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Go to: Supreme Court nixes suit over faith-based plan

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Once the greatest nation on Earth... now slipping away. And to think I still plan to move there! :(

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 23:36:00 UTC | #48978

Go to: Atheism shall make you free

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Regarding the genetic element...

My father and his brother are identical twins: my father is atheist, and my uncle evangelical Baptist. However, they led slightly different lives (my uncle went through several divorces, and was actually "converted" to religion, rather than adopting it gradually).

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 22:54:00 UTC | #44656

Go to: Christians and Atheists to Debate Existence of God in First-Ever 'NIGHTLINE FACE OFF'

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@Comment #37164 by Liveliest Crib

Comfort: Do you consider yourself a good person?

Unfortunate Interviewee: Sure.

C: Oh yeah? Have you ever told a lie?

UI: Ever? Of course.

C: So, what does that make you?

UI: [Nervous laughter] Heh, I guess you want me to say "liar," but ---

C: Right, you're a liar. Have you ever stolen something?

Correct response:

C: So, what does that make you?

UI: Normal. Next question, please.

Thu, 03 May 2007 23:34:00 UTC | #34676

Go to: Gay hate church to picket VT gun rampage funerals

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Phelps and his drones are as evil as the gunman. What else to say? I hope someone pickets /their/ funerals when they finally leave us.

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:35:00 UTC | #30930

Go to: Dinesh D'Souza says I don't exist: an atheist at Virginia Tech

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This is so moving, I nearly cried. What a beautiful statement of humanity! Thank you.

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 03:30:00 UTC | #30929

Go to: The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

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Thanks for the laugh! Really enjoyed this clever piece of satire.

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 03:50:00 UTC | #28439

Go to: Postmodernism Disrobed

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I hesitate to interrupt the flow, as I gave up reading this thread after it reached 3 pages. However, I thought readers might be interested in this, if they've never seen/heard it before:

It may not actually be "Postmodernism", but it's a wonderful example of waffle, and it gives me the same feeling I get from reading many of the "PM" examples so far given. Peter Sellers was such a genius.

Sun, 08 Apr 2007 00:29:00 UTC | #27998

Go to: Send The God Delusion to your MP

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I'm proud to say that I took part in this - however, I've only just discovered this thread, for some reason!

Anyway, I'm very glad we succeeded, it's excellent news. Because I didn't notice this thread, I ended up writing my own letter, but I think I did a pretty good job. As it happens, I've already had an acknowledgement back, though it's a pretty brief standard response. Polite, but brief. That said, I think my MP is one of the more sympathetic to the cause - a Lib Dem, and with an interest in Humanist issues.

I look forward to seeing reports from the press conference!

Sat, 07 Apr 2007 06:09:00 UTC | #27813

Go to: Kansas State School Board Bans Pokemon Due to Evolution Content

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I think that if nothing else gave this away, surely the "homosexuality of dinosaurs" passage should have!


Thu, 05 Apr 2007 03:52:00 UTC | #27474

Go to: Postmodernism Disrobed

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You know something? If Postmodernism had any relevance to my life, I'd continue reading this discussion.

I'm off to make a cup of tea and settle by an open window in the Spring breeze, and read a Science book.

Aaaahhhhh.... that's better. :)

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 00:18:00 UTC | #27094

Go to: Growing Up in the Universe: 2-Disc DVD Set

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I've been waiting for this moment ever since RDF came online. I LOVED these lectures. Thank you for releasing them. Consider them ordered as soon as I return home tonight.

Very very happy... :D

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 04:54:00 UTC | #26880

Go to: Postmodernism Disrobed

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I, too, would like to see a defence of Postmodernism that makes sense, but I'm not holding my breath. When objectivity is abandoned, one is left with a big fat zero, and, like the little dots on a TV set tuned to nothing but static, the syllables flow at random. Apply that philosophy to ethics, politics and economics, and civilization would vanish overnight. One is reminded of the nightmare world of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged". I want nothing whatever to do with such destructive nonsense.

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 03:47:00 UTC | #26868

Go to: U.N. Panel OKs Measure on Islam

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It strikes me that one side-effect of this "respect for religion" idea will be an increase in rudeness from the irreligious, probably (and understandably) out of frustrated fear for their own freedoms. I wouldn't normally go out of my way to insult religious people, but when I read news like this, I feel more than ever that constant exercise of free speech is required if we are to hold on to it. The innocent "moderate" bystanders will get burnt, once again, in the flames fanned by extremism.

Unless it really IS an April Fool (I hope so too). :(

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 12:59:00 UTC | #26742

Go to: Postmodernism Disrobed

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Yes, I remember someone saying that Eagleton hated postmodernism. When I read his review, I actually thought it was postmodernism, but I now realise that I didn't know what the word really meant at that point: I now think his review was not postmodernism - although it certainly was baffling nonsense in places.

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 12:43:00 UTC | #26740

Go to: 'The Evolution of Homer' Intro

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Yorker, I'm kind of with you, but I first find out whether they've given it a chance, because I didn't at first. For several years I couldn't get past the way they were drawn. Then my cultural tastes broadened a little and I began to watch - instant hit with me.

Of course, now I don't have a TV, and this is one show I do miss a little :(

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 14:30:00 UTC | #26421

Go to: John Paul Sainthood Nun 'Gentle, Simple'

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My only response to this is curiosity. I now find myself wanting to go and research the stats on spontaneous cures...

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:33:00 UTC | #26205

Go to: Richard Dawkins: Author of the Year!

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Congratulations Richard, this is heart-warming news!

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:19:00 UTC | #26200

Go to: 'They Tried To Teach My Baby Science'

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@#26544 by tylersoap:

> Heres something else to laugh at :

Disappointed, I was hoping for a clever spoof. I got bored once it became technically impossible to answer Yes or No due to their begging the question. I didn't stick it out to the end so if it is a spoof I missed it.

This bit was incredible:

"The First of the Ten Commandments is "You shall have no other gods before me." That means that we should love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. The Bible tells us that no one has kept this commandment (see Psalm 14:2-3) -- if you said you had, you have also broken the 9th Commandment by lying."

What a load of BS. How do they get from a statement about other gods to one about loving with all our heart etc. blah blah blah? Thing is, I have NOT broken the first commandment because I have no gods AT ALL : The Bible, of course, is well known for its dedication to logic... ahem.

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 16:31:00 UTC | #24972

Go to: Did You Know? Shift Happens - Globalization, Information Age

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Thanks BaronOchs, that's one for the quotes file!

I'd really like to select just a few salient points from this video to read over the phone to my (Internet-challenged) parents. Anyone know whether there's a transcript to be had anywhere? I'll pay good money.

Actually I lied about the money.

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:04:00 UTC | #24205

Go to: Cold is hot in evolution -- Researchers debunk belief species evolve faster in tropics

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Is it possible that the mutation rate varies with latitude, perhaps due to some phenomenon of the Earth's magnetic field protecting species from cosmic rays by different amounts?

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 06:11:00 UTC | #23761

Go to: A 'Sad First' in the History of the Congress

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I speak from across the Atlantic, and I say: what a disgracefully disingenuous article! How dare they depict the First Amendment as an instrument of persecution? Self-proclaimed 'patriots' of this type don't deserve the freedom and privileges they currently enjoy in that (once-)great country.

I've already emailed my support to Rep. Stark, and I wish I were a US citizen so that I could move to his constituency!

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 05:47:00 UTC | #23539

Go to: She's No Fundamentalist: What people get wrong about Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

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Matty has a good point. After all, it's not possible to hate individuals en masse unless you are insane. You can't possibly know them all well enough to have reasons to hate them. Personal feuds aside, people as such are not the main cause of hatred: ideas are the main cause of hatred.

Wed, 07 Mar 2007 22:47:00 UTC | #22429

Go to: Was there ever dog that praised his fleas?

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Has The Dawkins Letters really got that extraneous apostrophe on the front cover? :-O

No further comments: it's all been said.

Sun, 04 Mar 2007 15:24:00 UTC | #21860

Go to: Daggers Drawn

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Nobody is "accusing religion of fundamentalism". Rather, some people are criticising, in various ways, what is already acknowledged to /be/ religious fundamentalism. The whole tone of that statement assumes a "smear mentality", in which fundamentalism is used as a stigmatising term. In fact, it's a perfectly ordinary word and has a meaning.

And, from a logical perspective, it is not possible for atheists to be "fundamentalist" - though it is possible for them to be "extremist" in a number of ways. Religious people don't want to hear about that distinction, because they already think that "fundamentalism" is a dirty word, so they want it to apply to everyone. UIt doesn't - but that doesn't make them all fundamentalist, or all bad. Let's concentrate on the facts, here!

Furthermore, a word to wulster: human feelings and emotions are under the control of our reptile brains, which lie underneath our more recently-evolved "thinking" brains. It is inevitable that sometimes you will experience emotional reactions that are not under your conscious control, and that these may appear to undermine the logical statements you are making at the time. What you have to understand is that this does not devalue those logical statements. We must keep rational debate and social nuances separate if we are to make any sense of anything.

I regard emotions as a healthy part of being human, but if they get the better of me I don't necessarily feel that I've failed, I just acknowledge my "disability" (i.e. my genetic programming) and move on. And I do NOT call it fundamentalism just because I got angry.

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 15:52:00 UTC | #21576

Go to: Pope speaks out against 'designer babies'

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One simple comment for his holeyness: Life is not the molecules, it's what they do. It is an emergent, not an intrinsic, property. Once you realise that, your confusion will disappear.

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 13:34:00 UTC | #21101

Go to: In praise of Darwin this Sunday ... in hundreds of churches!

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"the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin."

198th, surely?

Mon, 12 Feb 2007 05:06:00 UTC | #19873

Go to: Zeus devotees worship in Athens

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Typical. You turn your back for five minutes fighting the power of the Big Three, and the back-benchers start waking up behind you. It's like a zombie movie.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:41:00 UTC | #16696

Go to: Richard Dawkins' Report Card

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This gave me a laugh! I've still got a lot of my old reports. I wonder whether Richard's "slow, very slow and stop" repertoire was due to constant inquisitive inspection of the world? I expect he was wondering how moss grew in the school brickwork or something :)

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 14:58:00 UTC | #15112

Go to: Beliefwatch: Blasphemy (Challenge)

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masterbuilder - have you actually watched the Blasphemy Challenge videos? There's almost no anger there at all. It's not about anger, as I've said several times on this forum. It's about standing up and being counted, that's all - which is also why those who nitpick about the bible verses and their definition of blasphemy are wasting their time.

I am glad you are living a good life, I'm very happy for you. But you realise you just trotted out Pascal's Wager? That will be refuted in seconds here. :)

Tue, 09 Jan 2007 14:29:00 UTC | #14949

Go to: Consciousness Without Faith

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If you want to hear the sound of one hand clapping, play a gig at a social club :|

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 14:58:00 UTC | #14821