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Go to: The Most Astounding Fact (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

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Dr Tyson's comment is no less wonderful if you know he's repeating what Carl Sagan said.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:18:58 UTC | #925354

Go to: Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

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I thought the UK had legislation to prevent discrimination in employment on the grounds of ethnic origin, colour, sex and religious conviction. Is it not against such legislation to advertise a post and say only people who can 'prove their faith' can apply? And if that's not illegal, if you advertise for a chaplain, who presumably would have to be ordained, when women are not eligible for ordination, isn't that discrimination on grounds of sex?

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 12:13:17 UTC | #925348

Go to: Ireland is also more secular than we thought

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I think there's hope for the future of Ireland and its freedom from the shackles of the catholic church when its journalists can write something like this and have it published in a mainstream paper. I think she nails it with her final paragraph,

Voltaire, who was himself viewed as a dangerous secularist in his time, said that the only way to grasp the mathematical concept of infinity was to contemplate the extent of human stupidity. One wonders what he’d make of the fervently religious, and totally iniquitous, American model of society that a myopic Baroness Warsi seems so eager to ape.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:12:15 UTC | #921494

Go to: What is deism? Is it possible?

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I believe that atheist materialism is the only viable philosophical framework and that we should be able to positively promote that framework, while explaining how it allows us to live lives which are truly full of meaning, purpose, morality and happiness, free from the false hopes and false promises of theism and deism.

That makes my heart sing. I don't get to hear that sort of thing very often.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:06:55 UTC | #920053

Go to: The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films

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Comment 8 by Steve Zara

Who says we are lost? I'm right here, at home, on this vast globe of rock, rushing around the life-giving star we call the Sun. I'm not lost because I have made myself at home.

I thoroughly agree with you Steve, but I interpreted 'lost' in Feymann's context to mean something like 'immersed in' and so not so despairing.

When I read such things, I feel like I want to start singing "Always look on the bright side of life" from Life Of Brian!

My sister-in-law bought me a bottle opener that plays the chorus of "Always look on the bright side of life", so now, every time I open a beer..........................;-)

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:59:47 UTC | #908829

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