of thought is te right thing to do. Without it our system is meningless.

    The craziness is becomming more acute week by week.
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    Religious exemptions for...
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    And just for the record, I don't hate Bilbo,...

    And just for the record, I don't hate Bilbo, Frodo or Sauron.
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    I think Gun Nut's earlier comment is worth...

    I think Gun Nut's earlier comment is worth repeating. The abortion question isn't about abortion, it's about controlling who has sex. If a woman has sex when she shouldn't be having sex then she's...
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    Deliberate fraud? :) Is there any other kind?

    I assume some tax cases could be civil, but if it involves deliberate fraud it goes to criminal.[/QUOTE]

    Deliberate fraud? :) Is there any other kind?
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    No doubt lots of people practice religion because...

    Right. I always imagine that there are many in a typical church congregation who squirm because they just don't, down deep, believe. ("God lets you keep slaves and beat the shit out of them? ...
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    Maybe. According to the latest, only 95 out of...

    Maybe. According to the latest, only 95 out of every 212 republicans are smart enough to get vaccinated.
  18. Maybe we should call it RansomCoin.

    Maybe we should call it RansomCoin.
  19. Is there any evidence that swimming pools kill...

    Speech and the expression of that speech (whether a painted rock or repeatedly abusive and demeaning shout downs) are wholly relevant, if it affects the child.[/QUOTE]

    No, not merely “affects,”...
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    If religious folk want to call themselves sinners...

    If religious folk want to call themselves sinners they only do it to make themselves superior to non-sinners, as odd as that sounds. Keep your religious nuttery to yourselves is my advice. Don't...
  21. As a society we routinely pass judgement on a...

    As a society we routinely pass judgement on a person's ideological position. We all do it. Courts do it whether they think they do or not. If any person thinks he or she is immune to such...
  22. The discussion seems to be along the lines of...

    The discussion seems to be along the lines of deciding what is in the best interests of the child vs what is in the best interests of being legal. Seems the court is legally bound to decide what is...
  23. That's a given. Members of my extended family...

    That's a given. Members of my extended family would go into mourning and maybe commit suicide having lost dear leader. The political landscape wouldn't change much.
  24. If I was genuinely and sincerely interested in...

    If I was genuinely and sincerely interested in the child's welfare, and if I believed I could provide the best environment for same compared to my spouse, and if whether I gained custody mattered...
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    Obviously their relationship with us is identical...

    Also, we tend to steal their apples, even when they've clearly told us that these are their apples and they don't want us taking them. There was someone at my old office who used to do that with...
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