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Comment 4 by Tyler Durden :

Comment 2 by Jay G :

So even if little kids are taught these religious songs now, that's no guarantee they will be immune to a rational mind-set later on.

True. However, look at what McCary, the school district's attorney, is claiming:

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is used appropriately to teach musical concepts. Do you know this particular song? It's repetition upon repetition.

The school could easily have used "10 Green Bottles" instead, if their goal was to teach the musical concept of repetition, and symmetry, in motifs and hooks.

Sadly, this has nothing to do with "teaching musical concepts", it's blatant religious indoctrination.

And, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with religiously-inspired music. I recently attended a performance of Mozart's Requiem in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Incredible. And have also enjoyed Handel's Messiah in Christ Church Cathedral around Christmas time.

Actually I think 10 green bottles and the whole world are sung to the same tune...

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:23:08 UTC | #950883

Go to: When and where to argue faith?

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Thanks everyone for your responses.

I have gained a lot of insight in your comments. It's a shame I noticed so late that this was put up as I figured it wasn't going to be.

To further reiterate what irked me in this case was the keep faith in god and you will be cured messages. (I basically stated that he would be better off placing his faith in the doctors that are looking after him)

Those where what I was challenging more then the well wishes and prayers. I was glad to see that my sentiment was shared by others on the site.

It is funny though that as soon as you challenge those beliefs that some one starts spouting more and more religious nonsense. Almost as if they need to to confirm that they where right in the first place and that we will be convinced once they have said what they want to say....

I think in the future I will challenge more. I think the way I and what I challenged where the ridiculous beliefs not the person. That is the way to go.

@ PSRombi

I wish you all the best and I value your input on this especially.

Wed, 09 May 2012 20:43:33 UTC | #940771

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Comment 2 by Peter Grant :

Comment 1 by Roedy

One thing I have never understood about cocaine. Everyone has seen people ruined by it. If you had no addiction to start what on earth would tempt you to try it? It is a matter of curiosity? Self deception about your ability to resist? Are you tricked into trying it?

I tried it because I was curious. I'm not crazy about stimulants, but the experience was interesting. I've tried most drugs.

Same here and have also had major issues with it. I find that people often have too simple a view on the whys and how's of drug use and addiction.

There are as many reasons for starting as there are people.

Biologically though it has the same effect on everyone.

This article just confirms something I have suspected for a while.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:39:51 UTC | #936630

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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Comment 37 by alaskansee :

@Comment 28 by Daniel Williams

Do we all serve the cult of Dawkins?

What on earth do you mean? This is "The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason" how could advertising an upcoming event featuring the afore mentioned Richard Dawkins be anything other than obvious. Are you suggesting that it is RDF's responsibility to advertise all and every event, TV show, debate and conversation on Science and Reason, sounds unreasonable to me.

When I visit the cute kittens web site am I "serving the cult of" kittens or have you just no understanding of the word cult, or serving, or all?

If you have been on this web site before or have any idea what it concerns itself with (hint; it's in the title) why do you say such nonsensical things?

NO ONE IS SERVING LET ALONE ALL AND CLEARLY IT'S NOT A CULT.

I'm not complaining about the promotion of a program that features Richard. I have no problem with that. I just find it a bit much, seeing the calibre of the previous episodes that they didn't do a piece on the series instead of focussing on the single episode.

I just get the feeling that the site is sometimes used a bit to much for the Glorification of everything Dawkins and not enough on Science and Reason.

Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of the man but, take for example the launch of The Magic of Reality. It got to a point where it seemed like every article with the most fleeting mention of the book made it on the site.

Now I'm all for the promotion side but in this case I'm of the opinion that they dropped the ball on not mentioning both other science (one even evolutionary biology for goodness sakes) related episodes.

They regularly mention other programs. Why not these?

Comment 37 by alaskansee :

If you have been on this web site before or have any idea what it concerns itself with (hint; it's in the title) why do you say such nonsensical things?

If you had bothered taking the time of looking at my profile you would have seen I have been on this site before and I post on here regularly.

Logic would suggest therefore that I might have at least an inkling

Comment 39 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 37 by alaskansee

@Comment 28 by Daniel Williams

Do we all serve the cult of Dawkins?

There was someone else here on the site giving it that via a different thread yesterday too....what is the matter with some people?

See my comment above Amos. I haven't seen the post you're referring to though sorry. I might not have used those words if I had.

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I tried the line of argument on a loud christian many years ago but apparently he couldn't understand that he wasn't a better person because he looked down on everyone else and that I was a better person for not looking down on anyone.... until they declare their prejudice.

I know that''s for a different topic but might I suggest your attitude is no better that the "loud christian" you're belittling in this post?

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:41:03 UTC | #935786

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Do we all serve the cult of Dawkins?

I have watched the previous two episodes and I wonder if the only thing to make this episode stand out and there fore be worthy of pre show publicity on this site is the fact that its about Richard Dawkins?

The previous episodes alone have proved to me that the series as a whole deserved a mention. Not just the one that happens to be about Richard. That seems like preaching to the choir to me.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:35:17 UTC | #935708

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Really interesting podcast. We could do with more of this stuff over here. For me it was The God Delusion that finally helped me let go of the idea of a god altogether. Finally putting to bed 30 years of searching for the truth.

Do I can see how difficult it must be for a minister to let go if their life. Look at all the trouble I had I darted questioning at the age of 8 when my grandfather died. I was 30 by the time I read TGD so for some one so much deeper in the inner circles it must be a 100 times worse.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:19:33 UTC | #935020

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Comment 12 by MilitantNonStampCollector :

if we atheists - unctuously and self-righteously - went to the deathbeds of the religious and lambasted them on how they had wasted their lives on a grovelling delusion.

Sounds like a plan.

I'm in.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:35:42 UTC | #933765

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It's easy to see why ministers have so much sway with their flock. Preaching is a very powerful form of communication.

He does have a point we should all stand up and be counted.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 08:36:38 UTC | #932523

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Comment 12 by Elisabeth Cornwell :

We were hoping to hear from people who are interested in childcare opportunities at Secular conferences here in North America. Perhaps conversations about European conferences could be started in the discussion section. Thank you.

Sorry for going off topic. We would just like to experience some of the things you are able to organise. And have no idea where to start.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:32:22 UTC | #928775

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Comment 3 by Paula Kirby :

Hi Sjoerd

There are two RDFRSs, one in the USA, one in the UK. You can find out about RDFRS UK here.

Paula

Hi Paula,

I think I can speak for both Sjoerd and me in saying that we understand the difference.

We would just like to see some kind of conference here in The Netherlands.

D

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:35:20 UTC | #928496

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"The Amsterdam free thought convention" has a nice ring to it don't you think?

The bigest issue is funds I guess.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:44:13 UTC | #928482

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Comment 2 by Sjoerd Westenborg :

I am not an American and I don't have kids, but I made an extra donation to RDFRS. Who can recommend good European alternatives btw?

Here here. I long for us to do one in Amsterdam (rai) or something (Utrecht, jaarbeurs hal or Den Hague or even Rotterdam for that matter).

I would even plege my time to organise it. I might even canvas a friend who has studied events management ti see if she could help.

The religious have far to much to say in this country.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:43:40 UTC | #928481

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Comment 55 by TobySaunders :

I don't want to read the rest of that piece... those claims about non-human apes being incapable of considering the future or reflecting on their existence is bogus, & that semantic stuff about humans not being apes is pathetic.

Besides that its also totally baseless. We don't know what goes on in an animals brain.

I can't even comprehend what goes on in the authors brain let alone a gorilla, dolphin or whale to name a few.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:52:29 UTC | #928467

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Completely true. To suggest he is an Afrikan ape is outrageous and possibly racist too.

He is clearly a pale European ape. A Europeanus anglo saxonus.

And to be frank I would have expected Richard to be able to define the difference.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:46:01 UTC | #928408

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Comment 22 by ganggan :

"Prejudging outcomes" is not what scientists do.

Eh yes they do. Or they at least sort of should any way.

Its part of the hypothesis bit...

In this case the hypothesis is that with the current technology they can clone a mammoth. If you then run your experiment you either validate or falsify your hypothesis. Then you update the hypothesis based on your findings and try again.

Once your gain the required result (or not) you can publish your findings to subject them to peer review.

Other people can then copy / recreate your work to see if they reach the same conclusions / outcomes as you did.

Comment 24 by mmurray :

Comment 21 by Alan4discussion :

I can't see what this has to do with these experiments. Prejudging outcomes was never a good way to do science. Nobody can predict all the possible spin-offs from research.

But it doesn't stop people asking. Put a grant application in and it requires a prediction of the results, the methods you are going to use, a Timeline of when results will be achieved and a statement of National Benefit. Then the success rate is 20%.

Most western countries have some such process for research funding. Not sure what the deal is for this particular exercise.

Is anyone else concerned about the poor baby mammoth growing up all alone and living out its days in a zoo ?

Michael

Yes but how about creating a herd (or a couple depending on what would be a healthy breading population) of mammoths that then would be free to roam the tundra / Siberia.

That would be cool.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:49:00 UTC | #927777

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Comment 5 by aroundtown :

Comment 4 by Border Collie Thank you Ronald Reagan, Georges Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and the rest of you ignorant sluts ...

+1 Thank you for stating some of the obvious roadblocks. Can't slow that wagon down before it goes over the cliff.

They said few people are aware of the present condition regarding the dangers of climate change and I have felt like a man screaming in the wilderness in my alarm so I guess I am one of the few then.

Totally agree with you. I just can't understand why people don't see how serious this is. Why aren't we building huge co2 scrubbers or planting vast forrests to make sure we survive.

I also found this ever so well said:

"I get angry when I hear people say: 'In the rainforest people live in ecological balance.' They don't. They die in ecological balance,"

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:38:38 UTC | #924124

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Is Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw's latest endeavor The Quantum Universe worth a mention?

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 04:31:14 UTC | #902564

Go to: Richard Dawkins: "The tyranny of the discontinuous mind"

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When an official form invites us to tick a "race" or "ethnicity" box, I recommend crossing it out and writing "human".

A worthy gesture. I will copy this in future.

That is if I remember.

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 01:12:21 UTC | #901208

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Comment 9 by Corona Dave :

Comment 1 by Mrkimbo :

Good stuff. I still haven't got over my disappointment that Ratzinger wasn't greeted at Heathrow with the immortal British line 'You're nicked sunshine."

You mean this?

Diplomatic immunity.

Almost as if they are immune to justice, fairness and the rule of law.

Makes me feel sick.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:02:19 UTC | #892428

Go to: Giving placebos such as reiki to cancer patients does more harm than good

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Comment 7 by Dhamma :

Neodarwinian, If it really can be proven to be cost effective (no idea), then perhaps they could offer a few nurses in every hospital to take courses in it?

As the study proves that the treatment works as well as the "placebo" there is no need for a course. Just saying that they are receiving the treatment is enough to gain the desired effect. Hence any one could do it.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:32:33 UTC | #881809

Go to: Giving placebos such as reiki to cancer patients does more harm than good

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massage has been shown to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients beyond a placebo effect. If a patient receives a massage with empathy, sympathy, time, understanding and dedication, she would benefit from the placebo effect – just like the reiki patient – but, in addition, she would also benefit from the specific effect of the treatment that massage does and Reiki does not offer

Maybe they should recreate and expand the test to include the above suggestion massage. This would clearly show that the use of Reiki as an effective treatment is a fallacy of thinking. I agree that they shouldn’t give a placebo just because it gives a placebo effect. They would be better off using the funds for a treatment that combines said placebo and effectual treatment in one. More bang for your buck so to say.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:24:33 UTC | #881806

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As if my opinion of the Catholic church wasn't low enough, now this.

  • Tracey, Scotland, 16/10/2011 13:26
  • Says it all I think.

    Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:10:18 UTC | #881567

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    There's no probably about it. He deserves to stand trial for the cove up the he is responsible for.

    Mon, 17 Oct 2011 08:33:13 UTC | #881402

    Go to: Dawkins describes 'magic' of science to Randolph College crowd

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    Comment 1 by rod-the-farmer :

    Oh, you will love the comments on the site for the article.....

    Comment 5 by BMJT :

    I wish I hadn't taken the bait there Rod. I thought i'd learnt to ignore these kinds of people, but I managed to drawn in. Hugely painful to the read the bile the spout. Must get better at biting my tongue.

    Same here I've waisted nearly two hours on there now....

    Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:34:59 UTC | #878601

    Go to: Explosive Studies of Universe's Expansion Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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    Comment 21 by irate_atheist :

    I still maintain that it won't accelerate as fast as a plumber's van.

    a plumber's van leaving a bodged job.....

    Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:24:25 UTC | #878388

    Go to: Explosive Studies of Universe's Expansion Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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    Comment 8 by Red Dog :

    Not sure I really understood the point but a couple of comments: First, remember that the big bang is not really an explosion. Its not like there was an existing space for the universe and then a singularity blew up and threw matter outward into that space. But rather the bang created both space/time and the stuff that goes into it and the expansion they are talking about here is not the galaxies moving in space/time but the expansion of space/time itself. At least that's how I understand it.

    Second, regarding the singularity it sounds like you are saying couldn't it be that everything reaches a point where it stops expanding then collapses in on itself and then we get another big bang so that the universe is an endless cycle of bang=>expand=>contract=>bang=>... That was at one time considered a very plausible theory but it was settled a while ago. There isn't enough attractive force to stop the expansion and pull stuff back. I think partly because there isn't enough regular matter to attract things back together but also because there is dark matter which has a repulsive force and pushes stuff apart.

    But I'm just an interested amateur so if anyone really knows what they are talking about feel free to correct me.

    See that's exactly the one thing I have trouble with. I am unable to grasp that everything came from nothing. That's as implausible to me as there being a creator.

    There simply must be more to it. If it be a creator then how did IT come to be. What created the creator?

    To say that everything came from nothing is like saying it's supernatural. What we should be saying is we don't know what was there before the big bang but we are looking in to it. We have been able to work it out to within (how ever many seconds/nano seconds) after the bang.

    As for everything not slowing down. How do we know dark energy won't just run out/go in reverse (by its polarity shifting or what ever) in the future?

    Wed, 05 Oct 2011 08:48:05 UTC | #878046

    Go to: Explosive Studies of Universe's Expansion Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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    Correct me if I'm wrong in my thinking but; With an explosion of say a stick of dynamite the material of the outer shell (paper) doesn't go from stand still to maximum velocity instantly does it? So why do/did we expect this to be true with the universe? Is the universe not just the outside of said stick of dynamite and we ate still accelerating to maximum velocity? This would effectively mean there had to be a stick of dynamite (matter) or in this case as far as we can tell a singularity to begin with. But isn't that just exactly in line with what we think right now? This doesn't mean that matter will not slow down at some point in the future. Is it possible that this is what black hole's are for? To continually re seed the universe?

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:03:24 UTC | #877842

    Go to: Explaining science’s magic to the young

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    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:31:23 UTC | #877754

    Go to: Explaining science’s magic to the young

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    I'm reading this to my 5 year old at the moment. She has just lost her first tooth and she said to me the other night (while reading this to her that the tooth fairy is real. So I asked her why she thinks it's real (Carefully I don't want to shatter her dreams). So she said: We'll she comes and takes the tooth and leaves money under your pillow. That's evidence that she's real. Fantastic the way her mind works. Looking at the evidence and basing her decision/beliefs on the evidence. (I’m ever so proud)

    Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:30:52 UTC | #877753

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    Comment 12 by UGAtheist :

    @ UGAtheist - it's 'can't be arsed'!

    I'm not from that side of the pond, mate. =)

    Ok then what you said makes no sense at all.

    "and can't be asked"

    What does that mean on your side of the pond then? On our side its considered to be gibberish I'm afraid.

    Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:46:31 UTC | #877090