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Go to: Mathematics: stupid and clever questions for people who understand

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Comment 9 by godzillatemple :

How can you possibly have "orders" of infinity? Infinity is not an actual number -- it's a concept that means that there is no end to numbers. So how can you multiply infinity times itself in the first place, and how could the result be anything other than infinity in the second place?

Believe it or not, there are different sizes of infinity! For example, the set of all integers and the set of all real numbers both have infinite cardinalites, but the cardinality of the reals is greater than that of the integers. There are in fact an infinite number of sizes of infinity, the question is - which size of infinity is there an infinite size of infinities?

Mon, 07 May 2012 23:32:57 UTC | #940451

Go to: When and where to argue faith?

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I think there are situation where you should keep your thoughts to yourself - e.g. a funeral as stated. There's no point upsetting people for no particularly good reason. However there are moments where its good to challenge, particularly in circumstances where people seem willing to thank god for anything good that happens, but not apportion any of the blame where things go wrong.

Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton footballer who had a heart attack in a match recently, spoke in an interview about how he 'knew god wouldn't let him down' (a paraphrase rather than direct quote, but its the gist). I do find the logic hard to get round, if god didn't want him to die, surely he could have prevented him from having the heart attack in the first place? Its also quite insulting to the medical team who worked hard to save him to credit it to god, rather than them. Instances like this, I think its fine to ask questions - not in aggressive or condescending way, but challenging these flawed assertions.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:06:49 UTC | #936656

Go to: Republican war on science

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Well all the stuff from Aasif Mandvi is clearly tongue in cheek, and very funny it is too. But the Republican strategist, I think she actually believes what she's saying, which is pretty worrying!

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:29:05 UTC | #933311

Go to: Andrew Copson and Anne Atkins discussing 'militant secularism'

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And then after RD's talk, the announcer goes on to say something like "now that was kind of a thought for the day".- Kind Of? Is it a cultural thing I'm missing or was that stupendously uncalled for and rude?

I think that it wasn't in the official Thought for the Day slot - they had a religious person to do the usual one, then allowed Richard to do a non-religious alternative. So technically speaking it was only a kind of' thought for the day, but yes it does sound rather condescending.

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:39:00 UTC | #918262

Go to: Richard Dawkins: 2 live TV appearances later today

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Enjoyed the moment at the end when Nazir-Ali showed how little attention he had paid to the survey, seeming to think that the results related to the whole country, rather than the people who self-identified as Christians! Then when Richard set him straight (thankfully he had the opportunity to) he claimed it was 70% of the country, and not the 54% in the new poll!

Richard definitely came across better here than on the Today programme - he had more time and opportunity to set out the position of secularism and the point of the results of the survey. Not sure admitting to being a 'militant' atheist was that wise, but I guess if that's what he feels then its good to be honest.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:23:23 UTC | #917873

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