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mordacious1's Avatar Comment 1 by mordacious1

"Charles has another idea: he has a 14-hour cut of the film and a plan for a TV series of half-hour episodes. Every week, Maher could come into your living room to challenge another believer on how it is that God can hear everyone's prayers, or why homosexuals are so feared by the devout."

That would be fun to watch, which cable channel would show it though?

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 08:54:00 UTC | #242507

Mango's Avatar Comment 2 by Mango

This is the first time I've seen "meme" used as verb -- "meming."

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 10:01:00 UTC | #242528

Geoff's Avatar Comment 3 by Geoff

We need to get as many Xtian organisations as possible to condemn or ban it. It would be good to get it banned in Turkey, too, if possible...

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 10:19:00 UTC | #242533

The Hogfather's Avatar Comment 4 by The Hogfather

Religulous opens on October 3- this is the date it opens in the states right?

Does anybody know when us Brits will get the opportunity to watch it?

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 12:37:00 UTC | #242575

dochmbi's Avatar Comment 5 by dochmbi

Are there anti-religious activists who infiltrate religious organizations and try to make them do stupid things like ban stuff? That would be so cool.

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 14:11:00 UTC | #242615

TuftedPuffin's Avatar Comment 6 by TuftedPuffin


A meme is NOT some kind of special super-idea epidemic. A meme is NOT something that some ideas are and some ideas aren't, any more than some lengths of chromosomal DNA are part of genes and some aren't. Meme is a term for an idea, a term that evokes a specific perspective, sure, but a meme is just an idea that is propagated. At all. Period.

People misusing the word meme like this guarantees that there will never be a proper science of memetics.

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 14:13:00 UTC | #242616

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 7 by Dr. Strangegod

Seems like they could take a cue from Moore and put the 14 hr version online for free. After the initial release of the movie and some DVD sales, why not? Make back whatever money you can, then give us the long version for the meme's sake.

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 14:16:00 UTC | #242619

blaine's Avatar Comment 8 by blaine

Re: TuftedPuffin

Good point. Really deflates the rhetoric when you realize the points attributed to memes don't apply to unsuccessful memes.

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 18:27:00 UTC | #242820

Kiwi's Avatar Comment 9 by Kiwi

whose long beard makes him look like half of ZZ Top

I thought there are 3 guys in ZZTop, 2 with long beards ? So he looks like 1.5 musos ? A rather strained simile..

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 22:34:00 UTC | #242869

Contrivanced's Avatar Comment 10 by Contrivanced

"...Larry Charles was saying recently about his big new idea, which is that organized religion is a bad thing."
THis is a big 'new' idea?

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:57:00 UTC | #243225

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 11 by aquilacane

Faith requires ignorance

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:09:00 UTC | #243232

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 12 by aquilacane

If we make the word meme a meme then it will be forever linked to Dawkins which, in turn, links it to atheism

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:14:00 UTC | #243235

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 13 by aquilacane

I think if people get the idea in their head that you need to be dumb to believe in god they will, at least, behave as though they don't believe. Children never want to feel stupid, and religious adults are still children.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:16:00 UTC | #243241

ty90's Avatar Comment 14 by ty90

I know nothing about this so I think of opera:


completely pointless, I know.
Like a flaming beer, or a monkey with a gun.

IS a monkey with a gun pointless?

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 19:20:00 UTC | #243560