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Go to: Mars 'has life's building blocks'

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Presumably from an asteroid impact on Mars that jettisoned Martian material which later landed on Earth.

Mon, 28 May 2012 15:45:24 UTC | #943985

Go to: This is a short promo for the two-hour documentary, "In God We Trust?" by Scott Burdick.

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Comment 35 by Rob G :

I share the majority view that this shows how dangerous and stupid faith can be. Question is, how can we combat this? OK you can sign up to various secular, humanist organisations etc. but it's SO frustrating that we can't just re-educate everyone on Earth!

Indeed, the same thought occurs to me. It seems clear that the majority of the people in the documentary professing faith understand only too well that there is no evidence for their positions, but bizzarely they consider this as strengthening their position. The strength and accuracy of their faith claims increases in proportion to the strength of the counter-evidence and to the ridiculousness of the faith claim. I cannot see how this kind of belief system can be countered by rationality and evidence. Our only hope seems to be in outreach to the young with the aim to prevent them from becoming locked into faith-based thinking and to marginalize the adult believers so that they can do as little as possible politically.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:10:57 UTC | #933897

Go to: Richard Dawkins radio interview

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Comment 24 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 16 by John_Geeshu

What is needed on the Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc, canard is a book, written and researched by a credible historian or secularist, refuting the canard once and for all. That is how the conversation will turn the soonest. Surely we have someone in our global community who can take up the task?

I take it you mean a single book with all the bad Atheists or non-Atheists debunked in one go?

I think the reason we cannot shake this conceptual error of atheism and the genocides of the twentieth century is because we are not having a vigorous discussion about it. The issue only comes up in debates and no matter how many times it is explained it continues to surface. We need to change the discussion about this just as we have changed the discussion about the reasonableness of faith. It is no longer accepted that faith is reasonable, faithists are now on the defensive. Thank you Hitch; Thank you Richard; Thank you Sam; Thank you Dan...

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:44:31 UTC | #933890

Go to: Richard Dawkins radio interview

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What is needed on the Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc, canard is a book, written and researched by a credible historian or secularist, refuting the canard once and for all. That is how the conversation will turn the soonest. Surely we have someone in our global community who can take up the task?

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:48:05 UTC | #933755

Go to: Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

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Comment 56 by RJMoore :

I missed a bit of the programme (so maybe he did make the point without my hearing it), but did RD get across forcefully that the notion of original sin is without logic, owing to Adam and Eve's non-existence?

Yes, Richard did. It was ignored. Just as Pell repeatedly ignored requests for evidence.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:16:00 UTC | #933727

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