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Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins

Rational_Skeptic's Avatar Jump to comment 35 by Rational_Skeptic

Radiolab is one of my favourite podcasts. As Robert said at the outset, his "opponent" is usually Jad - his co-host who is away on leave. Jad argues the "There's no purpose, and I'm OK with that, why should we presume there's anything else?" side as a recurring meme in their shows. True, Radiolab does dumb-down the science, but they do it in such an artistic way - they do it in a way that for me anyway invites further inquiry. Radiolab inspires the "Wow, I want to find out more about that!" in me, and that's where they are successful. Please do download their previous shows. They're quite good.

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 11:56:00 UTC | #380159

Go to: Militant Atheists

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I don't have much problem with militant christians in my social circle - I live on Canada's west coast - notoriously liberal here. No my problem (living on Canada's west coast) is with other kinds of woo: yoga's apparent ability to "massage the internal organs," "energy" work, chiropractic, acupuncture (which sadly just got put on our health plan while the cervical cancer vaccination is not - oh don't get me started on that). I nearly got shouted down during breakfast with my running group the other day talking about chiropractic - geez those people are really into their chiropractors! There was one other guy on my side - but I shut up after it got too heated.

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:20:00 UTC | #374830

Go to: Faith Attack

Rational_Skeptic's Avatar Jump to comment 62 by Rational_Skeptic

Sorry, after reading this sentence ending with

...beliefsâ€"deemed so dangerous that those holding them should be killed.

I stopped reading. What a load of crap.

Sat, 18 Oct 2008 06:53:00 UTC | #252615

Go to: ''Religulous' Is Brilliant, Incendiary

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Before I read the comments, I'll post my own mini-review and reaction to this review (I saw the film last night). The film was funny, biting, entertaining -- but not brilliant. It is not a cogent well-thought argument for a certain point of view. It is a rant interspersed with heavily edited shots of interview subjects - many of whom had no idea the project in which they were participating.

Even though I was not expecting much in the way of journalistic integrity or intellectual rigour, I was still disappointed at what little of it there was for a film advertised as a "documentary." Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I guess I'm just not a fan of this type of ambush film-making masquerading as serious treatment of its subject matter.

Sat, 18 Oct 2008 06:46:00 UTC | #252613

Go to: Maybe We Should Blame God for the Subprime Mess

Rational_Skeptic's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by Rational_Skeptic

lot of these guys who get ripped off by the church are rational, yet they seem to impose a mental block on themselves, which in any other business (say a bank) they would never accept.

I beg to differ. (I see Border Collie has some insight here as well). That's why the U.S. is in this crisis right now: businesses i.e. banks imposed a mental block and loaned money to people who couldn't afford to pay it back.

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 06:37:00 UTC | #247454

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