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Darwin's emotion experiment recreated online

hitchens_jnr - 12 November 2011 8 Comments

Juts a quick note to let forum users know that, thanks to the Darwin Project and Cambridge University, you can now have a go at an online recreation of an experiment Darwin undertook while...

TAGGED: DARWIN

Atheism in Antiquity

hitchens_jnr - 14 October 2011 12 Comments

I'm lucky enough to be attending a series of lectures that form part of the preparation for this year's Oxford-Princeton Graduate Exchange seminar in ancient history. The seminar tends to be on a...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HISTORY

Spanish court bans atheist march in Madrid.

hitchens_jnr - 22 April 2011 23 Comments

The Madrid Superior Court of Justice has banned a proposed atheist march through the city on Holy Thursday, a day when Catholics traditionally hold parades there. The court upheld an earlier ban,...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, ATHEISM, CENSORSHIP

More bigoted idiocy from Roberto de Mattei

hitchens_jnr - 09 April 2011 27 Comments

Some of you may remember Professor Roberto de Mattei's deplorable declaration that the Japan disaster was a "divine punishment". Professor de Mattei, the chairman of Italy's Centre for National...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SEXUALITY

Dispatches: "Lessons in Hate and Violence"

hitchens_jnr - 11 February 2011 46 Comments

This is just a heads-up for any UK posters, about a documentary set to air on 14th Feb on Channel 4 at 8pm (you might want to TIVO it, it's not especially romantic viewing for Valentine's Day!)....

TAGGED: EDUCATION, ISLAM

A fine exponent of "Christian Values"

hitchens_jnr - 29 January 2011 33 Comments

Hi all, I share a house with a Daily Mail reader (pity me!), and I was fairly astonished this morning when he showed me, in the Mail of all papers, a pretty brutal expose of Stephen Green, the...

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Evolution and Aesthetic Pleasure

hitchens_jnr - 14 November 2010 107 Comments

I recently had a conversation with an old schoolfriend. I hadn't seen him for many years, and I was a little surprised when we met up to discover that, in the years since we went our separate ways,...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, PSYCHOLOGY

Israel slams Catholic synod

hitchens_jnr - 25 October 2010 6 Comments

A Catholic synod chaired by the Pope has declared that Israel is wrong to use scripture as the basis for occupying Arab territory. The Israeli government has reacted angrily, claiming anti-Israeli...

TAGGED: POLITICS, RELIGION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Iranian government censors social sciences

hitchens_jnr - 25 October 2010 11 Comments

The Iranian government is taking steps to restrict university courses in the social sciences, claiming they are "pro-Western" (which I find puzzling), and that they are contrary to the teachings of...

TAGGED: CENSORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISLAM, POLITICS

UK Sharia expert - marital rape is "impossible".

hitchens_jnr - 15 October 2010 43 Comments

Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, a leading Sharia Law expert and head of the UK's Sharia Council, has publicly claimed that marital rape is "impossible". He claims that, since sex is part of marriage, a...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAM, LAW

What has the Pope been reading?!!

hitchens_jnr - 26 September 2010 15 Comments

I've been doing some research recently into "The Secret Gospel of Mark", a supposed lost Christian text which some experts suspect is a modern day forgery. Bizarrely, my research has led me to a...

TAGGED: BOOKS, HUMOR, POPE

Evolution and Animal Rights.

hitchens_jnr - 16 September 2010 7 Comments

So here's my problem. I HATE spiders. It's entirely irrational, very deep-rooted and primal, and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I can't stand to be in the same room as the...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, MORALITY, PHILOSOPHY

Benedict: Trials of a Pope

hitchens_jnr - 15 September 2010 5 Comments

For those of us who can tear ourselves away from tonight's Champions' League football games and The One Show's lovely Alex Jones, there are yet more papal japes on British TV tonight. "Benedict:...

TAGGED: POPE, TV, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Top 5 Most Evil Religions.

hitchens_jnr - 02 September 2010 164 Comments

Okay, so we know all religion is irrational. However, some brands are more actively harmful than others. We might mock the wishy-washy "cake or death" Anglicans, but it's hard to call them evil. ...

TAGGED: CULTS, MORALITY, RELIGION, TERRORISM

Transformed Cladism?

hitchens_jnr - 24 August 2010 3 Comments

As some of you know, I'm a science novice who's trying to correct his ignorance at the moment (thanks largely to the many excellent reading suggestions which many of you good people gave me on a...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, BOOKS, EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SCIENCE

Extraordinary Evidence?

hitchens_jnr - 12 August 2010 134 Comments

This is a question targeted at my fellow non-believers. I'm sure we're all familiar with the saying "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." I was thinking about this last night. So...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION

A Methodological Observation and Question

hitchens_jnr - 10 August 2010 111 Comments

As followers of another thread may have noticed, I've been giving a lot of attention lately to how Christians approach the "evidence" they quote from the Bible. The problem, as I see it, is this....

TAGGED: ATHEISM, IRRATIONALITY, RELIGION

UNESCO inspectors recommend rejecting Darwin's home

hitchens_jnr - 01 August 2010 42 Comments

Just read a story in The Sunday Times (London) about the campaign to get Darwin's home, Down House in Kent (where he conducted observations and experiments and wrote Origin of Species) recognised as...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, DARWIN, EVOLUTION, SCIENCE

Public Perceptions of Atheism

hitchens_jnr - 31 July 2010 111 Comments

Hello! I was inspired to write this by the discussion on the "Four Horsemen" video. There's a part of the video where they discuss the "image problem" that atheism has, especially in the US. Many...

TAGGED: ATHEISM

Dispatches: "Britain's Witch Children".

hitchens_jnr - 26 July 2010 0 Comments

I just wanted to draw people's attention to a brilliant Channel 4 documentary I just watched, "Britain's Witch Children", a programme which really highlights the dangers of religion taken to...

TAGGED: --, ABUSE, CHILDREN, TV