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What’s New

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Locking in Creationism

There are two kinds of creationists, the professional con men who earn a living from it and their victims who hand over 10% or more of their lifetime income for the privilege of being brainwashed. The con men have a serious problem. Creationism is completely counter to fact. If they let their followers think about it, or expose them to science, they would soon realise how bogus it was. The con men have evolved a very sophisticated set of brainwashing tools to keep their victims in thrall. It works like this:

It is true that creationists are unusually stupid, but that is only because they were brainwashed as infants to surrender their reason to the creationist con men.

Just what then actually motivates people to try to talk creationists out of their beliefs?

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
Java Glossary

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Java Glossary and Computer Buyers’ glossary

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  • Amazon down: Amazon’s database of books has partially stopped working. Hopefully they will have it up soon, or I will figure out what has changed that stopped it working. In the meantime you will have to use one of the other bookstores.
  • cleaning credit cards: How to clean credit cards that are not working reliably.
   
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Ethics, Environment, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Politics, Money, Religion, Living Love, Esperanto and Deep Thoughts Essays

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Gay & Black Glossary

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  • cataracts: I had cataract surgery in my right eye. I tell what it is like.
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  • IVF: In-vitro fertilization
   
pills Roedy’s health

I am doing reasonably well with HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus). My new drugs are now holding down the HIV. Nausea and diarrhea are tolerable. I am not sleeping all the time. Last revised/verified: 2014-08-25

   
Public Domain Public Domain Status In the event of my death, the entire mindprod.com website will revert to the public domain, including downloadable programs and source. You will be welcome to repost and modify any or all of the material on the website. Knowledge keeps no better than fish. I don’t let people repost my material with a few exceptions (e.g. print or foreign languages). The problem is I am constantly changing everything and there is still no technology to keep all the other copies up to date.
   
intercorporate_logo Inter-Corporate The Canadian Mind Products website is now hosted by Inter-Corporate.com. One nice service they offer is buying domain names for you charging only flat $19.00 USD per year (i.e. zero markup on the Verisign Network Solutions/InterNIC fee) for .com, .org,.net, .edu and $50.00 CAD per year for .ca. Email  Randolf Richardsonemail Randolf Richardson for more information. Also see domains essay for more information.

Do Fish Feel Pain?

Read Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite for the latest science. To a child, it is obvious fish indeed feel pain. They writhe when poked, same as people. Science now concurs.

Even a genius like René Descartes got it wrong. Even though he knew full-well that fish and humans had almost identical nervous systems, he ignored that evidence and swallowed an ancient Catholic superstition, that people have invisible, undetectable souls but all animals including fish do not. Therefore men are conscious and fish are not. Therefore people feel pain but fish do not.

According to Catholicism, fish are like robots that just pretend to feel pain. His Catholic mother drummed into him the Catholic doctrine that animals have no rights of any kind. God created them for the sole purpose of pleasing humans. They can not actually feel pain no matter how it looks. This rationalisation allowed people of the time to indulge extreme brutality toward all animals with a clear conscience.

Anyone who has kept tropical fish, like myself, is frustrated by the aggressive ignorance of people who enjoy finding inventive ways to make fish miserable, but never stop for a second to study them. They remind me of the ignorance and denial of slave owners.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

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