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Science and gender

Seeing people who rail against others being transgender, describing that as “unnatural”, I wonder about more than just the fact that combing your hair is unnatural, wearing glasses is unnatural, and having any kind of corrective surgery is unnatural.

I also wonder what those ranters would say about people who have an X chromosome and a Y chromosome but are insensitive to androgens, or are missing the SRY gene on the Y chromosome, or have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and thus have *female* bodies. That’s right: male chromosomes, female bodies.

What about people who have two X chromosomes but one of those Xs also has an SRY gene, or who have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and thus have *male* bodies? That’s right: female chromosomes, male bodies.

What about people who have conditions such as 5α-reductase deficiency, who thus have bodies which are female until puberty but then become male bodies?

What about people who are XXY, XXXY, XXXXY, XYY, or X0? What about people whose cells differ from one another, forming a mosaic of XX and XY together in one body, including those who “with more than 90 per cent XY genetic material have given birth”?

What about people who have similar conditions which are never externally, publicly apparent, who are apparently one sex but are really not that and are instead the other, or are neither?

What about the fact that human science is not an absolute knowledge of all that is or can be, and thus we cannot logically rule out the existence of conditions and situations which we cannot even identify yet?

Even if someone went so far down the reductive biological determinism route as to imagine that humans were mere organic machines, with neither free will nor reflexive and conscious thought, one would still have to face the simple fact that the machinery of biology is much, much more complex than a simplistic dichotomy of XX versus XY.

Along similar lines, those who claim that being transgender is a new, Western idea have somehow managed not only to be ignorant of fa’afafinetwo-spirit, katoey, hijra, waria, etc., but also of such ancient figures as Kaineus, Teiresias, Iphis, Hermaphroditos, and the people Philo rails against in Alexandria.

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Dogmatism versus homosexuality, in the Bible

What the Bible says: “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Gen 18:19ff); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Ex 32:1-14); “Homosexuality is bad” (Lev 18:22, 20:13); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (2 Chr 30:17-20); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Is 1:10-17); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Ps 50:7-15); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mic 6:8); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Hos 6:6); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mt 9:11-13); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mt 12:1-8); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mk 2:23-28); “Valuing rules over people is bad” (Mk 12:33); “Homosexuality is bad” (Rom 1:25-6); “Homosexuality is bad” (1 Cor 6:9-10); “Homosexuality is bad” (1 Tim 1:8-11).

The only message which some people hear: “Homosexuality is bad”.

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Agnostic verbal skills FTW

On a verbal intelligence (wordsum) test (out of 10):
* people who are certain God exists (5.83)
* people who believe in God part of the time (5.84)
* atheists (6.13)
* people who harbour doubts but still believe (6.29)
* deists (6.82)
* agnostics (7.05)
(W S Bainbridge, ‘Atheism’, Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, pp.321-2)

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The consensus on climate change

The scientific consensus on climate change, via six independent studies:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002

More scientists, on the same consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094025

Ten different studies of the consensus:
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048001/meta

NASA on the consensus:
https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

RealClimate on the consensus:
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2016/11/dont-make-a-choice-that-your-children-will-regret/#comments

What conservatives enthusiastically believe: “97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies.” (https://twitter.com/scottwesterfeld/status/446805144781348865?lang=en)

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Why people leave religion

Some very useful demographic data, including self-expressed reasons for leaving religion.

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Muslims condemning violence

An alphabetical, fully-referenced list of almost 6000 separate condemnations, by Muslims individuals and Muslim groups, of violence, for the next time that you see some muppet saying, “Why don’t Muslims condemn violence, then?”

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