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Go to: The space shuttle programme has been a multi-billion-dollar failure

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Comment 22 by Steven Mading :

... the shuttle was a boondoggle but I really really hate the tendency of people to extrapolate from this one example to conclusions that are not warranted based on a sample size of one ...

Followed by a really good comment. I was going to post about how Krauss's article reads to me like a spite-filled hatchet job, but Steven Mading rebuts his article far more eloquently than I could.

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:57:22 UTC | #854323

Go to: Interview with A.C. Grayling

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If Grayling's brand of atheism is just like being a non-stamp collector, then doesn't that make The Good Book a non-stamp collector's guide to not collecting stamps?

This question and others like it are often asked of atheists: "Why preach atheism if it is simply the absence of something"? Because in the absence of pressure from religion, it wouldn't need to be.

To continue the analogy, why actively counter stamp-collecting instead of simply not doing it? Because in our world, via that analogy, society prejudices and mistreats people who do not collect stamps, instead of leaving us alone to not do it.

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 09:11:38 UTC | #618728

Go to: Scientist imam: Muslims need to talk about evolution

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Comment 5 by Richard Dawkins :

So what if evolution is compatible with the Koran? Does the evidence support it? The answer is yes, and that is why you should argue in its favour. Its compatibility with the Koran should be completely irrelevant.

This as much as anything demonstrates the poisonous nature of religious indoctrination. Speaking as a reformed Christian, I know exactly where the guy was coming from. The word of the Koran is to the believer an Axiom, a fundamental unchallengeable principle. Thus anything, no matter how apparently contradictory, is explainable away somehow without an actual contradiction taking place. God says so :)

The very process of becoming an unbeliever is dependent on false axioms being disproved so that the edifice falls apart. Since by definition, axioms are not subject to proof or disproof, it is only later in life or upon acquiring sufficient knowledge of philosophy does it become clear that nothing is truly axiomatic.

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:24:35 UTC | #617576

Go to: Belgium hears ex-bishop Vangheluwe play down abuse

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How can he confess to the acts but not accept what they mean? This guy is beyond sick. For that matter, how can any country have a statute of limitations on any of the most serious crimes? He should be serving life in jail.

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:45:26 UTC | #615969

Go to: Dawkins and Grayling: can there be evidence for god?

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We can't ever know. Absolutely ANYTHING we have, are, will and could experience could be a VR hallucination, the work of super-powerful aliens, or whatever. We can't even know that absolute knowing exists. Strong belief by default action (no evidence for god therefore live as if no god) is as close as we can get. These discussions are fun, though :)

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:08:33 UTC | #602637

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