"Glad to have helped with your positive morning, Joan! (And I recall that you shared the pizza metaphor in another group earlier this year.)
Another bit about pizza that I can't help mentioning: nobody gives a guy flak for walking past a pizza…"
"Ack! On the subject of "not enough young ones..." I once read an article where the author actually blamed the supposed looming Social Security crisis on contraception and abortion! The reasoning was that we haven't been making enough…"
"Same thing as, and a repetition of, the RCC's sale of "indulgences" during the medieval period and later. Many was the cathedral which was built, in large part, by the sale of tickets to get out of purgatory, and get into…"
"I'll third that! Wish I had thought of mentioning them. I did mention that for me, even as a kid, the great annoyance of football season was that the start of 60 Minutes would be unpredictably delayed until the @#$!*%* game was over. (In more…"
"Joan, thank you for sharing that delicious part of your life (in your pictures too)! I wish I could drive for only a couple of hours to meet the amazing, caring, resilient, strong, imaginative woman behind all your stories and ideas and rants and…"
"Haven't we seen instances of regulatory capture, where companies manage to legally keep the ingredients of fracking fluids secret, and doctors aren't allowed to confirm resulting illnesses in a community?"
"perhaps the ability to learn by imitation may be a precursor to becoming a social creature.
What makes you think this?
Non-social animals would rarely be around others of the same species. So the ability to learn by imitation wouldn't be…"
"Or perhaps the ability to learn by imitation may be a precursor to becoming a social creature. Either way though, seeing it in a reptile does not bode well for a number of preconceptions about intelligence. Which is kinda neat."