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Go to: Toronto church leader denounces atheist 'attack ads'

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"These ads are not saying what the atheists believe, they are attacking what other people believe," he said. "And if you look at the dictionary definition for ... bigot, that's exactly what it is, to be intolerant of someone else's belief system."

This actually sounds somewhat reasonable upon first glance. Some thought went into that phrase. I allways have some grudging admiration for someone who can make utter crap sound reasonable. It's my Machiavellian side I think.

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 02:08:00 UTC | #314506

Go to: Attenborough reveals creationist hate mail for not crediting God

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His excellent documentary 'life of mammals' was aired a year or so ago on dutch TV. I'm ashamed to say it was edited to remove all references to evolution and a different voice over was used.

Fortunately I have the book and the original DVD but it still annnoyed me very much.

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 07:20:00 UTC | #313521

Go to: Why should I respect these oppressive religions?

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By definition, if you have faith, you are choosing to believe in the absence of evidence. Nobody has "faith" that fire hurts, or Australia exists; they know it, based on proof. But it is psychologically painful to be confronted with the fact that your core beliefs are based on thin air, or on the empty shells of revelation or contorted parodies of reason.

Nicely phrased. Cognitive dissonance is probably the biggest obstacle for the religious to engage in an honest discussion or to think objectively about their own believes. All we need now is a method to work around that. Anyone?

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:27:00 UTC | #313398

Go to: Trials Loom for Parents Who Embraced Faith Over Medicine

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James P

Im sorry but I do have sympathy for the parents. We must remember that even though we can see this as complete nonsense they did generaly believe that god would save thier daughter. Now they are greiving. I have seen so much death in my job that no mater how much we think they were stupid I know that they will be gowing through every kind of hell.

I'm not so sure about that. Off course I'm not implying that ther are very happy right now but if they really and strongly believe that 1) they're not responsible, they did the right thing, 2) their dead daughter is happier now, 3) their god whom they love and trust has decided that this is best, etc, etc, they will not be going through a similar hell as rational people would. No self-blame, no sense of randomness, must be like a comfy blanket, or more appropiately, being continually drunk.

I think there is the very real possibility that this experience will actually strengthen their faith. To give it up now would cause them too much pain. They,ve invested too much in their worldview.

Even with demonstrably adverse concequences, religion will self-propagate it seems.

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:56:00 UTC | #309776

Go to: Skeptic Contacted By Aliens

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I think intelligent beings who have the technology required to visit other solar systems in the galaxy, would surely have long ago made the transition form their natural 'imperfect' bodies to designed ones. Since we ourselves, with our very primitive technology compared to such an advanced civilization, are allready starting on this path I think that's practically a given.

The next question would then be, how would an intelligent being design his own body? Such a being would probably initially be somewhat biased to a design that looks a bit like his natural body, but eventually you probably would not be able to deduce what their originally evolved bodies looked like from their present bodies.

Now, what are the chances an ET might design himself a 'bipedal primate body'? I think, given the much more perfect options available, these are vanishingly small.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 00:48:00 UTC | #305110

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