"I'm not convinced that genetic "abnormalities" and diseases are overall a bad thing. How does one person, even a collection of people presume the omnipotence to understand all the consequences of directly manipulating the gene…"
"I believe Michael J. Fox has described how his drinking and other unhealthy habits contributed to the development of his disease. You may question use of alcohol for other reasons.
Celiac is interesting. The actual prevalence in the gene pool is…"
"I am a supporter of a woman having full reproductive rights. I am not going to argue that here right now. I did not suggest it was without responsibility. Having babies "ex-utero" is not what I am discussing and raises a whole set of other…"
"I like science in general. It all holds my attention. I loved Carl Sagan best I would say. But, as this isn't really on topic...I'll return to the point that you, as one person cannot measure the effect one person has upon others. Just…"
"Agreed. I have suffered serious physical illnesses (try migraines that last 3 days-2 weeks every month throughout a month and various other problems) and abuse at the hands of people for the first 36 years of my life. I could go on. The point is, I…"
"And is it possible that because of his disease science was made more popular? The fact is, you cannot measure the potential worth and happiness of another human being based upon from which disease they do or might suffer."
"I'm trying to find the particular documentary where he tells about his transition in how he thinks now as compared with when he was younger. There is also description of when he developed his various theories in relation to his illness.…"
"And yet, there is much suffering to be had which is not a choice. I am who I am because of my own suffering. Because, I have chosen to become a better person despite it (and because of the disposition with which I was born), I am a happy and…"
"Not fallacious at all. He now thinks dimensionally and conceptually and sees his ideas graphically. He cannot test his theories without the help of assistants and it's painstakingly slow.
Einstein was thought to have possibly been on the…"
"Studying the genome and attempting to alter it are two completely different things. I am all for understanding it and unraveling its mysteries...I mean how cool is that? I am not advocating withholding treatment of a condition...this is ethically…"
"I've watched several of the documentaries surrounding his work too and have heard some of these very words spoken about his work. His work has been instrumental in the development of our understanding of the universe. His theories have faults…"
"Hard question. On one level...it seems like a waste of resources to be constantly researching how to change the human genome and with unknown long-term consequences. I do not believe in genetically modifying any other organism. So, I would say no, I…"
"Well...it's a trick question really. In my view, a bleeding heart signifies a non-thinker who follows their heart instead of thinking things through while having a conscience. I'd like to say I fall in the category of serious…"
"And a lot of folks here are concerned with "paying" for other people's diseases. How much does the system cost to develop such a program? Who pays to maintain it? The drains on our society are not caused by the occasion rare…"
Passionate about what interests me: Saving the world ;), cooking, nutrition, gardening, mycology, politics, gaming: die-rolling role playing and video games, music, science, watching documentaries, superhero movies, living sustainably, spinning wool, etc. I am a total geek ;). I am gluten intolerant and about 98-99% vegan. I have been through horrible things in my life and have come out the other side quite nicely. I teach 2nd grade and have been teaching for 14 years (I think...losing track now).
Why are you here?
Good question. I am branching out and taking root wherever I fit best and even some places where I don't fit. I seek information, points of view, and intelligence.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
Really, after trying to make sense of a loving god taking atheist members of my family away from me even though they were good people, got me thinking at age 9. It didn't make sense. Then as I learned more about my world, the Bible made less and less sense, though I tried to imagine that science was just how god "Did it all". That was by age 11 or so. I was also bothered by the concept of heaven...sounded intensely boring. I couldn't reconcile with that. Over time, and by the time I was about 20 (I'm 40 now) I came to the conclusion, none of it made sense. It was really solidified that it made even less sense that a god would pick and choose and that there could only be one right religion...and that problem is worth a dissertation.
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