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Go to: Sixty Years of British Science Innovation

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Not a bad list for a damp little island on the edge of the Atlantic - with its 'ridiculous' 'outdated' (etc, etc ad nauseam) constitutional monarchy... a system which mysteriously large numbers of the most advanced, scientifically literate and atheistical countries in the world share, strangely enough.

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 10:32:54 UTC | #945175

Go to: U.K.'s Royal Society Finds No 'Silver Bullet' for Population Issues

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Educate and enfranchise women. Educate and enfranchise women. Educate and enfranchise women.

(NB: you can count on the opposition of virtually all major religions while doing this).

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:37:59 UTC | #938211

Go to: I Kind Of Got Kidnapped By Richard Dawkins And Ayaan Hirsi Ali At The Global Atheist Convention

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Similarly to how she did that is! (Past midnight over here).

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:16:44 UTC | #937477

Go to: I Kind Of Got Kidnapped By Richard Dawkins And Ayaan Hirsi Ali At The Global Atheist Convention

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Good fun story! I was in Chelsea one day with my (normally very sensible and down to earth) wife when she suddenly began whimpering loudly, shaking convulsively and visibly melting into a puddle on the pavement - Pierce Brosnan had just got of a car a few meters away (I was unmoved). I would react similarly if Richard Dawkins suddenly arrived in the seat next to me at one of these conferences!

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:15:57 UTC | #937476

Go to: Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"?

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Hooray for good old English evidence-based empiricism and nuts to French intellectual idealism.

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:16:34 UTC | #936238

Go to: The sound of sin

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Holy mackerel, what bizarre rubbish the religious accept as normal.

It's like these people are wearing a kind of mental burkha.

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:11:17 UTC | #936237

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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Meanwhile, back to the subject of the thread. Pell is now in deep hot water and has been forced to apologise for his comments that the Jews were 'intellectually inferior' to the Egyptians and the Persians. The far-right Murdoch - owned paper The Australian has published an opinion piece describing Pell's performance as masterful! causing everyone to realise, when they had stopped crying with laughter, just what a nasty nexus there is between the Catholic church, the Rupert-owned media and the opposition leader - destined to be the next PM thanks to Labor's incompetence - Pell admirer and confidante and fellow climate-change denier Tony Abbot (known as the 'mad monk' as he trained for the priesthood). Poor old Australia is in for a rough time.

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:10:25 UTC | #934513

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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Let's keep our eyes on the ball here. Sanal is now in serious danger and MUST be supported. Courage like this deserves to be protected. Can RD.net please keep this story updated and on-screen, just for starters, so we can follow its progress.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:17:52 UTC | #934399

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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This debate has garnered well over 600 comments on The Age website - never seen so many comments for any story there before (The Age is a respected Australian broadsheet). The majority seem to consider that Richard wasn't quite at his best but nevertheless made Pell look very foolish indeed - in fact that Pell shot himself in the foot multiple times. The consensus is also that the audience was stacked with Catholic sycophants, something instantly obvious to anyone watching. It might have irritated Richard at the time but he shouldn't worry - the audience did quite as well as Pell at revealing how bust a flush Christianity is in this country.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:43:36 UTC | #933769

Go to: Richard Dawkins - US October 2012 Tour

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When are you coming to Tasmania? (sulks).

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 21:41:35 UTC | #932953

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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And if it gets to the church's nasty views on sexuality, PLEASE say something in your nice, quiet, dry voice, like :

"I don't think I want to be told what is and isn't normal by a celibate man in a dress."

Please? Just for me? I've wanted to say it to this particular idiot for years. And its a comment that will cause much joy and mirth over here, as it's exactly what the average Aussie thinks about the matter.

Archway - step out the door. Smell the flowers. Breathe the air. Delight in the the sweet flight of the birds. Stop being such a sophomore.

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 21:34:50 UTC | #932951

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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Don't get fancy with this fellow, Richard - he's a simple dinosaur though with the usual smooth, fingertips-judiciously-joined Catholic slipperiness. He'll probably try to make you angry, and score points that way, not having much to defend himself. Keep it simple - contraception, AIDS, women as inferior beings, gay marriage, child abuse, the supposed 'holiness' of suffering - all at the supposed behest of a non-existent being. Aussies are bored by theological debate but they are proud of their egalitarianism, have largely abandoned the church on these issues and, to put it crudely, you will score big on them.

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 21:23:14 UTC | #932946

Go to: The ‘God wars’ and the Global Atheist Convention

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Quite a nice man. Cheer up, Chris! There's no god! It's really not that scary... you'll get over it, and have a happy life.

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 07:59:24 UTC | #931830

Go to: From Faith to Facts: Theology to Atheism an Unintended Outcome

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It's pleasing that no-one is going straight for the 'theology is a load of bunkum - for crying out just ditch it!' line. It is a load of bunkum of course but I'm impressed at the mature realisation most of the posters here have shown that some people, because of their background, emotional life or whatever, really can't just laugh at it from the outside like us more fortunate types who have grown up in a secular atmosphere. They have to work through it, and if they do this with genuine honesty and open minds they end up with the right answer: no gods - freedom.

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:11:31 UTC | #931144

Go to: Scientists Last Supper

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What about Democritus, father of atomic theory and one of the first people ever to do without any supernatural props in his explanation of the nature of the universe - he's got to be in!

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:20:42 UTC | #927363

Go to: Atheists likely to outnumber Christians in England in 20 years

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Proud to be English! (Shame those rational chaps, the Scandinavians, got there first though. And they were slow to be converted to Christianity to begin with. Respect!)

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:35:23 UTC | #925782

Go to: FFRF ad, ‘Quit the Catholic Church,’ runs in today’s Times

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Strident, uncompromising and in their face - absolutely brilliant.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:17:22 UTC | #925714

Go to: Dress-wearing 73 year-old unmarried celibate man vehemently supports thing he has no experience of

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He should sell that stupid hat and have some important dental work carried out.

OOOOOH! BITCHY!

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:37:16 UTC | #924395

Go to: Can Jewish and Christian values last without belief in an omnipotent God?

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mmurray has it. He's getting it the wrong way around, as religious people always do. If there is anything decent in Judaism and Christianity it has been absorbed from 'the better angels' of human nature, and is not something they have come up with themselves. Christianity in particular is like a dodgy salesman who tries to pretend that he his the sole supplier of something we all already have.

For this reason, human goodness will survive Judaism and Christianity, just as it long preceded them.

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:25:13 UTC | #923971

Go to: New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America

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Judging from the illustration, they had a real hatred for cocker spaniels.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:32:07 UTC | #922687

Go to: A Revolutionary Idea

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Surely this idiot is so loony that not even Americans will elect him (he said pleadingly).

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:30:54 UTC | #922686

Go to: No blood on the carpet. How disappointing. [Also in Polish]

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If journalists were to get to know, and read, Dawkins instead of their beloved Strawkins, their live would become so much harder. They may have to (gasp) do some research and (groan) attack the ball and not the man.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:01:57 UTC | #922193

Go to: Jessica "Evil Little Thing" Ahlquist on CNN

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Strewth! Sixteen! When I was sixteen I scarcely knew I was alive, and I didn't have the guts to say 'boo!" to a goose, let alone piss off morons by the shed-load.

Fantastic, Jessica!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:10:59 UTC | #922179

Go to: Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

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Yeah, bring it on. They'll be begging for help from the infidel then alright.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:04:29 UTC | #922174

Go to: Church 'does not own marriage'

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I find this very encouraging. If a predominantly conservative government is making such encouraging noises on gay marriage, then whether it takes shorter or longer it's going to happen, and the Christian loonies are well and truly f*****k. They can go and snarl and slaver in some nasty corner for a bit and become an even greater irrelevancy than they already are. Then in twenty years of so you'll find mainstream Xstians claiming with a straight face that the church played a leading role in legalising gay marriage, just like they did with astronomy, intellectual freedom, environmentalism and the sexual revolution.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:54:52 UTC | #921770

Go to: Ireland is also more secular than we thought

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It's excellent, good for the Irish.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:09:49 UTC | #921630

Go to: Atheist in memory lapse and slavery shock [Also in Polish

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There you go, I can't even spell 'your' correctly. I'm still cleverer than them!

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:08:54 UTC | #920992

Go to: Atheist in memory lapse and slavery shock [Also in Polish

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No matter how strong you are in your arguments, Richard, you must sometimes feel a little weary, a little queasy at the sheer ignorant hatred that you mere name (as you have said) induces in bears of little brain. Fuck the lot of them. We're right behind you, we are cleverer than they are, (even me) and we're winning. Don't let the losers grind you down.

Affection and warm support from Tasmania,

Kim Birley.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:07:25 UTC | #920991

Go to: Religion for Atheists: a Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion

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@ Comment 6 by yanquetino - brilliant - nailed it in one.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:20:31 UTC | #920527

Go to: Religion for Atheists: a Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion

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What garbage! Appeals to great scientists and philosophers of the past overlook the fact that intelligent people of the time were so steeped in religion that they could not imagine a world without it. The same is thankfully not the case now.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:50:28 UTC | #920511