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RJMoore:

I think many of the problems you mention that are caused by the market or capitalism have to be balanced against what the lot of the common man would be were the great reduction in consumption you refer to come about.

The great reduction in consumption is going to come about anyway, soon by resource constraints, and also currently because the problems that are caused by freemarket capitalism over the last 35 years has trickled up a vast proportion of wealth into the most unproductive [supposed 'jobcreator'] sectors of society.

As a common man I guess one can take some cold comfort that the slogan 'we're all this together' is eventually going to prove true.

Thu, 31 May 2012 20:06:53 UTC | #944827

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My training as an electrician did not need Faraday & Maxwell !

Tue, 29 May 2012 18:23:48 UTC | #944275

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"the homosexualist movement"

?

Wankers.

Sat, 05 May 2012 19:57:23 UTC | #939963

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...and Krauss used the term "turtles all the way down" as well. (the term 'universe' would have to be revised to encompass multiverses if we were ever to discover Penfold's echoes of previous 'universes' in the microwave background for instance or collisions of other inflations or whatever it is)

Fri, 04 May 2012 18:02:35 UTC | #939716

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Comment 54 by mtgilbert :

Hoping that god will "intervene on our behalf against an often brutal Mother Nature"? And exactly who created this Mother Nature?

Adam, according to some, that was the point of the argument.

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:40:44 UTC | #937895

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'New atheists' are in favour of burqa bans, and treat religious establishment's arguments with categorical derision?

'Radical' secularists who cannot abide utilitarianism?

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:31:52 UTC | #934177

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Hey, it's got a great tune hasn't it.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:48:59 UTC | #933377

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Comment 7 by Chad_Is_Rad :

hmmm, yeah. A touch weird to hear that distinct preacher voice speak through a secular message. I'm definitely onboard with the trend, I just hope the converts actually learn science and familiarize themselves with the intricacies of arguing against religion. Otherwise, it could come off as an individual simply jumping ship from one religion to another, and that probably won't sway his fellow "believers" that are on the fence.

Good stuff, regardless!

This guy clearly wasn't persuaded by 'learning science' though, was he.

He explained how he went through all measure - "seven different levels of pentecostalist theology" - of trying to make the preaching of hell avoidance fit his conscience, and then explained how he was left with his whole identity smashed into pieces when he found he could not find the words to comfort a dear friend after a personal tragedy. I'm very happy for him that he hasn't ended up in a psychiatric ward for years.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:49:45 UTC | #932590

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It was a shame the wisdom of his grandfather didn't catch up with him for a few decades:

You are going off to your pentecostalist meeting to consign the baptists to hell because they don't speak in tongues; and the baptists are going to their meeting to condemn you to hell because you do speak in tongues; then you'll all meet up later for a beer and a steak!

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:35:22 UTC | #932588

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Dammit, I read the dumb editorial and now I have to register if I want to read Victor Stenger's article. Bastard New Scientist.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:53:10 UTC | #929329

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^ There are signs of this kind of antediluvian mind set emerging in the UK.

Thankfully, the likes of Nadine Dorries and Nigel Lawson are seen as an embarrassment by the vast majority.

hungarianelephant:

...and even Margaret Thatcher would look at what has become of the GOP and shake their heads in disbelief.

The Cameron's on their state visit this week seem to have steered well clear!

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:35:59 UTC | #927586

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I don't think the phrase "Religio-Industrial Complex" is gonna play very well, particularly if you want to 'reach across the aisle'.

There's something buried in my subconscious that just makes it sound a bit pseudo-intellectual and pinko- faggoty. However wrong that may sound, and however much the construct may speak truth, it still does not scan well.

The age-old maxim of 'follow the money' works for me - plus - I don't really see how a tie up with the corporatocracy works either.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:05:28 UTC | #927526

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Anyway, wasn't Frank Zappa singing about this stuff, like, 20 years ago, in the song Valley Girls? (and that's not Silicon valley - or at least not the same sort of usage for silicon!)

..& what about "Yeah but no but..." it's certainly been forced along by Little Britain's sketch on it. But anyone who comes from the same areal as me will know its been around for years. (then again it sounds very much like a child's attempts at justification, and may have been around for centuries)

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:46:03 UTC | #924693

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Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:44:49 UTC | #924692

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Comment 7 by TobySaunders :

He said niceness is a kind of misfiring, but it's the kind we shouldn't care about in a practical sense because it is only a misfire in the sense that it would not have benefited the transmission of our ancestors' genes in some ancient context. We shouldn't care though that it might not have helped a cave-person have sex & raise a person... we should care about it in our context, and so niceness is a kind of non-misfiring even more so because it's good in the broadest sense.

It's that part of the Blind Watchmaker's design that could almost be said to give an atheist a deeply spiritual sense of wonder - A blessing of providence worthy of thanksgiving!

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:34:55 UTC | #910955

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I saw Kenan’s free speech debate vs Tariq Modood in Bristol a few years ago (shortly before the newsnight appearance – 20 years after Satanic Verses) Based in Bristol, I now go to all Modood’s multiculturalism talks, to make sure fallacies and special-pleadings get corrected – as a sort of one-man ‘Modood-watch’ !

On Modood, I’m sure that his heart is ‘in the right place’, and I actually like the guy, but I think what he is, is the living embodiment of a ‘tone-troll’ with a Sociology degree.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:52:48 UTC | #910949

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Premiseless, comment #5,

Have you read 'The God delusion'? I think if you had there would be less tendency to anthropomorphise religion - you do seem to steer the right course when you say "in the same way that natural selection does this by chance (chaotically)", but then in the next paragraph you slip back into talking of this 'devised machinery for industrialization of minds' guff. 'The God delusion' is a book about memetics essentially, where it addresses origins.

Your attempt to draw a comparison with Laissez Faire de-regulated capitalism, (or the deluded 'mind of the market' type beliefs of Adam Smith religionists), whilst containing grains of truth is an enormous over-reach.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:32:35 UTC | #910947

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^ Petition signed

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:48:32 UTC | #910926

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I fear the 1990 Cairo declaration (effectively an abnegation, or renunciation, of the UDHR) spells out decades of misery for all the countries that signed it.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:03:27 UTC | #910856

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RD:

What I don't understand is their motive.

I concur with danconquer, in his second paragraph.

That is what I thought as soon as I heard the story, when trying to empath myself into the shoes of an Indian police chief. The nightmare would be a Mumbai-scale attack on the whole event.

Also from remembering that Satanic verses' 'blasphemy' was first publicised by an Indian-based 'Janata' party (presumably nothing to do with the BJP) I imagine that Indian authorities might be extremely paranoid that Salman might be killed on their watch, having incalculable repercussions.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:42:00 UTC | #910854

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No room for 'cultural' muslims then, in your view S Cat? The likes of Yasmin A-B must remain identified as a '10%er giving succour to the 100%ers' forever (even though we know different, going by her record)

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:55:32 UTC | #909710

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^Layla, events certainly are moving at a fast pace!... but this thread was the one about the events at UCL, and not Queen Mary's.

The UCL business certainly didn't start out with death threats, it was the fault of the Student Union by trying to get UCLASHS to 'show sensitivity' and self-sensor, when it should have told the islamist bleater to get a life instead of searching UCLASHS facebook looking for something to incite his inner rage-boy.

I agree absolutely with your post in the context it applies to - the Queen Mary's events. I am pissed off with that thread though - which has predictably brought out the usual suspects envisaging the imminent Islamification of the UK, and the need to respond with all sorts of 'up with this we will not put' brinkmanship tactics.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:51:46 UTC | #909591

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Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:43:30 UTC | #909584

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Comment 418 by strangebrew :

Seems that not many Muslim contributors to this forum have felt moved to offer opinion on a bunch of Islamic thugs...what a disappointment!

Well there aren't an awful lot of muslim contributers to this forum anyway.

It's a bit like the lack of non-muslim contributers to this forum who haven't felt moved enough to say they are sick of hearing rants from scary-sounding Geert Wilders impersonators come to tell us how close we are to the green flag flying over downing street.

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:37:40 UTC | #909510

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Comment 3 by Daryl :

What is it about religions in general that so despise women?

Um... They're Man-made? (Not so much 'despising' as wishing to have control)

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:13:21 UTC | #909170

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I first came across an explanation concerning the 'grandmother neurone' delusion in one of Pinker's books - probably 'How the mind works'.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:51:49 UTC | #909163

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‘the teaching, as an evidence-based view or theory, of any view or theory that is contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations.’

The government's second use of the word theory illustrates quite well the dual incompatible uses of the term - it ought to have at least been put in scare quotes the second time:

‘the teaching, as an evidence-based view or theory, of any view or 'theory' that is contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations.’

Or perhaps:

‘the teaching, as evidence-based views or theories, of any hypotheses that are contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations.’

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:29:33 UTC | #907700

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Enjoyed Omid Djalili's film 'The Infidel' last night on BBC1

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 20:29:57 UTC | #906320

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Anyone else got an answer for the query posed by UncleJJ2 (comment 32)?, 'cos I was puzzled by that too. Did he perhaps mean to say Neutrinos rather than Neutrons?, meaning that the volume occupied by a body at any instant would be mostly - in numerical terms - Neutrinos in transit?

The only other answer I can figure is that the sheer number of atoms involded means that the tiny extra mass a Neutron has over a Proton & Electron (& notwithstanding the 2 less Neutrons for Protium in the water molecules) still gives Neutrons the majority?

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:55:04 UTC | #906310

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We are all 'racists', simply because we've all still got lizard-brain doing its stuff, what matters is what operations we perform on lizard data with the front bits. It can be embarrassing when it shows, or it has to shorthanded down to 140 characters for twitter!

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 20:46:53 UTC | #906049