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Go to: Richard Dawkins Chows Down with Students at AHA Convention

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Its a great heart-warming story and an entertaining picture to top it off!

I can wait till he comes to Ireland (along with a few others) it should definably be interesting, and with a bit of luck I might get to be there (life's not fun when you have college funds to pay and Christian parents to appease! =D)

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:02:19 UTC | #616908

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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A man of hilarious wit, profound words and mesmerising opinions.

Although you won't see this I hope Mr Hitchens all the best for the future, new and exciting challenges, a happy birthday and of course a clean recover from cancer (though my words are of little benefit).

Your fan,


Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:37:43 UTC | #614968

Go to: Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution: research

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Very interesting report, its a great scope into the knee-jerk reaction of believing comforting thoughts when faced with our own morality. Maybe I'm on my own here, although I think I may not be, but I find the theory of evolution to be a fascinating and uplifting one. The idea that I am a product of millions of years of rivalry, changing environments and evolutionary pressures seems much more appealing then being the by-product of a elusive and and somewhat distant supernatural figure.

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:07:09 UTC | #609729

Go to: Vatican tells U.N. that critics of gays under attack

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Before I say this please do not misunderstand me, I am in full support of gay liberation and rights and do not think the vilification of gays is fair or just.

However, and it pains me to say this, each person has the right to free speech and not be stigmatised for doing so. I understand that their position has little if no real reasoning to it but that does not take away from the fact they can not and should not be vilified any more then we should. Of course you can disagree, that's just argumentation, but however lacking in intellect or outrageously unfair a view a person may hold I don't think I nor anyone else has any right to stigmatise them. The rights of free speech count for both the deluded and discriminatory as much as they count for you and I and in the same sense stigmatisation helps no one.

At least that's what I think, even though its tempting not to.


Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:08:25 UTC | #606745

Go to: Bridging the Gap Between Education, and a Thank You to Richard Dawkins.

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A truly magnificent story and beautifully executed!

Thank you Ben for your input.

I myself am a first year in Chemical engineering and am finding the experience exciting and yet all the more enriching for its difficulties.

I understand the position you were in with both teachers and the environment strangling otherwise budding and curious minds. However I would also like to say that teachers that have a passion for their students and the subject do exist (however few).

I personally had a great influence from my science teacher who didn't treat the material we were to learn as pure facts but as the gateway to a new and enriching world view. He challenged us to question everything (even him) and encouraged difficult questions that even he found hard to answer. I often tried to stump him with questions of space and time that only increase my sheer wonder of physics. Everything was to be questioned and discovered and nothing was to be taken for granted.

I only say this to shed hope for an improving teaching community. There are teachers who wish to inspire children and they are steadily increasing.

Thank you for your inspiring story and I hope for you the very best in your course

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 01:26:50 UTC | #597079

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