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Go to: Arctic melt releasing ancient methane

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Thanks, Quine. It would have made good Hollywood science fiction fodder. (Light on science, heavy on fiction.)

Mon, 21 May 2012 01:22:26 UTC | #942539

Go to: Arctic melt releasing ancient methane

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I don't know enough to tell if this is a silly question or not: Will the methane concentrate enough at a strata that may explode due to lightening in the atmosphere?

Anybody with geophysical knowledge out there?

Sun, 20 May 2012 23:43:30 UTC | #942525

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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What I'm against is outlawing speech that isn't directly tied to violence because it has a point of view that will offend someone.

Agreed. And we are not far apart.

Doesn't the publishing of private info constitute incitement to something?

I wouldn't ban outright any literature but I would ask a demonstration of allegiance from those who would make a new home in my country:

To a Muslim I would say take this Koran (They're free online nowadays) And take this felt pen marker, now with your own hand, strike out those passages advocating violence and dishonesty toward unbelievers. Make it truly a religion of peace.

If you would keep the Koran whole then keep the whole of Islam out of my country.

To a Christian I would ask virtually the same. Especially that precious bit in the OT, "You shall not suffer a witch to live."

I think they had a chance to take a similar stand in India in 1985 but were intimidated to do so.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:08:15 UTC | #935522

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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In that case perhaps his best defense is an offense. There must be some law against lies and trickery. I just wish I knew what he said.

I'll talk with you tomorrow Michael. It's past midnight here and I'm no good at free thought when I'm tired.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:01:20 UTC | #935415

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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In the "Best-of-All-Possible-Worlds" the government would not need to regulate speech in regard to hate and incitement to violence. Nor do I implicitly trust any government to do it's job well without threat of impeachment--somebody has to watch the watchdog. But if a secular government were not in place to define, say, incitement to riot, who would then do so? The Imams are only too eager.

The Calcutta Quran Petition is a good case in point. Petitioners didn't ask for the whole book to be banned, just the incitements to harm unbelievers. The gov't chickened out though, essentially saying that hate and violence are part & parcel of Islam and we must never step on the toes of religion, now must we?

BTW, I've changed my mind on whether, by stating the obvious, Sanal is less likely to win his case. According to the Indian Penal Code unless he is interpreted to be "doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony", he is not guilty. It is the Church who is "doing acts prejudicial" by inventing miracles and they should thank him for setting them straight.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:28:19 UTC | #935400

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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@Naushirvan

Thank you for introducing the Calcutta Quran Petition to me. I've found an online edition.

India has always idealized tolerance for the beliefs of others. Like the best of democracies it values the rich exchange of ideas--like atheism--in an atmosphere of free expression.

For his own sake, I wish Mr. Edamaruku had only publicized scientific confirmation of the source and capillary action of water, instead stating what is already self-evident, that the RCC capitalizes on the manufacture of "miracles" to the poor and uneducated. It's the latter statement that can deliberately be interpreted as hostility toward Catholicism.

(That being stated, I'm donating to his cause. Somebody has to try to make them think what they do.)

As you say, Red Dog:

once you start to get the government involved in saying which speech is OK and which is not you've opened a Pandora's box that can be very easily abused.

...but that is the job of an impartial government, no-one else.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:18:29 UTC | #935110

Go to: Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell and many other leading women speaking at Women in Secularism Conference

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I'd love to be there, but whyohwhy is it the same weekend as the Atheists Alliance International Convention?

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:36:39 UTC | #934983

Go to: Lawrence Krauss at the Reason Rally Wash. DC 3/24/2012

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I've been waiting all week to hear Krauss' speech, The way he opens it seems he thought everyone would leave after the other speakers. He is a HUGE inspiration for me. He keeps me trying to think of a way to image the dark matter.

LAWRENCE KRAUSS FOR PRESIDENT!

Alright I'm dreaming, but in some parallel universe, what an improvement over the Republicans.

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 18:23:09 UTC | #931696

Go to: Robert Wright promotes accommodationism, disses Dawkins

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I'm all for accommodationism, up to a very specific point: The point at which others start making decisions about me and my world.

Thomas Jefferson put it, "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no God," but if someone offered counterfeit education to children as some do today he would have been demoralized.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:48:09 UTC | #931266

Go to: Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group

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I hope Mr. Clohessy has copies of these valuable records elsewhere. Certain factions would enjoy seeing them destroyed.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:23:10 UTC | #928422

Go to: Thread for discussion of Richard Dawkins and Archbishop talk

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You would think believers would be eager & curious to know how the Big Guy really booted up the Big Bang, but Williams is desperate to NOT KNOW the origins of the universe. He seems to lack the courage of his convictions to question the cuddly, fuzzy Father-figure in the face of impartial, definitive Laws of Nature. If this god were real Nature will provide evidence. Williams is terrified because of this, not despite it.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:48:38 UTC | #921274

Go to: How Religion is Like a Penis

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I am as bewildered as Alice in Penisland, struggling through thick Pubic Bush, dwarfed by the towering Foreskin Forest of Penis Trees, their shafts gently swaying in the Vaginal Breeze...

And not a Dirk, Willie or John Thomas to rescue me.

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 01:18:07 UTC | #919849

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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In googling Richard's images, I've seen the charming ones linked with Mr. Lusher's story. Would it be possible to link these same images with "The Sins of the Fathers"?

That way anyone surfing for the smear on Dawkins would run up against your story.

On second thought, change them somehow; they are quite blatant.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:55:43 UTC | #919785

Go to: How Religion is Like a Penis

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Comment 3 by Neodarwinian

Does that mean the religious are dicks?

Anyone on this thread remember the nickname for "Richard"?

If so, we might remember our manners.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:32:53 UTC | #919059

Go to: A Proclamation - Darwin Week

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Congrats to all the British Columbians signing up new on RD.net!

Kamloops is host to the Atheist Alliance International 2012 Convention this May.

I'm a Wet Coaster myself.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:58:23 UTC | #915537

Go to: Calls to Behead Indonesian Atheist Alexander Aan

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where is the threshold for considering someone to be a moderate,

Inside this threshold is tolerance for others simply to hold their own opinion, where beyond it is the One True Faith: Destroy the natural tendency to live & let live, substitute oneself as the Almighty, the better to indulge one's own bloodthirsty power.

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:22:34 UTC | #915376

Go to: Wife and daughters died in 'honour killing', court told

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The term "honor killing" seems good to me, particularly for its irony and because it describes a particular mindset which is very foreign to the western sense of virtue, I think it should have a label all its own.

But as to how to tell moderate believers from extremists, child and spousal abuse should be a definite benchmark as it is for anyone of any belief.

It is hard to say why the authorities did not apprehend the children when it became apparent they were being beaten. They usually hope for reconciliation, but (I hate to say) the wealth of the family may have been a factor in keeping things as they were. (Even the detective interviewing Rona had a hard time believing her abused, she looked so posh.)

But all things considered, DAMN! I'm glad I live in Canada.

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:27:50 UTC | #913129

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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As Richard notes at 48:35, there is a great tradition of India with regard to atheist culture. IMA, it goes along with tolerance of diverse beliefs and cultures. Non-belief has been seen as a stepping stone or phase of personal development in the Hindu culture, clashing harshly with the totalitarianism exemplified by the credibility of threats on Rushdie's life (caused, of course, by religious intolerance.)

In matters of humanism it is necessary for atheists, agnostics and anti-theists to recognize and absorb the better of such examples.

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:22:18 UTC | #911890

Go to: Jessica Ahlquist & Sean Faircloth - Tuesday Jan 17th. 6pm

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What calamities might be avoided by altering the banner to say the following:

"Dear students & faculty of Cranston High School West,

Grant us the desire to do our best mentally & morally as well as physically, to be kind & helpful to our classmates & teachers, to be honest with ourselves as well as with others. Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win. Teach us the value of true friendship.Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to CHSW."

No God. No Jesus. Because it addresses the readers themselves it is much more grounded in reality. But this compromise will never be accepted if the point is to foist christianity uniformly on all. They make a mockery of their own manifesto who attempt to intimidate Jessica Alquist.

But if they really wish to see how it feels for her to walk under that banner everyday, make it begin & end like this: "O Allah ... Amin"

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:17:44 UTC | #909380

Go to: Afterword from Lawrence Krauss' New Book - A Universe From Nothing

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Behold, one cometh after me whose glasses I am unqualified to tape: I may speak of things created by the universe, but he speaks of *how the universe created itself!

Lawrence,* though it be like wading through molasses, I will wrap my brain around every detail of your work, because this only does the real work of Creation.

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:07:08 UTC | #903938

Go to: LHC reports discovery of its first new particle

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@QuestioningKat Understandable. Several young persons around my community did not know 'the God particle' was so named by the media, not by physicists (who more properly call it the Higgs boson.)

Comment by Jos Gibbons

...I wonder if I may ask something somewhat off-topic: Wherever I look up the mass of a photon, listed with other particles, the reply is that it has none. Why then, should there be such a thing as gravitational lensing?

(I wanted to ask in the 'Smart answers to dumb physics questions' thread but got lost amid all the other great questions.)

Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:20:16 UTC | #902123

Go to: Brian Cox demonstrates why atoms are empty

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As Richard Feynman said,"Fysics is phun."

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:30:21 UTC | #900860

Go to: Brains of tiny spiders fill their body cavities and legs, Smithsonian researchers discover

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Before reading this article I had never heard of Haller's rule. I have always understood that a species' intelligence is in direct proportion to it's body/brain ratio such that whales and porpoises have intelligence comparable to humans. If I continue with this idea I must allow for the possibility that a genus Mysmena may beat me at chess!

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 06:03:41 UTC | #898480

Go to: A Small Step for Lungfish, a Big Step for the Evolution of Walking

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@ Tyler

I (snicker, chortle) agree with every (giggle, guffaw) thing you just said, the only exception being if Creationism were a valid theory then we would see vampires, werewolves, fronkeys, crocoducks...Oh and don't forget, bananas make perfect handles.

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 02:24:15 UTC | #898450

Go to: Religious groups cry foul over Ontario anti-bullying bill

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I'm proud that the Ontario Liberals can define anti-bullying to include gay clubs. I hope it can withstand criticism from the Conservatives of Steven Harper's party who Progressively seem more like a clone of America's religious right.

Religious groups can wake up to the idea that gays have rights to walk in the sun like anyone else, and that families stick together better when (inevitable) homosexuality is acknowledged and celebrated instead of squashed, denied, and even disowned.

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 23:20:42 UTC | #896915

Go to: Wrong sort of people

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Thanks, but do you know, did the church ever get to move in?

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:04:19 UTC | #895771

Go to: Wrong sort of people

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Comment 19 by non-jumbuck

You didn't finish the story. By finding the neighborhood on Google Earth I see the Mosaic Life Church has been permanently closed. (Some scandal perhaps?) I can't find L'Aroma unless it changed it's name to the Chatswood Club (which looks like a posh place indeed.)

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 20:00:47 UTC | #895644

Go to: Wrong sort of people

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I'm glad to assume the brothel workers will be better taken care of in a legal brothel. After all, somebody has to pay taxes so the gov't can donate to the church!

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:49:32 UTC | #895388

Go to: 'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist

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Comment 35 by Kim Probable

Harry Potter was evil but Lord of the Rings and Narnia were wholesome films. Apparently it's all about intent. And Tolkien intended LotR to be some sort of Biblical allegory. Honestly, I don't see it. At its heart it's a hero's journey, and if you're going to compare Frodo to Christ, you can do the same with Harry Potter

Actually, I spent the winter of 2007 reading the 4000 pages of Airy Pot Head and gaining weight. (Silly, I know.) At one point, Harry saves the soul, not the life, of his cousin, and at the end of all the books dies and comes back to life. Let's not forget, his nemesis is a snake. Harry is the "chosen one." Does it sound all too familiar?

I'll recommend ' Harry' for the rich traditional symbolism if you like that sort of thing, but I'll agree it's escapism, and time is better spent in "The Magic of Reality."

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:20:39 UTC | #893461

Go to: 'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist

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and whose favorite film is the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

"...I've watched it 64,897,456,877,650 times! And it just keeps getting better!"

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:21:52 UTC | #893410