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Go to: Explaining the RDFRS UK/Ipsos MORI poll

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Well done, Paula. How did you get all these interviews? Did you just ring up all the radio stations and offer them an interview?

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:22:13 UTC | #918567

Go to: The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time

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Quite apart from disagreements about who should be included, I dislike any list that includes the qualifier "of all time". "All time" hasn't happened yet. Who knows who might pop up over the next thirty years? It's a stale rhetorical device for the hard of thinking. "Best xxx so far" would be a much better name, "Best xxx so far in our opinion" better still (IMO).

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:16:39 UTC | #890453

Go to: Alternatives to "gone to heaven" when consoling children

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Alan Watts says that each of us comes out of the world rather than into it, rather as a leaf comes out of a tree. Just paraphrasing now, I think he means that you're never at any moment separated from the world you emerged from, and when you die, it's like a relaxation of the temporary concentration of energy that is, or was, your life. You're rejoining the big river that you came from, just as your body, one way or another, will melt back into the world now you've finished with it. You were never separate anyway, however it might have felt - there's always a flow of energy and matter going in and out of your body.

These things always sound so new-agey when you try and articulate them...

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:36:47 UTC | #577729

Go to: "If you want to know if something is fair: turn it around."

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Ode an die Freude.

Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, in a manic state, highly influenced by the euphoria induced by the latter stage of advanced syphilis.

Did Beethoven actually have syphilis? Also, the 9th symphony was premiered almost three years before his death, so he was probably writing the Ode to Joy maybe four or even five years pre-death. If he were in tertiary-stage syphilis, in 1822-3, would he have lasted until March 1827, when he died?

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:01:30 UTC | #577076

Go to: Prince Charles blames world’s ills on 'soulless consumerism' and Galileo

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The annoying thing is that he could have easily argued his case (for NOT "objectifying" Nature) without invoking a "soul" and without vilifying Galileo, two actions that are guaranteed to alienate lots of humanists and scientists.

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:41:04 UTC | #478761

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