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Re: Death Opens Doors

It is amazing that people can say some of the ing they say in this article, seemingly without intending to be facetious:

Her attorney, Steven Silverman, said the doctors found that her beliefs were indistinguishable from religious beliefs,..."She wasn't delusional, because she was following a religion," Silverman said.
Although an inability to think critically can be a sign of brainwashing, experts said, the line between that and some religious beliefs can be difficult to discern.

Wow - how do you watch your 16-month-old child die of thirst because he won't/can't say 'amen'?

on "Nature v Nurture"

I concur with the overall point of the article, but I found it interesting that Lewontin et al. (Not in Our Genes) are dismissed on the basis that they supposedly oversimplified and caricatured the ideas of Wilson and others.

What they actually did was to spend a major portion of the book trying to demonstrate why twin studies are not as definitive as is often assumed. While I didn't wholly agree with them, I found their arguments at least somewhat persuasive.

Henderson, the author of the Times piece, goes on to cite twin studies (my emphasis): "Across a wide range of traits...identical twins are more similar to one another than are fraternal pairs. This indicates that genes must affect these aspects of personality."

It would have been nice if Henderson were to take Lewontin et al's arguments a bit more seriously. The result is as much a caricature of their ideas as he has accused them of.

"She wasn't delusional, because she was following a religion,"

This statement is a bald assertion of the situation as it is - if you make any ludicrous assertion on the basis that it is your religion, you cannot possibly be mad.

If anyone were to make the argument that she WAS delusional because she was following a religion, it would blow apart so much of 'civilisation' as we know it that the world would end. Turkeys (the majority) do not vote for Christmas.

"She wasn't delusional, because she was following a religion,"

This statement is a bald assertion of the situation as it is - if you make any ludicrous assertion on the basis that it is your religion, you cannot possibly be mad.

If anyone were to make the argument that she WAS delusional because she was following a religion, it would blow apart so much of 'civilisation' as we know it that the world would end. Turkeys (the majority) do not vote for Christmas.

Apologies for the wrong posting - it's early in the morning here!

Dirty jobs guy is great

Sorry, I'm still at it. I'll get me coat!

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