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Go to: Compulsory GCSE Religious Education

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One of the main topics of my RE GCSE was Ghosts. Worthwhile GCSE that was.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:42:16 UTC | #877907

Go to: Religion has been a positive force in culture

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Hitchens was great, the academic not so much.

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 21:53:11 UTC | #877601

Go to: Blinded and Blindsided:

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US military spending makes up 41% of global annual military spending, you’d think they’d cut that.

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:04:50 UTC | #861969

Go to: Treadmill shows medieval armour influenced battles

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This is why certain people don’t like science, useless stuff like this. Did it really take students at Oxford to tell us wearing a lot of metal makes it hard to move?

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:48:28 UTC | #851825

Go to: Why Dawkins's case against religion creaks at every joint

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"The first platform for Dawkins’s case against religion – that evolution theory makes creator gods obsolete – creaks at every joint. Since a full understanding of it requires a broad acquaintance with both physical science (especially quantum physics) and metaphysics and few, possibly including Dawkins (a mere biologist, if not just a zoologist) can claim such broad expertise, it is sufficient to note briefly here how those properly endowed do handle it."

Does he seriously think that shows you do need a God to explain the origins of life?

"a mere biologist, if not just a zoologist"

Ergh.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:56:10 UTC | #849142

Go to: "The £9,000 tuition fees cap won't last – we're biting the bullet first"

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Comment 23 by Stevehill :

Growling has a point. In the 1970s Britain had a university student population of about 250,000, and they had to get some pretty serious grades and pretty hard, not dumbed-down, A-levels to get

"Hahaha, these A levels these kids do are so easy hahahahah"

It's funny; kids do well at A levels and every idiot like you says "easy exams" students do badly and it's "well, bad teaching."

If 40 hours of studying a week is easy then I guess you should have an MA in Bio-chemical engineering.

On topic: I don't see why people have a problem with this, the rich have always had their pick of the education - either paying for Eton et al or being able to move to and/or afford to commute to get better education. This just seems the same to me.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 19:30:30 UTC | #637283

Go to: "The £9,000 tuition fees cap won't last – we're biting the bullet first"

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Comment 12 by Vicktor :

Many people seem to be against the idea of "elitism" when it comes to higher education. However, it seems to me, the worldwide status quo where the smart become smarter and the stupid become stupider sits well with just about everyone. Why is that so? Are not the "weakest" students more deserving of the "best" teachers? Stronger students will probably do fine in any case, so the average intelligence of the population should rise. I think a case for that argument could be made; at least it's worth considering.

Some people dont care that they are "stupid", they are quite happy to have a 9-5 minimum wage job that lets them have a beer after they clock off. I dont see anything wrong with that but I dont think the best teachers should be used on them.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:50:31 UTC | #637130

Go to: Richard Dawkins interviews Sydney Parks regarding teaching evolution in public schools.

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Presumably you need a degree at least in biology to teach it, how can these people pass their degree exams if they believe evolution is false.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:28:08 UTC | #636594

Go to: Atheists Get Their "Brokeback Mountain" Moment in the New Sundance Film, "The Ledge"

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Comment 32 by Guyver1 :

No offence but the trailer for Thor was bloody terrible and I only went to watch it because one of the guys in work with me went to see it and recommended it as brilliant.

Thor was AWESOME!

Never judge a film by its trailer

Thor wasn't awesome by any stretch of the imagination.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 22:38:49 UTC | #636156

Go to: Atheists Get Their "Brokeback Mountain" Moment in the New Sundance Film, "The Ledge"

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I dont think the film looks that could but hey it's a start.

Edit - slightly related: The X-Men films support the theory of evolution in its own strange way.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 22:38:04 UTC | #636155

Go to: [UPDATE] Islamic bore talks over PZ Myers

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the muslims

Comment 25 by rod-the-farmer :

What a waste of intelligence. Very articulate, obviously well educated, and yet spouts nonsense. He could be a person of some importance in his community, if he were to become rational.

yup yup.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:43:02 UTC | #635620

Go to: Launch of new Atheist Alliance International

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Awesome.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:03:27 UTC | #635599

Go to: BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture 1996 - Richard Dawkins

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I didnt like the part where it was implied that people going to art school were stupid.

Mon, 30 May 2011 22:53:06 UTC | #632480

Go to: Mammals' large brains evolved for smell

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Seems I can sniff out a good article because it was interesting. Although I wish the BBC would do more than 3 line paragraphs.

Sun, 22 May 2011 22:47:50 UTC | #629677

Go to: Mammals' large brains evolved for smell

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Smells like this could be an interesting read.

Sun, 22 May 2011 22:35:58 UTC | #629670

Go to: The Rapture aside, America's evangelical Christians deserve a little respect

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If only Gates and Buffett would get the fuck out of their hot tubs and do something.

Edit:

The evangelical Christian said he “behaves as if every day is his last” well doesn’t that mean any charitable work done is comparable to last minuet cramming before the final examination?

Sun, 22 May 2011 21:36:07 UTC | #629653

Go to: Cardinal warns of 'aggressive secularism'

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Secularism can be branded agressive when I turn on the news and hear The National Secular Society have begun bombing raids on The Church of England.

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:00:58 UTC | #619376

Go to: Pope: Humanity isn't random product of evolution

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Everytime I hear someone say "It cant have happend by chance" I hear Prof. Dawkins voice in my head saying "WELL OFCOURSE IT CANT"

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:04:48 UTC | #619182

Go to: Science has vanquished religion, but not its evils

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At one time the pious feared science and sought to oppress it, now they realise science is the only discipline that can ever hope to "prove" god so they seek to bribe scientists into joining their cause to give it some argument from authority style credibility.

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:47:54 UTC | #617991

Go to: [UPDATE 4/20] Richard Dawkins Global Atheist Convention 2010

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Comment 10 by hiss :

Is the evolution video shown at the beginning available in it's entirety anywhere?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7jSp2xmmEE

Pretty good song as well.

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:02:08 UTC | #617378

Go to: Happy birthday, Christopher Hitchens

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Hitchens is the best.

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:54:49 UTC | #616115

Go to: If you have to be genius to be atheist, we are in real trouble

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Comment 43 by manilla_wise :

Comment 41 by liq

Because the worst thing in the world would be to wake up tomorrow and realize that you're a fucking moron.

Look, the same people who can't stomach that realization and therefore /forbid/ you to bring them--through conversation mind you--to it, have no qualms what-so-fucking-ever with using whatever force necessary to bring you to the realization that you're a worthless shit in need of salvation today and an eternity of behavioral modification. If it were only that you just believed in Jesus dear Christian, and kept it to yourself, if only.

The Faithfull’s belief is moronic, I agree, but pointing this out to them by saying “You are a fucking moron” is not going to persuade them, in fact it will be detrimental to the “atheist cause*” because it will diminish, the already low chance, that they will ever engage in a reasonable conversation about their religion. When I engage in this conversation with believers I know or believers over the internet I don’t ever think that I might “convert” them on the spot; my general aim is to A) make them see that their religion is open to questioning and B) to plant the seed of doubt through reasonable discussion and C) show them that many of the ideas they believe to be truths are in fact false. The “fucking moron line” isn’t going to plant anything and they may be more forceful with their beliefs out of defiance.

Entering into a slanging match seems senseless; even if what you are saying, although aggressive, is true, you still end up looking like the bad guy and I think it reflects badly on atheists. Although I agree that the fundamental Christians are certainly an obnoxious group of people that doesn’t mean we should be obnoxious back: even if we are correct and what we are saying is logically true. Having said that I have no qualms being deliberately offensive when they start waving the bible in my face and start quoting Leviticus; these people are not deserving of rational debate and I admit I get a small amount of satisfaction knowing that they will live their lives in an impoverished and in some cases self loathing state.

*I don’t think there is an official atheist cause and I know many people on this site wont like that term but I don’t know how else to phrase it.

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:23:26 UTC | #606408

Go to: If you have to be genius to be atheist, we are in real trouble

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It is far more productive to intelligently articulate your argument than to resort to cheap caricature. If you jump into the debate by saying something like “Oh man I can’t believe you think the virgin birth is real are you stupid?” you have done nothing productive or interesting at all you’ve simply insulted the person you are trying to win over.

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:15:53 UTC | #606361