PeacePecan


  • It’s really a shame that we couldn’t have known any of this stuff about Trump before the primaries and the election.

    [Sarcasm off]

    I wonder if any of his supporters will learn anything (of value) from this exp […]

  • It seems that this candidate (and indeed the state of Idaho) doesn’t understand that faith healing is a form of neglect and that he (they) have a duty to protect the citizens of Idaho from each other, including c […]

  • “Inevitably.”
    Those who don’t study and understand the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them. There will be those, inevitably, apparently.

  • We don’t need a chaplain in Congress and we shouldn’t have one. We have one because too many members of Congress don’t accept that we are supposed to be a secular nation, for good reasons, and continually work […]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Because things which exist without any beginning, they don’t need any god to bring them to existence.<<

    Correct.

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    No pain, no gain.

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Belief in conspiracies largely depends on political identity

    Especially (or is it exclusively?) when the conspiracies are political!
    Gee, what a shocker.

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    @Larry #110

    What puzzles me is how can such little evidence for an historical Jesus exist when so much has been made of a fictional character.

    Read Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven”, which tells the history of the Mormon religion (among other things), and perhaps you will better understand how this sort of thing can (has) happen(ed).

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Accepting that a “human being” and “human organism” (in the sense of a fully functional separate individual), are the same thing, means that each stage can be clearly identified and its properties properly discussed.

    Well this is interesting. I’m surprised to see these words written under your user ID. Based on this statement, one would b…[Read more]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #131

    The information in the medline article, as well as the information in several others you and I have cited here and elsewhere, are the facts I was referring to. Please go back and read them again, carefully.

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #132

    …don’t you all know that all any non-science literate person wants to ACTUALLY argue is semantics to try and “get a win” for their untenable stance?

    To whom is this comment directed, and to what untenable stance are you referring?

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Money represents the value found within our economic system, which, in turn, is based on our economic relationships. “

    Morality represents the value found within our [??] system, which, in turn, is based on our [??] relationships.

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #128

    A zygote following its divisions, for most of its existence, is a multicellular clump of cells, (ie. cellular tissue) before implanting as a multicellular blastocyst and diversifying and differentiating into placenta and embryo.

    If you prefer to refer to a living, growing, differentiating, developing organism that is clearly the…[Read more]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #125

    BTW: Re #113 – The presence of a membrane in the placenta does nothing to suggest it does not function as one organ, – indeed the membrane is essential to its function…

    No such suggestion was made. The membrane is clearly essential to the functioning of the placenta, which consists of two clearly distinguishable parts, each bei…[Read more]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #121

    The terms “zygote, blastocyst, embryo, Fetus, and organism, are clearly biologically and medically defined…

    Yes, zygote, blastocyst, embryo, and fetus are clearly defined stages in the lifespan of a living organism which is genetically distinct from its parents, regardless of the strategies that have evolved to protect and promote i…[Read more]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #104

    Not exactly. Because a fertilised egg contains paternal DNA, it is not identical to the DNA of the mother.

    Already stated and understood. The zygote is genetically distinct from either parent.

    Without protection, it would be attacked by her immune [system] as foreign tissue, if it tried to connect to her tissues and…

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  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #96

    I’m sorry. Maybe my words were unclear, so I’ll try to be clearer. In the article at the link you provided at #86, one of the interviewed scientists seems to consider a fetus to be a parasite. (I posted the excerpt in my reply to you.) The parasites I am familiar with are organisms. In several of your earlier comments on this topic you…[Read more]

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @ #86

    From your linked article (emphasis mine):

    “We found lots of genes important for maintaining hormone signaling and mediating maternal-fetal communication, which are essential for pregnancy, evolved to be expressed in the uterus in early mammals,” Lynch said. “But immune suppression genes stand out. The fetus is genetically distinct from…

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  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Perhaps a bit of (fairly crude, but thought provoking) humor is in order to cap off this spirited debate.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/4/15/1082439/-The-fetus-is-a-parasite

  • PeacePecan posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    @Melvin #74

    By carefully following the continuous stages of gestation you will probably conclude that reasonable people are going to make different judgements about the definition of what constitutes a human organism.

    Actually, this illustrates one of my frustrations in discussions such as this: based on the definition of organism, I can’t…[Read more]

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