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As usual a journalist covering a talk given by Richard covers one tiny element of what was discussed and picks the few quotes from the whole evening which could be construed as controvertial. The evening covered many different topics from biology to evolution to science to history as well as religion and many other issues. This was in answer to a direct question on the survey in the Irish Times. It was a most entertaining evening, backed up by the warm response received.

On the off chance that you read this Richard, I don't know if you realised, but one eejit on the night sort of tackled you on using the term 'Saint' Paul and 'Holy' scripture, saying that we shouldn't be so deferential to organised religion and that we'd hopefully see the back of them some day. He said this having sucked up to you saying how great you are.

This chap's name is John J. May who has written a lunatic book called 'The Origin of Specious Nonsense' which calls evolution a hoax and a fraud. He was in the news some time ago because this loopy book was supposed to have been launched by Conor Lenihan then then Irish Minister for Science! Lenihan backed out after the story broke.

It's a pity May doesn't have the courage of his convitions to have taken you on that night on the subject of evolution, however maybe he's smarter than i give him credit for as he knows you'd have wiped the floor with him. It was easier for him to tell you how great you are!

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:35:11 UTC | #946317

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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Comment 24 by This Is Not A Meme :

"Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?"

Absolutely. That's the last thing a depressed person needs, a screaming shit-bag.

That's so incredibly stupid it's hardly worth responding to... and yet here I go. How do you know? Are you an expert in depression and the effect of having a child has on the condition. If so I bow to your superior knowledge. But if so, you might back it up with a bit more.

Who's to say that having a child wouldn't help someone with depression? I don't know, I'm just putting it out there. Sure it can be tough, but it can be overwhelmingly rewarding at the same time. I had heard it said before I had children that nothing will ever prepare you for the feeling you get when your child is put in your arms for the first time. It is so extraordinary and can only be properly appreciated by those who have experienced it.

Your own child is a lot more than a 'sceaming shit-bag'. Are you 12?

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:47:05 UTC | #946126

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Comment 8 by Net :

actually, in this day and age of over-population, and all that that means, i'm not sure why people have children. i'd have thought that if they wanted a family, they'd be doing everybody a favour by adopting.

Then you don't understand basic biology. Why does any creature reproduce? It's the way we have evolved. it's why there are so many of us. People have the same urge to reproduce as ants or fruit flies. Just because we have a better understanding of the impact of more people in the world is not going to make most people who want children not have them and adopt someone else's instead. If someone wants a child and is capable of reproducing and decides to adopt instead because of overpopulation, it would indeed be an incredibly selfless thing to do but it would go against thier very nature to do so. I don't see that many people thinking like this.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:40:01 UTC | #946122

Go to: Why Dawkins's case against religion creaks at every joint

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The full article is:


He’s trying to compare a clear and definable aspect of science (quantum physics) with a woolly catch-all (metaphyiscs) when he says

Since a full understanding of it (evolution) requires a broad acquaintance with both physical science (especially quantum physics) and metaphysics and few, possibly including Dawkins (a mere biologist, if not just a zoologist) ,can claim such broad expertise, it is sufficient to note briefly here how those properly endowed do handle it.

While it may sound clever to equate the two, they’re hardly comparable.

He also trots out the tired phrase that because we don’t know how life came to be, that any assumptions made on the subject requires a ‘leap of faith’. Scientists make assumptions as to how life may have begun based on the evidence to hand. If new evidence comes to light, these assumptions may be altered or completely ruled out. A close-minded religious person, such as Mr. Mackey, claims that because we don’t know how life started, it must be because God did it because an ancient book tells him that He did; these two approaches are not remotely comparable.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:02:04 UTC | #848987

Go to: Irish Education Minister's Discussion Paper on School Enrolments

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The Irish Department of Educationis accepting submissions from members of the public on the Discussion Document.

You can email with any comments you have.

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:08:03 UTC | #641214

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