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Go to: The Poetry of Science

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Ogden Nash's "Biological Reflections" perhaps?

A girl whose face is covered with paint / Has an advantage with me over one who ain't.

  • leading into a reflection on sexual selection, peacock's tails etc.
  • Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:52:57 UTC | #951133

    Go to: The Magic of Reality - paperback release June 21

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    Hurray! :)

    Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:22:49 UTC | #946935

    Go to: Hibernating bears' wounds heal without scars

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    This just in: animals don't build hospitals, have no doctors, have propagated for millions of years. Scientists astounded.

    More seriously though, this bears investigating.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:48:54 UTC | #928750

    Go to: Your Brain on Fiction

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    Comment 14 by Metamag :

    AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile.

    Pretty dumb way of putting it. I haven't read a paper book in 4 years. I read 2 books per week but either on laptop, iphone or with ebook reader, all digital devices.

    Once you get an ebook reader, you can never go back to clumsy impractical paper books(finally are gone the days where you constantly have to twist hundreds of pages of paper in bed) in which you can't do instant searches, comments, dictionary, adjust the font size, etc.

    I think "squawks and pings" is a rather oblique way of referring to the shortened attention span resulting from hopping from tweet to blog to facebook feed to texting, not necessarily following a sustained narrative beyond at most a two-page article.

    Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:44:19 UTC | #928747

    Go to: Let's take the gender out of "God"

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    I appears we're talking theology here.

    Given that theology is a load of God's cock & balls - thanks Mark! - I'm not sure why this is being debated at all. If you insist you could use the gender neutral pronoun hir?

    If God needs a cock, why would God need breasts too? I agree with BenS in that this is like debating the colour of the emperor's clothes.

    Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:54:46 UTC | #928468

    Go to: Human fossils hint at new species

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    Comment 7 by hypnoticbob :

    Homo vaderinus ?

    Luke, I am your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-etc grandfather.

    Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:45:33 UTC | #927728

    Go to: This used to be me

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    Comment 17 by QuestioningKat :

    Comment 16 by Sample :


    Well, isn't he?


    What?.......Richard is.........God?

    In which case, professor, could you please stop killing people in horrible fashions, raking your fingers across tornado-prone areas, and the pope.

    Thank you.

    That's suffering sorted... what's next? World peace?

    Fri, 09 Mar 2012 02:54:40 UTC | #925522

    Go to: A brutal price still paid for daring to challenge faith

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    Comment 12 by Alan4discussion :

    Comment 4 by Paula Kirby

    Moral of the story: never judge an article by its title, and certainly never blame the author for it.

    Can I second that! I have also had my writings re-titled to a new slant by editors! The other sad fact is that many semi-literate sheeples, never understand more than the title, once they have put on their theist-filter-specs which remove any unpalatable facts, challenging their muddled ideas, so moving them into cheer-leaders-for-the-home-church mode ! - Troofy defenders of the faith, and abusers of the targeted heretics! The irrational abuse, coupled with minds totally closed to considering the real objective information which has been provided in the survey, is well illustrated in the authors of articles mentioned. Others will copy views based on their ignorance preserving rubbish.

    Just an aside really, but I feel very dispirited when people get called sheeple. I've never meet a sheeperson in my life, where are they all at? All I've ever dealt with are human beings, some clever and some ignorant, with varied interests and different emotional buttons. How can you expect someone to engage in your viewpoint if you call them "sheeple"? It's not very kind.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:49:49 UTC | #920949

    Go to: The problem in public life isn’t Islam, but religion itself

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    Comment 7 by Graxan :

    "She’s a popular figure among Tories and an entertaining personality who frequently appears on British TV"

    That entirely depends on your definition of 'Entertaining'.

    My take take on her is that she is a religious nutjob with an agenda.

    I did a wee double-take reading that sentence too. You can't deny that she is being inadvertently entertaining in all this though. :D

    Wed, 22 Feb 2012 07:52:23 UTC | #920656

    Go to: Richard Dawkins in ‘single-celled ancestor’ shock

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    Well that was hilarious.

    Next we'll be hearing of supernovas eventually providing the heavy elements for life on earth. Ridiculous.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:12:24 UTC | #920574

    Go to: Richard Dawkins - The Census Research Explained

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    Comment 28 by drumdaddy :

    This is good news. A smaller-than-thought percentage of English citizens are delusional.

    Sorry to be nitpicking: not English but British citizens.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:55:09 UTC | #920036

    Go to: Councils win prayer 'rights' as ministers fast track Localism Act powers

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    Well this has made me very upset. If they want to pray, do it outside taxpayer's time and let's not have it mandated in law.

    It makes me ashamed of my politicians (as if I wasn't already).

    Sat, 18 Feb 2012 05:07:40 UTC | #919110

    Go to: Secularism v Religion in national affairs - post-Warsi discussion on BBC Newsnight 14/2/12

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    I sincerely apologise if someone has mentioned this already, but I'm linking you to The Now Show (amusing in it's own right) and in particular John Finnemore's discussion on Warsi's speech and Bones' prayer contention. It starts around 08:40.

    I found it vaguely amusing, but was uneasy about the lengthy demonstration that Christianity can "weather this storm". What do you clever people think?

    Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:40:21 UTC | #919006

    Go to: How Religion is Like a Penis

    Crimbly's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by Crimbly

    Judging by my spam email box, everyone is trying to make theirs seem bigger than it actually is.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:18:40 UTC | #918948

    Go to: Petition for evolution to be taught in UK primary schools

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    Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:05:26 UTC | #916964

    Go to: The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam

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    Having watched that, I now feel sick.

    Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:04:15 UTC | #914253

    Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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    To wake up to this news is very saddening.

    Goodbye Christopher.

    Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:18:45 UTC | #899472

    Go to: Newest alien planet is just the right temperature for life

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              [Comment 20](/articles/644129-newest-alien-planet-is-just-the-right-temperature-for-life/comments?page=1#comment_896396) by  [Capt. Bloodeye](/profiles/129046)          :
                     The comments here display a pedestrian lack of imagination.  Not too long ago the top authorities declared that it was impossible to fly, travel at over 20mph etc etc etc.  Paradigms will shift, impossibilities will become matter of fact.  Does anyone here really think that looking at the potentials of our existence from our current primitive state of technology is all inclusive?

    Brings to mind Arthur C. Clarke's observation that anything sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.

    Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:30:00 UTC | #896404

    Go to: Obama Thanksgiving Speech Didn't Mention God

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    Sorry, I can't help it, but... thank God!

    Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:56:05 UTC | #893454

    Go to: Obama Thanksgiving Speech Didn't Mention God

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    How pleasant. :)

    Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:38:56 UTC | #893441

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

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    Comment 17 by glenister_m :

    "The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry"

    And the bible doesn't??? Power of satan, witches, miracles and all that? Irony meter...


    Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:48:33 UTC | #893423

    Go to: Happy Carl Sagan Day! - (I know a day late)

    Crimbly's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by Crimbly

    What on earth does nunbeliever have against PZ?!

    Anyway, Happy Carl Sagan Day, I've baked an apple pie.

    Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:55:00 UTC | #889521

    Go to: Tunisia’s Islamist-led government rejects laws to enforce religion

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    Comment 2 by KAhmedCdn :

    Comment 1 by Atheist Mike :

    Meh, always a start. Meanwhile in Lybia the new government won't accept jews in their new society and in Nigeria a group of islamists kill 60 people in cold blood. It seems like for each good story about muslims there's always more horrible ones to counter-balance.

    American Jews have done magnificently with philanthropic work in the United States and their contributions are honourable. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers continue to attack, harass and gun down Palestinians working in their Olive Orchards and the government of Israel continues crazy Biblical prophecy-driven settlement building to secure their land expropriations and their "Greater Israel". It seems like for each good story about Jews there's always more horrible ones to counter-balance.

    JFK was a great Catholic American president and served his country well, as is current Catholic Vice-President Joe Biden. Millions of Catholics honourably serve their communities in the spirit of good work and sacrifice. Meanwhile, the Vatican is being exposed for covering-up sex crimes by countless Catholic priests, for decades! It seems like for each good story about catholics there's always more horrible ones to counter-balance.

    The United States and the UK are great countries, and have done well to advance the fight against AIDs in Africa and has brought more equality for people around the world. Meanwhile, they along with Great Britain, launched a bloody war in Iraq which killed thousands of innocent Iraqis, left their country and region even more insecure, emboldened extremists and led to social chaos. And the Americans and the Brits won't even admit their mistakes, they are happy to keep repeating them! Their people even re-elected the perpetrating governments in 2004 (Bush) and 2005 (UK). What a bunch of sickos! And the Brits have a sordid past against various peoples of the world.

    It seems like for each good story about Americans and Brits there's always more horrible ones to counter-balance....

    Get the picture "Atheist Mike"? Save your selective-thinking, confirmation bias and prejudice against Muslims for another time.


    Interesting. Not sure Atheist Mike was being bigoted and prejudiced at all. He was merely stating that for every piece of good news there is bad news to counterbalance it. Lets be honest here, you don't hear much good news about religion. I've yet to see the headline "[Insert Religion Here] allows all groups of people to live in peace in [Region] and promotes reasoned, logical thinking in schools".

    It is reason to celebrate a secular constitution. The mention that "Tunisia's language is arabic and religion is Islam" as an unenforced statement of reality will hopefully end up eventually having the same meaning as "The UK's language is English and it's religion is Christianity." The UK isn't really Christian any more, just in name.

    [Edited by moderator to reflect edited version of original post]

    Sun, 06 Nov 2011 09:20:25 UTC | #887798

    Go to: Sand Grains on a Distant Shore

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    Comment 4 by dloubet :

    Each of us is the result of a 4.5 billion year unbroken chain of successful reproduction stretching back to the replicating molecule that started it all.


    Talk about pressure to reproduce!

    Young people of today already are under a great deal of pressure (to look good, to achieve socially and academically, constantly on the move, constantly contactable through FB/Twitter/Mobiles, pressured to find and keep a job in uncertain times etc etc).

    We don't need 4.5 billion years of more pressure to be the tip of our genetic spear. ;)

    Wed, 02 Nov 2011 19:01:51 UTC | #886524

    Go to: When Comes the Time To Convert People?

    Crimbly's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by Crimbly

    Using the word "convert", as stevehill has suggested, isn't correct in this context - it gives ammunition to those who view the atheist community as "just like a religion".

    It's a case of leading horses to water here I think.

    Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:48:40 UTC | #884807

    Go to: Bang! How We Came To Be

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    Comment 11 by Rawhard Dickins :

    Why does Amazon promote: "The Challenge" when you search for "Bang! How We Came To Be"

    From the intro:

    "The Challenge dramatically demonstrates why the Bible is the ultimate "quest quencher," the most unique, influential and intellectually compelling book ever written."

    It made me laugh! Most of America is still in the intellectual dark ages it seems!

    Well to be fair it is one of the most influential books ever written, that can't be denied. Still, one out of three ain't bad. That description made me laugh too.

    Fish and barrels spring to mind.

    Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:44:10 UTC | #884805

    Go to: Tired of arguing with friends and family

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    I have an acquaintance who will, no matter what, always end up talking about communism when you talk to him. He's a massive socialist to the extent that he is interested in little else. I actually actively avoid him because I just can't be bothered talking about communism (which has never interested me much anyway).

    You sound a little like him.

    It's great that you've read up on things, but actual arguing will at best allow a mustard seed - to steal Christ's metaphor - to germinate in the other's breast so they go and inform themselves about the issue, yet at worst will make them resentful towards you.

    People don't like to be wrong publicly. You complain that you've never had the pleasure of someone saying "you're right" to you - it honestly sounds like you're arguing simply to go "nyah nyah I'm right and you're wrong". Regardless of how right and backed up you are, the way you put the information across is important.

    In my circle of friends I'm known as the "bloke who dislikes religion". Everyone has topics or issues that they feel strongly about and good friend- and relationships know what they are to not set them off. It seems like you feel strongly about too many things. What your friends and family mean when they say "there's no way to discuss with you" is actually simply "you argue too much about too many things for me to have a reasonable conversation with you".

    Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:23:34 UTC | #883784

    Go to: The Magic of Reality (FT review)

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    Having read it a week ago I'd just like to say that it's a truly beautiful book - the illustrations are so spot-on that I had a hard time reading the words so that I could subsequently look at the pictures.

    I was particularly impressed with McKean's illustration of the Milky Way, I stared at that picture for ages!

    Sat, 01 Oct 2011 11:00:14 UTC | #876894

    Go to: What If Every Kid Read This Richard Dawkins Book?

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    I'm halfway through it, and I'm loving every page. The illustrations are truly gorgeous, I find myself examining them more than I do the words!

    I get strange looks from my colleagues though. Apparently pictures in books are weird.

    Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:50:55 UTC | #874046

    Go to: Bringing Dawkins home to the kids

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    "Miracles don't exist. Simple as."

    That young Callum chappie is a bright cookie.

    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:07:45 UTC | #871717