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rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 1 by rod-the-farmer

Oh, you will love the comments on the site for the article.....

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:54:35 UTC | #878499

drumdaddy's Avatar Comment 2 by drumdaddy

'The Magic of Reality' is the new and improved 'good book'.

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:09:11 UTC | #878504

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 3 by Neodarwinian

Yes, Rod, the comments must have been the Liberty University " contribution " to this talk. These commentators are taken to task rather quickly though.

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:26:02 UTC | #878512

passutoba's Avatar Comment 4 by passutoba

I'd like something meaningful to write on the inside cover of my copy of 'The Magic of Reality' for my older daughter...she's only nearing 4, but interested in the illustrations and why not start them young?! I thought about that verse from 'Desiderata'...you know, this bit....

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

but with review, I don't really like the bit about 'you have a right to be here'.....the wording doesn't sit right. I'm sure i could formulate something relatively worthy and meaningful, but suspect it may sound clumsy...any suggestions welcome beyond 'Dearest daughter, with love, Daddy' x!

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:46:20 UTC | #878519

BMJT's Avatar Comment 5 by BMJT

I wish I hadn't taken the bait there Rod. I thought i'd learnt to ignore these kinds of people, but I managed to drawn in. Hugely painful to the read the bile the spout. Must get better at biting my tongue.

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:53:10 UTC | #878524

BigNoboDaddy's Avatar Comment 6 by BigNoboDaddy

@passutoba, How about, with Richard Dawkins' permissions, Good and bad reasons for believing a letter from Richard to his daughter Juliet publish in 'A Devil's Chaplain' or available at: http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/dawkins2.html

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:16:07 UTC | #878535

BigNoboDaddy's Avatar Comment 7 by BigNoboDaddy

Having now read the comments for the article on the originating site this has moved me closer to a position a dear friend expressed after having watching "The Life of Brain" I had sent him as a gift. The following is his response after me prompting him for his thoughts on the film:

Sorry that I did not share your enthusiasm about THE LIFE OF BRIAN. I admit, it was entertaining. But all my “thinking” life I was laughing in disgust about the idiotic people who behave like the lot depicted in the film. Real life experience was for me at first puzzling, then sickening and later on at least as amusing as the film. I agree that the film was sadly true to life and had its comical moments. But they were not entirely to my taste. I can’t laugh about the religious crackpots anymore; I find them just plain disgusting. That was the reason why I did not laugh about the satire as much as you. I have a serious problem with the subject of Religion. I hate it and would like that it disappears from my world. On the other side it produced a lot of though-provoking discussions, which cleared my mind on this subject. I would not like to have missed these. These days I prefer subjects on Science and Technology. But don’t get me wrong, any attack against the crackpot society I support. I hope that you will feed me with more material that is worthwhile to think about.

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:09:03 UTC | #878551

Daniel Williams's Avatar Comment 8 by Daniel Williams

Comment 1 by rod-the-farmer :

Oh, you will love the comments on the site for the article.....

Comment 5 by BMJT :

I wish I hadn't taken the bait there Rod. I thought i'd learnt to ignore these kinds of people, but I managed to drawn in. Hugely painful to the read the bile the spout. Must get better at biting my tongue.

Same here I've waisted nearly two hours on there now....

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:34:59 UTC | #878601

phill marston's Avatar Comment 9 by phill marston

I'd like something meaningful to write on the inside cover of my copy of 'The Magic of Reality' for my older daughter...she's only nearing 4, but interested in the illustrations and why not start them young?

I've used this quote from Carl Sagan's Cosmos for a similar purpose,

For as long as there been humans we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Where are we? Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. This perspective is a courageous continuation of our penchant for constructing and testing mental models of the skies; the Sun as a red-hot stone, the stars as a celestial flame, the Galaxy as the backbone of night......If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:56:57 UTC | #878693