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Go to: Richard Dawkins - The Census Research Explained

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Well, Christians make up 54% of the UK population, therefore policy should have a Christian bias to reflect that.

When it will drop under 50%, Christians will officially become an oppressed minority and policy will need to have a Christian bias to protect them.

Huh, funny how that works out.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:38:21 UTC | #920029

Go to: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [Also in Polish]

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Imagine a jury reaching a verdict on the origin of the diversity of life, with Charles Darwin as one of its members, making his case for the first time in history in the deliberations behind closed doors. Was it a god or nature?

Imagine the gasps of surprise when the verdict comes back "natural processes" beyond any reasonable doubt! Unimpressed, a philosopher in the back row would mutter: "how predictable..".

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:01:41 UTC | #911771

Go to: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [Also in Polish]

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Imagine a jury reaching a verdict on the origin of the diversity of life, with Charles Darwin as one of its members, making his case for the first time in history in the deliberations behind closed doors. Was it a god or nature?

Imagine the gasps of surprise when the verdict comes back "natural processes" beyond any reasonable doubt! Two philosophers in the corner would mutter unimpressed: "predictable..".

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:59:03 UTC | #911768

Go to: Jake: Hanging out with a teenage Einstein

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Weirdly enough, I find this personally discouraging. I was thinking about gathering resources to get a higher education abroad because college here was too low quality, but after seeing the kind of competition that's out there, maybe I should be content with the office job I got and be thankful for it. If there are people that can learn college-level maths so effortlessly, am I not wasting everybody's and my own time by snailing along at 2% the speed of understanding of others?

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:27:28 UTC | #909084

Go to: [Update YouTube Part 2 added]-Richard Dawkins Interviews Rabbi Tamara Kolton

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For those experiencing slow downloads, you can use a download manager to get the file on your computer and then play it locally. I used FlashGet - it's free, but I imagine there are many that do the job just as well.

One hears about atheistic jews from time to time but I've never heard this worldview articulated. It's a strange mix of love of tradition and rationality. I imagine if advanced aliens asked us why we love our own children more than other people's equally innocent children, we'd have to give the same type of reasoning as the interviewee (leaving aside purely biological explanations that do not factor in ethical reasoning). They are a part of who we are and we cannot help but love them more. Loving your own child is not incompatible with a goal for a truly global community, it's actually a catalyst for the best efforts to achieve it.

I can see how one might feel the same way about a shared tradition. So the heartfelt offer at the end of the interview should not come as a surprise. And yet it does, at least for me. Why?

Is the moral circle that is created by the atheistic jewish community ultimately a bad idea, since it automatically excludes other people on the basis of things they cannot control or is it a triumph of the enlightenment to tame a religion to the point of making it indistinguishable from humanistic ethical reasoning?

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 02:06:11 UTC | #906122

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