"It's not about saying who is allowed to, it's just about making your genes healthier before they begin the baby-making process so your child is healthier than it otherwise would be. And many people here agree it should be a choice, not a…"
"I have several arguments to the above:
 We are living in an age where technological transformations have been massive. "New" discoveries have abounded - computers and information theory are less than a century old and have completely…"
"I agree. I have said so as much :) this statement is true in every way. I agree the disease has magnified his perceived brilliance and popularised science. He was on South Park and the Simpson's - the great social indicators of social…"
"Except when we perfect wormholes and flit ourselves all over the galaxy :) But it has played a rather significant role in developing particle physics (Higg's Boson, for example), which have real world application"
"I think though, there is a great difference between types of suffering. I have not suffered any great physical problems, but I have suffered abuse by others and abuse by myself. I believe this kind of suffering is far more important in defining my…"
"I don't mean to be underhanded. I mean this - if it is possible to remove a limit, what is the value in not doing so? And what is the value in not attempting to do so, if we can not? Why should human lifespan have a limit? This is what I mean…"
"Oh very true :) he became science's poster boy, and was over-glorified. It doesn't affect the brilliance of his work, but certainly blows his importance out of proportion. His importance is, vastly, to the public."
"There is a programme in Britain which educates people in difficult situations (prostitutes, severe druggies etc.) regarding their choices in abortions, vasectomies and adoption. It also provides monetary income for those that wish to have reversible…"
"The fact that he thinks dimensionally is, once again, irrelevant to his medical condition, I believe. Many famous physicists think very graphically. A la Dirac, for example - he was obsessed with hyper-spatial geometry, and applied it over many…"
"The social obsession for avoiding suffering has been going on since the dawn of life. It is one of the most fundamental things to all organisms, and absolutely requisite as a behavioural tool in natural selection. We can choose to suffer when it is…"
"I think it is fallacious to argue he thinks differently because of his disability. He is very creative. Einstein, on the other hand, had no major physical problems, and is one of the most creative physicists of the past century. I think no matter…"
"Studying the human genome has value for treating disease to, as understanding how a particular gene encodes a physical problem is important to attempting to treat it. I think the problem of suffering (both for and agaisnt the topic) is this: You…"
Thanks. My opponent there is #2 on my list of 3 irritating 'opponents'. I've learned a great deal from him, though, and I think most of that lesson will really strengthen by debate skills in ways that apply to engaging theists.
BTW, with Sassan, be prepared for repetitive dogmatic assertions of misguided beliefs as fact. Engage if you find it entertaining, but know before hand that he will not take part in a meaningful exchange of ideas.
Welcom to TA, OOB! Glad you jumped into a discussion without being shy about expressing an opinion. I share that opinion, although I think Robert's words got taken out of context - there was plenty of other 'dickishness' though. Robert is actually a very level headed guy with great insight, so I hope you two can share some positives.