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Go to: The mysterious suicide that has rocked the Vatican

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Let us not rush to judgement. A man has died by own own hand. It seems that he did some good things in his life, and maybe some bad things, like the rest of us. Let him and his family rewst in peace.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:06:32 UTC | #877403

Go to: Being Pakistani and atheist a dangerous combo, but some ready to brave it

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It must be especially difficult to be atheist, agnostic or simply a secular democrat in Pakistan because the raison d’etre of the state itself is Islam. Unlike most countries in the world (even most muslim countries), Pakistan was specifically set up because a majority of the population within its borders would be muslim – no other reason. If any kind of secularism takes hold there then it could easily undermine the legitimacy of the state. What is Pakistan for? There are no over-arching ethnic, linguistic or deep historical, legal, cultural or economic ties which naturally bind the place together. It is already close to being a failed state, where elected officials have no real control over their military.

I look forward to a secular, democratic Pakistan but I think it would be more realistic for the international community to plan for a break-up of the present state into various new entities, as occurred with East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1971.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:20:34 UTC | #875297

Go to: Secular humanists on the real planet of the apes

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I agree with KenChimp. This is a fascinating article full of interesting observations about the implications of a true scientific understanding for human society. The heart of the matter, I think, is this quote:

To the extent that natural science can inform the way we think about politics and economics, it undermines the view that human beings are, or could be, rational actors devoted to the common good, rather than emotion-driven, semi-rational cousins of chimps and gorillas. On this point the secular philosophers Hume and Hobbes are more convincing than Bentham, Dewey and Kurtz.

Our simian psychology has obvious implications for naive models of democracy, in which a neutral, rational public listens dispassionately to all sides before making up its hyperlogical collective mind. And it has implications as well for naive models of economics, in which consumers and producers perceive, think and act with computer-like accuracy.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:54:14 UTC | #863763

Go to: What *more* can we atheists do?

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Do not despair. Remember just a few short years ago, it was almost embarrassing (at least in my neck of the woods) to admit that you were an atheist. That was before Dawkins and the other musketeers began publishing. Now atheism is almost part of the mainstream. It is not at all unusual to see TV, radio or newspaper articles featuring prominent atheists or prominent people rejecting religion, e.g. Stephen Hawking.

Exactly the same thing happened with the feminist movement and the gay movement. Consciousness was raised. Ignorance was banished from the centre ground to the margins. This is happening right now with religion, at least in most advanced countries on the planet.

Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:20:58 UTC | #861252

Go to: Tsunami and earthquake in Japan: latest pictures of the damage

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jbyrd said:

Most people like to think that their lives are priceless, and likely to that individual it is, but not to most people in the world. Since resources are finite, the rest of the world cannot share in your personal delusion that you are worth infinite resources. Somewhere down the line someone has to put a value on a human life.

Well said. Economics 101; sad but true.

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:40:16 UTC | #604738

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