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Date: 2007-08-28 23:28
Subject: meat-free
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The BBC reports that there is a high IQ link to being vegetarian, and I want to take exception to this. Anybody casually reading the headline would think that scientists have nailed a link between being a vegetarian and being smart. But what it's actually about is children with higher IQs being more likely to become vegetarians, which is not the same thing. Read it yourselves; this is the kind of statistical juggling and loaded journalism that really gets up my nose.
I have no axe to grind with vegetarians, or indeed with the BBC - it has the look of a story written up mostly from a press release, which is lazy but we've all done it - but I don't think stories like this do the cause any good at all.
For the record, I'm a meat eater and my IQ once tested in the top four percent of the population, although I am considerably less bright now than I was then.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-08-30 21:58 (UTC)
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In my world, there is room for all of God's creatures ...

right next to the mashed potatoes.

I couldn't agree with you more regarding the inflammatory maninipulation of the masses who get education in smaller and smaller sound (sight?) bytes. However, misleading headlines have been with us from the beginning. There just seems to be less of an impetus to read things through and discern for oneself today. Alas, to them I say "Read on, McDuff!"
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hutch0: Honey Badger
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-09-01 00:17 (UTC)
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Unfortunately, we're in a culture where `read on, Macduff' is ignored. We get our information about the world from soundbites and spurious news items. I'm starting to get a little anxious about this, because it opens up whole vistas of possibility for rewriting history.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-09-01 05:37 (UTC)
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-still anonymous
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