Archive for December 12, 2008

Sarcasm used to diagnose dementia

December 12, 2008

Well, this affirms some suspicions. The University of South Wales have found that patients with dementia are unable to detect sarcasm.

For a real life example of this, check out the Hate Mail section over at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Talk about inability to detect sarcasm (of course there is some double layered sarcasm on there. For a fun game, try to spot the Poe).

“People with FTD become very gullible and they often part with large amounts of money,” he said, adding that one in 4000 people around the world are afflicted with the condition.

Mmm, I wonder how this coorelates with religious belief?


Vatican Says It’s Not a Crime to Love … Other Men

December 12, 2008

The Vatican has issued a statement that homosexuality should not be a crime. They added a big “but” to the statement, though: that the still aren’t equal, and that putting all forms of sexual orientation on the same level would be wrong. Personally, I think they added the last part just so you know don’t get the wrong idea and think the Vatican’s gay.

Almost every press release the Vatican puts out is depressing. They sometimes gets so close to being good people, but then they let the whole point just kind of slip through their fingers. It seems theirs intentions are well guided, though. Homosexuality is still a crime in many countries. Unfortunately, I don’t think that any of those countries are ones that would pay much attention to what the Catholic Church has to say about the matter.

Well, at least they used the scientifically backed word “sexual orientation” in their press release, instead of the old blame game word of “choice”.

And, who knows, perhaps they’re working in stages. They may have a master plan designed to slowly move people toward a more loving and tolerant attitude one decade at a time.