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Go to: The Return of Religion

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3 lines in: "Richard Dawkins"
5 lines in: "strident"

Any point reading the rest?

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 09:23:00 UTC | #200912

Go to: Is religion a threat to rationality and science?

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He doesn't seem to directly address the point in his bit, but seriously, Winton's going to argue that religion is NOT a threat to science and rationality?

I don't understand.

Winston works in fertility treatments and embryology. His scientific discipline is directly suffering sustained attack by religion right now.

You'd think he'd have noticed that.

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 03:43:00 UTC | #158050

Go to: Richard Dawkins: 'Growth in creationist beliefs a problem for schools'

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Good to see some attention being drawn to this problem in the UK. I think it's very tempting to see creationism as an American disease and ignore the growth of such views in this country.

I regularly encounter creationists, or at least individuals with creationist leanings, at my university. Admittedly my sampling is biased (being an active member of a student atheist society tends to bring you into contact with such individuals) but we disregard their existence at our peril.

Complacency can be a very dangerous thing.

reductio ad hitlerum

Thankyou for that little gem. I shall now be on the lookout for opportunities to use it.

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 06:41:00 UTC | #148409

Go to: When blasphemy bit the dust

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Yep, good news.

But the debate was a train-wreck.

The NSS have a transcript up, if you can stomach it. I'll have some commentary up on my blog, if it'll let me post it, which it keeps refusing to do.

Basically there was a whole lot of whining about how everyone will now start being really mean to Christians.

And then a whole load of really stupid nonsense about how this is part of some awful drive towards secularism. Imagine the untold horrors of living in a secular state! I can't help but think that these people don't actually understand what secularism is.

Somebody asked how the bishop's voted - they were split - some of them voted to get rid of it, or at least they sounded like they would during their speeches, which frequently verged on the insane.

Not too impressed with the above article either.. it gets the gist across but the details are a bit off. RD was mentioned twice, I think, hardly 'repeatedly' (though he's apparently a 'professor of philosophical studies'). And one of those times was Lord Elton claiming that 'The Dawkins Delusion' was a better book than 'The God Delusion'. Says it all, really.

Sat, 08 Mar 2008 00:16:00 UTC | #133384

Go to: Ken Ham in Leicester April 2008

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If an interested student society in Leicester(e.g. bio. soc.) invited every university secular society, biology society, etc. in the UK to come along, you could rustle up quite a crowd: I've seen busloads of students travel across the country for much less. Ask a major pharma/biotech company to sponsor the "counter-event". I've seen bizarrely trivial student events sponsored by banks and breweries, why not the "War on Ignorance"?

I was thinking along these lines. I would certainly be inclined to support such an endeavour. I can't speak for others yet, but a contingent of Southampton based atheists might be up for it.

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 03:55:00 UTC | #109409

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