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Go to: Global warming 'confirmed' by independent study

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As for this post, this seems rather silly as Global Warming was confirmed long ago. (well, relatively recently)

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 05:31:40 UTC | #883303

Go to: Global warming 'confirmed' by independent study

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sigh To those who accuse others of science illiteracy, can YOU explain to me in a way that I can gain a better understanding of the field? The reason I ask is many people who seem literate in the field are more interested in fighting those who are ignorant instead of curing the ignorance. I mean, we're an emotionally driven species and often times sensitivity to one's state of mind coupled with information is what creates impact. I admit that I am ignorant about climatology but, personally, I don't like the blunt seemingly smart-ass snobbish attitude by those who would rather criticize those who are ignorant (not everyone who is ignorant, is because of choice like Creationists and religious fundamentalist nut-jobs) instead of TEACHING that person.

And, to those who ignore me for whatever reason, I obtain the impression of snobbery. Richard Dawkins is blunt and passionate but NOT A SNOB. So, why do those who admire him, act that way. But, that's another story.

Now, those who respond to this, actually post your reply, please READ what I said VERBATUM. I've had enough of people skimming and retorting deliberately refusing to read and comprehend what exactly they were responding to. Don't accuse me as many on both the Left and the Right as a political scapegoat because of my ignorance or of any objections to how people respond to Climate Change and many of the top researchers involved.

Thanks,

Connor "Raptor" M. Lewis

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 05:30:17 UTC | #883301

Go to: Near-Perfect Young Dinosaur Fossil Found in Bavaria

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The link's broken so I don't think anyone can actually have access to the paper which is odd. Perhaps I take it back as a Tyrannosaurid but it's certainly a Coelurosaur, probably of the Dromaeosaur family? (It's been so long since I've read about that family of non-avian theropods.)

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:14:02 UTC | #882823

Go to: Faircloth discusses his new book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It."

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My father purchased it shortly after the talk Dawkins gave at Eastern Kentucky University, USA. Hopefully when he's finished reading it, I'll be able to. In the mean time, I'm looking forward to read that book.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:11:18 UTC | #882822

Go to: Near-Perfect Young Dinosaur Fossil Found in Bavaria

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Comment 14 by Alex Burton :

Comment 6 by antcowan :

Its in a nice pose too, that bone sticking from its backside looks odd though.

Unfortunately that "nice pose" may be the dinosaur convulsing and arching it's back as it dies in pain.

That pose is really just post-mortem contractions that happens to most vertebrates after they die. The muscles stiffen and pull the head and tail towards one another in the case of this theropod. Actually, this looks like a Tyrannosauroid, if I'm not mistaken.

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:38:59 UTC | #881345

Go to: Richard Dawkins, acclaimed author and member of Royal Society, shunned by country club in Michigan town

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"Atheist" is a mere label, a human construct like all others often abused by bigots and charlatans (sp?) so the fact that any label should overshadow actual facts is nothing new and it isn't unique to people. For example, Cannabis sativa was opted for prohibition based on the presently, despised in some circles, spanish name "Marijuana" and was pushed forward by a crooked politician. Now, people, who think their arguing for keeping it banned because of "facts", ignore the actual evidence and make up notions that support their prejudices. My point is that labels are little help to actually understanding something or someone. Dawkins is a great scientist and author as well as a kind hearted gentleman, and, regardless of his societal label, he should not be feared. Peace, folks.

By the way, I was fortunate to see Dawkins speak at Eastern Kentucky University, an hour from where I grew up, when I was there for Fall Break (I am a Geology student at Western Kentucky University.) and I was surprised to see so many people there to hear him speak despite that their's a church on every corner in Richmond, KY and EKU seems to have a lot of Christians study there. So, I guess I'm surprised that happened in Detroit as opposed to KY which is deeply Conservative and religious. Oh, the irony!

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 03:51:18 UTC | #880377

Go to: Richard Dawkins calls for arrest of Pope Benedict XVI

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Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:30:30 UTC | #873406

Go to: Sumerians look on in confusion as God creates world

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haha! I LOVE this! The Onion is terrific! Thanks for sharing!! XDDD

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:02:36 UTC | #855655

Go to: Hitchens on the Catholic Church

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Admittedly, when I first heard about him, I was cautious about him. But, just in the last year alone, my admiration has increased insurmountably for such a brilliant mind. Sharp, abrasive, and kind, this man is truly one of, if not the greatest of the "Four Horsemen". (Of course, I'm tied between him and Dan Dennett, and that's not to say I dislike Dr. Dawkins or Sam Harris.)

This rant was all I ever wanted to say to and about the inhuman cult that is the Catholic Church but could not for reasons entirely unknown to me. Thank you, Mr. Hitchens. You're a great man and it's a shame more people can't open their eyes and see this. It's like war; humans seem to be in a state of forgetfulness.

As for wishing him longevity and good health, I see nothing wrong with that, even though he is terminally ill. Honestly, I share the sentiment, and so wish this wasn't the case, but the best we can do is make his vision a reality. In fact, I put him on the same level as Carl Sagan in terms of influence and just overall humanity.

Best Wishes,

The Raptor

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 02:55:12 UTC | #855451

Go to: Dublin Declaration on Secularism and the place of religion in public life

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It's refreshing to see the Liberal mentality being put down in writing for all see, and one that extends to Non-believers at that. Nicely done!!

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:34:37 UTC | #636389

Go to: Chimpanzee spirituality

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Honestly, it's certainly a possibility and Jane Goodall is one of my favourite natualists alongside Sir David Attenborough (She pioneered Pan troglodytes studies, after all, and, one reason for her reluctance for rigorous testing is that, she became instinctively attached like one would be to another human being. We don't do tests on humans without some controversy or skepticism for that very reason), but, I agree that, without rigorous scientific research, we have no way of knowing for certain why Chimps do what they do. Besides, publishing in a journal doesn't automatically make something correct. Rigorous scrutiny, if you recall, is what allows us to know what is true. (Theories like Natural Selection are always being tested).

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:29:05 UTC | #603186

Go to: Just so Darwin

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Yes, Montana's Hell Creek and Red Deer River Formations (that is shares with ALberta, near Drumheller) are excellent sources of Maastritchian age fossils west of the Western Interior Seaway, plus has great evidence of the last few million years (the K/Pg Boundary is marked by the Irridium layer that is consistent with the Chicxulub Impact Site off the Yucatan Peninsula.) of Terrestrial and Aquatic fuanal evolution. There, clearly, there have been about 12 genera of Dinosaurs left (found in strata a few feet below the irridium layer before they "disappear"). The fact that Creationists (even more appalling and utterly infuriating is the allowance of it to happen) are siphoning resources and money that could be used to increase our understanding of Dinosaur evolution, and Mammalian evolution before the Cenozoic, as well as Extinction and Climate Change, is utterly stupid and irrational.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:17:13 UTC | #603177

Go to: Evolution fascinates kids--what's your experience?

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It's WONDERFUL that you are doing this! In fact, I enjoy teaching about Science to children! I absolutely adore kids and support your endeavour.

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:03:09 UTC | #603167

Go to: How oppressed do you feel as an atheist?

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Honestly, I have felt that way for a good portion of my life (actually, it's unfair to call it opression so much as delusion, but I suppose one could argue there is correlation here).

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 17:01:41 UTC | #603165

Go to: Atheist alone ...

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I am deeply sorry for your situation and can empathize to a certain extent as I am also a recently "converted" (though, I prefer "Enlightened") to rejection of the delusion that is God.

While I personally agree with William33 for the most part, I only disagree with choosing an alternative nomenclature to Atheism. Choosing anything else in order to avoid hatred and intolerance only says more about you than it does to quell the bigotry and accept you any more, and implies that you are ashamed and are changing your behaviour to please these fools. I speak only from experience.

My best advice (I, too, grew up in a religious family) is to focus on yourself and be who you are; a kind, responsible and gentle man. How they behave is not your concern. They, too, will receive the consequences of hatred (I mean, that "what goes around, comes around"); that is, they will know similar hatred and intolerance that they give to you. Hold your head high and be who you are. If you need to, scream: "I'm Atheist and I'm proud!" And, if your wife is intolerant, then divorce. It is irrational to be married to someone because of lust. You'll find the right one eventually. :) Happiness and Love are powerful and you will Know what it's like to find the right mate. I wish you the best of luck, my friend. Take Care!

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:45:10 UTC | #603159

Go to: Moderates vs. Fundamentalists

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Great News: I have gone from Agnosticism to Atheism! Thank you, Prof. Dawkins!

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 03:15:54 UTC | #591973

Go to: Moderates vs. Fundamentalists

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I'm agnostic and I feel the opposite. Anyone, no matter how passionate they may be, who just tosses rationality and Science out the window just because it doesn't conform with your religion isn't merely ignorant (If that is the correct term; if it isn't, someone please let me know.), but just insane!

I grew up as a Fundamentalist Christian (aka "Creationist") and when I saw the Human Evolution exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington DC years ago, I saw the light and began to question.

Now, I didn't lose my faith entirely, but I had a normal "Crisis of Faith," if you will. I was a Christian Evolutionist, but due to their damaging rhetoric about my beliefs, I rejected religion entirely for Reason and Rationality as well as Truth! I am a much happier person because of it! I am an Agnostic Amateur Paleontologist and I am Proud!

:) There is hope!! laughs

-Raptor Lewis, Author of PaleoQuest Administrator of Dinosaur Home Member of the Kentucky Paleontological Society Coelurosaur "Expert"

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 17:07:46 UTC | #477658