Consider the recent deliberations of the Roman Catholic Church on the doctrine of limbo. Thirty top theologians from around the world recently met at the Vatican to discuss the question of what happens to babies who die without having undergone the sacred rite of baptism.
What is the doctrine of limbo exactly?
Since the Middle Ages, Catholics have believed that such babies go to a state of limbo, where they enjoy what St. Thomas Aquinas termed “natural happiness” forever. This was in contrast to the opinion of St. Augustine, who believed that these unlucky infant souls would spend eternity in hell. Continue reading →
Mostly false. Not enough data, and probably a generalisation of the term ‘genetic’.
A famous 1940 paper claimed tongue rolling was at least partially genetic. Another famous 1975 paper refuted this. Currently, there is not enough data to come to a solid conclusion, but most of the evidence points out that this trait arises from specific environmental influences that affect the individual.
“If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one’s subject matter.”