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Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: The AGS-v mosquito vaccine
« Last post by stands2reason on February 26, 2017, 09:03:09 PM »
I must be missing something.  Doesn't it take several hours for your memory B cells to recognize and start triggering antibody production?  Wouldn't something like a malaria sporozoite, or West Nile RNA have gotten out of the tiny bolus of saliva in that time?  Usually you have to mount an immune response before the target agent takes up residence in its target organ/cell, but this is shrinking the window quite a bit.

I think that the allergies more likely develop from more mundane pathogens present in the insect saliva. Any puncture will put some weak environmental bacteria in your body. After getting infected once (or a few times) by anything, the immune cells correlate the prescience of the saliva protein and then will later react to it.
Few people here support theism. And of those who do believe, the reasonable ones accept that it is not empirical. The nature of our universe's existence is fundamentally unknowable. But human experience is supposed to give you some kind of spiritual feeling.

I don't know what point you are trying to make. Sure, religion can be dumb, but it is less useful to bash a hypothetical construct. Find a specific example of a religious belief that you think your position can deconstruct.
It sounds like you are staring into the abyss.

Care to clarify?

Albeit, here is a nice summary, via the sources in the original post:

Why is ‘God’ scientifically redefinable?

(1) There is a prominent branch of science (concerning the universe's origin) that describes the universe as a probable simulation/information processing construct. [Digital Physics, Simulation Hypothesis]

(2) The concept of typical claimed theistic gods, is a frail hypothesis having emerged par archaic science/religion. [The aforesaid claimed theistic gods manifest as supposed cause sequences, predating modern science abound the macrocosm's origin]

(3) From (2), the typical claimed theistic god sequence (claimed to compute the cosmos' origin) is analysed against reality/empirical evidence. Falsifiable modules - omniscience, omnipotence are derivable... WHENCE said god(s) manifest as claimed cause sequences {See Digital Physics/Simulation Hypothesis, par cause/descent sequences}..., WHILST non-falsifiable regimes are dismissed...]

(4) From (3), an empirical definition of god emerges, while scientifically unfounded properties (omniscience, omnipotence, omni...) are purged.

The aforesaid progression merely metamorphoses the typical archaic god, betwixt the falsifiable paradigm.
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by werecow on February 26, 2017, 08:34:44 PM »
Lion (2016): This was a very good tearjerker. Saw this with my mother and sister and neither of them kept it dry (I felt something damp on my cheek at some point, but I insist it was probably manly sweat). Anyhoo, really great drama. Beautiful cinematography, very good acting all around, and a very touching story (based on a true story). Also, there's something about movies that take place in India that appeals to me. The story is told in two parts, with a 20 year jump in time between them. I did like the first half slightly better than the second half (even though the second half is still very good). My one gripe was that they chose a very dark skinned boy to portray him as a boy and a pretty light-skinned actor to portray him as a man, which was slightly confusing at first (I initially thought he was playing his adopted brother), but that was a minor gripe. 9/10
Forum Administration and Rules / Re: Request
« Last post by stands2reason on February 26, 2017, 08:20:53 PM »
I would say you should probably shop around and then see if you want to come back. 

Indeed, this is a unique community. He may develop a thick skin about politics and return.
TV & Movies / Re: Pre 1970 movies you like
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on February 26, 2017, 08:17:26 PM »
The Thin Man and the other Dashielle Hammett movies for sure
General Discussion / Re: Campus Rape Statistics
« Last post by Harry Black on February 26, 2017, 08:09:01 PM »
I think we agree more than it seemed then.

I dont think anyone is calling for criminalisation of couples who drink and fuck.

I also think that your condition (a) would be likely to be rare due to the heavy cost to people who report rape. I see it mostly trotted out as an accusation by the same upstanding members of society I mentioned earlier, who are convinced this accounts for the majority of rape cases.
(Though I in no terms think thats what you are doing at all)
It sounds like you are staring into the abyss.
Okay, the subject line says most of it. I'm not into wizards and orcs and such but a Space Craft, if there is such a thing, might be good?
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