• New guidance for homeopathy in the NHS proposed...what do you think?

    The regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland has proposed that patients be told that homeopathic products do not work, other than having a placebo effect. Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8640582.stm So the NHS should spend millions on sugar pills with a fancy name, then ruin any placebo effect they might have by... show more
    The regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland has proposed that patients be told that homeopathic products do not work, other than having a placebo effect. Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_irel... So the NHS should spend millions on sugar pills with a fancy name, then ruin any placebo effect they might have by telling patients it’s a placebo. I realise this probably is intended to be a step in the direction of getting homeopathy out of the NHS, but is there any good reason on earth for doing it this way, as opposed to just stopping the funding of homeopathy altogether? Hint: this is mostly a question about stragegy and about the ethics of placebo. It's not about the efficacy of homeopathy. I know all about that, thanks.
    11 answers · Alternative Medicine · 8 years ago
  • If you are gay, did you ever have a relationship with someone of the opposite sex?

    I was suprised when my teenage daughter got a boyfriend because I'd always thought she was gay (though we never talked about it). I am less surprised now, five years later, that she has dumped him for a girl. I realise some gay people pretend to be straight and have relationships with the opposite sex because of prejudice etc but my daugter... show more
    I was suprised when my teenage daughter got a boyfriend because I'd always thought she was gay (though we never talked about it). I am less surprised now, five years later, that she has dumped him for a girl. I realise some gay people pretend to be straight and have relationships with the opposite sex because of prejudice etc but my daugter would have known her sexual orientation wasn't an issue for me. Leaving aside bisexuality and prejudice, why would a gay person enter a heterosexual relationship and stay in it for a long time? I hope that my daughter - who is away at university - will talk to me about these matters some day but I don't want to press her until she's ready and willing to do so.
    17 answers · Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered · 9 years ago
  • What's your favourite tattoo and why?

    I have several tats and whenever I get a new one it becomes my favourite bar one. The first tat I got is now eleven years old and is looking faded and blurred. Some day I'm going to get a cover up done but it won't be easy because, as my first tattoo it was the only one that was really meaningful. I got it to mark my freedom after the break up of my... show more
    I have several tats and whenever I get a new one it becomes my favourite bar one. The first tat I got is now eleven years old and is looking faded and blurred. Some day I'm going to get a cover up done but it won't be easy because, as my first tattoo it was the only one that was really meaningful. I got it to mark my freedom after the break up of my 15 year relationship and being able to reclaim my body and do as I like. It's a rose which is my late mother's name and my beloved daughter's name. That tat is my real favourite. Anyone else?
    9 answers · Tattoos · 9 years ago
  • Are you on a mission to stop people getting tattoos?

    If so, why? Don't get me wrong: I'm all for advising people to think very carefully and for a long time about their decision but I'm getting fed up with seeing threads peppered with snitty little comments telling people not to do it. This one, for... show more
    If so, why? Don't get me wrong: I'm all for advising people to think very carefully and for a long time about their decision but I'm getting fed up with seeing threads peppered with snitty little comments telling people not to do it. This one, for example: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... You don't have to like tattoos but nobody is forcing you to get one. Why not let live and let live? Do you seriously think comments like "Don't do it, you'll regret it when you're old," is going to make any difference to the questioners here? Tats rock - stop wasting your time and butt out!
    9 answers · Tattoos · 9 years ago
  • Why do you believe in God?

    I know many people have been raised to believe and have never questioned those beliefs but if there is something that particularly convinced you to believe, please take this opportunity to share it with us heathens.
    I know many people have been raised to believe and have never questioned those beliefs but if there is something that particularly convinced you to believe, please take this opportunity to share it with us heathens.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago
  • Why did God send the earthquake to China and kill thousands of innocent people?

    Wasn't very Christian of him, was it? What did the poor Chinese do to him? Or the Burmese, for that matter?
    Wasn't very Christian of him, was it? What did the poor Chinese do to him? Or the Burmese, for that matter?
    28 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Hot atheist women (and gay men)...Could you fancy Jesus?

    Do you like the hippy type or would you prefer the clean cut sort? And would you find the Son of God stuff intriguing or just plain weird?
    Do you like the hippy type or would you prefer the clean cut sort? And would you find the Son of God stuff intriguing or just plain weird?
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Is the answer to everything to be found in the Bible?

    If so, what did Jesus say about nanotechnology? If you have a fixed world view that is dictated by the Bible, how do you come to a position on newer ethical problems such as stem cell research and climate change? Or does the Bible actually talk about these? If so, please give chapters and verses so I can look them up. You do NOT need to copy and... show more
    If so, what did Jesus say about nanotechnology? If you have a fixed world view that is dictated by the Bible, how do you come to a position on newer ethical problems such as stem cell research and climate change? Or does the Bible actually talk about these? If so, please give chapters and verses so I can look them up. You do NOT need to copy and paste long passages directly. Thanks.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • If women are not inferior, why do we have shut up and obey?

    Inspired by this thread here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AhtLPL7wsfVabq8ZeVLPcIHd7BR.;_ylv=3?qid=20080226104244AA11Gb0 where the questioner quotes the scriptures to argue that women are inferior. Here's one answer from there: "women are not inferior. nor does those verses say that. they simply say that they need... show more
    Inspired by this thread here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... where the questioner quotes the scriptures to argue that women are inferior. Here's one answer from there: "women are not inferior. nor does those verses say that. they simply say that they need to support their husbands. he makes the decisions and they follow." The verses actually say that women must keep silent and obey. Why?
    37 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Straight Christians - could you choose to be gay?

    Something I keep seeing on this forum: Someone asks why God made gay people if homosexuality is a sin. Christians frequently respond that God gave us a choice and some people choose wrong. Are you seriously saying that: 1. Gay people could be straight if they wanted to? 2. That they deliberately choose to be part of a persecuted... show more
    Something I keep seeing on this forum: Someone asks why God made gay people if homosexuality is a sin. Christians frequently respond that God gave us a choice and some people choose wrong. Are you seriously saying that: 1. Gay people could be straight if they wanted to? 2. That they deliberately choose to be part of a persecuted minority when they could be part of the accepted majority? If so, why do you think they would choose that? 3. Finally, have you have ever felt aroused at the idea of having gay sex yourself and do you think that if you weren't a Christian, you would choose to be gay? If you think the last question is too personal or none of my business, that's fine - don't answer it. But I hope that you will at least think about it and be honest with yourself. If you really think you could never be gay, then your reasoning that homosexuality is a free choice and not something people are born with breaks down somewhat, doesn't it?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Atheists who used to be Christians, when and why did you deconvert?

    I was raised a Christian but lost my faith in my teens and it was no big deal. If you can state briefly how old you were and what it was that got you out of it and whether it was traumatic or not, I'd be grateful. I'm just curious really. www.thinkhumanism.com
    I was raised a Christian but lost my faith in my teens and it was no big deal. If you can state briefly how old you were and what it was that got you out of it and whether it was traumatic or not, I'd be grateful. I'm just curious really. www.thinkhumanism.com
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Atheists: Would you let your child read the Bible?

    This is inspired by the question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?... The Bible contains cruelty and incest and may not be suitable reading for very young children but I don't believe that any atheist would preventing older children from reading it so they can make up their own minds. Do you agree?
    This is inspired by the question here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?... The Bible contains cruelty and incest and may not be suitable reading for very young children but I don't believe that any atheist would preventing older children from reading it so they can make up their own minds. Do you agree?
    30 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • How much of the Bible do you think is literally true?

    And how much of its contents are parables and stuff?
    And how much of its contents are parables and stuff?
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Was Jesus God or not?

    In response to a question which said, 'God sent himself to earth to be nailed to a pole...' Two people responded thus: "Of course not! He sent his Son instead." "No, God didnt send himself, he sent his son, to give his perfect life in exchange for the perfect life adam lost and did not pass down to us." That... show more
    In response to a question which said, 'God sent himself to earth to be nailed to a pole...' Two people responded thus: "Of course not! He sent his Son instead." "No, God didnt send himself, he sent his son, to give his perfect life in exchange for the perfect life adam lost and did not pass down to us." That thread is here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?... But on christiananswers.net it says this: "Jesus is more than a man. Although he is 100-percent human, he is also 100% God, the Creator of the universe. He is all-powerful. Although evil men killed his physical body, he easily had the power to restore life to his body again."
    27 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Americans: which country outside of the USA have you visited or would you like to visit?

    Just curious. I get the impression a lot of Americans never travel outside the USA.
    Just curious. I get the impression a lot of Americans never travel outside the USA.
    9 answers · Other - Destinations · 1 decade ago
  • Christians, why didn't God save my cousin?

    He was ten when he was diagnosed with leukemia and we were a big extended Christian family. We spent five years praying for him but God let him die a slow painful death. Why didn't God answer our prayers and heal a suffering child? Why bother praying for a dying person?
    He was ten when he was diagnosed with leukemia and we were a big extended Christian family. We spent five years praying for him but God let him die a slow painful death. Why didn't God answer our prayers and heal a suffering child? Why bother praying for a dying person?
    35 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians, if someone you love is dying...?

    ...and I insist there is some invisible dancing leprechaun deity with the power to save your dying family member, would you spend time in prayer to that leprechaun? If not, why not? And if you refuse, how would you feel if I said that you obviously don't truly love that person if you won't try at least this option? Shouldn't you be... show more
    ...and I insist there is some invisible dancing leprechaun deity with the power to save your dying family member, would you spend time in prayer to that leprechaun? If not, why not? And if you refuse, how would you feel if I said that you obviously don't truly love that person if you won't try at least this option? Shouldn't you be prepared to put your own beliefs to one side in the interests of helping others? (I asked these questions of Earnest T in response to his suggestion that atheists who won't pray are "without true love of others" but for some reason he's ignored it.) Link: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?...
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Are there really people who believe that a woman was made out of a man's rib?

    Compare and contrast these two pics - which one more closely resembles a woman? (1) http://www.geocities.com/ramprasaduk/ima... (2) http://www.barbecueribsrecipe.com/turnin...
    Compare and contrast these two pics - which one more closely resembles a woman? (1) http://www.geocities.com/ramprasaduk/ima... (2) http://www.barbecueribsrecipe.com/turnin...
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Creationists, why don't you actually make some effort to educate yourselves about evolution?

    Repeating that that there is no proof of evolution when in fact there is so much evidence for it makes you look stupid or dishonest or both. Recently I posted a question asking what serious works on evolution people had read. Only one creationist replied and she hadn't read a single serious work on evolution. I frequently post a link to the very... show more
    Repeating that that there is no proof of evolution when in fact there is so much evidence for it makes you look stupid or dishonest or both. Recently I posted a question asking what serious works on evolution people had read. Only one creationist replied and she hadn't read a single serious work on evolution. I frequently post a link to the very helpful talk origins site and there are loads of books that can explain it to you if only were open minded enough to you to learn but evidently you're not. Why not??? http://www.talkorigins.org/
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • What works on evolution have you read?

    I keep reading on this forum that evolution has been "proved false" and I would like to know where you get this from. To those who make this claim, please say which books or websites you have read on the subject. Have you studied any serious works such as Dawkins The Selfish Gene or Mayr's What evolution is? If so, please say... show more
    I keep reading on this forum that evolution has been "proved false" and I would like to know where you get this from. To those who make this claim, please say which books or websites you have read on the subject. Have you studied any serious works such as Dawkins The Selfish Gene or Mayr's What evolution is? If so, please say which. For those interested in knowing more about evolution, this site is a good place to start: http://www.talkorigins.org/
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago