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Go to: An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations

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Good summary of why you can't accept science only when it suits you. Peer review is the great equalizer that keeps the conclusions of biology honest. If vaccines were weaponized for business interests rather than optimized for medicine, the international hue and cry from people in the know would be deafening. Come home Bill, we miss you.

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 06:11:00 UTC | #406164

Go to: President Obama: Bad News For the New Atheists and Other Fundamentalists

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Meh. MEH, I say.

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 06:11:00 UTC | #265794

Go to: Trailer for Religulous

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Saerain, you've put it exactly right. Very well said.

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:37:00 UTC | #181678

Go to: Trailer for Religulous

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Bill Maher gets a lot of things right. He took a very public stance against the 9/11 conspiracy advocates, for example. I love what he has to say about religion. I think having another movie in circulation that takes an unflattering look at what people actually believe will be a good thing.

What he gets wrong seems more like a misinterpretation of some facts rather than a diminished capacity for reason. It sounds to me like he's conflated too many of the real business issues with the American food industry, health insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry with whether or not medical science as a whole is reliable.

I've heard him talk skeptically about vaccination. The fact is that a batch of vaccines can get contaminated. People do have unexpected reactions to vaccines as well. But those are the rare exceptions to the rule that prove that as a whole vaccination is a very valuable medical breakthrough. Maher just needs to understand that better.

The great thing about rationality is that you can always replace bad ideas with good ones and bad information with good information. He can always realize that he's wrong and I don't have to agree with him about medicine to look forward to this movie.

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 13:12:00 UTC | #181240

Go to: The Great Evangelical Decline

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I had an interesting exchange with a family member who is still active in the church I was raise in. He told me that as an atheist I'd never be truly happy since I would lack the relationship with God that most people need to feel healthy and whole.

So I did some digging and started finding numbers that suggested that while Xians are a large group of people, they aren't a majority on the planet. Of the Xians, 2/3rds still identified as Catholic, not Protestant or Evangelical. Further, the particular fundamentalist faith to which he still belonged, according to one of it's own publications, wasn't even keeping pace with population growth in the U.S. and had been on a very steady decline since the Regan era.

This was encouraging. I think that this goes hand in hand with the "sudden" resurgence of open discussion of non-religious points of view in the mainstream media. People are tired of being told who and what to do by a loud handful of fundamentalists. They have been for years and now they are walking away in noticeable numbers. Hardly sounds basic to happiness to me.

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 11:55:00 UTC | #180036

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