Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice
Dec. 5, 2013 — Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when individuals exhibit characteristic behaviors that include repetitive actions, decreased social interactions, and impaired communication. Curiously, many individuals with ASD also suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, such as abdominal cramps and constipation.
Using the co-occurrence of brain and gut problems in ASD as their guide, researchers at the California Institute Technology (Caltech) are investigating a potentially transformative new therapy for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Brian Blessed has something to say. From Russell Howard’s Good News.
Never forget that this man has attempted to summit Mount Everest THREE times and plans to try again!
The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.
How the Media Failed Women in 2013.
Great video to show how much this is still an issue.
Q:Why are you so convinced God doesn't exist?
Well frankly, because there’s never been a single coherent concept of a god; one that doesn’t rely on blatantly fallacious reasoning, plain ignorance (natural or willful), or common wishful thinking; one that doesn’t just seem so contrived.
Sure you could just throw the vague term “God” out there (many do) but as soon as you attempt to define it enough to convince someone it’s a real thing, you will slip in bullshit. The whole venture (faith and apologetics) operates somewhere between pretending to know things you can’t know and avoiding knowing things you could.
Compare that to the vastly superior and convergent explanatory power of, and evidentiary support for, Metaphysical Naturalism, and the whole supernatural thing just seems so utterly archaic and fantastical.
Like a kid slowly discovering the truth about Santa Claus: it starts with nagging suspicions when things don’t add up, that gets covered with reinterpretations of the things you know about him (denial) with parental encouragement (theologians), then you learn too much about nature (reindeer don’t fly) to make it plausible anymore, and finally you find out that it’s centuries long parental conspiracy tradition co-opted by department stores. After that there’s really no going back, short of taking a ride in a flying sleigh to an elven toy factory at the North Pole. Atheism, for me, is a quotient of diving the value I place on explanatory evidence and truth by that of tradition and emotions.
Maybe I should ask you, why are you convinced that there is one?
Signal boost for Atheists and Humanists in Boston.
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
^ Well said!
Q:I'm curious about your stance on abortion. Thoughts?
I’m pro-choice, without a question. I believe abortion should be legal, free, and easily accessible to all women.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
-Nelson Mandela, “Long Walk to Freedom”