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Go to: UPDATED 1/1/10: Last minute offer! A HUGE Thank You! The last day of our fundraising drive

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well, while the offer to pick Richard's pocket is still on the table...

cost you another 50USD

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:46:00 UTC | #427009

Go to: Obama will move to veto Bush laws

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Comment #281191 by dochmbi

False Dichotomy. Do neither, ween your country off oil altogether, pay market value to other sovereign nations for what oil you still need.

reminds me of a similar question:

"which is the lesser evil. Beating your wife or abusing your children."

Neither, get help.



Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:40:00 UTC | #267475

Go to: Darwin's specimens go on display

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Comment #280578 by Godfree Gordon

Can I just say to all y'all in the Northern Hemisphere that the whole of Australia is breathing a sigh of guys will want to get passports again I suspect :-)

Agreed. Say what you want about John Howard (and I have said many bad things about him). He could at least string two words together without embarrassing everyone and he didn't drive our economy into the ground. Having said this I for one prefer Kev as our PM.

Go Obama, finally the Bush Madness (and by extension McCain/Palin Madness) is over.

Sat, 08 Nov 2008 04:40:00 UTC | #266981

Go to: Does Religion Make You Nice?

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Comment #280592 by Gordonmac

Homosexuality is a religion?

No just a hated minority (well by some xians and muslims). Just less hated than Atheists.

Edit Added a 'd', guess where

Sat, 08 Nov 2008 01:36:00 UTC | #266918

Go to: Children need to be sprinkled with fairy dust

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Comment #272067 by Lumifish

I agree. I think the main thrust of the concern Dawkins might have is that magical thinking in escapism might leak into general society. Skepticism is probably key here but society in general doesn't seem to respond positively to this idea.

I personally find fantasy (and to some extent science fiction) to be of enormous value. Part of the reason for this is that it provides a toy universe with different rules to stew over. It allows ones lateral thinking to play with problems outside normal intuition. I have not heard personally of anyone that has taken these toy universes as real. If anything the fictional existence of such alien universes reminds us of how little of it is true.

The problem seems to stem more over with how we form real beliefs. Too often we take it on face value. We trust our gut feelings or circum to wishful thinking. If we like it and it sounds kind of plausible we accept it (and fail to critically investigate).

To make things worse none of us is immune to this kind of fuzzy thinking. Just think how many times you hear otherwise rational people railing against GM foods (regardless of the research). Or even us (myself included) reading an article critical of Dawkins or the new atheist movement and respond viscerally rather than absorbing criticisms and sorting the wheat from the chaff to improve our strategies.

I don't like the tone of this article but I must admit it make some valid points (many of which I'm sure Dawkins must already realise).

Edit: Bleeding typical, I finish typing and my post appears right after Richard's. I appear to have oversimplified the issue enormously; the above response seems fairly apt.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 01:20:00 UTC | #258445

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