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  1. The things you say here are true but there is an underlying premise in these types of writings which is false. Making up an artificial prescription of how to act in order to "get the girl" is not right. I think that any relationship that was going to be worthwhile would not require such superficialities as limiting a date to a certain amount of time, or waiting a certain number of weeks to couple, or always saying the right thing at the right time. Trying to make these regulations around human relationships is tedious. Furthermore it is artificial in the same sense that the government regu
  2. These links don't show a "hard-wiring" of anything because the babies are all months old and have been living in the world. Even if the baby had just been born, still not proof of "hard-wiring" in the biological sense. I'm assuming by hard-wiring you mean something on the level of an instinct. You don't know what the baby's brain can learn while developing in the womb or why it learns it and I wouldn't exactly call that hard-wiring, more just learning the same way it learns when it comes out. "Hard-wiring" implies the idea is somehow written in a code passed from mother to child which crea
  3. In ancient Greece, the men certainly weren’t monogamous by today’s standards. Were hunter/gatherer ancestors monogamous?--I’m not sure what the evidence on that is but offhand I would say it’s doubtful and I have read that monogamy is quite rare in mammals in general. Monogamy as a symptom in mankind could be just another hangover due to Christianity. Monogamy may be as much in our nature qua man as embarrassment due to being observed naked is—that is, not at all. This is speculating but perhaps before we ate from the tree of knowledge polygamous attitudes were most natural to our species
  4. Yeah I read the thread. Nowhere did I say that this is the first time those objections have been raised nor was that central to the argument or the question of whether they have been sufficiently answered. If you are upset by it you needn't reply at all because I don't make things personal. I don't know whether you remembered what was in the links you sent but they do not address the main argument I presented. It doesn't address at all how different "free-market" defense groups would deal without having a physical domain where their law applies absolutely. It makes statements about how su
  5. The anarchists want anarchy because they want to choose the protective agency who they agree with the most or who they think is the most just rather than being forced to live under a centralized government and its interpretation of justice. The thing is, if there are all these different protective groups all operating under different rules, there will be some who actually get justice right and then there will be those who are not “rights respecting” groups. If it happened in the U.S. it is just as if they U.S. has now been split into however many smaller countries. People act as if under su
  6. He is one of my favorite actors which is why I tried to watch him play Arthur Rimbaud in Total Eclipse. I got about half way through and had to stop. His acting wasn't the problem, but the character he played was so annoying and pointless. I read on his wikipedia page that he is going on vacation from acting to save the planet, so you might get to watch him plant a garden some day soon.
  7. In statistical mechanics the randomness is only an abstraction and not a reality of the system. We say it is random because it appears that way with our limited information and the statistical math can describe the system but doesn’t mean the identity of the particles is statistical. You would have to explain more clearly why this isn’t the case for QM to convince me.
  8. It may hurt the baby or it may not. AZT is a carcinogen which prevents cells from proliferating. In an embryo the cells are proliferating to develop the child. In a previous post I stated that drugs of this kind are risky drugs. The individual decides if the trade off is worth it. There are some scientists who believe pregnant women should never be exposed to carcinogens.
  9. Yes, if it is a temporal sequence that is fine. What I mean is that if that happened to you, you would assume that someone was running in real fast and switching out the cow for the hippo and so forth. You would look for a cause. The cow is not truly a "Random" animal but something physically happened. Or maybe someone gave the cow some kind of biologic agent which morphed it to a different species. It wasn't just that the cow was indeterminate and could be anything or nothing. The nuetrino must be fluctuating for some reason is what i am saying, it isn't existing randomly doing whatever
  10. You would equate not giving up liquor with quitting a drug which is harmful to both you and your baby's development? I think they are opposites. She didn't want to take the drug because she thinks it's harmful to her baby. If it was her right then why was the kid taken?
  11. I didn't realize that is what it boiled down to for you. You have ignored all the statements about how the drugs are toxic and whether someone, even a baby, should be forced to take a toxic drug which destroys body tissue and upsets physiology--possibly coming with unknown consequences for a developing child--by law. What if the government was wrong about a disease? Do you think that has never happened? Is the government or the doctor infallible? If you thought they were wrong would you want them to take your child and give him toxic drugs? Look up SMON, an incident that occured in Japan
  12. Apologies I mistook your meaning. The fact is that Joseph Sonnabend always prescribed lower dose medication than what the consensus suggested. I didn't make the claim he would say the baby didn't need the drugs, i distinctly stated he started out not prescribing them and then always gave lower dosage, implying he would probably give a lower dosage to this baby than a different doctor. The family was in fact trying to get a second opinion when the child was taken. You are the one who objected to "strawman". I agree, in that you don't need medical training to think for yourself o
  13. I will take a stab at why Objectivists may reject certain parts of these physics ideas. The objections are philosophical they don't question the results of experiments and they don't rely on common sense either. 1. General relativity ( reification of concepts) 2. nonlocality (Depends on how you are defining it, if you think there can be action by no causal agent that is wrong on philosophical grounds. If you think there is some yet undetectable causal agent that's fine.) 3. anti-matter - total conversion of matter into energy (no objection) 4. objective randomness (probability with no
  14. HIV isn't a disease. It is a microbe that may or may not cause a disease in a given person. AIDS is a disease which the baby does not have. To illustrate, his mother has had HIV since birth she has never had AIDS and thus has not been ill. She was only ill when younger because she responded badly to the medication which isn't suprising seeing that she was a developing child (so all her cells are growing and thus being affected by the drug). There are many reasons why a given person may have immune deficiency, which is defined as white blood cell counts below a certain level. But clearly
  15. Is this really fact? I would argue that modern men suffer the same in terms of women. I agree they don't know, but neither do most women know what masculinity means.
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