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Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future

Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 14:25:45 in Science

“i'm not speaking for everyone on the science section any more than you are. we're talking about the people who "spew their religious beliefs" and the people who reply to them. a conversation you started. i thought that was obvious.”
Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future

Bill Nye: Debate Over Evolution In Texas Schools Is Jeopardizing Our Future

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 12:49:01 in Science

“this is the science section. if you come on here and start trying to equate religious beliefs that are wholly unsubstantiated and often completely contradictory to observation to scientific facts backed by mountains of evidence you're going to get replies. creationism and evolution are not on the same footing, so don't expect us to treat them like they are. there is not one single fact that supports creationism but there are literally millions of data points that substantiate evolution.”

oliverljames on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:55:37

“Nice try but you shouldn't speak for everyone on the science section - many of who go to church or temple or whatever. And I, am not religious except for the occasional OMG when texting.”
Ian Watkins, Lostprophets Singer, Pleads Guilty To Attempted Rape Of Baby, Multiple Child Sex Offenses

Ian Watkins, Lostprophets Singer, Pleads Guilty To Attempted Rape Of Baby, Multiple Child Sex Offenses

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 15:27:20 in Celebrity

“i can't even begin to express how glad i am that you haven't received any answers to that question.”
Robot Butt Developed By Dr. Benjamin Lok: The Cutting Edge Of 'Rear-search'?

Robot Butt Developed By Dr. Benjamin Lok: The Cutting Edge Of 'Rear-search'?

Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 10:54:33 in Weird News

“The device even measures eye contact between the medical student and the virtual patient to help improve the bedside manner.

eye contact during a prostate exam? awkward.”
How Did Life Begin? Texas Paleontologist Says He's Found The Biological 'Holy Grail'

How Did Life Begin? Texas Paleontologist Says He's Found The Biological 'Holy Grail'

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 20:34:35 in Science

“an organic molecule is simply a ring or chain of carbon atoms with other atoms attached to it, like oxygen, hydrogen or nitrogen. since those are 4 of the 5 most abundant elements in the universe their formation is not really anything mysterious, they form naturally and have been found in many places besides just comets. life as we know it requires organic molecules but organic molecules do not require life.”

Nec V20 on Nov 3, 2013 at 04:30:51

“Given the very limited space for my post, I had to assume that the details you mention were a given. Organic molecules are those containing carbon. This is why it is called "organic chemistry" for instance.

"Life" can only have said to begin when organic compounds become self replicating.

Outer space just isn't very conducive to being a good enough chemistry set to produce all the various combinations required to eventually create a molecule or molecules which self replicate.”
'Carrie' Review: Remake Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore Is Only Intermittently Effective

'Carrie' Review: Remake Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore Is Only Intermittently Effective

Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 22:29:50 in Entertainment

“i don't think anyone ever described sissy spacek as pimply and slightly over weight, either so i'm not sure that's a relevant point.”
Mammals Pee For Same Duration Of 21 Seconds, Urination Study Finds (VIDEO)

Mammals Pee For Same Duration Of 21 Seconds, Urination Study Finds (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 13:56:06 in Science

“give or take 13 seconds? that's a margin of error of over 50%. i get how their study could apply to hydraulics, but that seems like much too broad a range to be a useful diagnostic tool.”
Cavemen Recycled? Evidence Suggests Prehistoric Ancestors Repurposed Everyday Objects

Cavemen Recycled? Evidence Suggests Prehistoric Ancestors Repurposed Everyday Objects

Commented Oct 12, 2013 at 20:56:51 in Green

“that cave looks like it might be the place where hemorrhoids were invented.”
Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 16:21:56 in Science

“the article gives the impression they were just laying on the ground somewhere random. it does not say they were found in a spot that is associated with long-term habitation, hence my confusion. but i suppose your's is as good a guess as any given the lack of specific information in the article.”
Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 16:16:31 in Science

“it's only the arrow heads that are made of stone. the shafts are made of wood.”
Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Ancient Bow, Arrows Exposed By Melting Snow In Norway

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 10:04:39 in Science

“i'm confused about the 1600 year discrepancy between the age of the bow and the age of the oldest arrows. that seems odd.”

Catothemuchyounger on Oct 3, 2013 at 22:29:18

“I agree. That is a tremendous time period between artifacts. Makes one wonder if the dating is correct.”

KevinOubre on Oct 3, 2013 at 20:18:10

“Europeans used the Atlatl before the bow. Same ammo, different propulsion.”

209W on Oct 3, 2013 at 13:40:09

“How do determine the age of a implement made from stone ?”

kareemachan on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:15:05

“Left there at different times by different people, I guess.”
Fisherman Jumps Overboard To Revive 300-Pound Bull Shark (VIDEO)

Fisherman Jumps Overboard To Revive 300-Pound Bull Shark (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 14:24:41 in Green

“if someone dragged me out of my home by sinking a huge hook into my face and nearly killed me in the process i don't think i'd consider them a hero for giving me CPR afterwards.”

KheSahn068 on Oct 2, 2013 at 14:47:47

“BIG difference between you and that shark is that you have a nervous system that feels pain. They don't.

Survival mode is what you see when a shark is caught, not pain. It's in their genes to fight when cornered but will not feel the pain.”

GraphicMatt on Oct 2, 2013 at 14:46:31

“Sharks don't think or consider. Nobody said he was a hero either.”
These Are The People Who Are Quitting Facebook

These Are The People Who Are Quitting Facebook

Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 18:43:13 in Technology

“yeah, i realize i can't make my profile completely invisible or anything like that, but i think some of the settings still make a difference. for instance, i'm reasonably sure my profile picture is not being used in any ads and zynga's got nothing on me. likewise my click count on fb is zero. well, i'm pretty heavy handed with the blocking and i'm not sure if blocking someone counts as a click so maybe not zero? but i understand that the best way to keep something private is to not post it it the first place and that has been the plan for quite awhile now.”
These Are The People Who Are Quitting Facebook

These Are The People Who Are Quitting Facebook

Commented Sep 21, 2013 at 12:22:37 in Technology

“since quitting facebook does not remove your data from their servers i figured there was no point in going that route. instead i just determined that they will not get any more data. i check my profile about twice a month for messages. if there are any i reply via email or a phone call. i do not "like" anything, i do not post anything, i have all privacy settings maxed out. i have never linked my facebook profile to any other website. i make sure i'm logged out when i leave so i don't see things like "here are some of your friends who also read the huffington post". that one really freaked me out. if i could go back in time and never start a profile in the first place i would, but since i can't all i can do is make sure i don't compound the mistake. luckily the data they do have is pretty innocuous since i never filled in anything other than my name.”

durof1 on Sep 21, 2013 at 17:34:07

“Good for you but keep in mind, these days there is no such thing as "privacy settings" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Stratacos on Sep 21, 2013 at 14:03:37

“Good for you! I wish I did that when I joined the whacky site!”
People Who Lie While Texting Take Longer To Respond, Study Shows

People Who Lie While Texting Take Longer To Respond, Study Shows

Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 21:40:19 in Science

“i think if someone instructed me to lie at random about things i wouldn't have lied about otherwise it would take me awhile to think of something, but if i was lying because i felt i needed to i'm pretty sure i could come up with something on the fly.

necessity is the mother of invention.”
9 Terribly Disturbing Things About Electronic Cigarettes

9 Terribly Disturbing Things About Electronic Cigarettes

Commented Sep 3, 2013 at 16:06:53 in Business

“*This article was brought to you by RJ Reynolds.”
Wormhole Time 'Machine' Called Best Bet For Back-In-Time Travel

Wormhole Time 'Machine' Called Best Bet For Back-In-Time Travel

Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 10:05:06 in Science

“followed the "exotic matter does exist" link and it goes to an article about neutrinos. correct me if i'm wrong but i'm pretty sure neutrinos are not the hypothetical exotic matter, the properties of which violate the known laws of physics, that was proposed as a solution to the wormhole problem.”
70 Percent Of Georgia Republicans Believe In Creationism: PPP Poll

70 Percent Of Georgia Republicans Believe In Creationism: PPP Poll

Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 21:02:04 in Politics

“no, it has nothing to do with the way someone chooses to live and everything to do with the religious trying to force their silly fairy tales on the rest of us. you can't try to take over our schools and our politics without push back. you want to throw your religion around and act like it makes you an authority on everything and then expect us to roll over and be respectful? no.”

currator on Aug 8, 2013 at 21:31:45

“I never said I wanted that. Schools and politics are supposed to be neutral. If you want to be mad at someone be mad at the people that pass the laws. I don't force anything on anyone.”
Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Bloom Seeks Cosponsors For Bill That Spurs Creationism Discussion

Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Bloom Seeks Cosponsors For Bill That Spurs Creationism Discussion

Commented Aug 8, 2013 at 10:08:10 in Politics

“first off, there is no evolution controversy despite the willfully ignorant people trying to manufacture one. and even if there was it would not be decided among school children. this is strictly about preserving religious indoctrination.

second, as far as i know it's not illegal to ask your teacher a question.”

olmossy on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:23:03

“Yes but you're talking logical sense. You can't expect this from your elected representatives.
-)”
Mark Wahlberg: Justin Bieber Needs To 'Pull [His] Trousers Up' And 'Stop Smoking Weed'

Mark Wahlberg: Justin Bieber Needs To 'Pull [His] Trousers Up' And 'Stop Smoking Weed'

Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 15:53:24 in Entertainment

“if mark is 5'8", that kid can't be much more than 5'2" judging from the picture, and he wants to cast him in a basketball movie? it's already lost my suspension of disbelief and it hasn't even been made yet.”
Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds

Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds

Commented Jul 21, 2013 at 20:43:29 in Religion

“for religion to survive the information age it's going to need a lot more than hand waving and circular arguments. the good news is that it doesn't have anything else.”
Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds

Religious Progressives Predicted To Outnumber Conservatives, Survey Finds

Commented Jul 21, 2013 at 15:43:31 in Religion

“when those personal convictions are things like rape can't cause pregnancy, hurricanes are caused by gays, and other absurdities without any attachment to reality then, no, you shouldn't be making any laws based on them.”

fourmoreyearsNOT on Jul 21, 2013 at 20:41:25

“And they DON'T.......”
Claire Danes Might Be Missing A Leg In Her Vogue Spread (PHOTOS, POLL)

Claire Danes Might Be Missing A Leg In Her Vogue Spread (PHOTOS, POLL)

Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:37:34 in Style

“"Now we don't like to cry "Photoshop fail"

really? sure could have fooled me. it must be so hard doing something you don't like every single day. my condolences.”
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