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Objections to incest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 6, 2013. 39 Replies

Hi All,    I allow my mind to wander sometimes (particularly on the bus) and somehow wound up thinking about incest. I get that it's wrong, The thought of being sexual with my brother is definitely…Continue

Tags: objections, incest

Minimum standard of humane living (discussion about welfare)

Started Feb 12, 2012 0 Replies

In Australia, our welfare payments for the unemployed are very low. A little over $400 per fortnight, about $16 per day after rent has been payed. A lot of Australians receiving this payment are…Continue

Tags: standard, living, welfare

Using religion to sanctify acts

Started Jan 5, 2012 0 Replies

While browsing for my morning news, I found the following link: …Continue

Tags: copyright, kopimi, FSM, religion, new

Interesting Math problem for Christians and Atheists alike

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lewal Sep 22, 2011. 63 Replies

According to the bible, God created Adam and Eve about 6000 years ago...Lets think about some maths:Two people multiplying to 6.5 billion in 6000 years. Ignoring the whole flood thing, how many…Continue

Tags: math, creation

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matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Are video games healthy?' in the group Parenting Hellions
"Are you suggesting games like GTA don't incorporate hand/eye coordination and problem solving? I can't think of a game that would require you to stop and look down at your controller (i.e. not promoting hand/eye coordination). In fact, the…"
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matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Abortion is now a forgiveable sin - gee thanks.'
"Gee thanks indeed... You think the starving people in Africa who already have 10 kids might be able to use contraception, too? How about reporting pedophiles to the police instead of shuffling them away to obscure safety? Could we do that? Mr pope…"
yesterday
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Are video games healthy?' in the group Parenting Hellions
"Hi Belle,     Video games promote hand-eye coordination (eyes on the screen, hands on the controller; much like touch typing) and problem solving. They can also help foster creativity by providing an environment in which you can…"
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Parenting Hellions

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Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"I would disagree with registration as a sex offender for an accidental offense. If someone is presenting themselves as over 18 (drinking, smoking, attending age-restricted premises) I really don't see how it is the "offenders" fault…"
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"No. That is wrong. Sexual attraction to a 15 year old is, imo, relatively normal. Acting on that attraction is not. It comes down to consent, a 15 year old has been deemed unfit to consent to sex, therefore sex with a 15 year old is rape. No doubt…"
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"Please don't... That's not pedophilia. I think Unseen even (correctly) defined pedophilia as pre-pubescent for the purposes of this discussion."
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"Just so we are clear, sexual attraction to 15 year old+ is not pedophilia. It has it's own name, which I don't care to google from my work PC. In any case just think of this way: when you were 15, you were attracted to 15 year olds right?…"
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'A big problem on the sports horizon'
"I think the main problem is the lack of available athletes and possibly the lack of audience interest. Transgendered people make up a fairly small fraction of the population so it makes sense that we would expect to find a fairly small number in any…"
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Psychological research: bullshit, horseshit, or doggy doodoo?'
"I wouldn't respect the results of a single study. Multiple studies from unrelated sources, all giving similar results, is where our respect of the result is deserved."
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Suicide vest ban, anyone?'
"If there isn't already a law against carrying concealed explosives, I'd be surprised."
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The most powerful force in the Universe'
"Hi Belle, My mum decided to have a second child in much the same way that you are considering now. At the time, she had a fairly secure (Australian, circa 1992) government job which she went back to after the birth. This left my brother and I in…"
Aug 27
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"On this note, there is already a child "love doll" and assorted pedophiliac aimed sex toys on the market somewhere (can't remember if it was Japan or somewhere else). I found it shocking at first, as most of the commenters on the…"
Aug 27
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"I'd start with going to a therapist who respects the privacy of their clients and focuses on acceptance and move past problems rather than suppression. Then probably whatever the therapist recommends."
Aug 27
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Question about pedophilia I've been thinking about lately'
"Out of interest, what do you call someone who has sex with a 10 year old? I thought rape laws would apply as it does with the 16 year old? possibly with additional charges piled on top."
Aug 27
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'A big problem on the sports horizon'
"Not sure what pronouns are appropriate given the recent announcement so I'll just use he for now. No. They should compete against peers who have both a chance to win and a chance to lose."
Aug 27

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Software Engineer, gamer, science-enthusiast, and future husband(although I disagree somewhat with the concept of marriage). I'm also going to have a baby soon, check out omgimgonnabeadaddy.blogspot.com for my blog about that!
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I found someone asking for advice that I couldn't let slip through the cracks...She was clearly looking for validation that sexual experimentation is ok.
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Catholic church offends and disgusts me (news article response)

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm 4 Comments

Hi All,

    I checked the news on news.com.au this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.

I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,…

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Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:21pm 3 Comments

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: …

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Grid computing

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

    I wanted to put up a post about grid or distributed computing. If there is a problem which can be solved by a computer, that's great. What happens when it would take a single computer a thousand years to compute the solution? The answer is to break the problem down into as many small pieces as possible and to compute them all at the same time! Now the problem for someone with a large problem set is no longer a lack of time to compute their final result, but a lack of…

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Political compass

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:23pm 10 Comments

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me politicalcompass.org the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.

 

I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social…

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At 1:37pm on November 18, 2011, Syqnys said…

Thanks. The album is out now, here: http://syqs.bandcamp.com/album/hypatias-reign

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