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Atheist voter, politics and culture guide - last commented 29 April 2011 04:36 PM

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Go to: Has religion made the world less safe?

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Is it reasonable to assume that kill skill always exceeds medical skill in any era?

And, how violent is making human beings habitually ignorant.

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 06:52:30 UTC | #903471

Go to: Britain must be a country where people can be proud of their religion

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I don't understand this headline. No one is saying don't be proud of your religion if you want to be, they are just increasingly proving religion is at best irrelevant or at worst inimicable to human wellbeing and society. Last i heard, there are no laws in Britain saying its illegal to feel proud of being silly.

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:19:00 UTC | #885147

Go to: Stars concoct complex molecules

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Looks like the chances of life elsewhere in the universe may have just increased rather significantly.

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:10:50 UTC | #885146

Go to: Rachel Maddow Rips Anti-Abortion, Gay Marriage Bills (VIDEO)

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Since families are inevitable independently of marriage, (family law) lawyers will always be rich. The only way to make these lawyers poor is for people and society to become increasingly conscientious in their relationships with each other and in themselves as individuals. But things that are voluntary such as marriage should fall away naturally if alternatives demonstrably incur 'fewer penalties'.

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:55:09 UTC | #876676

Go to: Making matter come alive

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On the other hand these chemical experiments (as interesting they will be), don't seem to beeing able to answer the Big Question how 'our' biological DNA based life has begun. So again, what's the new point of them?

I think he mentioned about how inorganic evolution may be a precursor to organic evolution: if after inorganic evolution starts, carbon becomes incorporated into the mix, and then perhaps because of some evolutionary merit carbon chemistry gradually takes over the functions for the lifeform like a new paradigm: it could be how dna chemistry evolved from "sand and rocks"? It might be that inorganic evolution is easier to start off with but then the information and complexity hands over to organic equivalents like the baton in a relay race. I admit i'm only guessing but if he can demonstrate an evolving inorganic system starting from cosmically ubiquitous materials - and then also demonstrate the 'handover' to organic biochemistry - it would be quite exciting. I think it would definitely affect the Drake equation and rather than life being considered as something rare and special it would become a cosmic imperative and inevitable in the evolution of a planet.

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 02:40:55 UTC | #872925

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