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Go to: Tired of arguing

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My motivation is the onlookers, as opposed to the person I'm engaged in discussion with. Indeed, it could be argued that I'm not actually discussing with them at all, simply using their arguments as a sort of didactic springboard. Frankly, if your motivation is to change the minds of the people you're engaged with, you're almost certainly going to be disappointed, as most people are so entrenched in their positions that they simply can't be swayed by any amount of evidence.

Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:59:58 UTC | #951292

Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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Comment 2 by Rob Edge :

I have never been more upset by the loss of an individual i have never met. AdiĆ³s Hitch.


Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:59:20 UTC | #900109

Go to: High Court rules Catholic Church liable over priests

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SPLENDID! This will stop much of the slithering, ducking and weaving we get from the catholics.

Would that that were so. Unfortunately, ducking and weaving is the Catholic's stock-in-trade, and this is unlikely to change.

Still, good news.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 23:55:54 UTC | #888797

Go to: Frustration of a science teacher

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Evolution is a mandatory part of the national curriculum, so beat them about the head with it.

It's pretty ridiculous that it has to come to this, but the simple fact is that the law mandates this, and you are doing your job as outlined by the KS3 program of study. We see from the KS3 program the following requirements for level 6:

They describe some evidence for some accepted scientific ideas, such as the causes of variation between living things. They explain the importance of some applications and implications of science, such as the use of selective breeding.

Full document downloadable from here:

Make 'em have it.

Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:48:11 UTC | #874956

Go to: Bang Goes the Theory: Evolution Made Simple

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I'm sure both Phil65 and hackenslash are well aware of this, but rather than clearly explain both meanings, they chose to obfuscate.

Quite the opposite. I was attempting to clarify, by injecting a little rigour into the discussion, where it was sorely needed. Evolution is not the theory of evolution by natural selection. I stand by all my comments, and no robust rebuttal has been forthcoming, only an accusation of obfuscation, which is not my remit. When I came into the discussion, there was much discussion about evolution requiring natural selection. The theory of evolution certainly has natural selection as a feature, but it simply isn't necessary for evolution to occur.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:26:20 UTC | #865719

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