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Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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The best thing I can say about Cardinal Pell is that he seemed to not be one of those slick debaters like D'Souza or William Craig. Every time a question was posed, he seemed to pause, take in the full meaning of the question and then take his time to mull over a good answer, much as Prof. Dawkins does. Although this rather exposed the vacuity of the Cardinal's answers, I like this much better than those "skilled" debaters who are always ready with their slick debating points designed to shock and awe and mislead and to merely please those in the crowd who already agree with them.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 05:44:55 UTC | #933546

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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It's always a pleasure to listen to the measured and well-reasoned arguments of Prof Dawkins whom I admire very much. He did well in this debate but he seemed the most irritable I've ever seen him. But so would I be if I had some juveniles erupting into unprovoked laughter just as I was about to make a serious point. Perhaps it was the let-lag. Prof Dawkins, please do some shows in India, which might help spread awareness about science and atheism and help to make these issues more mainstream.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:21:57 UTC | #933414

Go to: Does Preschool Matter?

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Oh what a coincidence! I was just filling out applications today for my daughter's pre-school, after spending months agonizing over what sort of pre-school to send her to. Now I'm told that it really doesn't matter that much, so that's a relief.

Still, I am wondering whether the approach to teaching makes a difference in the long run. For example, are Montessori pre-schools better than conventional ones in any way? And do differences in pedagogical approach add up to much in the long run?

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:31:41 UTC | #925062

Go to: “It’s Part of their Culture” - Reading Nick Cohen in the light of the Jaipur affair [Also in Polish]

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I guess what I was trying to say with my previous post is that statements such as "Rushdie has hurt Muslims" or "Rushdie has offended Muslims" are made casually in the Indian media and ought to be challenged, because it implies a clear cause-effect relationship between the "hurt-causer" and the "hurt". It might be more accurate to say "Muslims have taken offence to Rushdie's words" and this puts the focus in the right place.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:38:09 UTC | #913749

Go to: “It’s Part of their Culture” - Reading Nick Cohen in the light of the Jaipur affair [Also in Polish]

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Situation 1: I see someone hit by a stone and getting hurt. I turn around to see the person who has thrown the stone and immediately I hold him culpable for causing the hurt. Situation2: I see a Muslim claim that he/she has been hurt by words. I turn around and see that Rushdie has spoken something to cause the hurt. Following a lot of editorials and discussions of the Rushdie affair in the mainstream media, it seems to be that people take these two situations as equivalent. They say "Rushdie has caused hurt to millions of Muslims", as though that makes Rushdie guilty of a clear-cut offence. But I don't think the cause-effect relationship is as clear-cut in the second scenario as it is in the first scenario. This has to be pointed out whenever someone claims to be hurt by the mere words of others.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:15:11 UTC | #913746

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