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Go to: Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"?

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Let's not forget that most of CERN is in France, and that most who post on here would holiday there at the drop of of beret!

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:40:51 UTC | #936163

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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Thanks for that Net. However, I was replying to Archway's statement.

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:03:03 UTC | #933040

Go to: Q&A: Pell vs Dawkins - April 9, Easter Monday night

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To Archway

Yes, the original inhabitants of Australia might have lived in peace and harmony (of a sort) but they also loved in a stone age society bereft of any insight into the world at large. But, of course they had knowledge far beyond modern science, of course they did. I bet that if you ever ( and I use this only as an example as I wish you no ill-will) got a serious illness, you'd be straight off to your local aboriginal healer rather than a western medical practitioner.

To claim that Richard Dawkins is some kind of no-nothing, and in effect claim that western empirical science is empty, belies an emptiness of your own. Clearly, anyone who has ever read and studied science, let alone Dawkins, would understand the foundation on which it is based. (Have a quick read of Ben Goldacre's excellent 'Bad Science' to understand how science actually works.) I can only presume you've never opened a science book.

Anyway, from an ex-catholic, nail him Richard. I'm sure that you will. You've got evidence on your side after all!!

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:24:10 UTC | #932984

Go to: Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti

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I think we should lay off Aziz he's a great bloke. I've been out on the ale with him and, ok, he often goes the toilet when it's his round and more than once he's been chucked out of lap dancing venues for 'getting too close to the performers', but apart from that he's a top fella. A mixture of Jimmy Carr and Ayatollah Khomeini. You should hear his gag about about Sarah Palin and the burqa. Hilarious! And the one about churches:

Everyone who wasn't me was in a church, so I blew it up!

Give him a pint and he'll stop talking.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:21:23 UTC | #928264

Go to: Is Britain a Christian country?

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That bloke who was sitting next to Richard, on his right, I initially applauded, then he revealed himself to be a xtian. Why? Because it offered him hope. Richard: 'I rest my case'. Brilliant riposte. And isn't that Christina Odone odious? But overall the programme confirmed my prejudice: there is no real point in arguing with religios because the simply don't listen, probably this has something to do with dispensing with things like evidence or facts and so feel that they can just make stuff up on a whim. Tits.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 23:29:38 UTC | #919822

Go to: What is the proper place for religion in Britain's public life?- [Also in Polish]

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To Hume's Razor

I read your post on the Guardian page and thought it marvellous!

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:08:00 UTC | #919598

Go to: Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

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Even as a teenager I thought it mad that the Supreme Being was watching me have a crafty wank in the toilet. The big non-existent perv.

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:59:37 UTC | #912163

Go to: Dawkins’s Theory of God

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Dawkins's is ok - but does look a little clumsy. Much prefer the neater Dawkins'. Yes, I'm a pendant,

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:30:22 UTC | #911512

Go to: [Update 1/21] Rajasthan police invented plot - A WRITER UNDER THREAT, AGAIN

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I could understand them not liking Rushdie as a writer - he's one of the most overrated novelists of all time, leaden prose and ideas stolen from Marquez (among others), but I'd defend his right to write to my last breath. Grow up, idiots.

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:24:18 UTC | #910474

Go to: Tesco slump due to divine intervention, says Christian pressure group

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Gobshite as he clearly is, but I think the world is a funnier place for having such a tool in it. Every time I read of such a clearly repressed homosexual fulminating against his fellow gay brethren, I realise that of all the world's nincompoops, I am not the greatest.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:33:25 UTC | #908019

Go to: Scientists buzz Simon Cowell for promoting pseudoscience

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Not only does Cowell inflict his mindless shite music upon gullible minds, he inflicts his shite ideas about vitamins. What a tool! Had an argument recently with someone who claimed that red meat stays in the bowel for five years. I asked her if she had carbon dated her stools to back up her claims. Obviously she just stared at me blankly. These so called celebs have got a great deal to answer for. Ah, come the revolution...

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:23:43 UTC | #903284

Go to: Searching under the lamp-post

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The universe may well be full of life, in various guises, some of it intelligent. However, it could be the case that we are the most advanced species in the universe, or at least in our bit of it. Hence, no evidence at all of E.T. because he's still in a cave and has no intention of coming out of it.

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:25:14 UTC | #903055

Go to: Bible rewritten to make it ‘easier to follow’

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Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!!

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 10:59:05 UTC | #902600

Go to: David Cameron says the UK is a Christian country

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Cameron is a tool of the first order and I'd never get tired of punching him in his arse-like face. But he's just the latest in a very long line of hack politicians who'll say anything for a couple of votes - even if it doesn't make any sense on closer scrutiny.

Apparently Ed Miliband is an atheist but I'm waiting for the day he lets the side down by pandering up to religious types.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 10:32:39 UTC | #900232

Go to: Christopher Hitchens Memoirs

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A wonderful tribute, Richard, as eloquent a Hitch.I've noticed some drivel written on the Independent's website about what you've written but to them allow me to paraphrase the poet Robert Hayden:

What do they know, what do they know

Of love's lonely and austere offices?

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 09:57:44 UTC | #900227

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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RIP.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 09:44:05 UTC | #900223

Go to: Newest alien planet is just the right temperature for life

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So do you mean to say that Star Trek faster than light warp drives are a load of rubbish? Bollocks, I was planning a jaunt to Kepler-22b at the weekend for a booze-up and a stop of sex tourism. Cleethorpes it is then.

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 23:38:01 UTC | #896316

Go to: Mayans never predicted world to end in 2012: experts

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I predict that next year, something will happen. There will be news, of some sort, and some won't like it.

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:15:29 UTC | #895432

Go to: The 50 Most Brilliant Atheists of All Time

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The caveat they put in out being brilliant in their fields seems a bit silly to me. If there was a list, and I bet that there is, of brilliant scientists, then it wouild have something to do with how they contributed to their fields, not that they played a nice piano or some such. Therefore, it would seem that to be a brilliant atheist, the person should have contributed to atheistic thought in some way, but many on this list don't appear to have done that. For what it's worth I'd add David Hume for his argument against miracles; Philip Larkin for the poem 'Ambulances' the finest examination of what death actually means 'And dulls to distance all we are' and, since Jagger gets a mention, John Lennon surely would have to because of the song 'God'; 'I don't believe the Bible, I don't believe in Jesus' et cetera. Oh, and the lesser known ditty called 'Imagine'.

Ayn Rand - odious.

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:07:35 UTC | #890288

Go to: Dover ID movie, “Judgment Day,” now in one video

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Comment 19 by Richard Dawkins :

Comment 18 by Quine :

Richard: Then what would your valid philosophical debate on teleology look like?

Yes, there are discussions of teleology outside of the Teleological Argument, but these always are about the motives of a known actor, be that an organism, person, political organization or AI software, etc.. However, the Teleological Argument has held the stage for so long it overshadows other debate. Darwin took out design as a justification for an unseen operator, so that restricts the usage considerably.

OK, that's what I thought. There has to be a purposeful agent for a teleological discussion to make any sense. Obviously, once purposeful agents have evolved, or have been designed by evolved computer scientists etc, you can talk about teleology. In the same way, love, hate, jealousy etc have to be preceded by the evolution of loving, hating, jealous agents. There was no love, hate or purpose (or philosophy) before brains (or functional equivalents of brains) evolved.

I'm not sure that this is enitrely what is meant by purpuse here is the Teleological Argument.For example an agent wants or needs X, so agent gets X. Purpose fulfilled. Divine purpose, by contrast is eternal and everlasting. Whatever that is meant to be.

Sat, 12 Nov 2011 11:57:26 UTC | #889634

Go to: Halloween 2011: Top Costumes, History, Myths, More

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Halloween is crap. Sorry about that, but it really is. I grew out of it when I was about 8 and never looked back. But Bonfire Night, now that's good.

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:16:45 UTC | #885362

Go to: Are atheists the new Jews?

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If there is one book one is allowed to lambast without ever having read, then I suppose that Mein Kampf is that book. So, I've never read it. However, I am reliably informed that it makes numourous references to God and Hitler is at pains to point out his christian credentials. Pope Rat's Arse has perhaps never read Mein Kampf either, so he probably thinks that he's free to claims all kinds of things about Hitler and the Nazis. But surely history teaches us that the Catholic church was in cohoots with Hitler's murderous regime and with Mussolini's too so it just won't wash that atheism had anything to do with the death camps. In fact, I'd go so far as to claim that atheism has never had anything to do with hideous dictatorships. Even if they start out 'atheist' they always end up quasi-religious in nature: slavish adherence to a doctrime, denial of any evidence that may contradict the doctrine and the worship of one man/entity. Of course, religious zealots don't see any of this since they are in a thrall to their religion's tenants and so, therefore, are compelled to reject any evidence to the contrary. So am I outraged by Pope Rat's Arse. No, I pity him for he is living in a dictatorship. Despite the opulence of his surroundings, he is in an intellectual camp. Poor bastard.

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:10:45 UTC | #885361

Go to: A creationist's 'scientific' disproof of Darwin's theory of evolution

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Wow, the second law of thermodymanics eh? So, a law that a creartionist/religionist can't/won't understand is used to rubbish something that they can't/won't understand.

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:16:59 UTC | #881236

Go to: Oregon couple convicted in faith-healing trial

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Gobshites and another example of the poisonous affects of religious nuttiness... However legally speaking I suppose it must be very difficult to legislate for this kind of thing. In a democracy people are free to believe in whatever they wish - terrorist related beliefs excepted. If someone's beliefs lead to horrible results, the law has to prove that those beliefs were somehow criminal in nature and not merely misguided, which is hard. Even if the law could, then a defendant is likely to plead insanity.

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:35:33 UTC | #876860

Go to: The conversation: So you believe in hell?

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All religion is bullshit, but accommodationist bullshit is worst of all. Imagine the mental contortions one would havde to go through to square evolution with supernatural shite? It must go something like the following: I accept the evidence of cosmology, geology and biology. But at some point God came along, no wait, God started it all off and the sat back, heaven and hell being pretty empty for quite a while. When people eventually turn up, old God still doesn't do anything, just watches them meander their way around for a few tens of thousands of years, make up all kinds of daft cults then eventually gets of his by now fat bastard arse to let us know rhat he's in fact around. Yes, that sounds convincing to me. And I'm not for one second going to inspect this or ask an awkward question. Tit heads.

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 14:41:11 UTC | #874736

Go to: The conversation: So you believe in hell?

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So infuriating! Richard had completely nailed her about hell and then the interviewer stepped in to save her sorry woo arse. I'll ask the question again then... At what point did we evolve to go to hell?

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 07:08:55 UTC | #874681

Go to: Atheists are as big a threat as climate change deniers

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He also falls into the catagory of recovering alcoholic and amongst that group religious belief is startlingly high. Jesus is their drug. Poor Frank. Maybe he's had a quick whiff of the altar wine because I think you'd have to be pissed to conflate atheists with climate change deniers.

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:46:00 UTC | #872258

Go to: September 11, 2011

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Just a quick one to Stevehill and StephenMading: Swift was a deeply religious man, he was Dean of St. Paul's, and Gulliver's Travels is, like the author, a deeply religious text. The whole point of the Little/Big enders was that if they only had Jesus... Shame. Great book though! Also, Swift, although a comic writer of supreme genius, he never laughed himself. A miserable bastard by all accounts. He also believed that the English language was utterly doomed. A Tory to boot. But back on topic, I think Sam nails it here. Succint and to the point. Swift would have been proud. (Of his language skills, not his argument!)

Fri, 09 Sep 2011 22:52:26 UTC | #869026

Go to: I'm an atheist. Is that a problem?

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The whole idea of Godparents is meaningless. It probably always has been, but like most things in religion it is given a significance that, on a reflection, it never deserved. Of course, you can't really say this to someone who thinks that they are honouring you massively by asking you to be the Godparent to their newborn. 'What, do hate my child?' will be the inevitable response. Although I suppose one could always claim to have embraced Satanism. ;-D

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:10:02 UTC | #860923

Go to: Coal-Black Alien Planet Is Darkest Ever Seen

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Planet X! It's here! Oh, hang on, it's 750 light years away. Panic over.

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:36:51 UTC | #860690