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Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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For a far more entertaining creation myth read "The Silmarrillion" by JRR Tolkien.

Tolkien may have been a near-fanatical catholic but know how to create a far more logical storyline than his own holy text.

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:40:08 UTC | #951062

Go to: Translating the British

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I was pleased to spot Charles Darwin on one of the equestrian fences. A very intelligent design.

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:47:08 UTC | #950726

Go to: Translating the British

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For the UK I think it is healthy to have the Olympics come round every 4 years, I have been happily screaming support to athletes from Scotland, NI, and Wales as well as England and I am pretty certain that the Celts have similarly been supporting the sassenach athletes. With all the devolution over the last 20 years, it is very refreshing to pull together for a change.

I managed to get tickets to the taekwondo and what could illustrate more the global nature of sport more than watching a lovely young lass from Wales defeat athletes from China and Taiwan to win a Gold Medal in the Korean national martial art?

Like wars the main way you win is with MONEY rather than fanaticism and the cost from my taxes to fund these high-level athletes is apparently £0.60 per annum, plus whatever money I fritter away ignoring the laws of probability by buying the odd lottery ticket. That is a steal for how much enjoyment the last two weeks have brought me.

As for poetry- Ray Davies is reputedly going to be performing "waterloo sunset" at the closing ceremony -to my mind the most beautifully poetic pop song ever written.

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:03:14 UTC | #950704

Go to: Teaching Primary Aged Children

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My favourite non-dawkins science book is "A brief history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson-hugely informative and entertaining too.

Might be a bit advanced but a clever 12 year old who likes science will enjoy it.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:29:24 UTC | #949492

Go to: Understanding Evolution and Being a Good Doctor

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Working for a drug company we frequently discuss data from clinical trials run on human volunteers, but also occasionally discuss the phase I animal studies where physicians want the background info.

As an example several highly useful and established drugs are actually toxic or carcinogenic to rats and mice (the most frequently used animals) in early trials but when tested on primates (usually monkeys) have not had the same negative effects. Using a test subject closer to us in evolutionary terms allowed the drug to be developed to eventually benefit patients.

Working in the UK I am comfortable that about 99% of doctors would understand the basic evolutionary logic of this but I would hesitate if I thought the doctor was a creationist. In fact wouldn't a creationist presumably have to believe all animal studies are irrelevant to humans?

Mon, 28 May 2012 22:18:19 UTC | #944087

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