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  1. Lydgate's Avatar
    Many arrangements between individuals, such as licensed business arrangements, demand government involvement for legality. The same is true for those requiring legal contracts such as marriage. And married couples do receive benefits unmarried couples don't, benefits such as social security, property inheritance, and legal transference of child custody.
    Updated 11-17-2015 at 10:00 PM by Lydgate
  2. PeterL's Avatar
    Marriage is an arrangement between or among individuals. There is no reason for government involvement. In the U.S.A. there are no benefits of marriage that are not shared by unmarried persons, because such benefits would violate equal protection before the law.
  3. Joe Christmas's Avatar
    Marriage involves a government contract ensuring civil benefits, so it is absolutely a government matter. Also the equal protection clause prohibits discrimination against any citizen, so Gay marriage is also a government matter. The Supreme Court affirmed that.
  4. PeterL's Avatar
    "Paracelsus devoted several sections in his writings to the construction of astrological talismans for curing disease, providing talismans for various maladies as well as talismans for each sign of the Zodiac. He also invented an alphabet called the Alphabet of the Magi, for engraving angelic names upon talismans."

    Paracelsus was a man of his times, and what he sold as good medicine probably was poison in many cases. But putting that aside, the matter of his talismans is enough. I could have found better examples of people working from no knowledge, but his name came up quickly. I could have mentioned John Dee instead, but many people called him a criminal during his lifetime.
  5. North Star's Avatar
    Eh, Paracelsus a criminal? Maybe you'd like it if instead of modern medicine, pharmacology and toxicology we'd still treat illnesses with bloodletting and cleansing of the putrefied juices. Dosis facit venenum, to quote Paracelsus. Perhaps you have just had too much of him.

    The fossil bit reminds me of this: