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Go to: [UPDATE 9/14] - VIDEO ADDED - Richard Dawkins on Newsnight, BBC2, Tues 13 Sept 2011

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Paxo's heart wasn't in it he obviously agreed fully with Richard.

You can keep your genesis thanks.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=crab+nebula&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=667&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=TzxoHZJVFwmjfM:&imgrefurl=http://www.nightskyastronomy.com/experiencing-hubble/video-6-the-crab-nebula-a-supernova-aftermath/&docid=DW7DOZq-r4f6bM&w=603&h=600&ei=lNhvTvLCK8Wr-QaD66WYCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=948&vpy=170&dur=2808&hovh=224&hovw=225&tx=125&ty=127&page=1&tbnh=134&tbnw=135&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:28:07 UTC | #870549

Go to: UPDATE: Fashionable Nonsense?

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A short story i drafted for my creative language module at University was defined as Post-Post Modernism by my tutor. I kid you not.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:42:58 UTC | #638014

Go to: Sharia law: an eye for an eye

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Comment 57 absolutely nails it.

What this man did was wrong. As a society you have to stand up and say, this was a horrible crime, we will rise above it, we will NOT stoop to this level. Instead we will deny you the freedom that comes from living in a secular democracy.

Sat, 14 May 2011 22:35:54 UTC | #626888

Go to: My sister wanted a godless funeral. But still invited God

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lol at Justine Saracen.

Shameless self promotion.

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:13:25 UTC | #625766

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We've waited near two thousand years for that great saviour to appear, yet nothing from the heavens climbs: this strains ecclesiastics' minds.

errrmmm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_claimed_to_be_Jesus

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:29:53 UTC | #619745

Go to: God and grounding

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Its ALL empty rhetoric.

One quote that is pushed at me all the time is something like

"Some things are true whether you believe 'em or not"

Often said with a smug smile and a belief that this ends the argument. I take a moment to look at them in utter disbelief and state - Somethings arn't true whether you believe 'em or not.

Just because something sounds profound doesn't make it so.

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:10:58 UTC | #619735

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Recently you retracted your views because of the outrage they caused. Could you explain?

My retraction was saying that I misjudged how to go about explaining these things. Sooner or later someone will have to address the issue of evolution - it's a no-go area, especially with the clerics - but I'm abandoning my attempt to reconcile it with the Koran until things settle down. I am not willing to risk my life over this issue.

With hindsight I probably went too far in stating a position so explicitly; a better option may have been to simply open up the debate. I have been heartened by the support I have had. Many people have said that while they didn't actually agree with me, I should have the right to discuss the matter.

Im happy hes clarfied his position in regards to this which all seems reasonable enough to me given the circumstances.

I always get a strange type of smugness when someone like this is presented with the crushing realisation that they have more in common with your average atheist than the very people they consider to be their community.

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:08:32 UTC | #617419

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Just pandering to the German PM. There will be no policy to back this up.

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 20:50:44 UTC | #588623

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I sometimes attend the Nottingham Secular society meetings.

Ill have to make sure i get down to the next one to discuss this.

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 11:23:41 UTC | #588220

Go to: Religion or God?

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I dont like the football analogy. We have a competetive ranking system to show EXACTLY who is the best Football team.

Thats a thought maybe we can come up with a league structure for the Worlds religions. What would be the scoring criteria?

Suicide bomber -10 points etc etc.

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 13:24:53 UTC | #574515

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To be an humanist im pretty sure you have to be atheist.

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:00:58 UTC | #570069

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Im addicted to a certain online game. Been a part of my life for the last 10 years.

Nearly ruined relationships, nearly ruined my degree.

It didn't thankfully

The game i play is a text based strategy game so theres no flashing lights or any visual stimulas.

The draw is that you're playing against REAL people. This isn't fantasy as many people claim, you are fighting against real people in real time. That's what hooks me in, the chance to "pwn" a rival, the competitive nature of the games.

Ive never been a fan of console games (playing against a computer). There are whole communities out there, just as real in some ways as the "real" world.

It would be much better if so many damn Americans didn't play. The timezone differences are the problem.

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:03:40 UTC | #567287

Go to: The '911 Conspiracy' Religion

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I’m never surprised people buy into this crap. Watching Fox news diminish one of mankind’s greatest achievements in the moon landings just goes to prove how we love to cheapen things as a species.

What DOES surprise me is that some Atheists buy into this crap. I’m an atheists because im a skeptic and a rationalist. If you apply these skills to conspiracy theories for what they actually are. A crock of shit.

I can’t help but believe that some atheists are only this because of the same reasons people are religious.

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:08:39 UTC | #545648

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Widdecome makes my skin crawl. She stands for everything i hate.

But its got to be Warsi, shes the new comer on the scene.

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:32:15 UTC | #542602

Go to: Scientific Journal publishes Koranic paper

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What an embarrasment.

Was the publisher a cardiologist? If so this ties very neatly into whether its a bit of a gamble to have a religious doctor.

The Christian fundies are going to love this.

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:30:15 UTC | #541983

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Do you think it was done to liberate the Iraqis?

I think it was done because Saddam had WMD's (He had used them in the past) and was more than capable of selling them to the wrong people.

If it was about rescuing the people from the tyranny of a corrupt dictator, why hasn't Mugabe been removed?

Mugabe is totally different situation. He has alot of support in the surrounding countries. Military action would be too difficult as a result.

Do you know anything about the conditions in Iraq? They're worse now than under Saddam.

You know thats not the point. No one is denying the allied forces underestimated the disruptive factor Iran would play in the aftermath of Saddam's downfall.

It's tougher as a result but the ultimate goal is still worth fighting for, especially now. A peaceful progressive democratic regime in Irag will ultimately bring an end to Iran's regime.

Do you think the people are any better off now?

Yes. Check any humanitarian report since the invasion.

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:25:34 UTC | #537258

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Comment 33 by nickhealey

any unprovoked attack on a nation is morally wrong.

I don't agree with that at all. It might not make them legal but it certainly doesn't make them immoral.

I've had discussions with plenty of people arguing about the legality of the war but never had anyone denounce it on issues of morality. Are we trying to pretend Iraqi's would be better off with Saddam still at the helm?

Better post something on topic....

What an idiot. Should be sacked.

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:38:16 UTC | #537235

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The Iraq war was and is illegal in international law terms. No argument

Another example of what im talking about. This is embarrasing. No argument?

I take it you're an International Lawyer specialising in the legality of wars? No?

Well then ill take Peter Goldsmiths word for it thanks. There is and was an argument for War; specifically in terms of Saddam breaching UN resolutions time and time again.

I agree there is an Argument that the War was illegal: does resolution 1443 tie in with 683? I think it does. But there is an argument for and against; to occupy such a polemic stance is unjustified.

Why did no one kick off when we went to war in Kosovo, Rwanda or sierra leone? Wars on much much shakier ground in terms legality.

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:13:51 UTC | #537154

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I agree partly with some of the points you made, however, this one is absurd. Yes, oil is a very important resource, yes it is likely approaching or has hit optimum production. However, trying to take control of oil in someone else's country, reguardless of who they are, is not an ethical reason to go to war. At the moment the majority of oil produced come out of Saudi Arabia - the huge anticline trap running under that area. Now, i suppose you think it would be perfectly justified to wage war on them to steal their oil reserves? Some of us have oil under our borders and some do not, those who do not can buy it like everyone else does, if you think it is justified to go to war for oil then i really hope you don't hold any political power in your country.

Iraq has full economic control of their oil reserves.

Its funny how if you tell a lie enough people start believing it to be true.

As to Roedy, it always baffles me thats atheists cant translate their rational thinking about a God about Conspiracy Theories such as 9/11.

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:33:23 UTC | #537108

Go to: Homeschooling: another perspective

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Rooster1222

So we should teach the "Flat earth theory" to pupils alongside every single other theory that has ever been proved wrong in the history of humanity. I dont know how much time you would like dedicated to education but its a little easier to stick to the facts.

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:21:37 UTC | #534950

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Watch a video on Hitchens in regards to the Iraq war; very neo conservative.

Makes you tremble when you think what its like to actual oppose some of his ideas.

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:11:48 UTC | #532680

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Comment 14 by DamianIcely

One of the things that has always riled me about Blair was his immediate conversion from Church of England to Catholicism after he stepped down. Personally I couldn't care less but why did he hve to lie about it?

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In my opinion it gets worse.

I’m not even sure if that’s as close to the truth as you might like to think. After his tenure as UK prime minister Tony Blair campaigned but was ultimately defeated in his effort to become the EU president.

Lets look at the religious inclination of the last 5 EU leaders.

Hans-get Pottering - Catholic Josep Borrell - Catholic Pat Cox - Catholic Nicole Fontaine - Catholic Jose Maria Gil-Robles - Catholic

I’m pretty sure the predecessors follow suit. I don’t think there has been an EU leader who wasn’t Catholic. Tony Blair changes his faith based on prospectus job descriptions; If you’re going to fake a religious affiliation for the sake of a job at least be consistent with it.

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:51:54 UTC | #532542

Go to: Atheists and Anger

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That's what im talking about. I can really feel the pace picking up the New atheist movement.

Reading that article by Steve Zara i realised i no longer had to accomodate any thing theists say. Its nonsense. Im not even giving them a 0.00001% chance anymore.

Reading this i realised i can be very angry about religion and not apologise about it.

You know what makes me angry. Knowing there is a very good chance a Nucleur weapon could be used in the name of a bit of made up scripture. That really pisses me off.

Im joining my local secular society. Its time to get political.

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:24:35 UTC | #532074

Go to: I had no idea this was even a question

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Hope im not going over the top here. But that might just be the most offensive article ive ever read.

Is human life sacred or not? Im confused.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 23:32:47 UTC | #530056

Go to: Sam Harris - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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Yes, how cruel of us to feed and shelter those dolphins with a daily supply of fish, training, and interraction.

Yes arn't we the benign masters of the natural world. Whats the difference between circus animals and dolphins at a waterpark? Nobody would have battered an eyelid at seeing a tiger at a circus 15 years ago. Things change.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 17:35:11 UTC | #529948

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It does somewhat lose its way. The point was religion has enough apologists without humanist's and atheists jumping on the bandwagon.

It then turned into an explanation on internet groupthink. Does anyone actually take the belief that atheists are strident because of someones comments on YouTube?

The article was pitched at the wrong audience. No one who could benefit from the article will ever read it.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 14:36:52 UTC | #529893

Go to: "This House Believes that Religion is a Force for Good" - Economist Live Debate

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Wow...rolls up sleeves. Looks good this one.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 09:09:10 UTC | #529762

Go to: Sam Harris - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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It could be that in a few centuries we look back at the way we live now and consider much that we do immoral

Can't watch the clip as im at work. But what Steve Zara said made me think about a Holiday i was on a couple of months ago. We had gone to watch a Sea lion and Dolphin show, which was very educational, but I couldn't help but think that in 20+ years we would find this kind animal exploitation reprehensible (although i enjoyed it).

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 07:36:07 UTC | #529741

Go to: Exaptation in every day life

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Human charity.

A dawkins "misfire" of kin ship

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:03:59 UTC | #529172

Go to: Christianity: "I'm Out"

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@Tony123

Wow!!! An entire nation and army of "No true Scotsmen" thats impressive piece of reasoning

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 10:53:44 UTC | #529166