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Go to: "The Stroke of Luck that Led to Life on Earth Exists Elsewhere in the Universe" --Richard Dawkins

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Steven Novella has recently covered this topic here: Is Intelligence Inevitable?

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:15:02 UTC | #856954

Go to: Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

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Thank you for that great list @rjohn19 (comment 5).

I would add one more topic: people want to create the outward impression to be good people.

I even think this is one of the major reasons why people practise religion. So it should be our aim to put reasons why it is immoral to be a christian into the public awareness. E.g.: It is immoral to seek forgiveness by god, you can only seek and get forgiveness by the person or group you inflicted damage on.

Gerhard

Mon, 09 May 2011 11:24:01 UTC | #624863

Go to: Tweaking the climate to save it: Who decides?

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Comment 24 by keddaw: Nuclear decreases CO2 emissions but increases the heat put into the system. Renewables have their own issues with regard to climate, not the least of which is the ridiculous amount of energy we'd have to put into building renewable infrastructure to meet current and future energy needs. Although we can hopefully rule out the truly mad ones (nuke a volcano!) I would like to see someone put a large sun shield in space that would reduce solar energy hitting the earth by say 1%

Build solar power plants on earths desserts that occupy 1% of the surface - cheaper than the shield and producing more electricity than needed on earth! The ridiculous amount for building new infrastructure is less than it was to build the infrastructure and technology for nuclear power and providing nuclear waste deposits. It is not for free, but it is cheaper than all the alternatives we have. And I do have kids!

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:35:09 UTC | #611962

Go to: Vatican tells U.N. that critics of gays under attack

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These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances

But the vatican did not sign UN Human Rights Declaration (e.g. see: http://www.concordatwatch.eu/showtopic.php?org_id=871&kb_header_id=40301) so how can they complain?

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 08:04:37 UTC | #606845

Go to: The blurred reality of humanity

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Comment 82 by skeelo

The conscious mind is labouring under the illusion that it's running the show, when it rarely is. I wouldn't say that the conscious mind is merely an illusion - it just has a vastly exaggerated sense of its own importance. Tor Nørretranders argues that it is our own user illusion, and makes a pretty convincing case

No, what I say is: it makes no sense to say "conscious mind is an illusion". This sentence tries to prove the non existance of a phenomenon (conscious mind) by presuming it's existance (by using the term illusion, which implies the existance of a conscious mind). It is a contradiction to itself, an antinomy. How we sense ourselves and which importance we assign to this sense is a totally different topc.

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:20:26 UTC | #606163

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