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Go to: Against All Gods

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There is complexity therefore god - ha ha, checkmate atheists. But not only that, I know which god did it: my god (sigh!) How do creationists live with such mental knots?

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:07:59 UTC | #950137

Go to: Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

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Can the church claim that, because individual priests are put in prison, that lets them off the hook?

They can if they like but it is not going to fool anybody who is informed about the systematic cover-up of secrecy by the Rapin-Catlick-Church™.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:09:23 UTC | #950082

Go to: A past Muslim . . . now an atheist in Pakistan

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An atheist in Pakistan? Kind of like being wrongly diagnosed as insane and put on the loony ward... and you must continue to partake in the collective schizophrenia for your safety... even though you are sane and sober. No offence meant.

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:45:33 UTC | #949183

Go to: Why smart people are stupid

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Comment 1 by jameshogg

Hi cheesy, snooty, vile, smug meme. Your words not mine -- well there is nothing like self deprication : ) can you do this one?

We have a twelve foot plank, now cut it into two pieces. What are the measurements if one piece is one foot longer than the other?

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 03:42:10 UTC | #947657

Go to: Why smart people are stupid

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Here’s a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

A similar one is if I have a plank of wood that is twelve feet long. If it's cut into two pieces, what are their measurements if one piece is one foot longer than the other?

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 03:27:46 UTC | #947320

Go to: The Dawkins Challenge

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Catholics need to be ready to take up this challenge. The arguments in theology and philosophy may not seem compelling – or even worthy of rational attention – to Dawkins and his followers. But informed Catholics ought to be far better prepared to use reason itself to defend what they believe on faith.

But they don't use reason, that's the whole point. If they did they wouldn't be so quick to believe ridiculous things.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 02:10:16 UTC | #947312

Go to: Dawkins calls for 'Catholic' honesty

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Comment 148 by All About Meme

Perhaps we atheists need to re-emphasize and therefore re-claim this “humble” ground, rather than continuing to be misunderstood by believers as being the sole owners of the “higher” ground.

Yes, that might be a good idea. I have heard the "you can't be certain of anything" line used as a rhetorical device so many times, it's really annoying. They seem to think it's some sort of persuasive argument for god.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:35:38 UTC | #946991

Go to: Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

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Comment 3 by Roedy

Another metaphor is craziness is like a magnetic field. The more crazies you get together, the more their fields superimpose and interfere constructively (making the field stronger). Their delusion becomes the consensus reality. Then the field induces craziness in a normal person entering the field.

The crazier thing is that the crazies don't think they are crazy. Insanity in the individual is rare but in the group it is the rule. People are probably wired to conform by social pressures. It reminds me of the ash experiment - which explains a lot when you think about it in the context of religion and general woo.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:31:27 UTC | #946263

Go to: Update - Podcast June 5 Interview with Peter Boghossian - "Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"

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I can understand the argument that faith "gives people comfort" but what really gets up my nose is when they say "you got to have faith" or "it's called faith for a reason" as if this is some kind of devastating argument. When the reality is faith is the willingness to believe in any old garbage. And to manufacture respect, stick a halo on it and talk about morality a lot, thus creating an illusion of virtue.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:11:04 UTC | #946195

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Go to: What Would Darwin Say to Today's Creationists?

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Comment 1 by Metamag

She accomplishes absolutely nothing(as latest polling shows) and still doesn't change the approach.

I agree. The talk came across as a sort of rose-tinted appeasing narrative of evolution vs creationism. I'm not sure what her goal seems to be. Maybe she has never fully gotten over her indoctrination in Christian science:

"Scott was initially brought up in Christian Science by her mother and grandmother, but later switched to a Congregational church under the influence of her sister; she describes her background as liberal Protestant"

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:25:23 UTC | #945812

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Daniel Dennett. Oxford, 9 May 2012

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Comment 31 by Ornicar

A celibate priest works so that his flock breed more.

What does that even mean?

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 02:56:20 UTC | #945629

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

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It's such a pity that Prof. Dawkins never got the chance to do one of those free-flowing type talks with the Hitch.

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 04:18:50 UTC | #945143

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Comment 17 by Peter Grant

Would have preferred a full length documentary highlighting this inhumane treatment of snakes as well as the suffering and eventual death of one of their tormentors.

This snake got its revenge and fair play to it... just doing its job and so on.

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:26:50 UTC | #945111

Go to: You want to ban hate speech? Isn’t that what religion is?

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Speech – however distressing or hateful – is not the same as physical harm. And anyway, you can’t stop hate with censorship. You can only stop it by challenging it head on.

Tit for tat game-theory shows that it is better not to challenge things head on at times - based on probability. Mostly yes - but sometimes it is best to just sit back.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:10:45 UTC | #944900

Go to: The Politics of Religion

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I suppose the contraception issue is a handy red herring from that little matter of their systematic buggering of boys.

Thu, 31 May 2012 04:17:08 UTC | #944692

Go to: Jury gives "faith healing" mother prison time in son's death

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Religious faith needs to be classified as a mental illness. There should also be a 'strident' and unrelenting attack on the nonsense of prayer, using this case as the perfect artillery.

Wed, 30 May 2012 04:35:52 UTC | #944390

Go to: Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school

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Comment 1 by Ardiem

Religion (literally) poisons everything.

That's in bad taste. Whoops!

Tue, 29 May 2012 15:01:22 UTC | #944234

Go to: Evolution skeptics will soon be silenced by science: Richard Leakey

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The idea that there will be some kind of mass acceptance of evolution in 15 to 30 years seems very doubtful. These people don't understand what evidence is. Further, they are not schooled in critical thought. It may improve slightly but as long as parents indoctrinate the next generation with anti-science garbage, it's going to take some time. So we don't need them. It would be nice of course if they came around sooner, but I think that is an irrational optimism.

Tue, 29 May 2012 03:58:09 UTC | #944143

Go to: Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay ‘Cure’

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I often wonder at times how much of psychiatry is bollocks.

Fri, 25 May 2012 01:50:11 UTC | #943406

Go to: Moral Clarity and Richard Dawkins

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The whole article is predicated on the existance of god; for which, at present, there is no evidence; ergo, it's baseless. A load of old bollocks dressed up as deep philosophy. A straw house.

Tue, 22 May 2012 19:13:26 UTC | #942907

Go to: Ghost seance goes wrong

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Comment 19 by sheepcat

Does no one here watch "Most Haunted", ghosts are clearly very real, how else do you explain the spooky noises that occur when a camera crew and several presenters and guests wander around really old houses in the dark?

I managed a minute of it once but had to change channel before I put my coffee mug through the TV. It consists of: camera crews and idiotic "psychic types" who run around like imbeciles at night in spooky old buildings, listening for the slightest noise (as if a bloody noise is proof of a ghost) and looking their best to look scared. And of course they have already made up their minds that ghosts exist beforehand; one might as well watch schizophrenics talking to themselves.

In 2012, shows like Most Haunted are an embarrassment. The public needs to know that ghosts don't exist - it needs a sort of 'strident' Dawkins.

Fri, 18 May 2012 01:44:49 UTC | #942131

Go to: Want People to Trust Atheists More? Remind Them of Cops and Courts, Says New Study

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Let me get this straight. If one doesn't believe in a celestial magician then they are lower than a rapist in the eyes of a believer? That's funny if it's coming from those who gloss over the rape in the bible.

Wed, 16 May 2012 17:29:54 UTC | #941876

Go to: Scientific evidence proves why healers see the 'aura' of people

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So is this bull? Are the "intensely interconnected stimuli" not to blame for bat-shit aura delusions?

Tue, 15 May 2012 20:53:31 UTC | #941685

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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I find Mr Faircloth to be exciting, positive, and inspiring. If more people had that kind of enthusiasm and could somehow funnel it through secular foundations, it would go a long way.

Sun, 13 May 2012 23:04:43 UTC | #941320

Go to: Should Churches Get Tax Breaks?

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I like Bill Maher on this:

"If churches don't have to pay taxes, they also can't call the fire department when they catch fire. Sorry reverend, that's one of those services that goes along with paying in. I'll use the fire department I pay for. You can pray for rain."

Thu, 10 May 2012 19:30:12 UTC | #940921

Go to: Conversion on Mount Improbable: How Evolution Challenges Christian Dogma

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Comment 9 by susanlatimer

You are right. "Not knowing" is suspension of belief, my apologies. I jumped to a hasty conclusion, as most mammals invariably do.

Mon, 07 May 2012 05:20:06 UTC | #940245

Go to: Conversion on Mount Improbable: How Evolution Challenges Christian Dogma

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Comment 9 by susanlatimer

There is knowing and not knowing

You forgot about suspension of belief pending further evidence.

Mon, 07 May 2012 04:41:57 UTC | #940242

Go to: Protest against the “Punch your gay kids” Pastor – Sean Harris.

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I'd like to see this Harris douche punched into intensive care quite frankly. This is almost beyond belief.

Sat, 05 May 2012 16:43:31 UTC | #939917

Go to: Cardinal Brady will not resign over 'abuse failure'

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Comment 155 by RJMoore

Right. Show me one place where I've given that impression. Just one.

Every one of your comments appears to focus on deflecting the blame off Brady and not "joining the mob" in condemning him.

If you cant, I expect you'll have the decency to withdraw that comment.

I'll do you a deal. I'll withdraw it if you withdraw your "different cultural times" garbage.

Fri, 04 May 2012 02:40:55 UTC | #939512