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Quote of the Day: Some bloke off HuffPo comments

Reading Time: < 1 minute ………YESTERDAY’S SCORECARD………… Deaths by EBOLA on US Citizens……..0 Deaths by ISIS to US Citizens…………..0 Deaths by Guns to US Citizens…………80 Moral: You are more likely to die by guns than Ebola or ISIS, especially if your neighbor owns a gun and your dog poops on his lawn, you sleep with his wife or cut him […]

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Texas mega-church learns the hard way that God alone is a useless defence against disease

Reading Time: 2 minutes This report in The Freethinker details the importance of a robust vaccination programme for the health and wellbeing of citizens across the globe. This is science (bitches – ooh, Dawkins, so rude) and this is how it helps progress.

Or, this is backward church anti-vax thinking, and this is how it hinders progress.

It is no surprise that something like this has happened. In fact, I believe we had a measles outbreak earlier this year in the UK (esp. Wales) due to a lack of vaccination in certain demographics.

Posted inEducation, Health

High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal

Reading Time: 3 minutes A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”

Posted inHealth, Philosophy, Science

Life starts at conception but what about personhood?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Growing up in heathen headquarters (aka central Europe), I never met anyone in meatspace who thinks that a fertilized human egg is a “fully human person”. I’ve met many Catholics in my life so far, but none of them would agree with the notion of a zygote having full personhood (disagreeing with the majority of official Church doctrines is quite common for Catholics in first world countries). Since this view is virtually non-existent where I live, I never had to debate it with anyone and, to be honest, I never really thought about this issue until recently. The first time I participated in a discussion on this issue was on JW Wartick´s blog (Jonathan already mentioned the discussion that ensued on his blog in this post). While Jonathan was mostly raising philosophical issues in this discussion, I was focused on whether the personhood-starts-at-conception position is defensible based on a 21st century understanding of Biology, especially Embryology. I think that this position is necessarily incoherent, and I want to summarize my argument for that here.

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Abortion Rates Plummet With Free Birth Control

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here is an interesting little piece from Skeptic Money. I have written on abortion before and am enjoying some vociferous debates offsite. This is a useful piece of ammunition in certain contexts of the debate.:     I have always made the argument that abortion rates plummet with birth control.  Now I have a study […]