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Go to: Translations of my books

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What bothers me is that I can't seem to find any of your books in french. Not even on Amazon. Especially TGSOE which I really wanted to get in french for one of my friends. Is that book printed in french yet?

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:52:18 UTC | #887296

Go to: [UPDATE - iPad app]UK & US release info - The Magic of Reality

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Is it true that Richard cant come to Detroit because of the nonsense uttered by Bill OReilley? :( I really wanted to meet him and have him sign my copy of his new book. I just got it in the mail today. Im reading it right now and the picture-by-picture analogy is utterly brilliant. When you put it like that its easy to imagine that children and even creationists can understand!

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 01:25:31 UTC | #881010

Go to: Tue, Oct 4 - Richard Dawkins book tour schedule

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When will we get more info on where Dawkins will be in Detroit on Oct. 15th? uuugh. I want to get tickets before it sells out.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:43:53 UTC | #877880

Go to: The Magic of Reality for iPad by Richard Dawkins - trailer

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BAH!! Can I also get this app with Ipod touch?

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:05:47 UTC | #875493

Go to: Atheists are as big a threat as climate change deniers

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Comment 1 by Polesch WTF.

WTF indeed.

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:20:26 UTC | #872339

Go to: Muslim rules at swimming pool

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They can't wait 20 minutes in between classes until the previous class is gone? Why are the classes so close together?

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:18:59 UTC | #870586

Go to: Thank God

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RICHARD DAWKINS: Does religion manufacture fools, or do fools gravitate towards religion?

I hope this wasn't a rhetorical question because it's actually very interesting. What a good question, Richard! Maybe both are right. Maybe children are gravitated toward religion in their foolish, ignorant youth with the pretense of unconditional love, Christmas pageants and magic-Jesus-cookies only then to have their minds later completely destroyed and polluted by religion. Yes, that's probably it.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:56:36 UTC | #870056

Go to: Site Redesign Input

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Comment 170 by mmsood99 I would like to see a chat tool where we could interact in real time

I second that.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:26:20 UTC | #869540

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Can someone build an app for THAT would be cool.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:24:09 UTC | #869539

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Can we have more than just a photo and our screen name? Could we also perhaps each have a short "about me" paragraph when you click on our photos?

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:22:15 UTC | #869538

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Could we get a sort of like button for our favorite comments?

Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:36:46 UTC | #868904

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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I don't like lobster, I was never a seafood person. It's interesting to wonder what level of pain other creatures feel but my opinion is the same as that of Richard Dawkins: we should give them the benefit of doubt. Throwing them into a pot of boiling water doesn't seem to be a very nice way to kill them. From what I've heard and read they furiously try to claw their way out of the pot. I think cutting off their heads in one quick movement is better, or at the very least find some way of knocking them out before throwing them into the pot.

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:10:53 UTC | #852030

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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I've just hit upon an interesting little study done by some university students from the following site: I haven't been able to track down the original study -as it does not mention the name of the university or the professor- so I'm not even sure if the study was properly done, or done at all. The page reads:

"How to cook a lobster in the most humane manner has been a concern of guilt-ridden chefs for generations. In order to put the matter to a rest scientifically, one researcher instructed his graduate students to boil lobsters after having subjected them to various relaxation techniques. The students determined which method of dispatching them was the kindest by counting the number of tails flicks heard in the kettle before each lobster succumbed to the boiling water. They tried hypnotizing the subjects (rubbing their backs until they stood on their heads), soaking them in fresh water, heating them slowly from room temperature to boiling, and other accepted strategies. They found that putting them in the fridge before cooking to numb them up, (as happens naturally in winter), resulted in the lowest number of tail twitches. So, according to modern science, a few minutes in the freezer means less agony in the kettle." (

In brief, freezing them before boiling them seems to be the way to minimize apparent suffering.

Many of you may not trust Wikipedia, but it references an essay by David Foster Wallace (2005) entitled "Consider the Lobster". According to Wikipedia, this essay makes the case that "... a lobster's brain operates from not one but several ganglia and disabling only the frontal ganglion does not usually result in death or unconsciousness." (

It may also interest you to know that "...the boiling method is illegal in some places, such as in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where offenders face fines of up to €495." *€495 is about 700 US dollars and 435 pounds

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 03:31:38 UTC | #851578

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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Wasn't it already brought up that even with the debate going on we should in any case give the benefit of doubt? In other words, whether or not lobsters actually feel pain is interesting but we should act under the assumption that they absolutely do while the debate goes on.

But that said, now we have the question of which is the most humane way to kill a lobster. Is it by cutting off it's head? Plunging it into boiling water? Freezing them? Some argue that putting them in a bucket of ice water knocks them out and so putting them in the boiling water in that state is more humane. I find all of this facinating. I'd love to have a definite answer, but I don't have one yet.

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 02:54:00 UTC | #851570

Go to: Francis Collins: Atheist Richard Dawkins Admits Universe's Fine-Tuning Difficult to Explain

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Why is this even a news article?

Scientists openly admit that they can't yet explain everything about the origin of our universe. This does not in any way suggest that a god is behind it, nor does it suggest that the universe is fine-tuned. Maybe there is only one way for a universe to be. It's also very possible that had the universe been set up with different laws and constants, different life would have evolved.

When those who claim that the universe is too fine-tuned to have come about by itself actually demonstrate that the universe is fined-tuned, maybe then I'll take this argument seriously.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 02:47:06 UTC | #844220

Go to: [UPDATE 10-Jun - final version of UK jacket] The Magic of Reality - new book by Richard Dawkins this Fall

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I like the UK book jacket better. How do I order that one off amazon?

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:47:41 UTC | #640576

Go to: [UPDATE 10-Jun - final version of UK jacket] The Magic of Reality - new book by Richard Dawkins this Fall

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Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:00:14 UTC | #640565

Go to: A request for the atheist community.

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Comment 18 by Charisma From what I've heard, Richard Dawkins is actually coming out with a book (this September, I think) called The Poetry of Reality. It's aimed for children around his age.

Oopps. I meant "The Magic of Reality". See link here.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:57:15 UTC | #640563

Go to: A request for the atheist community.

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Hey there,

First I want to say that I am really sorry about the worry you must be feeling about your situation. But I'm confident that the situation can improve with the right information.

I was about that age (maybe 12 or 13) when I became an atheist. Don't ever under-estimate what kids can understand at that age. I would be willing to bet that he actually could read Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion without much trouble. Though, I haven't any idea if he would want to sit down and read a book like that.

From what I've heard, Richard Dawkins is actually coming out with a book (this September, I think) called The Poetry of Reality. It's aimed for children around his age. The book presents a problem or question and attempts to explain it with answers that are untrue. It then goes through these various wrong answers and myths before giving the right answer at the end. I suggest perhaps picking up a copy when that comes out. Don't forget Richard's letter to his daughter!! His daughter was ten when he wrote it to her. You could read that to him. It's all about the good and bad reasons to believe things. You can read the whole thing here.

Now, as for Youtube series or movies, there's actually a lot you could show him. You could always show him The Life of Brian or Religulous for a bit of humour to soften him up a bit to the ridiculous delusions of religion. Or at the very least, to make him think and question the more ridiculous parts of religion. Documentaries, talks and movies might also include: -Growing Up in the Universe (5 part series) -Ennemies of Reason -The Root of All Evil -The God who Wasn't There -The Genius of Charles Darwin (if there's a problem with evolution)

As for the more hard-core learning you could send him through Thunderf00ts "Why people laugh at creationists" series on Youtube. It is a little diffucult to follow, but Thunderf00t does a good job of explaining through each point carefully.

Have him watch this video entitled "Scientists Don't Fear Hell". It's very good.

Perhaps get him a book about other religions than Christianity. Teach him about World Religions. Watch documentaries and movies.

Hell scared me a lot when I was his age. I was still religious and the only thing that set me free from that fear was my atheism. The reason why I became an atheist was mainly because for my birthday I got a laptop. It wasn't a very good one, but for the first time I had access to answers to any questions I had in an instant. I'm not suggesting you get him a laptop, I'm just making the point that information is the key. Books, movies, articles, newpapers, magazines (New Humanist, National Geographic, Skeptical Inquirer etc), documentaries, youtube videos, etc etc etc.

I could also suggest a short list of Youtube videos on the subject below. You could watch through them and pick which ones you like or feel are appropriate:

-The Story of Suzie
-Christianity Makes You Creepy
-Proof of Intelligent Design FINCHED (This whole series called "The Darwin Finches" is really good)
-Mr.Deity Episode 1: Mr.Deity and the Evil
-Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)

Have him watch this video entitled "Scientists Don't Fear Hell". It's very good.

I know this was long, I hope I helped atleast a little bit. Take care, and good luck. We're here for you if you need help.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:39:44 UTC | #640555

Go to: Speciation

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I was under the impression that speciation was when the two species were isolated from one another for so long that they could no longer interbreed, thus making them a seperate species. But then, that couldn't be right... isn't it true that humans and chimps could interbreed? And yet, we're considered a seperate species... Someone please correct me here.

I have a feeling that this might become a semantics argument about the word 'species'.

As for human evolution, I would argue that humans are in an arm's race with viruses and that there is some evolution going on. In the documentary The Genius of Charles Darwin (about 30 mins in), Richard Dawkins visits a young prostitute in Nairobi who was born resistant to HIV. They predict that if we returned to that region in say, a thousand years "...we might expect to see a major shift in the frequency of these genes in the population." (R.Dawkins)

Though, I can't think of anything other than viruses that might be causing human evolution. Even so, there are ways to treat HIV and AIDS. It's not as if all individuals with this disease (who have access to medical attention) won't survive long enough to reproduce. So the genes are still getting passed on to the next generation.

Very tricky indeed...

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:05:39 UTC | #634942

Go to: Debunking the silly creationist debunking of Radio Carbon dating

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That was really funny. :) Thanks for sharing the video, it was really good.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:48:08 UTC | #634929

Go to: Unspoken Truths

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I already bought most of his books, but it was a pure joy to buy the audiobooks (when availible) just to hear him speak. It is weird though, that I can also hear his voice in my head whenever I read his work.

Sun, 15 May 2011 18:40:10 UTC | #627123

Go to: Demographics that favour religion

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I wouldn't be able to put a percentage on it, but the majority of my peers call themselves Catholic. I'm at a school of about 600 people and of course, I don't know everyone. But this is what I find among those I do know. When pressed you quickly realize that those who call themselves Catholic really haven't given it any thought. Some don't realize that Catholics believe the Pope represents Christ on Earth and "holds the keys of St.Peter", for example. Another example is that many are shocked to find out that Catholics believe that the wafer/Jesus-cookie becomes the literal body of Jesus. The reason why they didn't previously know these things is because they simply don't care. Odd isn't it, that the aheists seem to always know more about religion than the theists do...

I do have one friend who is extremely religious compared to the other students. She doesn't believe in evolution for example, and plans on not taking a Biology class so that she can stop learning more about it. However, I'm not sure if she is a young-earth-creationist. Sometimes we engage in polite discussions, but generally she avoids me and my "satanic ways".

However, I live in Canada where religion isn't as extreme as that in the United States.

Wed, 04 May 2011 11:23:50 UTC | #622918

Go to: Guilty of the sin of anger

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I completely understand Richard. You have a greater patience than I have by far. What I can't wrap my head around is the fact that you played it cool around Wendy Wright and Ted Haggard, but not some random muslim.

Mon, 02 May 2011 11:16:44 UTC | #621966

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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Comment 149 by ergaster

Thank-you very much! My father and I were unware of this event but thanks to you we were able to purchase tickets in time! Thank-you. I hope this one has book signings.

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 22:35:39 UTC | #621265

Go to: A more accurate Easter sermon (Poem)

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Very good.

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:45:39 UTC | #619710

Go to: 'One of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen'

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I didn't like the ending. Not because of Mr. Amis's attempt to persuade Hitchens of agnosticism, but simply because it seems to end so suddenly:

Your corporeal existence, O Hitch, derives from the elements released by supernovae, by exploding stars. Stellar fire was your womb, and stellar fire will be your grave: a just course for one who has always blazed so very brightly. The parent star, that steady-state H-bomb we call the sun, will eventually turn from yellow dwarf to red giant, and will swell out to consume what is left of us, about six billion years from now.

The first two sentences are absolutely beautiful- they brought tears to my eyes. But I feel he hardly needed that last sentence.

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:36:49 UTC | #619705

Go to: Mary Collins: HIV can help fight disease

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Absolutely brilliant!

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:11:08 UTC | #618915

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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Damn, is he ever sexy in this picture... Piercing blue eyes and a thoughtful, serious, yet somehow smiley and compassionate expression.

Bonne Anniversaire et/ou Bonne Fête de tes camarades ici au Canada, Monsieur Hitchens!... You taught me a lot in the last year. Thank-you. Thank-you for everything.

"Consulte ta raison; prends sa clarté pour guide." -Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), From: Don Garcie de Navarre. Translates to: Consult your reason; take (use) it's clarity as a guide.

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 07:39:49 UTC | #618322

Go to: Richard Dawkins Chows Down with Students at AHA Convention

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Comment 36 by Pink Unicorn Delusion

I pimped out that image for you.


Thank-you, that made my day :) And I have a new background for my computer....

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:18:55 UTC | #617827