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Comment 46 by Paula Kirby :

I am genuinely baffled by the tendency displayed by so many people to read 'some' as 'all'

Because many people enter into a discussion already thinking they know what you think or the sort of person you are (i.e. Richard is "strident" He claims there is "definitely no god") Confirmation bias takes hold and sure enough they will hear only the bits they want to hear. Or more likely, apply a mental filter to turn you words into what they hoped you would say. It is laziness as well Paula. It is easier to attack a black and white statement than it is to deal with a subject point by nuanced point. That takes true mental effort and not a little intellectual integrity (you are always going to have to concede some ground here or there)

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:57:35 UTC | #874365

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Having given this a little more thought I am, if anything, even more depressed.

Not due to the "review" itself, I refuse to let it get to me, but more by the direction in which journalism is heading.

Articles were always written to provoke of course but I can't shake the suspicion that, in this age of immediate reader responses, forums, columns, likes, tweets and twats, too many articles in the serious media are written with express intent of egregious misrepresentation. What better way to make us froth at the mouth?

And we respond damn it! We pile on in and make a fuss but the author has already been given what they want. They have pleased their masters. Who cares if it is true or accurate, hated or loved......is it popular?

In such an environment are we likely to see carefully researched work with well reasoned arguments and generous concessions? Or a slapdash, rabble-rousing, rent-a-quote, wiki-nicked toss-fest?

Of course you may say I'm wrong, but I think it more likely you will say "well duh! have you not been paying attention for the last 5 years?"

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:25:11 UTC | #874354

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Comment 12 by Jos Gibbons :

Material objections to the miracles of life.................... (snipped assassination of Tudge's drivel)

Bloody hell Jos! we shoot fish in a barrel, you drain the water, shoot the fish several times again just to make sure, then have at the remains with a potato masher.

you have more patience than I, but well done I say.

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:55:59 UTC | #874307

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I'll be the first, but there is no real sport in it.

Drivel from start to finish. Same old, same old. The reviewer merely misrepresents what he thinks he knows about Richard's work and views.

For a book review, the book is barely mentioned, in a serious newspaper how can that be?

I don't know the Author of the piece but if I may stick my neck out and make a presumption of my own, I bet he is a catholic and is harbouring a grudge and has had this little gem tucked away waiting for the book's release, yep, written even before he had read it.

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:16:04 UTC | #874217

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I watched it, somewhat perplexed but engrossed by the style of presentation more than anything. The soundtrack was superb and the retro-graphics were pitch-perfect. (I am reminded of "look around you")

Mind you, ask me now what the main argument was and I don't actually know. On that level it fails as a piece of communication.

My somewhat muddled take-way? Humans are not machines, Consciousness is an emergent property. As the 20th century progressed and we learned more about technology we did indeed try to treat people as machines......it went wrong and bad things happened.

It did give me some points to consider and I will do, perhaps it was a polemic and designed to provoke me. If that is the case then it is a good thing.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:15:39 UTC | #637102

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