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Go to: Children need to be sprinkled with fairy dust

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The difference between childhood myths and fairytales is that we stop pretending (in many cases never even start) that they are in any way based on reality or fact.

Even Santa, once figured out, is acknowledge as a myth.

The danger comes when we refuse to accept myth and fairytales as such; which is where religion comes in.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 01:32:00 UTC | #258451

Go to: Gaming Evolves

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I was planning to pre-order this game.

I've changed my mind though since I learned that EA are going to use SecuROM DRM for the game. Given the fiasco that caused with Bioshock and Mass Effect and the fact that quite a few anti-virus organisations have categorised SecuROM as malware given how invasive and strict it is.

Don't take my word for it... google around, the official Spore forums are EA are a good place to start. (http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/spore-game-discussion/329962-spore-securom-death.html) A quick google will find thousands of posts about it.

Or look on wikipedia for the effects of secuRom on your computer.

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 01:34:00 UTC | #228402

Go to: An atheist plays God's advocate

MartinSGill's Avatar Jump to comment 82 by MartinSGill

I'm obviously in the minority here, but I happen to agree with the review. I thought it myself when I was watching the series.

I'd much rather have had RD making a very clear and unequivocal case for evolution by natural selection and letting people come to their own conclusions vis-a-vis god. Just getting everyone accepting and understanding evolution is actually a very big step towards eliminating religion entirely.

He threw away a good chance of getting the loonies to listen to the evidence and possibly start them thinking maybe even start them questioning their beliefs, or at least some of them. Instead by bringing god into the presentation as blatantly as he did, he just turned them off and turned them against him and anything else he might say however profound.

There's a time for small steps with potentially far-reaching impact and this series could have been it.

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 02:52:00 UTC | #215462

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Doctor Who

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RD was on Doctor who because the producer, Russel T Davis, is a huge fan of Dawkins and not the only one, it seems.

Davis Remarked: "People were falling at his feet ... We've had Kylie Minogue on that set, but it was Dawkins people were worshipping."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/russell-t-davies-return-of-the-tea-time-lord-805255.html

Now both RD and his wife have had parts in Doctor Who I still prefer Lalla though. :)

She still does the occasional Big Finish Doctor Who audio play and she's great in those to.

Sun, 29 Jun 2008 04:06:00 UTC | #191007

Go to: Is religion a threat to rationality and science?

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Having recently read Viktor Frankl's book (Man's Search for Meaning) I drew the conclusion that he was either agnostic/atheist or possibly a deist, despite his Jewish heritage.

The message he made about survival in the camp though was one more about needing something to cling to, something to keep one going. In Victor Frankl's case he says it wasn't spirituality, but his desire to see his wife again and his burning ambition to rewrite the book whose pages the Nazi's destroyed.

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:08:00 UTC | #157945

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