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rejohnsonil's Avatar Jump to comment 80 by rejohnsonil

WE MUST write letters/emails complaining of the ignorance in this review. Before I read about this here, I came across the review on the NYT site. The NYT is generally much smarter regarding science, but this guy totally says the exact incorrect things about what Prof Dawkins said in the book.

I'm writing a letter demanding a retraction of his characterization of Dawkins' book. He basically lied. I expect more from the NYT.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:29:00 UTC | #404944

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rejohnsonil's Avatar Jump to comment 66 by rejohnsonil

don't take this wrong. i will never vote for mccain/palin; however, there is minimal and specious linking of Palin to the really extreme behaviors found here. i see her addressing that church, giving credence to "god" (which sucks), but beware of attributing ultra-looney behavior to her from this video.

if i had seen her speaking in tongues in this video, i would be shouting at the top of my lungs that she's a nut. however, she looks more like a politician pandering to religious nuts, which is nothing new. even obama has done that. :(

take this video with a grain of salt. we should have a lot of questions about it. are all those nuts really from the same church? has palin done the whole insane "speaking in tongues" crap? she just a shrewd politician that, while believing in religious nonsense, isn't ridiculously extreme.

that said, she's still not going to get my vote. :)

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:27:00 UTC | #235396

Go to: Beware the Believers

rejohnsonil's Avatar Jump to comment 303 by rejohnsonil

have to say i'm pretty saddened at how closed minded so many of a group of supposedly open-minded folks are. making such harsh condescending judgments on a fairly affectionate (if not in your exact taste) parody just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

if you don't get it that's absolutely fine, but try not to be so condescending and tight-arsed about it. the 24 year old guy, alexander, sounds like my dad and i'm 36.

there are all types of art, culture, and people out there. we should appreciate it all--it's a short life and anyone who takes the time to make an anthemic positive statement about science, which has a chance of reaching hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions), should at a minimum be respected.

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:35:00 UTC | #144590

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rejohnsonil's Avatar Jump to comment 253 by rejohnsonil

if it is a promotion for the film (which I don't think it us), it fails miserably as such. First, "the machine" is an absurd "depiction" of science as ruling out obviously mistaken non-science. It looks more a parody of expelled's asinine accusations.

Secondly, the rap is too convincingly pro-science (while being a little cocky), showing all the success science has had.

Regardless, if it was made by them, they failed miserably and it does betray how much they miss the mark.

On the other hand, the pull string judge jones video is ignorantly and obviously right up their alley.

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:55:00 UTC | #144511

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rejohnsonil's Avatar Jump to comment 240 by rejohnsonil

it's a good thing!!!

it works on many layers, but you just have to have been exposed to this type of music/culture to really get it. we don't just want white, classical music listening, "proper", "upper class" people learning the facts about our world and universe, right? so, this makes it something more accessible to younger people and those who may not even think of science as something interesting.

really, it's just absurdity with sam's teeth. they're just making everyone a stereotypical rapper. it might be a very american thing too actually. however, regardless of most folks who don't quite understand it, it is complimentary while a bit satirical/a parody as well as just absurd.

when those rappers are posturing, it's their confidence that shines through. they're really saying that the messages richard, sam, dan dennett, et. al. are "the only" game in town and expressing it in that style. it really is crossing over into different territory. hell, if some folks who aren't interested in science see this, but enjoy rap, they might actually get a bit of a nudge to investigate this.

it's good and the message is good, whilst "over the top".

make i take this opportunity to thank richard for all the great education i've gotten from him (since he's very much around in this thread)? i admire you sir, very much. and you have really written some excellent books that have changed my life. :)

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:59:00 UTC | #144491

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