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  1. Oh deary me. I want to spend a few hours crafting my answer to this. Anyway, most people use the scientific method in their lives, if they acknowledge it or not. The sun example: Everyone generally has this hypothesis: The sun will come up tomorrow. Our perceived model of the sun is, thus, that is rises every day. We test this hypothesis everyday: Did it come up today? Yes! Good, put another in the observed column. This constitutes a scientific theory. "The sun rises every day" This isn't actually belief as such, as our model relies on historical data. We "expect" that it will rise because it always has risen. We have proof that it has always risen, not belief. Trust is exactly like the sun. If the people around us are trustworthy, we assume people are trustworthy. It becomes a theory: "People are trustworthy!" ...Until you hit a result of the experiment that falls into the negative category. Suddenly you have to change your hypothesis, or reject it outright. Crossing the street is the same. You don't trust that the car will stop because you have seen proof that sometimes a car will not stop. You cannot therefore have a reasonable thesis that "cars will always stop when they are supposed to" So. You rely on evidence as a basis for your decisions...not faith
  2. I didn't expect much out of this thread, But honestly, this has been some of the best discussion on these boards in a while. Cheers
  3. Ok, So if this 10 year old who got raped wants to keep it? People do stupid things all the time that are against their own interest. I'm still leaning towards the 10 year old being able to make the choice.
  4. Thank you for this...I was trying to remember this guy last week and couldn't find it.
  5. From what I read (in about 3 seconds of looking) is the only physical implications are an increased risk of obesity. Even then, there was no evidence that it was actually a result of physical changes due to pregnancy. My bigger worry is WHO gets to make the choice. If a 10 year old isn't competent to make that choice, does it fall to her guardians? (Not the parents in this case.......) Does a judge decide?
  6. Betsy has a point...It doesn't matter who the father is. The mother can always exercise her choice to keep it or not. *edit* In the case of a 10 year old, I'm not sure what to say here actually. I can't see a 10 year old being able to make an informed decision on such a thing.
  7. The problem with any system is that observation affects the results.
  8. On the flip side He breaks up with her, she reports rape...2+2... (Honestly it bothers me even writing that, but it isn't outside the realm of possible)
  9. I agree with you on this tbh. At the same time...No rape case could ever be prosecuted under these conditions.
  10. Frankly I think it depends on the girls themselves. If they aren't comfortable with swimming with boys, but still want to swim...So long as it isn't an undue burden on the pool schedule I don't see a problem. If on the otherhand, the girls are fine with it, but the pool/UoR is making assumptions for them, that isn't ok.
  11. Life beginning at conception has no bearing on the argument you highlighted in Peter's post.
  12. Rule #1 of a breakup. Don't have sex right afterwards. Her text isn't really relevant. If I send a text asking someone to make me tea, then I get there and don't want it...They can't make me drink it. His text a few days after the fact is probably why he was convicted. Something to the effect of, "Sorry, I got carried away...blah blah..."
  13. I imagine Bernie singing in the shower: "I didn't start the fire, But when I am gone, It will still burn on and on and on and on And on and on and on and on..." Imagine though if Bernie had a fair shake from the get-go. I'd bet we'd be seeing Hillary supporters rioting in the same manner right now because yet again a woman couldn't get nominated, and instead went to another old white guy.
  14. Couple things: I don't think pro-life is necessarily a religious choice, so much as a moral one. Pro-choice doesn't mean "Kill all the babiez!" Finally, you can be pro-choice AND pro-life.
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