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Go to: This Friday: Debate between Dan Dennett and Dinesh D'Souza

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Its always worth checking out D'Souza's blog should you find yourself taking him too seriously. The only way he can sometimes dominate a debate is by phrasing his arguments in such a bizarre way that sheer bafflement renders you practically comatose for some time.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:48:00 UTC | #87771

Go to: Banishing the Green-Eyed Monster

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Richard's seriously oversimplifying the relationship between sexual and social monogamy here. Ignoring all conservative arguments for sexual monogamy and issues of social stability, sexual equality, security etc and assuming that it all boils down to jealousy still means that you've got to ignore what appears to be a fundamental aspect of our psychology, part of our very humanity even, to simply 'rise above jealousy'.

Saying that I do prefer the more laissez faire french Sarkozy soup-opera approach to scandal than the shrill american Clintongate way of dealing with these things.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:01:00 UTC | #87744

Go to: Stem cell breakthrough

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Putting concerns about zygote ghosts to one side, surely a move away from embryonic stem cells is a positive thing purely in terms of the practicalities of harvesting the cells. There must be serious ethical questions surrounding this harvesting of eggs. I'm guessing donating eggs is a little more complicated (risky?) than giving blood? Does money pass hands?

Wed, 28 Nov 2007 12:10:00 UTC | #87261

Go to: Debate between Michael Shermer and Dinesh D'Souza

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Haha! He didn't have to wear pants because the podium is wide!
LOL! Henry VIII didn't keep his wives for very long!

D'Souza is as nauseating a standup comedian as he is a apologist/pundit/pseudo intellectual.

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 16:33:00 UTC | #79227

Go to: Do you have to read up on leprechology before disbelieving in them?

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Out of curiosity I clicked onto revcort's myspace and it reminded me of something Sam Harris has written about. In his blog discussion with (catholic) Andrew Sullivan he gives a few reasons why he feels people believe things that, to him, appear dangerously outlandish. He briefly touched on the 'sunk costs' involved and until now I had completely forgot about it.

Getting back to revcorts myspace - there isn't a square inch of it that doesn't revolve around his faith in some way. He appears to have invested hugely in christianity. If I had invested that many years into something it would destroy me to think that so much of it had been pointless and some of it had been, perhaps, downright dangerous.

Apology to revcort: I know, I can't pretend to know somebody from their myspace page (the fact that you're here at all suggests that there's more to your belief that Sam Harris' 'sunk cost' theory)but its clear that so many people do invest so much in their faith I can completely understand why a long-term believer might be reluctant to question their god too much.

This sunk cost idea works not just on a personal level. I find it very easy to sympathise with the athiest/agnostic/liberal writers who claim that religion isn't that bad. Its painful to think about all the lifetimes over the centuries wasted talking to an imaginery god or the lives destroyed in the enforcement of his laws. Its nice to believe that these ancient traditions (that so many have been hurt in the name of) have some worth.

Or have I completely misunderstood this 'sunk cost' idea? I really shouldn't talk about stuff I've learnt about on wikipedia!

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 11:44:00 UTC | #72103

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