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Go to: Richard Dawkins on Real Time with Bill Maher

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Do we attribute religious extremism to politics or religion?? I say, brains are to blame... particularly brains infected with parasitic memes such as religion and political idealism. Mix the two together and you get something not unlike Islam. Reducing religious extremism to either one or the other is utterly unnecessary. Dudes got broke brains, plain and simple. If broke brains lead to undesirable behaviors than something has to be done... regardless of what the underlying cause is. Behavior is the real issue here... yet we can certainly use religious and political identifiers as predictors of such behaviors. Those who belong to the statistical population in question had better do their damnedest to convince the rest of the world that they are of the benign variety, or they'll be the one's responsible for whatever negatives come their way.Is it the rest of the world's responsibility to educate themselves as to the differences between the benign and parasitic faith heads... well, maybe in some respect... but I for one demand a bit more iconoclasm from those within said population. If they're not against them... well, they're just as deserving of the term 'enemy' as the bombers themselves.

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:42:00 UTC | #403496

Go to: The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief

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Here is some related stuff that pretty much relates religious conviction with self deceptive inference mechanisms.

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~inzlicht/research/publications/Inzlicht, McGregor, Hirsh, & Nash, in press.pdf

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 20:05:00 UTC | #402668

Go to: A note about the 'Richard Dawkins Award' being presented to Bill Maher this weekend

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And Maher smokes weed. Which is pretty fantastic.

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 15:17:00 UTC | #402284

Go to: Who needs theology?

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The only acceptable means of persuasion we have available to us are philosophy and science (and quantitative reasoning of course). The problem with theology is that theologians are neither. They are not scientists and they are NOT philosophers, regardless of what your inept PHI 101 professor might think. If you come at a topic with 'absolute truth' in your pocket and an unwillingness to be swayed then, whatever you are, you are not a philosopher. Aquinas, Anselm, Augustine, etc. These men were not philosophers. They were just infected with viral memes like the rest of the certainty addicts.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:37:00 UTC | #401936

Go to: A scientist who's a Christian asks, 'Are we crazy?'

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I hear this one all the time. If smart scientists believe in God than isn't there at least some credibility to the God Hypothesis?? NO. INTELLIGENCE AND MATURITY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. By maturity I mean an ability and willingness to suffer the world as it really is... not as one might wish it to be. Furthermore... just because one person seems to have a certain type of intelligence does not mean that they posses others.

By the way... this also helps to show that science really is the most diverse of all human groups.... even dip shits can 'do' science.... in fact... so can little kids. It doesn't shock me at all that a Christian with a PhD can 'do' science also.

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 15:24:00 UTC | #387091

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