ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Martin Snowden on May 19, 2009 at 6:09pm
I just published a blog post about the recent surveys showing a dramatic swing in US public to pro-life views. I very much welcome comments from all those in this group.
More than half of Americans now pro-life
Comment by Age of Atheism.com on May 19, 2009 at 2:37pm
Now the Christian's are claiming that evolution is "God's way of letting his living creation unfold". Darwin didn't think of that, the Christians did! WHAT? An article in the LA Times this morning was bashing all atheists (including Dawkins and Sam Harris) calling us all "boo-hoo victims". I emailed the LA Times and asked if they would let an Atheist print a story about Christianity and told them that the author didn't do her research very well before this article. Go read the article. This chic is in denial. I think she is jealous she isn't brave enough to be an atheist.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-allen17-2009may17,0,491082.story
Comment by Loren ɟɟןoʍ on April 16, 2009 at 11:37pm
Circumcision can reduce HIV risk - scientists

April 15 2009

Cape Town - Male circumcision definitely reduces the risk of HIV infection, researchers at the South African Cochrane Centre announced on Wednesday.

The centre had previously held that there was not enough evidence to recommend circumcision as an intervention.

"Research on the effectiveness of male circumcision for preventing HIV in heterosexual men is conclusive," said lead researcher Nandi Siegfried, co-director of the centre, which is located at the South African Medical Research Council.

"No further trials are required to establish that HIV infection rates are reduced in heterosexual men for at least the first two years after circumcision."

She said policy makers could now consider using circumcision as an additional tool in HIV prevention programmes.

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The Cochrane Collaboration is a highly-respected international network of researchers that seeks to improve healthcare decision-making through systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions such as circumcision.

Siegfried said three recent African trials supported the conclusion that circumcision reduced HIV risk.

"After including new data from these trials in their review, Cochrane researchers have changed their previous conclusions that there was insufficient evidence to recommend circumcision as an intervention to prevent HIV infection in heterosexual men."

Previous studies had investigated the association between circumcision and HIV, but until now, Cochrane researchers had been unable to strongly recommend circumcision because of the lack of high quality evidence.

Siegfried said circumcision might help to protect against HIV by removing cells in the foreskin to which the virus was specifically attracted.

These Langerhans cells had receptors that enabled the virus to enter them.

The new clinical trials included in the review took place in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya between 2002 and 2006, and included a total of 11 054 men.

The results show that circumcision in heterosexual men reduced their risk of acquiring HIV by an average 54 percent over a two-year period, compared with uncircumcised men.

Further research was needed to establish whether male circumcision offered any benefit to women partners of those circumcised men, or to homosexual men.

She warned that policy makers also needed to think about the culture and environment in which circumcision was carried out. - Sapa
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 9:26pm
@Robert
I think unfertilized eggs and loose sperm are viewed differently. I better question is to ask them whether they search through the tiolet droppings each day in search of "naturally" aborted fertilized eggs. As many as half of these fertilizations are aborted and the woman and her partner are none the wiser. They are either not viable (usually because of chromosome replication problems) or they fail to attach to the uterine wall for some reason. This makes "god" responsible for millions of abortions a day. How is it that Catholics and Evangelicals do not have a pray-in as an attempt to persuade their divine skygod to cease this immoral practice? Why don't priests perform baptismal rites on tiolet bowls?
Comment by Robert Kropp on April 7, 2009 at 9:15am
The con argument against stem cell research falls flat when you question them on whether or not they hold mini-funeral services every month for those unfortunate eggs that had not been fertilized or the millions of sperm cells discarded with normal ejaculate. Do they bury their tampons in the back yard under a little cross every month.
Yes, that is ridiculous. As ridiculous as their objections to stem cell research.
Comment by Richard Healy on March 26, 2009 at 3:34am
A bit quiet in here isn't it?
Comment by Mr. Jack on March 25, 2009 at 7:08am
In Brazil, weeks ago, a priest damned doctors who did a surgery in a 11 years old children to abort her baby 'cause she was raped.. to him, it doesn't matter if the children dies, and he says that it's what god wants.. and some people still believe in the church..
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 20, 2009 at 10:58am
Good summary of the differences between Fundie "evilution" and the scientific stuff. It seems that is was pearls cast before swine, as some Jewish chap said some time ago.
Comment by Grill Vogel on March 18, 2009 at 3:17pm
Ahahahaha, check out what I've been up to: http://richarddawkins.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=75994
Comment by Alex Donovan on March 11, 2009 at 8:33am
Thanks!
 

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