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WonderNerd's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by WonderNerd

Linda TX:

There was not one thing I said that changed his mind, there were many things over time (not unlike evolution); discussions of astrophysics, evolution, morals, the bible, et cetera, and I do not quite know what effect each discussion had. I really think it was mostly just that he was very sheltered and had never thought to question his beliefs. He is not just some "Southern Baptist", he is an intelligent and wonderful human being, capable of rational thought and forming a world view based on evidence.

As for the politics, both of us know that Fox News is bollocks, along, for that matter with NBC and CNN and other major networks, because for them it is not about supporting an informed and rational population, it is about making money. If you really want to know, we both inadvertently convinced each other of the fallibility of a two party system where both parties are owned by the same people, creating the illusion of democracy. Granted, he is more Libertarian, and I am more Ecocentrist, and we both tugged each other a little over those lines, but we have agreed that the current American system is broken and doesn't allow for the kind of rational discussion between parties that is necessary to get anything done.

Anyway, I could really go on for ages, but this website is for discussions about science and religion, so I will hold my tongue.

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:06:56 UTC | #951096

Go to: Does Perry's campaign ad use Richard Dawkins' distinctive "A"? Inquiring atheists want to know.

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I smell a conspiracy theory

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:11:11 UTC | #874137

Go to: Rick Perry, Texas governor, speaks at "The Response", August 6, 2011

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This is disgusting... I will be so pissed if people vote for this guy. I am throwing up in my mouth, this a gross violation of the 1st amendment. This is no American, he is another slick politician, and he is using extreme religious rhetoric to do his bidding. What a sick and terrible joke.

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 02:35:41 UTC | #862635

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Proud to have my signature be a part of this.

Tue, 17 May 2011 03:05:02 UTC | #627413

Go to: Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

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Not that it is significant, but Hawking sounds like he has been reading a lot more biology stuff. Just a thought.

Mon, 16 May 2011 23:27:50 UTC | #627385

Go to: David Barton's Revistionist History & Liars for Jesus

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"The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." -Treaty of Tripoli, which was passed unanimously by the US Senate in 1797

Case closed.

Sat, 07 May 2011 02:57:38 UTC | #624048

Go to: Separation of church and state -- but what about my national anthem?

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Same here in America. It is no secret that 'God' is all over our money, pledges, and government buildings, among other unconstitutional things. I think we should get rid of that, but not before getting that out of schools, where I think the situation is most dire. But of course there are other political issues that affect the entire world, such as the wide variety of situations in the Middle-East, economy troubles, Japan, et cetera, so it probably isn't a good idea to put those aside and deal with wording of songs, knowing how slow congress operates. Hopefully there will be some day in the next few months or years where everything in the world isn't on fire, so we can sit down and fix this.

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:46:34 UTC | #615944

Go to: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

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I wish this article this article gave a time scale, like when religion will be endangered in these countries.

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:58:12 UTC | #606010

Go to: "God is so good!!!" - GOD IS SO GOOD THE VIDEO TAMTAMPAMELA TRIED TO REMOVE!

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... Is this serious? God answers prayers? Japan? Well then this is definitely Yahweh, seeing as he is so prone to committing massacres, and ruining the lives of millions. She is praising one of the largest Earthquakes in history, the following Tsunami, and the possible Nuclear Meltdown as the act of a loving god! And she is praying for more! If there were Nukes about to go off around the world, these are the kinds of people who would be pushing the big red button, because they just can't wait for Judgment day! If it is not blatantly obvious that this religious fanaticism is extremely detrimental and harmful to our civilization as a whole then we are hopeless.

Seriously though, you have got to be kidding me. This is fake, right?

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:25:38 UTC | #602729

Go to: Fossils in Meteorites?

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I usually think of panspermia as almost being like Intelligent Design, in that it takes the lazy route in saying we don't understand this, so X did it. All saying a meteor or a God did it does is raise more, even bigger questions. And these aren't even necessary, it has already been shown that base pairs in DNA/RNA can be create by natural forces, and that abiogenesis was bound to happen because of the rich chemistry in earth's early seas. I think panspermia is unnecessary, but we'll see if the evidence holds up.

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 03:17:28 UTC | #599564

Go to: Preachers Who Don't Believe in God

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I want to give this guy a great big hug.

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 02:30:43 UTC | #597514

Go to: Jedi-ism, Britain's fourth-largest religion, is still going strong

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Hooray for the spread of psuedoreligion!

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 01:34:08 UTC | #597500

Go to: Space Aliens

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I think intelligent life (depending on your definition) is going to be pretty rare throughout the universe, but I think it would be enough for me if we find life on any kind. I'm personally more interested in how life would evolve on another world, intelligence would just be a bonus. Plus, in the entire 3.5 billion year history of life on earth, only like a century of that has had organisms capable of long range radio transmissions. If such civilizations ever existed beyond our planet, it is even more unlikely that they would exist at the same time as us. We could be separated by hundreds of millions of years.

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:52:53 UTC | #595825

Go to: When science goes south

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I really like this article. I live in Decatur Georgia, one of the suburbs of Atlanta, and we are definitely nothing close to the rest of the state. Besides the fact that almost nobody has a southern accent, for every creationist here I know at least 5 Atheists. There is only like 1 conservative in my grade, and even he believes in evolution, and thinks Glenn Beck is a nut-job, so I'm not sure why he calls himself conservative. In the 7th grade, my Biology teacher told the class that, "I don't care what your parents say, evolution is true and you have to learn about it." People from other states and countries are usually very surprised that this is part of Georgia.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:53:22 UTC | #595703

Go to: Charges initiated against Pope for crimes against humanity

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HAHAHA! This made my day.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:32:01 UTC | #595687

Go to: For 'teaching other religions to Muslim girls' UK teacher's skull fractured

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This is despicable, on the part of those who commited the crime and those who let it happen. I am truely disgusted.

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:47:43 UTC | #594712

Go to: New Zealand Earthquake

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That is terrible! I visited Christchurch last summer (it was winter there). Beautiful place, I hope everyone is okay. Best of wishes for everyone involved.

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:42:38 UTC | #594709

Go to: Religiosity and today's teen idols

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Honestly, there are more teenagers who actively hate Bieber and the Jonas Brothers than there are that actually like him. I don't think it will have a significant impact.

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:25:41 UTC | #593430

Go to: Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act - Creationism in Disguise

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From one bible-belt high-schooler to another, awesome job. Best of luck, I will definitely check the link.

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 02:42:57 UTC | #592860

Go to: UPDATED: British GCSE exam: evolution FAIL

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With all do respect, who the fuck is a Lamarckist? Are there any? ID and Creationism should be listed as the same thing, or if we're talking actual theories, shouldn't be listed at all. This is just a feeble attempt at the "Teach alternative theories" crap, which really just means, "put unsupported claims that are believed with absolutely no evidence at the top of the list, because criticizing religion is taboo and we don't want to piss off the zealots with fat wallets".

And if I hear one more creationist mention the Cambrian Explosion I am going to explode. Every time I mention that there are fossils before it, fossilization of soft tissued organisms is difficult, it itself lasted millions of years and that genetics tells us that they these large groups split long before the Cambrian, they plug their ears and spew out more nonsense. I am about to loose it.

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:14:39 UTC | #592154

Go to: Bill Nye the Science Guy

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I remember Bill Nye! Good times. Good article too. Glad that somebody that the majority of the public likes is on the side of science.

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:38:28 UTC | #591605

Go to: U.S. Rep. Pete Stark Sponsors National Darwin Day Resolution

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I love this. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it passes.

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:57:42 UTC | #590737

Go to: Celebrations for Darwin, Science and Humanity: 2011

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Glad to know at least some people celebrate this day! Presents are so much cheaper during post-xmas clearance sales!

Btw, if anyone is in the Atlanta area, we're have a Darwin Day's eve concert in Decatur, with my band 'The Wonder-Nerds'. It'll be pretty crazy!

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 17:06:40 UTC | #588576

Go to: My daughter has made me realise

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It takes someone far stronger than me to listen to reason in a situation where bending to the false promises of faith is so easy. Very best of wishes, stay strong.

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:43:04 UTC | #585534

Go to: What Should Replace Religions?

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I gotta say he hit the TED thing spot on. There are days I spend lying around watching Ted talks on my ipod.

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:40:44 UTC | #584593

Go to: Astrologers angered by stars

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If by fair and balanced, you mean unbiased data, peer-reviewed and all that goodness, that either affirms or denies your hypothesis, then that has been settled for quite some time. Astrology is rubbish.

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 03:56:57 UTC | #584271

Go to: The New Athe­ists' Nar­row Worldview

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Just because poverty increases religiosity doesn't mean it is actually helpful to them. More poor people also play the lottery, and that just creates a deeper financial rut for them. If you are in desperation, you're more likely to take chances, whether that chance be winning the lottery, or an answered prayer (sometimes they are the same thing).

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:43:00 UTC | #584238

Go to: Johns Hopkins scientists crack genetic code for form of pancreatic cancer

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In the war on cancer, the current score is prayer: 0, Science: Too many to count. I wonder which I would trust my life with...

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 04:32:43 UTC | #582751

Go to: Vatican letter told Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report child abuse

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There are not enough words in the English language to describe how disgusting this is.

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 01:41:45 UTC | #581241

Go to: Recalling a Fallen Star’s Legacy in High-Energy Particle Physics

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You know what happened when the Muslim Empires of the Islamic Golden Age stopped their intellectual pursuits, tearing down observatories and printing presses, stopping the spread of knowledge? No biggy, just the violent turmoil of the Middle East that everyone looks at to say, "Well at least my life doesn't suck that badly!".

I rest my case.

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 21:23:20 UTC | #580648