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Dura Lex, sed Lex! Erga OMNES!

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:30:48 UTC | #888682

Go to: [UPDATE - BBC link added] 300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

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Unbelievable because of the nuns involved. The abuse were commited by sexually disturbed men in the cleargy, not women. These new facts add a new nuance to the catholic problem. >

Why unbelievable ? You missed all the abuse scandals breaking around the world in the last 20 years ?

Michael

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:43:37 UTC | #882168

Go to: [UPDATE - BBC link added] 300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

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This is simply unbelievable. I know catholics very well, went to a catholic school run by nuns, and am sure they are nuts. But I can´t believe in this. This is evil.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:30:47 UTC | #881637

Go to: [UPDATE - Human Trial] - Monkey brains 'feel' virtual objects

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And before you ask me to volunteer for the experiment, I pose you with the question of which life is more important - human or monkey. Because I (and many others) would only volunteer if we knew the experiment was safe, i.e. was previously tested in non-human animals.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:28:34 UTC | #880596

Go to: [UPDATE - Human Trial] - Monkey brains 'feel' virtual objects

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Unless you are both vegan and never used toothpaste (tested in animals), I refuse to argue with you in defense of the morality of such an experiment by Nicolelis team. What´s wrong with you people? They are not burning the monkeys with acid nor chopping their necks to make bacon! I wish I was that monkey to use the virtual limb!

Comment 9 by AtheistEgbert :

Comment 3 by Anonypuss :

has anyone asked the macaques for their permission to be used in these experiments? oh wait, they can't give it. i love how might makes right. generally, those who can exploit, will. bullies! i'm not questioning that these experiments have value for humans, only if it's moral to use sentient beings to carry them out.

I find it horrifying that animals are experimented on in such a manner. No doubt someone will lecture me that it's all for a great cause, so that very rich people get bionic arms.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:23:25 UTC | #880593

Go to: [UPDATE 9/14] - VIDEO ADDED - Richard Dawkins on Newsnight, BBC2, Tues 13 Sept 2011

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Great Richard!!

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:17:09 UTC | #870619

Go to: [UPDATE - audio]Evolution? Children do Adam and Eve it

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Man, I know exactly how you feel. I have and agnostic father, a catholic mother, watched a lot of history/discovery channel (when it was still good) and droped out my Holy Confirmation shit... I am from Brazil and never went to public school too. Almost 80% of the people here is fundamentalist evangelical cristian or roman catholic, even the non pratican roman catholic seem to be in a letargic mental state of ignorance. It has been an eye opening time the last 5 years, from an atheist perspective, it looks like I am living in a lunatic asylum country.

Comment 28 by kcunningham172 :

The teacher wasn't even educated enough to know that by doing that we are paying homage to Odin in ancient Nordic tradition. The second time I was introduced to evolution was by my father who could be considered agnostic.

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:13:02 UTC | #866640

Go to: Rick Perry's God

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It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain. ~Mark Twain

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 03:26:22 UTC | #865766

Go to: Rick Perry, Texas governor, speaks at "The Response", August 6, 2011

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What a moronic nonsense...

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 01:35:49 UTC | #859304

Go to: These Atheist Billboards in Brazil Get Right to the Point

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Well dude, I am also brasileiro and I think you miss the point. Your co-workers may be Jeovah wittness and evangelist and get along with you just fine. But most of them, and their leaders, think you are going to hell, that you deserve ethernal punishment, that you are wicked and that you are not morally normal. Having said that, it is a fact that the evangelist movement is growing fast in our country, buying TV and radio stations and using its influence to elect political leaders with conservative and ignorant views. They deserve criticism and their main ideas, i.e. faith and belief in a deity, must at least be challenged and debated.

Comment 79 by Italo :

So that you know, one of my co-workers is a Jeovah witness evangelist, and the lady that cleans my apartment once a week is an Mormon and my girlfriend is a devoted catholic. With ALL of them I get along just fine, and they truly like me regardless of my atheism

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:41:53 UTC | #857500

Go to: These Atheist Billboards in Brazil Get Right to the Point

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I am brazilian and contributed with some money to ATEA. I am happy they did a great job!

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:16:09 UTC | #857066

Go to: 50 Famous Academics & Scientists Talk About God

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Great job Pararajasingham! Lets turn this ultra-viral!

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:51:42 UTC | #854686

Go to: Godlessness has doomed Britain

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Well, we will have to figure that out. But people can change their minds, I suppose. It is easier to kill your opponent than to win a debate, but we should give humans a chance to speak longer.

Comment 12 by theOperative :

re: Comment 5 by Caivs Assuming everyone gets to live for over a thousand years, what effect would this have on procreation and human cultural in general. As in societies evolve because old ideas die off and new ones come along to replace them ..

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:48:56 UTC | #846452

Go to: Godlessness has doomed Britain

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Sure, and making you way to the next generation is analogous to live forever (on the gene level). Well, if one can "make his way" to his offspring in a greater spam of life, I can´t see how that is negative. Our ancestors lived for 30, 40 years at most, now we live 80. What if we could live 160? 500? Better, huh?

Comment 9 by sanban :

Purpose in life... I´ll tell you the purpose of an atheist life, Shmuley. It is the same for all human beings. We all want to be immortal, living the best way possible and having enough time to get the most out of our minds. But that wont happen if we die within a century. It will only happen if we conquer nature, with knowledge, science and live for millenia. Scientists not pastors or rabbis will give us that. Aubrey de Gray, not Jesus, is working on that for us. We should support people like him to revolutionize the way we live and the purpose we seek for our lifes.

Speak for yourself! I have no desire to live forever - I know death is the way of all life, a necessity for evolution. I consider it my moral duty to make way for the next generation.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:46:16 UTC | #846450

Go to: Godlessness has doomed Britain

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I just can´t see the correlation between screaming pentecostals and Bill Gates or Steve Jobs... Between faith and facebook. Between the royal couple and an godless society. Shmuley, that was crap.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:43:24 UTC | #846448

Go to: Godlessness has doomed Britain

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Purpose in life... I´ll tell you the purpose of an atheist life, Shmuley. It is the same for all human beings. We all want to be immortal, living the best way possible and having enough time to get the most out of our minds. But that wont happen if we die within a century. It will only happen if we conquer nature, with knowledge, science and live for millenia. Scientists not pastors or rabbis will give us that. Aubrey de Gray, not Jesus, is working on that for us. We should support people like him to revolutionize the way we live and the purpose we seek for our lifes.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:25:51 UTC | #846434

Go to: UPDATE: Fashionable Nonsense?

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Anyway, the so called critical theory, was a Marxist oriented critique of and a response to a facist world, where our dear "reason" was transformed and missused by the nazis, for their delusional purpose of pure race b.s. If todays morons use that critique to put reason and science, such as defended by Dawkins, in a parallel to the nazi-fascist misapprehension of it, that´s nothing more than evidence of their moron nature.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:00:53 UTC | #638121

Go to: UPDATE: Fashionable Nonsense?

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I haven´t read the most recent critical theorists, the ones Sokal demolished (I want to read Sokal book now), but the pioneers (if one can say that), such as Horkheimer, the ones from the Frankfurt School, where more or less convincing to me a few years ago.

E.g. Horkheimer (particularly the final quote), from wikipedia:

Eclipse of Reason is a book published in 1947, by Max Horkheimer. In it he discusses how the Nazis were able to project their agenda as "reasonable". It is broken into five sections: Means and Ends, Conflicting Panaceas, The Revolt of Nature, The Rise and Decline of the Individual and On the Concept of Philosophy [3] and deals with the concept of reason within the history of western philosophy [4]. Horkheimer defines true reason as rationality[4], which can only be fostered in an environment of free, critical thinking. He details the difference between objective, subjective and instrumental reason, and states that we have moved from the former through the center and into the latter (though subjective and instrumental reason are closely connected). Objective reason deals with universal truths that dictate that an action is either right or wrong. It is a concrete concept, and a force in the world that requires specific modes of behavior. The focus in the objective faculty of reason is on the ends, rather than the means. Subjective reason is an abstract concept of reason, and focuses primarily on means. Specifically, the reasonable nature of the purpose of action is irrelevant - the ends only serve the purpose of the subject (generally self-advancement or preservation). To be "reasonable" in this context is to be suited to a particular purpose, to be "good for something else". This aspect of reason is universally conforming, and easily furnishes ideology. In instrumental reason, the sole criterion of reason is its operational value or purposefulness, and with this, the idea of truth becomes contingent on mere subjective preference (hence the relation with subjective reason). Because subjective/instrumental reason rules, the ideals of a society, for example democratic ideals, become dependent on the "interests" of the people instead of being dependent on objective truths. Nevertheless, Horkheimer admits that objective reason has its roots in Reason ("Logos" in Greek) of the subject. He concludes,

If by enlightenment and intellectual progress we mean the freeing of man from superstitious belief in evil forces, in demons and fairies, in blind fate - in short, the emancipation from fear - then denunciation of what is currently called reason is the greatest service we can render.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:53:07 UTC | #638113

Go to: Phallic Symbols at Denver International Airport

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AHUHAHUahuhauhuahahah

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:52:58 UTC | #635724

Go to: Scientists trap antimatter long enough to study how it works

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Same for me! Amazing!

Comment 4 by nancynancy :

Fascinating -- especially since I watched Prof. Al Khalili's lecture on antimatter only yesterday.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:41:03 UTC | #635069

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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But that is the point... If the private schools are the best available and you have money, why not pay for them? The problem is not with choice takers, but with choice makers. You can´t have a really top elite HE for free unless the hole country is willing to pay taxes for it. In Brazil, the best university is public - Universidade de São Paulo. However, it has the most intellectually complex tests as entry requirements - guess who gets into the university? Upper class children from private high schools. So then you have poor people financing the education of the rich. There are plenty models of funding available. I am not sure that Graylings is bad at all... If they want to teach the rich, and the rich want to pay... The ideal would be free education for all, with equal quality. Before youtube that was impossible. Now we just need videos from good professors and hard online tests to make every smart kid in the world a respectable doctor.

Comment 302 by Wilkinson :

I recall that Hitchens' kids attend private schools. I doubt he would have anything to say about this.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:27:50 UTC | #634956

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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I can agree with almost everything you said. But it is not the universities foult that people can´t aford good lawyers. There should be a State funded lawyer to whoever really needs one and cannot aford one. E.g. in Brazil, those lawyers of poor people, even miserable murderes and rapists, have a sallary much higher than an average lawyer and are usually from the best universities. But one good point is that if lawmakers are all from the status quo, they will not change the law against their interests. But that you solve with democracy, not with Lords and Kings...

Comment 296 by gordon :

Comment 290 by Caivs We have enough lawyers. But do we have good Law? Think harder dude...

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Do you think we will have better laws by letting the better off make them? This is the legacy we have. Protect those who have, against those who have not. I have just fought a long court case for someone who was ripped off. The costs are in excess of £1M. The law protects those who have. It’s up to those who have not to challenge with less financial backing?

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Comment 289 by Ignorant Amos

Why all this fuss then? Let those toffs with money ta burn work away at those subjects that would appear by this comment as insignificant or a waste of time. Slap your head and think again. Did you fight for equality or not? If you have a gifted child who could add to the quest for human knowledge or achievement would you get out your begging bowl for access to this college? Why not ask the good servants of knowledge to make their espousals free on the internet? I thought this site was an advance on that theory. I’m proved wrong?

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:51:10 UTC | #634932

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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Since Marx and Bertrand Russell, lots of atheists are socialists in the deep sense - equality of opportunity, education available for all... I am not surprised by the reaction. Hope AC Grayling can explain his project, his fees and cash flow projections. After all, anyone can buy the Humanist Bible, and if someone want to have a chat with the writer, it is not a shame for the writer to charge hours of work when he looses his free time, time with his family etc... Come on people! Let us admit we are just jeallous and that what we really want is that they post their great lectures we love so much on youtube!!!

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:14:19 UTC | #634905

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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Where is Hitchens to comment on that!? Hope he is allright and write about it. Can´t wait.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:04:48 UTC | #634898

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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We have enough lawyers. But do we have good Law? Think harder dude...

Comment 279 by gordon :

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Degrees cover five subject areas - law, economics, history, English literature and philosophy

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Just a comment on what we see as humanities.

  • Law. Have we not enough lawyers?
  • Economics. Woo-woo at best
  • History. A given.
  • English literature. How many novelists do we need? Do they get better after university? I think not.
  • Philosophy. After so much deep thought how come they agreed to this?
  • Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:56:52 UTC | #634890

    Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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    I think that their purpose is not simply sending their message (that they already do a lot). They are willing to teach others, on a personal basis, how to do it their own (and then post their own toughts on youtube). Anyway, if they posted more lectures in a khanacademy way would be wonderful.

    Comment 262 by Wilkinson :

    Comment 253 by danconquer :

    The fact that this bogus fig-leaf of 'elpin-the-poor has been elevated to the Number One modus operandi reveals the acute awareness of the founders to just how retrograde a step this is.

    Well said. What I don't understand is, why does it cost so much? Surely if these intellectuals really love teaching their subject, they should be willing to do it for free? Then they could circulate the material on the Internet and gain a circulation of potentially billions.

    They're already millioniares, for the most part. It's not like they need the extra money.

    Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:51:33 UTC | #634884

    Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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    The criticism being destilated here against the new college is naive. The so called finantial "elite" doesn´t even have to bother with its own education. They can pay consultants with Wharton MBAs, Havard LLMs, Oxbridge Msc and so on... Would Paris Hilton be interested in such a course? Or get any benefit out of it for her idiosincratic upper class interests? I doubt. The problem is not related with HE fees, it is deeper and structural in our society. Anyway, I would invite the 14 enlightened Sirs to give more lectures to the public at large, and maybe, just maybe, do something like the Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ (or better) and change the world.

    Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:02:12 UTC | #634768

    Go to: BBC - Everything and Nothing

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    The iraqui father of Al-Khalili was also "Caucasian". You mean, 100% british, pale white and with no arab ancestors, don´t you?

    Comment 14 by theOperative :

    @Comment 10 by steve_r_w

    Professor Al-Khalili .. TV is accessible to most people without talking down to his audience, and digs far deeper than his more famous contemporary Professor Brian Cox .. Al-Khalili might learn Cox's populism and poetic presentation, or Cox might learn Al-Khalili's trick of presenting true science insight as fantastic, yet true in its own right ..

    I don't think Brian Cox is more popular than Al-Khalili, the media does seem to prefer Brian Cox as its current pet scientist, mainly I suspect because he's young, Caucasian and played in a band, whilst Al-Khalili is furriner sounding .. :)

    Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:44:49 UTC | #633711

    Go to: BBC - Everything and Nothing

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    Great stuff!! I am a fan of Al-Khalili documentaries.

    Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:19:23 UTC | #633571

    Go to: Morality without 'Free Will'

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    The Richard Dawkins Foundation should invite Sam Harris and Daniel Dennet to debate the subject!

    Tue, 31 May 2011 15:59:53 UTC | #632689