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  1. Awww it was an itty bitty killer kitty. At that size range it'd be pretty similar a situation to that, but you're right. In a corner, in seriousness, it would would respond more violently and effectively, even if actually outmatched.
  2. The canine teeth are functional, they're used to crush tough plants, and are an important threat display, for intimidating rival males or potential predators.
  3. *Shrug* without seeing it I can't comment on that particular "battle." Anyhow, kitties do very little eviscerating.
  4. Well, Siberian tigers will sometimes get into trouble sneaking into villages to kill dogs, and there's really no doubt that a healthy one could put them down rather easily if it put itself into the fight. But the thing to remember is that most animals will avoid a fight if they can help it. A meal's not worth the effort if you get hurt going for it. In the wild, even an apparently mild injury could get you killed, so the prize of a human just isn't worth the effort or the risk of getting a few injuries while putting down a couple of over-sized jackals. Also keep in mind, while Siberian tiger
  5. I tend to "feel" that incest between individuals of significant relatedness is, as stated, "icky." But I don't put much stock in my feelings. I don't see a problem with the concept in a modern society so long as long as a birth doesn't occur. My support is more tentative concerning related individuals with wide age-gaps, particularly parent/offspring pairings, not because of the increased ick factor, but because of the potential risks of psychological abuses or pressures / manipulations that might be inflicted on children to produce potential partners out of them.
  6. Or the fifth option that does apply science and accounts for genetic predispositions and evolution.
  7. I know chocolate-dipped versions and marshmallow fluff/cream treat me the same, but I think I'll typically eat more of the fire-toasted versions before it sets in when camping.
  8. Swansont's 'Mallownausea by way of Psychological Frailty is an accepted variation if the general idea. CaptainPanic's cultural barbarism is an expected and unfortunate consequence of the American loss of interest in God-approved manifest destiny and global conquest, so his act of social terrorism will be quietly ignored until such time as it becomes popular, results in violence, and we'll have to invade a neighboring nation to his that didnt have much to do with it and take their timber. Which we will use to fuel more 'mallow factories. That's what European nations have, right? Timber?
  9. Plus extracted animal collagen. To capture and enslave the air to ensure puff.
  10. How many marshmallows of average, non-mini-size can you ingest in one sitting before you regret it? *Let us henceforth consider only raw, untoasted, unflavored, marshmallows, not dipped in chocolate or chopped in icecream or drizzled with caramel and nuts or anything else. No caffeinated versions, no gelatin-free version, no fish-gelatin-based lies, etc and so on and what have you*
  11. Like Skeptic points out, if homosexuality functioned to reduce an organism's fecundity, it'd be ruthlessly selected against and wiped out of populations wherever it might arise. The opposite is more likely to be true. There are at least two situations that I can think of where homosexuality advantageously helps to maximize the reproductive capacity of either the homosexual in question or their close kin, both of which Skeptic touched on. Among black swans, homosexual male pairs will sometimes fertilize a female, wait for her clutch, then drive her away to rear the young themselves, on aver
  12. As part of the thinking goes, many elements associated with an attractive woman are indicators of youth, different elements representing different tactics selected for by either side in the battle of the sexes. Small nose, big eyes, full, shiny hair - all very paedomorphic. Particularly in various European populations, many people are born with lighter hair that darkens as it matures. Perpetually blonde hair could potentially fool potential mates. Among other things, (few traits serve just one purpose) large, firm breasts may serve as an indicator to males of youth by their tendency to sag at
  13. Hmm... perhaps restate that in expanded form? I'm taking various potential meanings from it, and if I answer now it'll be a bit insanely long and convoluted.
  14. I reject the concept of anything "supernaturally" based as undefined and therefore meaningless without sufficient explanation of its fundamental nature as it relates to explainable reality, but hold an ignostic position that anything someone regards as worthy of worship or reverence or what have you and behaves as such towards, is a god, whether it's the Pharaoh Khufu, Emperor Hirohito, a stalker's favorite celebrity, whatever, but only within the context of the worshiper's personal perspective. So even assuming the possibility of the eventual existence of a posthuman superpower, or even a nig
  15. We've found many transitional forms that bridge the gap between anatomically modern humans, and our more distant ancestors, any of which fits the bill for what used to be popularly called "the missing link" (or at least is a fair example of a close cousin of an actual direct ancestor). And from those, the case is about as solid as it can get that we're descended from African australopithecines (whether of a known or unknown species), which gave rise to early members of African-based Homo such as H. habilis (which so closely bridges the gap between Australopithecus and Homo that some specialist
  16. *shrug* In bio I've heard the term syntropy used to describe a system exporting entropy to keep its own low. Obviously, it'd only apply on the local scale or whatever you call it.
  17. Extensive studies focus on animal intelligence, with strong indications of self-awareness, foresight, introspective capacity, the ability to recognize that another mind has a different perspective on reality, etc. For example, keas examine experimental latches before attempting to unlatch them, rather than just learning the right thing to do through the trial and error of random action (as displayed by cats and dogs, by comparison,) African Red parrots have displayed the capacity to deceive, pretending to get answers wrong when they're bored with a test in order to trick the experimenter into
  18. Define free will, then tell me a dolphin, african gray parrot, raven, elephant or any of the great apes don't have it too. Any not nonsensical definition of free will that you could mock up would ultimately apply to any of them just as well as it does to members of our own species. It’s one thing to consider such. I certainly have myself for the sake of fair consideration. But regardless of willingness to consider the hypothesis, ultimately there just isn’t the faintest whisper of evidence in support of it. In the meantime, current neurological theories are becoming increasingly sufficie
  19. I have discovered Christian Talk Radio.

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    2. blike


      From this friday: "Bob and Fred also review Ann Gibbon's 6,000-year age for Mitochondrial Eve, the mother from whom all human beings have descended, bringing that saga up-to-date. "

    3. AzurePhoenix


      Oh god. (that'd be in the non-orgasmic but still flippantly commandment-breaking context)

    4. ydoaPs


      Alex, I'm pretty sure Glenn Beck's program counts as Christian conspiracy theory talk radio.

  20. Men are humans. Woman are humans. Therefore men are women and women are men. No wait, you're just a moron. The scientific definition is what it is. I figured you might have noticed by now, but this happens to be a science forum. An animal is any heterotrophic, typically multicellular , eukaryotic organism lacking rigid cell-walls, motile at some point in their lifecycle, and sharing a common ancestor. A cat is a mammal of particular descent within the kingdom animalia with a particular set of distinguishing characteristics. A human is a mammal of particular descent within the kingdom
  21. Europe and Asia aren't older than the Americas in any sense, it's just that the Americas were new to the people who discovered and conquered them. Rodents in general seem to have originated in the late Cretaceous or so, across the supercontinent Laurasia, which was a clump of America, Europe and Asia all together. I'm not really all that aware of the intricacies of rodent diversification throughout the eons, but various families would have split and diverged as the continents themselves did, and of course land bridge events throughout the eons may've resulted in back and forth invasions I'd im
  22. Species are classified with respect to shared ancestry and degree of relatedness. Old world rats and packrats don't comprise a monophyletic group. All the packrat species within the genus Neotoma are descended from a single shared ancestor.A bit further back along the family tree and you'll find the ancestor that would split into packrats, deermice, and some other new world rodents. Gotta go much deeper into the ancestry before you find the ancestor shared by Neotoma and old world Rattus. Superficial resemblances that arise independently in distinct families are referred to as convergent e
  23. that assumes some solid definition of the title "god" that doesn't exist. For example, people worshipped gods who they didnt imagine to have anything to do with the universe's origins. Or, someone who worships a particular god, (say, Allah, or Ahura Mazda) could say that the Designer isn't God as they accept or desire it to be. You say the designer might as well be God, well for you, sure, if that's your criteria to a god, but then, for me, a god is simply anything someone finds worthy of reverence or what have you, and treats it as such. Hmm, curiosity. If the designer were a college stud
  24. I imagine this is more a matter of animal being a homonym for two different meanings. There's animal in the biological sense, in which case, we irrefutably are (and so are insects, and jellyfish, and sponges,) then there's animal in the philosophical sense of being removed from the status of personhood or being civilized. This second version of "animal" is probably better represented by the word "beast." You have to consider that most people really don't have any real technical comprehension of biology, or philosophy for that matter, so the distinction is inevitably lost on most people. Ok
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