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Go to: September 11, 2011

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The question "what is gravity" reminded me of an old junior school geography text book in the Irish language in which the opening sentence of a paragraph about gravity said - when translated - "Everything falls down unless it is supported". a good answer for a two and a half year old?

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:43:07 UTC | #869150

Go to: Why Dawkins's case against religion creaks at every joint

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Mackey claimed last week that Dawkins was a theologian? Dawkins replied within two days. I doubt if he (Dawkins) will waste more time on this nonsense.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0705 /1224300089384.html

Dawkins reply

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0707/1224300208943.html

P.S. Irish Times has these filler column during the silly season. Mackey had a series last year about this time.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:06:28 UTC | #849057

Go to: Why am I reading theology?

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How about this then?

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0705/1224300089384.html

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 15:18:16 UTC | #846428

Go to: What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory

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Time is, was and will be

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:55:00 UTC | #444866

Go to: Two avenging angels in Ireland

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These two reports illustrate in a profound way (for Ireland at least) the utter corruption and self serving actions of the Roman Catholic church. I suspect the scene is similar in other countries. However, this organisation won't be going anywhere soon. It has been around for 2,000 years and has survived plague, reformation and wars. The only way forward for humanity is rational enlightenment based on respect for individual and communal rights and the totally fair and equal application of just law.

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 13:35:00 UTC | #426615

Go to: A Darwinian Perspective on Religions: Past, Present and Future

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Very entertaining but difficult to listen to because of poor recording.

Thu, 07 May 2009 06:50:00 UTC | #357148

Go to: Broken symmetry: Answering the solace of quantum

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Perhaps God is matter and the Devil is antimatter

Fri, 10 Oct 2008 07:31:00 UTC | #249586

Go to: Friend or Foe? Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems

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Well, stone the crows !


Hurrah ! I'm first at last LOL

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 11:26:00 UTC | #227614

Go to: Genesis and the origin of the Origin of the species

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This is mostly poetic language and metaphor; nice to meditate on but damn all to do with reality. After seeing a recent TV programme about the Heaven's Gate cult and the seemingly nice "sane" people (apart from the leaders!) involved with it, it strikes me that a good proportion of humanity is beyond rational reach.

Sat, 30 Aug 2008 06:12:00 UTC | #226920

Go to: The moment of truth

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Hitchens was right:

Religion poisons everything

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 15:06:00 UTC | #211574

Go to: Richard Dawkins slaps creationists into the primordial soup

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I'm really surprised to hear Richard Dawkins using the term "trailer trash". I've always thought it to be a crass transatlantic phrase which connotes a certain class snobbery, something I never would have thought Richard to be guilty of.

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 01:55:00 UTC | #202849

Go to: The BBC announces a major season marking the life and work of Charles Darwin

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May I ask again about the BBC Mini series
"The Voyage of Charles Darwin" made in 1978 ?

This was an excellent docu drama centered around the Voyage of the Beagle. Some info on it here
http://www.aboutdarwin.com/literature/Video.html

Anyone out there who might make it available to this web site - or would there be a copyright issue in doing this ?

Could BBC be persuaded to re screen it as part of their "Darwin Tribute"

Anyone got a contact emil address where one could send such a request ?

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 13:01:00 UTC | #196753

Go to: The Boundaries of Belief

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The mind boggles !

Sun, 06 Jul 2008 13:25:00 UTC | #194741

Go to: How Darwin won the evolution race

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Some twenty years ago BBC TV made an excellent program about Darwin and his theory. I think it was called "Voyage of the Beagle". It would be nice to see it again and surely this anniversary provides the perfect excuse and opportunity.

Well BBC, how about it ?

EDIT: Just found it on a torrent "The Voyage of Charles Darwin" - made in 1978

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 08:23:00 UTC | #188136

Go to: It Doesn't Take an Einstein

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Being Irish I think I understand TeraBrat's pride in being Jewish - both our peoples have had a disproportionate influence on world affairs.

As for the Jewish people being "protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power" is it not said that "God" made the Irish fond of drink in case they took over the world!!

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:52:00 UTC | #186271

Go to: Scientists confirm that parts of earliest genetic material may have come from the stars

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So, we've come from heaven (sky) after all ;)

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 03:48:00 UTC | #183224

Go to: Regime change in heaven

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Yesterday, on knees in prayer
I spoke to god, who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish that god would go away

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:03:00 UTC | #181665

Go to: Darwin still causing waves after 150 years

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Some years ago BBC TV did a very good series on Darwin. I think it was called "Voyage of the Beagle" but I'm unsure of that.

It would be good to see it again

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 07:29:00 UTC | #179545

Go to: Happy Birthday, Richard Dawkins!

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So Richard D. is sixty seven.
Having come to two conclusions
That there is neither hell nor heaven.
This chap has no delusions!

Happy Birthday

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 13:28:00 UTC | #143240

Go to: Three Little Pigs 'too offensive'

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I guess someone called Ken Ham must have a problem then ?

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 14:24:00 UTC | #109641

Go to: Top 10 Reasons to Believe Logic Over Religion

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Maybe I'm being a bit of a stuff shirt but this article is not worthy of richarddawkins.net. It is not really that funny either.

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 12:04:00 UTC | #109129

Go to: Borders Tags Atheist Book with 'O Come All Ye Faithless' Cards

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The Rev. Jonathan Edwards, general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. said the idea was "crass."


Well, I disagree with most posters. I think the Rev. Jonathan Edwards is right. Its a bit like spitting in another's ale.

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 06:51:00 UTC | #96085

Go to: Former Evangelical Minister Has a New Message: Jesus Hearts Darwin

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Religion (specifically Christianity) has adapted itself down through the centuries - usually after a prolonged period - to the prevailing Zietgiest. The Copernican universe, evolution have all been accepted.
Apropos Benedict's latest encyclical; if you remove the "God" content, there is not much to disagree with. Excessive materialism/consumerism is anti human.

I forsee - far in the future - a Godless Christianity more akin to today's secular humanism

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 02:53:00 UTC | #90584

Go to: Rock of Ages, Ages of Rock

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Science education in the US is sure in bad shape

Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:52:00 UTC | #86586

Go to: Georgia gets rain, but it may not help

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When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers - Oscar Wilde

Sat, 17 Nov 2007 02:14:00 UTC | #84456

Go to: Why Science Will Triumph Only When Theory Becomes Law

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In science the words hypothesis, theory and law have very specific meanings

see http://wilstar.com/theories.htm

Creationism/ID is a dogma or doctrine. Lets call it for what it is.

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 02:54:00 UTC | #84146

Go to: Downward, Christian soldier

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From the original Telegraph article

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/18/ndannatt118.xml

He has been described by those close to him as "frighteningly intelligent".


Need more be said ?

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 01:47:00 UTC | #77037

Go to: The New Atheism: An Interview with Mitchell Cohen

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A wonderfully balanced exposition of views and one that will bear reading again.

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 02:11:00 UTC | #74222

Go to: The Problem with Atheism

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The first part of Sam's discourse reminds me of a story told about Clement Attlee. Attlee was Prime Minister of the UK after WW2 - self described as a modest man, to which Churchill retorted "and he has much to be modest about" - and was also - to put it at its most neutral - an unbeliever. Attlee was being questioned about his "beliefs" and when asked was he an agnostic, replied "I don't know",

After which peroration I would like to praise Sam's article for his clarity - at least in the first part - and his tolerance in the second.

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 05:20:00 UTC | #72004

Go to: Against the grain: There are questions that science cannot answer

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Posters may be interested in the following link

http://www.mala.bc.ca/www/ipp/pdf/Forrest_Paper.pdf

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 02:33:00 UTC | #70170