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Go to: Macleans interview: Lionel Tiger

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Note to George Lennan:
"Why are people deluded?" I always thought Ernest Becker answered that question best. Read his classic book, "Denial of Death." If you find it fascinating, then read his "Escape From Evil." If you are still fascinated, then read "The Birth and Death of Meaning." And that's it. "Denial of Death" will get you there, though

These are just suggestions, of course. There is a fundamental reason WHY human beings EVERYWHERE are attracted to supernatural beliefs, especially the belief in the afterlife. Becker rocks.

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 19:57:00 UTC | #446834

Go to: Mr. Deity and the Hard Wire

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I thought it was hilarious.
"T and A?"
"Tush and Areola."
That was funny. HA! Or maybe it's just me. I am also attracted to boobs and beer. What can I say.

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:01:00 UTC | #431310

Go to: Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him.

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After a cursory glance through Volume One and Two of (the impossible to read) Mein Kamph by Adolph Hitler, I have found the following:
References to Darwin = 0
...to Evolution: 1 (in a political context)
...to God: 53
...to Lord: 12
...to Almighty: 1
The evidence is in: God, the Lord, and the Almighty or belief in any of the above led to the Holocaust!

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:43:00 UTC | #398173

Go to: Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him.

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Skimming Mein Kamph now. Second chapter, near the end:

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:11:00 UTC | #398146

Go to: Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him.

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This whole "Darwin inspired the Holocaust" thing is the biggest piece of propaganda to come around since, well, the publication of Mein Kampf to be exact. Which was itself a propaganda tool, to the study and practice of propaganda. Surprisingly, most Christians freely admit to never have read it (I've asked them whenever they bring up the Ben Stein inspired Darwin/Holocaust argument). Does Hitler ever mention Darwin in his magnum opus? No. But what single book DOES Hitler quote all the way through Mein Kampf? ...What book does he repeatedly quote from to justify his present (early 1930s) and future actions? You guessed it. The Holy Bible. This simple fact needs to be hammered home whenever kooky Christians bring it up.

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:11:00 UTC | #398097

Go to: Anjana Ahuja reviews 'The Greatest Show on Earth' by Richard Dawkins

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"...it confirms that the greatest show on Earth requires no Oscar-winning director; a chance event left to its own devices can generate the cinematic extravaganza called life."

Nice sentence.

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 14:33:00 UTC | #394483

Go to: Secular kids' camp in Collin County aims to provide questions, not answers

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Re: MonkeyThought post
Regarding Texas secession and the intelligence quotient of the state. Some say Texas is too small to be its own country and too large to operate as an insane asylum. (My wife is from Texas so I can crack jokes like that.)

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 15:48:00 UTC | #393636

Go to: RDF TV - Nebraska Vignettes #3 - Comparing the Human and Chimpanzee Genomes

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Would be nice to see an explanation of chromosome #2 within the human genome. I have seen the video of Ken Miller discussing chromosome #2, but seeing Dawkins do it in even a more concise way would be valuable.

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:57:00 UTC | #379808

Go to: Children of a stupid god

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While watching this, a bizarre thought occurred to me: I thought about the novel "Wiseblood" by Flannery O'Connor and how the lead character in the book attempts to start a new church called the Church of Christ Without Christ. ...A church where "the blind never see, the lame never walk and the dead don't rise." Pat Condell could be the "preacher" of said "church." I like Pat but some of his stuff comes across like sermons. And I mean that in a good way. It's the type of sermon that I just might seek out on a Sunday morning.

Tue, 26 May 2009 08:12:00 UTC | #364450

Go to: Genesis Revisited

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Hilarious. I actually laughed out loud sitting alone in my office. Haven't done that in a while. Very well done indeed.

Fri, 22 May 2009 12:32:00 UTC | #363086

Go to: The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker.

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Their are layers of brilliance within this little piece.

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 07:41:00 UTC | #345685

Go to: The Richard Dawkins of Hollywood

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Whew! What's that smell?
Oh, that's just god in gaseous form.

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:17:00 UTC | #342637

Go to: Attenborough reveals creationist hate mail for not crediting God

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Does anyone have any information on Sir David's upcoming TV program on Darwin (mentioned in the article)?

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:15:00 UTC | #312984

Go to: I am Darwin

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Did he say he would "put up them" or "put them up"? Sorry, I can't help it. I'm an editor.

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:00:00 UTC | #271809

Go to: Christian group halts book launch

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I am curious to know what the Christians found so offensive or objectionable? The article didn't really explain.

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 11:56:00 UTC | #269572

Go to: Cassini

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What if...
What if the human species on planet Earth could unite, and instead of tearing each other apart over whose God is bigger or better, we ALL could instead contribute and work together on projects like Cassini. Imagine what could be gained...what grand insights achieved. Such an idea seems at times so simple and obvious, but then at the same time so far, far away.

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 12:46:00 UTC | #266109

Go to: Liddy Dole's Un-American Ad

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For whatever it's worth, Dole lost her bid to be re-elected. Hagan won.

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 13:02:00 UTC | #265274

Go to: Teachers should tackle creationism, says science education expert

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You know, Chapman, in his book "40 Days and 40 Nights" (about the Dover trial) makes the case that Intelligent Design SHOULD be taught in science classes, where teachers can demonstrate to students why it's not even a theory and basically tear it to shreds. I guess I'm not that confident that the majority of teachers (at least in the U.S) would do that.

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:55:00 UTC | #232827

Go to: Why we evolved to be superstitious

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I am not sure if I fully understand this article or study. I understand how attributing danger to any sound in the bush and running away could be beneficial. But how does attributing supernatural characteristics to the sound in the bush make one safer? Did I miss something?

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:49:00 UTC | #232816

Go to: The heretic

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A hero of mine since boyhood, I chose to take his name as my username for this website. "A thorn in their side," indeed.

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 07:32:00 UTC | #224517

Go to: Calling World Conference on Dialogue a Symbol of Unity Among Different Traditions

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"This unique gathering of religious leaders can help debunk the dangerous myth that religion, even when properly understood, inspires violence."

Myth?

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:41:00 UTC | #202468

Go to: Christianity 'could die out within a century'

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I would like to see the results of the same poll done in the U.S.

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 17:45:00 UTC | #187379

Go to: Hints of 'time before Big Bang'

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Am I the only one who has trouble wrapping my head around stuff like this?

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 09:14:00 UTC | #179957

Go to: The Great Evangelical Decline

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I agree with Lucas.

Reality will always eventually assert itself.

But of course that doesn't mean that we shouldn't fight the creationists every step of the way.

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 12:19:00 UTC | #179265

Go to: Darwin still causing waves after 150 years

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"Evolution - What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters" by Donald R. Prothero is damn good.

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 12:01:00 UTC | #179258

Go to: Ben Stein 1, Yoko Ono 0 in 'Expelled' copyright spat

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Article makes a good point, but I was still hoping that Yoko's legal team would throw a wrench into the planned DVD release. Oh well.

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 06:19:00 UTC | #178581

Go to: 16% of US science teachers are creationists

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I guess this is why statistics like these (below) really shouldn't surprise us:

"Americans rank next-to-last on a survey of 34 nations' acceptance of evolution as a scientific fact. Our awareness of this scientific reality has actually gone down over the past 20 years, no doubt as a result of the so-called "intelligent design" movement and other Christian fundamentalist campaigns. In fact, frequent churchgoers in the US are most likely to doubt evolution. How will their children - and ours - become the great scientists, doctors, and engineers of tomorrow?"

Answer: They won't.

http://richarddawkins.net/article,555,Unscientific-American-US-Almost-Last-in-Understanding-Evolution,RJ-Eskow-The-Huffington-Post

Tue, 20 May 2008 14:16:00 UTC | #173313

Go to: 'My daughter deserved to die for falling in love'

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Makes a strong case that extreme religious believe -- hell, religious belief of any kind -- eventually leads to mental illness.

Mon, 12 May 2008 09:53:00 UTC | #169848

Go to: Trouble ahead for science

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Completely understandable.

Thu, 08 May 2008 10:59:00 UTC | #167911

Go to: Trouble ahead for science

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mordacious1
Did you set her right?

Thu, 08 May 2008 10:45:00 UTC | #167903