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1. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination. For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion. (Otway)

2. The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced. If the general persuasion of all men does so account it. (hooker) My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes, That heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes With nice attention. (Cowper)

3. A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed. Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political. (Jefferson)

4. The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness. Is 't possible that my deserts to you Can lack persuasion? (Shak)

5. That which persuades; a persuasive.

Synonym: See Conviction.

Origin: L. Persuasio; Cf. F. Persuasion.

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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... by Lynn Margulis, Is that real? She referred to neo darwinism as “a minor twentieth-century religious sect within the sprawling religious persuasion of Anglo-Saxon Biology.” So there for a starters is a rather rich set of realities. I assume therefore that you adhere to them all. :)

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by scottie
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Was the doctor's decision ethical? Why?

I disagree with such a coercion/persuasion, but it was effective and potentially saved either her baby's or her life. I am fine with doctors manipulating or other minor lies, and according to some this is minor, but it'd be wrong IMHO even ...

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by ChesneMD
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:04 pm
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Re: Natural selection is proven wrong

... that you are quoting does not know this. Please tell him. Also please tell him not to get evidence from genesispark to put in his essays, all persuasion is lost at the sight of its reference.

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by futurezoologist
Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:54 am
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Topic: Natural selection is proven wrong
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Re: Are we CROWDING the EARTH?

... -Lack of exercise -Occupational exposure Note that the environment is 1 factor. Where are you getting all these little things from? Science is 10% persuasion 90% evidence - not the other way around. Sorry if i get a little worked up on doomsday-negative nancy issues.

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by futurezoologist
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Are we CROWDING the EARTH?
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Re: Bible vs Darwin

... begins. Church should be optional for adults only. When you have a dictator super imposing their beliefs [whether it be through philosophy, persuasion, or flat-out demagoguery] onto young minds,than that's poignantly where the objections of many rationalist lie on. Those kids should be in ...

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by viloloco5
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Bible vs Darwin
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