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If Colbert didn't read the book, some of his writers and staff certainly have. I'd love to read Dawkins' impressions of doing the show, and what they talked about before the taping.

Colbert, I imagine, is probably a Dawkins fan. He doesn't agree with his theological opinions, but I bet he sees what we see: an honest, clearly spoken deep thinker.

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 08:43:00 UTC | #6036

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Craig wrote: "Having read several posts re: the religious beliefs of Americans, I would suggest to anyone interested in the statistics to read the 2001 "American Religious Identification Survey", which queried over 50,000 people, conducted by the City University of New York"

Yeah, thanks. That's the study that the Adherents.com page I linked to was citing.

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 14:28:00 UTC | #6009

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Bob P.

Where does your "50% of Americans believe in God" figure come from?

That's just as unsupported as the other one. If you're going to complain about someone else's figure, properly attribute your number.


According to Adherents.com, 13.2% of Americans describe themselves as non-religious.


http://www.adherents.com/adh_dem.html


You got a better number?

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:09:00 UTC | #6004

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I wouldn't worry so much about the booing. Big deal.

I thought Dr. Dawkins did very well. I'm glad he got in front of a nationwide audience and made the points he did. Very good to get those ideas out there.

To Justin's question, where did matter come from? Here's a good answer: we don't know.

But at least we know matter exists. We can touch it, feel it, smell it, measure it... etc. We can suppose some invisible magical process by which it came into being. But then we have to imagine a magical process that caused that process. And one that caused the cause of the cause of that process.

Have you wondered if matter itself is God, and therefore always existed? Not top down, but bottom up? Not a creating top-down intelligence, but a developing, bottom up intelligence -- just as we see in biology?

But that's philosophy, as far as science goes it's more parsimonious to say "we don't know" than to invent a word that really means "it's a mystery" and that word is "God", and act like that explains the whole thing.

Neither you nor I really know by which process the first hydrogen atom came about. You don't know any more than I do. I'm just honest about it.

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 09:24:00 UTC | #5997

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Many Brights have suggested "Super" to refer to non-Brights.

I'm enjoying the site.

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 15:08:00 UTC | #5543