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Go to: Does Conservatism Have to Be Synonymous With Ignorance?

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Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

Seems apt at the moment for many Republicans.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:03:17 UTC | #927471

Go to: Buzz off, Harry Potter – we need reinventing

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Updated: Tue, 11 May 2010 08:36:27 UTC | #468743

Go to: German Home-Schoolers Granted Political Asylum in US

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Basically what this article is saying, is that the US has started importing loonies. I am not sure whether deliberately lowering your national IQ is a sensible geopolitical strategy.

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:56:00 UTC | #436650

Go to: The Morality of Choice

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@ amuck - Comment 11

Those are interesting statistics, but correlation does not imply causation. Other have hypothesizd that there is an underlying 3rd factor (q) that is highly correlated to both income/education, while being negatively correlated to religiosity.

To posit IQ is possible, but incomplete – cultural/social background also plays a major role. We have seen and continue to see highly intelligent people acting as religious apologists. Furthermore, one can be a non-believer without being highly intelligent if your upbringing predisposes you to it.

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 08:18:00 UTC | #429191

Go to: Harper's Index

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I spent some time in the largest book store in my area (I live in Cape Town, South Africa). I couldn't find any books by Dawkins, Hitchen etc. In fact I couldn't find any philosophy section in the entire bookstore. I did however find a massive section filled with Christian books.

Two days later I was surprised to find quite a lot of copies of both TGD and God is not Great. They were however in the science section, not religion. (I don't know if that is a good or a bad thing though)

Again two days later they were sold out.

This cycle has repeated itself several times in the last couple of months indicating the both book's popularity. Something I didn't really expect given the area I live in. I was quite surprised by it in fact.

Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:24:00 UTC | #71277

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