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Go to: Debunking the silly creationist debunking of Radio Carbon dating

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Potholer is one of the best guys on youtube. Lots of great stuff at his channel.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:08:01 UTC | #634943

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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Much love, Hitch.

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:25:22 UTC | #614988

Go to: Sermon disguised as politics

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Comment 29 by swisstype :

Not to hijack, but I consider myself a highly conservative political person, but am an atheist as well. Michelle Bachmann and Palin unfortunately are given air time and credibility by various news outlets. These women are not the sharpest in the GOP and unfortunately get to take the mantle of the party as they seem to be the most "marketable" for lack of a better term. While I look at fiscal conservative policies as more in my line of thinking, the cultural conservatives have a tendency to hijack the party as they feel that they are called by god to do his work or change things in that direction. The US suffers from a lot of fiscal ills that changing Planned Parenthood or defining Marriage arent going to affect. So, when we have the discussion about our solvency, the Palins, Bachmanns, and Huckabees will be working up the religious conservatives in their corner about gays, abortions and other technical non-issues. I wont get into 2012 yet, but both sides suffer from their own agenda wingnuts that really cause damage to pragmatic solutions to our budegt problems.

Gannon

Hey Gannon,

I'm politically pretty conservative too, and it does suck not being able to fit in with anybody. Maybe we should form a support group for conservative atheists. ;)

The problem is that the discussions about monetary policy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel, taxes, trade, etc., are difficult discussions to have and follow. It requires more than watching an hour of news a night and having opinions spoon-fed to you. The discussions about homosexual marriage and abortion are easy to follow and easy to have an opinion about.

Discussions about the really important issues that are going to affect our future don't play well in sound bytes and unfortunately it means we end up electing representatives that don't understand or care about these issues, but know how to rally the religious folks on social issues.

-Charlie

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:24:50 UTC | #614916

Go to: Sermon disguised as politics

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Putting aside for a second the idea that those in Washington represent some kind of "elite" (I mean does anybody think this? Michelle Bachman is in Washington, for crying out loud.)...

  1. The majority of Americans approve of gay marriage. It's a slight majority, but one that will only get larger over time since it's heavily weighted by age.

  2. Abortion has been legal in all 50 states since 1973. It's stayed legal through Republican presidents, Republican controlled congress, and conservative majorities on the Supreme Court.

  3. War on faith? Is it Christianity that supplies the persecution complex or are those with persecution complexes drawn to Christianity? In either case, it's a pretty amazing phenomenon. To listen to some people talk, there has never been a worse time and place to be for a Christian (especially a white Christian male) than the United States right now.

  4. War on families...I don't even know what that means.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:56:24 UTC | #614525

Go to: From One Physicist to Another: Lawrence Krauss Reflects on the Life and Work of Richard Feynman

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Just finished reading it. Overall I thought the book was excellent, even if I had to stretch for some of it. In the last quarter of the book, Dr. Krauss really hammers home Feynman's massive influence in physics and it's incredibly inspiring.

I'm looking forward to watching Krauss' "Universe from Nothing" talk again tomorrow, because I think I'll understand it a lot better than I did the first time.

RichardofYork: Krauss also recommends "Strange Beauty" in the notes of "Quantum Man." :)

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 01:32:59 UTC | #606060

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