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1. The act of assuming, or taking to or upon one's self; the act of taking up or adopting. The assumption of authority. (Whewell)

2. The act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof; supposition; unwarrantable claim. This gives no sanction to the unwarrantable assumption that the soul sleeps from the period of death to the resurrection of the body. (Thodey) That calm assumption of the virtues. (W. Black)

3. The thing supposed; a postulate, or proposition assumed; a supposition. Hold! says the Stoic; your assumptions wrong. (Dryden)

4. (Science: logic) The minor or second proposition in a categorical syllogism.

5. The taking of a person up into heaven. Hence: a festival in honor of the ascent of the virgin Mary into heaven.

Origin: oe. Assumpcioun a taking up into heaven, L. Assumptio a taking, fr. Assumere: cf. F. Assomption. See Assume.

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... but it seems that it would require pretty extreme conditions to kick in for human... What makes you say that? I mean, how would you explain this assumption from a biochemical perspective? Blood glucose has to remain stable at all costs, that's the number 1 priority for the body right (because ...

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by Aymeric
Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: When does gluconeogenesis kick in during physical activity?
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Re: mammary gland of male in mammals

... that the mammary gland can actually grow and develop when there is a large prolactin spike most usually brought on by pregnancy. The next logical assumption is that women only experience this spike in the production of prolactin because of pregnancy. Again, it is often forgotten that male partners, ...

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by Annij
Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:47 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: mammary gland of male in mammals
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Views: 18108

possible tfamily trees from four animals

... be the correct one. The history of the animals' ancestors really did happen, in the world. There are fifteen possible histories, if we make the assumption that all branches are two-way branchings.' I tried a few ways to 'diagram' the fifteen possible family trees uniting the four animals but ...

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by ksharpe212
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: possible tfamily trees from four animals
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... evidence that humans evolved from creatures with tails. But this is like recognizing faces of your friends in clouds. You read into the facts an assumption that is not supported by the facts. Even if every human had a bony tail a few inches long, it couldn't possibly show that humans have evolved ...

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by Sumanth001
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Atavism
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Views: 2851

Re: Evolution or De-evolution?

... as represented by the phylogenic tree of life. I, however, have a fundamental problem with this idea. This theory at its core has an implied assumption that was (to my knowledge) ever discussed. The assumption is that we (and any other species of today) are MORE advanced than our predecessors. ...

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by RabbitPhilosopher
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution or De-evolution?
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