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We should really keep this lunatic asylum called Pakistan completely isolated..

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:07:15 UTC | #947404

Go to: Search for truth leads to rejection of religion

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Comment 1 by xsjadolateralus :

Let's get them converting for actual goodness' sake.

Indeed, there needs to be a funding for their continued usage of their established skills instead of career change like some people suggest.

I think Dan Dennett(or someone he interviewed) said there would be 10 000 more applications for the Clergy Project if it had free career change setup.

That is a completely wrong approach.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:02:35 UTC | #946942

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Comment 2 by katy Cordeth :

I wonder what it would be like to be alive with 2 meter span insects flying around. They are predatory, would they think I was food?

It's entirely possible.

That was an amazing scene, way better than anything we saw with blockbusters for the last decade.

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:15:24 UTC | #946673

Go to: Louisiana lunacy: tens of millions to be spent on faith-based education

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The assault continues, with rationality always on the defensive and shrinking fast.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 20:22:56 UTC | #946622

Go to: Why We Don't Believe in Science

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Comment 21 by Red Dog :

Many humans are intellectually lazy.

Using the word lazy is a bit misleading, it's all about the principle of less work, everything is about economization of reality and that's not something that can be escaped.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 03:00:04 UTC | #946493

Go to: Why We Don't Believe in Science

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USA has always had a strong anti-intellectual culture of all the developed nations.

Just take the movies for example, there is not a single country with such distinct symbolic field around the term "nerd" and how it plays out in various media and even in politics. In fact, it is very rare to even find such a recognizable term in other countries.

Consumerism as life-style and free-market fetish only exacerbated the problem.

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 02:55:51 UTC | #946491

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The same thing was polled in Croatia a decade ago, most didn't even believe in resurrection...

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:35:20 UTC | #946318

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Comment 7 by Nairb :

The problemm here is not religous bullshit. It pseudo secular bullshit.

India is not a secular state- its a multi religous state. Therefor ridiculous situations like this. And it happily ignores international Human Rights laws.

Yeah, I'm continually surprised when people call India as the biggest secular democracy. Wishful thinking I guess.

Also whenever cases like these pop up, Bill Gates comes up in my mind. An atheist who has dozens of billions of dollars and would not feel a dent while funding these organizations and more throughout the world and would actually make a significant difference.

Yet not a peep from him.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:48:14 UTC | #946229

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Comment 10 by mmurray : At various times I've tried to find on the internet an estimate of a global sustainable population with first wold living standards. It is usually lower than 4-5 billion. Just wondering where you got that figure from ?

Michael

I think you will find that such estimates depend on when they were made, meaning which technologies and projections of near future technologies were taken into account and how comprehensively.

But the ceiling is definitely around 4 billion if every single person is to be in the middle class with all of its implied infrastructure, standards, luxuries and ecological equilibrium.

10 billion in not so near future sounds like hell on earth to me.

Lol, it reminds me of Krogan in Mass Effect universe where they can't keep their numbers in check so eventually completely devastate their own planet and other colonies given to them. Obviously developers were projecting our own future into that fictional alien race.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 03:16:45 UTC | #946032

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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Comment 2 by Sample :

Difficult topic, so how about if everybody just avoids having children for wee bit?

Mike

Yeah, that would be nice, until we get to 4-5 billion again which is the only sustainable level if everyone is to be in the middle class.

Otherwise it would be completely impossible, which means constant strife, instability and faking outrage over poverty and hunger.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:33:32 UTC | #945990

Go to: What Would Darwin Say to Today's Creationists?

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Comment 9 by Geoff 21 :

Comments 1 & 2 by Metamag

From NCSE policy statement "Such questions, although important, are beyond the scope of NCSE, which is primarily a science and science education organization, not a policy institute."

comment 8 +1

Geoff

What an incredibly stupid statement forgoing all links to reality and glorifying its own pointlessness and uselessness. Because what is religion but a scientific illiteracy induced by insidious childhood indoctrination? We are still in that infantile phase where something labeled as religion gets immunity for no reason whatsoever, for fuck sake already...

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:36:54 UTC | #945921

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Comment 1 by Starcrash :

It feels like we're always on the defense and never on the offense.

This is the key to almost all articles here. There are still a lot of idiotic atheists who think religion must be left alone and only specific manifestations of its extremism should be addressed instead of having a systematic approach to deal with the whole thing.

Just one example, homeschooling, instead of viewing it as what it is, an extension of childhood indoctrination, there are a lot of secularists/atheists who still think it is a valid option and the primary usage of it is just accidental evil.

With such idiotic attitudes and lethargy we will always be on the defensive.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 01:38:20 UTC | #945790

Go to: What Would Darwin Say to Today's Creationists?

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How can organizations like NSCE even begin to resolve this issue without even trying to address the root of the problem which is faith, believing without evidence and believing only because of childhood indoctrination aka tradition. Instead doing the exact opposite by cuddling faith and tradition.

How is it that this not occurs to them as extremely stupid and ineffectual? Am I missing something here?

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:38:18 UTC | #945754

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Still sad to see people like Eugenie Scott being so ineffectual and doing damage to their own causes by embracing accommodationism and even a particular kind of theology against all evidence, reason and common sense.

She accomplishes absolutely nothing(as latest polling shows) and still doesn't change the approach.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:16:00 UTC | #945752

Go to: Dr Oz and the never-ending infomercial

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Comment 2 by DefenderOfReason! :

I utterly dispise this man. As a doctor he should know better than to propagate all this nonsense. And being that he does indeed have the title of doctor so many people follow his every word as if it's fact. He should be ashamed of what he has become!

In my country when a doctor makes a foolish/incorrect statement a medical organization officially issues a statement that corrects it and is reported on national TV.

Has that happened in US?

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:33:08 UTC | #945739

Go to: South Korea surrenders to creationist demands

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Comment 13 by silentbutler :

So who can speak a little Korean? Anybody know the word bullshit?

It would be interesting to know if any of these books are available in Korean language or if they are a common place in public libraries:

The God Delusion

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

Religion Explained

God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark

It seems like the very scientific method and rational thinking is being destroyed in South Korea.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:17:24 UTC | #945730

Go to: South Korea surrenders to creationist demands

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It also found that 40% of biology teachers agreed with the statement that “much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs”; and half disagreed that “modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes”.

Interesting development, so South Korea is as bad as any islamic hellhole in this regard.

I've been hearing about evangelization of this country for years, huge mega-churches, TV preachers and such.

Now we see the result.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:07:49 UTC | #945728

Go to: South Korea surrenders to creationist demands

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This is why I wasn't so sure about the claim that internet deals with ignorance by default given enough time, which even Dan Dennett said recently.

How many creationism debunking videos are on youtube in Korean language? Probably zero.

How many christianity debunking videos are on youtube in Korean language? Probably zero.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:02:24 UTC | #945726

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Comment 6 by zengardener :

Cloaked alien space ships were having a high altitude dog fight with proton guns, over Uranium mining rights on Earth.

Didn't even make the front page of the Galactic Examiner.

Ah, if only universe was that exciting :(

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 20:15:47 UTC | #945558

Go to: In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

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In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

This is simply not true.

It is 78%.

Theistic evolution doesn't have anything to do with evolution, it's an oxymoronic notion.

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 19:06:51 UTC | #945323

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Comment 30 by silentbutler :

I don't know what the regional policies and procedures are for the local paramedics out there, but I'm willing to bet that the law would have protected this individuals right to refuse treatment provided he were deemed competent...

Actually it is completely irrelevant if paramedics were called and saved him since he would have been in the exact same situation later on, just like his father. Paramedics can't cure stupidity.

Sat, 02 Jun 2012 01:09:24 UTC | #945122

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Comment 15 by btheist :

I am sorry, but it was absolutely, unequivocally wrong for you to stand by and do nothing when you knew the outcome would be his death.

That's accommodationism and cultural relativism for you...you know, respect other people's beliefs no matter how unwarranted that respect is.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 20:30:33 UTC | #945069

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Religion poisons everything.

Also someone should do a Festinger-type investigation into this crazy cult. Why did they even call the paramedics, do they think his faith was too weak, was the snake a demon so it sneaked pass the faith barrier...

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 19:00:26 UTC | #945044

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Comment 16 by Quine :

The comment went on that this might be because of the pejorative connotations of the word "atheist".

The man has a publicly funded job in a country where admitting being an atheist is risking losing your job. He has said that he is not religious. If that is as far as he feels he can go in his position, give the guy a break before you pretend you know what it is like to be in his shoes.

But Tyson went out of his way to lie, make strawman, denigrate and speak general nonsense. He should have just stayed quiet instead.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:35:20 UTC | #945008

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Comment 2 by Zeuglodon :

I can't remember where it was now - somewhere on this forum, I think - but a poster once commented that Neil DeGrasse Tyson, despite having all the qualifications of an atheist, did not identify as one. The comment went on that this might be because of the pejorative connotations of the word "atheist".

Exactly, it's like that video was made for him. I lost a lot of respect for Tyson after he spewed such spineless incoherent disrespectful garbage in that BigThink video..

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 03:12:54 UTC | #944891

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And it's about the bible/christianity anyway, not this fucktard pastor, he is in concordance with the fundamental document of christianity.

I hate these ineffectual protests that circumvent real issues and always address the symptoms instead of the disease. Most of these protestors are probably jesus-cultists too.

Wed, 30 May 2012 19:43:30 UTC | #944590

Go to: Jury gives "faith healing" mother prison time in son's death

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Comment 1 by Kim Probable :

Nigh has maintained that Grady’s conduct was not unreasonable, based upon the teachings of her church.

When your church's teachings are unreasonable, your conduct based on those teachings is unreasonable as well.

No, faith is special case, everything is permitted when you have Faith. That's a core western value...are you some kind of intolerant racist right-winger who doesn't respect other people?

Wed, 30 May 2012 19:22:35 UTC | #944584

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Comment 5 by Jussie :

Comment 4 by Roedy :

The sympathy for Hamas is not because they are fundamentalists but because Jews invaded their land, occupied it for 64 years, and turned them into second class citizens. My sympathy is DESPITE their religion.

These guys wont think twice about blowing up innocent citizens. I don't think they need your sympathy.

Also, the reason why they are second class citizens in the first place is because they are homicidal zealots whose brains have been marinated in toxic stew of the islamic death cult and from very young age are institutionally instilled with the picture of reality in which all non-muslims are subhuman and Jews are dirty pigs and demons.

Not that Israel's ultra-jews are any better...

Wed, 30 May 2012 14:35:01 UTC | #944514

Go to: Q&A: Sam Harris

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radical Islamists

that's a bit redundant

Wed, 30 May 2012 13:19:18 UTC | #944489

Go to: Violent anti-science anarchists vow to strike again

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"In past centuries science had promised a golden era, but today it is being carried out toward self-destruction and more total slavery,"

LOL, they are confusing radical US-type crony capitalism, which has now become mainstream, with science.

What a bunch of dimwits.

Wed, 30 May 2012 02:15:44 UTC | #944357