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Max Polun replied to RealType's discussion Should I marry a christian without a prenupt in the group Atheist Singles
"If you don't love her, don't marry her. You can help raise the child, but if you marry her without loving her you're just going to end up divorced anyways."
Apr 27, 2011
Max Polun replied to JayBarti's discussion Is porn good for us? in the group Atheist News
"This is interesting, but basically doesn't prove anything. There could be all sorts of reasons for those correlations (for child molesters especially, the illegality of porn that they would be interested in might be a large factor). But I think…"
Mar 10, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"That's pretty faulty reasoning: people don't falsely confess to a crime because they're thinking rationally, the penalties even excluding execution are pretty high. From what I've heard most false confessions are given because…"
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"The problem is that execution is permanent. You can't take it back if you find out you made a mistake. Until we have a nearly perfect system (which we are nowhere close to having) you have to compare the risk of killing an innocent person by…"
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"I don't think you can just throw the first study out, though it's true that it isn't the same as confessing to a murder. It's much harder to do a controlled study of that though, ethics concerns and the like :-) So you basically…"
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"if 7.3% of confessions are false, I'd call that a lot. If every execution had a 7.3% chance of being for the wrong person... that's way too high a rate for me (of course there are many other complications) But yeah, there are limits to…"
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"not the best study I've ever seen, and not sure what the rate would be for murders, but it seems to be pretty high in this study:…"
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"The problem with confessed guilt is that often confessions are actually incorrect: shy of physical abuse the police are allowed to use just about any method to get a confession out of you, this often results in false confessions."
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Euan Mcintosh's discussion Death Penalty in the group Chariots of Iron
"I admittedly don't have hard numbers, but there are many cases of people getting off of death row because of DNA evidence."
Jan 7, 2010
Max Polun replied to Orson_Zedd's discussion Dating apathy in the group Atheist Singles
"Sometimes you just don't click with people. I don't know why, but it happens. On the other hand, if you don't feel like dating, don't date. It's not required."
Dec 17, 2009
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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.
Nov 19, 2009
Max Polun replied to HotMess's discussion Ordering Food Online in the group THE KNIFE & FORK
"I've known people to order candies and stuff, but not really fresh produce. I think some citrus ships like that. I've heard of people getting sour oranges and such. I don't do it myself though, don't really have any…"
Oct 22, 2009
Max Polun replied to Graeme Kelley's discussion John Lennon & the popularity of Jesus. in the group Richard Dawkins
"it's easy to be bigger than jesus nowadays. Who really cares about jesus? Only fundies. Therefore just about every popular musician is bigger than jesus."
Oct 19, 2009
Max Polun replied to Chris Crenshaw's discussion Science Nerds in the group Chariots of Iron
"take a look here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2009/10/01/ardipithecus-we-meet-at-last/ it's got a pretty good discussion. Basically Ardi is the the oldest fossil we have that is absolutely after chimps and humans split. The…"
Oct 16, 2009
Max Polun commented on Heather McIntosh's group Atheist Singles
"Ernesto: you must have missed recently the dating site OKCupid (which is free, btw) released some statistics from their site. Apparently atheists had the best chance of getting a reply back out of all the religions when mentioned in the initial…"
Oct 14, 2009

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