Mar 15, 2013 at 09:26:51
“There are two broad categories of opinions -- earned and unearned. Earned opinions are those which are based on careful study and investigation. Unearned opinions are those which are picked up casually and never questioned or carefully researched. If a large number of people fairly entitled to call their opinions "earned" agree, that is an indication they might be right; no number of people holding only unearned opinions, no matter how large that number might be, will ever be a strong indication that their opinions are sound.
“I'm not sure that religious doctrines and dogmas never evolve. Over the centuries such features of rigid belief as female or gay clergy, the reality of purgatory, and other items of belief have morphed into views quite different from earlier positions. Also, Cardinal Newman wrote a treatise entitled "On the Development of Christian Doctrine" which makes exactly the point that doctrines and our understanding of them alter over the years.”
James Clovispoint on Feb 2, 2013 at 21:42:33
“They do evolve on the subjects that you justly mention, but they do it hypocritically to please the masses and to keep up with seperately evolving human rights issues. Religion feels the squeeze of growing secularism (and not atheism) and is committing heresy to avoid disappearing altogether, in my humble opinion.”
“3,830 fans? Are there really that many people who agree with you?”
ericmiami on Feb 8, 2012 at 18:52:16
“Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor but my ability to diagnose anosognosia seems to be popular. It's an insidious condition and hardly fair to its victims.
Come on by and get checked out. No charge, of course.”
“Unfortunately, important scientific problems are almost always entangled with political and economic theory because only the government has the money to fund major scientific research. The achievements of NASA, for example, would never have happened without the support of politicians who aproved funding for a variety of non-scientific reasons. Also, the scaling down of NASA's space shuttle program is at least partly a result of economic and political reasons.
So it seems that if you want to do science at all nowadays, you will inevitably be mixed up in "the murk of this political mess."”
“This is the most intelligent comment on the python-mammal correlation that I have seen so far. However, I've been studying invasive species and biodiversity for about three years and am painfully aware that a little snaky drama is usually necessary to get most people to take the subject seriously. The greater part of my friends think my interest in the pythons is silly. I hope that author of the article above will continue to research the problem. Maybe he can get a few more people to approach the problem seriously.”