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Go to: Happy Birthday to Richard Dawkins

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Happy birthday Professor Dawkins. You and your work are greatly appreciated.

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 17:26:02 UTC | #607968

Go to: Last minute crippling restrictions forced us to cancel

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Outrageous and sickening.

Anything that can be done to get media attention on this would be worthwhile. Daily Show, Real Time, Rachel Maddow, viral video, I don't know but such unfair ugliness should not be let to pass unnoticed.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 23:14:04 UTC | #598870

Go to: Clinton John Dawkins

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So very sorry to hear of your loss. We are so much the stuff of our parents, it is a loss like no other. My most sincere condolences - he was surely a great man.

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 01:28:16 UTC | #561129

Go to: Bishop slams ‘aggressive atheists’ for not believing

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“One of the great falsehoods perpetrated by the aggressive atheist lobby is that our faith is without foundation and that, in effect, it’s all made up.”

Not "in effect" but in all actuality, it's all made up and without foundation - get it right.

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 23:58:16 UTC | #561096

Go to: Martin Gardner: Rest in peace, good old man

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I feel this great loss.

Like so many others, I first became aware of Martin Gardner through his SciAm columns. They instantly captured me with the fun and thrill that comes from engaging one's reasoning and thinking abilities. The first puzzle of his that I solved on my own is indelibly stamped on my brain and I've been annoying people with it for decades.

A second edition (1957) of his "Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science", a truly splendid survey of pseudo-scientific nonsense, is a prized possession in my library.

I read once where Martin described himself as a 'fideist', saying he believed there is a god behind the universe but that humans are as capable of understanding it as a cat is capable of understanding calculus.

I'm not sure he used the term as philosophers define it (sounds like deism to me). Whatever, I will always have profound respect for what Martin brought to the world.

Fri, 28 May 2010 01:25:41 UTC | #474236

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