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Go to: Pakistan's Islamic Schools Fill Void, but Fuel Militancy

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This is headlines, first article on the NYT Kindle edition this morning. Hats off to the NYT for giving it good coverage.

Just goes to show, basic education in reason is a global problem that we all share. We need an international fund to help provide basic universal elementary level school eduction. Non-religous education should be a basic human right.

Mon, 04 May 2009 07:27:00 UTC | #356014

Go to: Rancor Where Private-School Parents Make Public-School Decisions

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I live about 5 miles from Monsey and SpringValley.
As a local, I think this is difficult. You cannot exclude people from running, and naturally they are going to look out for their own.
The real problem here (and elsewhere in the US) is the fact that the schools are locally funded and not federally funded. The US should have a federally controlled budget for schooling, with national standards. This would also avoid the nonsense in Texas.

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 05:26:00 UTC | #353771

Go to: Truckling to the Faithful: A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down

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Richard - 'gloves off time'

I'm not so sure that this approach is going to yield any better results. I'm a Brit living in New York this past 5 years and I would love to see some real progress here - it's depressing.
I see the problem as being that atheism is viewed as a negative campaign - it's about taking something away.

The answer is obviously education. Your Christmas Lectures galvanized my opinion when I was still at school. I think using a popular vehicle to reach the masses would be more effective - a movie, stand-up, music. I would love to see a drama series covering the history of the Roman church, with Constantine. Maybe even the period before this, just using historical evidence and nothing more.

The constant debate is entertaining, but let’s go mainstream.

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:43:00 UTC | #352048

Go to: Why Are Americans Resistant to Science?

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I'm a Brit living in the US, and find it amazing how much religion creeps into daily life – despite the secular laws of the land. I regularly see people reading the bible on my commuter bus, from a typical suburb in NY.

One factor I think the author doesn’t cover is immigration. The US population is immigrant based. Historically, some of these immigrants have been displaced based on their religion. Think of communist Russia and Eastern Europe, Christians from the Middle East etc… I think this will have a cultural and behavioral impact. Further still, if we can explain dependency on religion through genes, then this is going to bias the gene pool in largely immigrant based populations.

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:29:00 UTC | #342113

Go to: Why I left Young-earth Creationism

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Indeed, interesting read.
I liked the way he described how shocking it was that reality differed to what had been taught to him through religion. For some of us that pressure is hard to fathom. The question is - is that pressure from family? Is it social? Does it represent a challenge to his logical processing that knowledge is passed down through generations rather than discovered, uncovered and proven?

I think understanding that is the key to undoing the delusion.

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 10:13:00 UTC | #245349

Go to: Blogger spreads the gospel of science

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I grew up in Dover, Kent and lived in Medway.
Now live in New York, USA - which has a Amsterdam, Warwick and Mexico - to name but a few.

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 04:19:00 UTC | #179845

Go to: Richard Dawkins Replies to David Sloan Wilson

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Even if religion is adaptive, even if it is part of our evolution - it doesn't make God exist. Which is what the book is really about.

A politician may think something is right even if it isn't true. A scientist only thinks something is right when it can't be proven wrong.

Wed, 11 Jul 2007 19:57:00 UTC | #52510