Archive for May 25th, 2006

Social conservatives become “pro-choice” to oppose life-saving vaccine for cervical cancer

| May 25, 2006 | 2 Replies
Social conservatives become “pro-choice” to oppose life-saving vaccine for cervical cancer

You might think that social conservatives, especially those in the so-called “pro-life” crowd, would welcome the use of a new vaccine that is virtually 100% effective against two deadly strains of cervical cancer that account for 70% of such cancer deaths and that kill over 3,700 women each year.  Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. “Because the […]

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Social norms: conscious choice or unconscious ancestor worship?

| May 25, 2006 | 5 Replies
Social norms:  conscious choice or unconscious ancestor worship?

Let’s do a thought experiment.  Start with a cage containing five monkeys.  Inside the cage, hang some bananas by a string from the ceiling and place a ladder underneath it.  Before long, one of the monkeys will go to the ladder and try to climb towards the bananas.  As soon as it touches the ladder, spray […]

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