This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Basil's Profile

Basil's Avatar Joined over 7 years ago
Gender: Male

Latest Discussions Started by Basil

More Discussions by Basil

Latest Comments by Basil

Go to: Take a leaf out of their books/Books of the Year 2006/Guardian UK

Basil's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Basil

Please pardon the BBCode ([i])- force of habit :)

Sat, 25 Nov 2006 07:33:00 UTC | #9084

Go to: Take a leaf out of their books/Books of the Year 2006/Guardian UK

Basil's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by Basil

[i]The God Delusion (Bantam) should be read by everyone from atheist to monk[/i] -JB

He is praising the book, for crying out loud! When he uses the word "enrage", he's not necessarily claiming inaccuracy - just persuasive force in the face of sometimes persistent habits of thought. Please remember, the majority are still believers and see that belief as coming from a justifiable source. We'll never communicate anything to them if we don't take that into account.

Sat, 25 Nov 2006 07:32:00 UTC | #9082

Go to: Census called into question as new Ipsos MORI poll estimates 17 million Humanist Brits

Basil's Avatar Jump to comment 1 by Basil

It's good to see the Census' obvious failing re religious affiliation exposed. My impression is that people will generally see that question as a cultural identifier rather than an affirmation of subscription to one's "offical" religion's teachings. Let's hope that politicians will soon have the courage to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

Fri, 24 Nov 2006 22:33:00 UTC | #9039

Go to: Praise the Lord - a bestseller!

Basil's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by Basil

This is just a sprinkling of colour in a op-ed piece. I'm certain it's intended to be humourous - not a considered review of the work.
Remember, not everyone is seeing the world right now (as many here are) through the prism of the faith/disbelief argument. Lighten up!

Fri, 24 Nov 2006 21:21:00 UTC | #9035

Go to: Beyond Belief 2006 Videos

Basil's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by Basil

I have just surfaced for air after immersing myself in these videos for far too long! I found them nothing short of fascinating. It's a rare treat to see such distinguished minds in dialogue with each other, albeit with startling (and exhilerating) frankness and utter disregard for deference borne of politeness.
I, for one, have learned a lot from this and have been given several new avenues of investigation to explore.
Thanks to all.

Fri, 24 Nov 2006 21:13:00 UTC | #9034

More Comments by Basil