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Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

GregGorey's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by GregGorey

Katy,

Or Sean could just want to address Carrot's concerns about his own personal character.

Sat, 12 May 2012 23:15:54 UTC | #941238

Go to: Dawkins Foundation: Innovating for a Secular World. A Call to Action by Sean Faircloth, Madison, WI

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ANTIcarrot,

Don't be a douche. I have talked to Sean and I will vouch that he is a good dude. .

Sat, 12 May 2012 19:06:02 UTC | #941220

Go to: FFRF announces fund to aid nonbelieving clergy

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Comment 1 by ganggan :

Why do we care about a few nonbelieving clergy? Try to strike some points? Would the money be better spent on educating children? Prevention vs. treatment.

Because they are people who are in a tight spot. Also, you don't see how helping clergy safely deconvert is a great leap forward?

Tue, 08 May 2012 05:12:56 UTC | #940485

Go to: Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

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Ah, Florida. It is a state that resembles metro New York in certain parts and the backwoods of Georgia in others.

Sun, 06 May 2012 02:04:04 UTC | #940042

Go to: Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

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The irony is that any argument against philosophy is always prefaced with philosophy. For example, Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design declares philosophy to be dead and then spends at least 40% of the rest of the book discussing philosophy.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:49:00 UTC | #936911

Go to: “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” To Be Published By Pitchstone!

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I bought this for Kindle and now consider it to be required reading for apathetic nonbelievers (or motivated believers who want ammo to pump their friends up).

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 03:37:27 UTC | #936180

Go to: The Most Astounding Fact (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

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Comment 9 by phill marston :

Dr Tyson's comment is no less wonderful if you know he's repeating what Carl Sagan said.

Or if you know Carl Sagan was merely popularizing the theories proposed by Fred Hoyle and confirmed by William Fowler....

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:05:24 UTC | #925384

Go to: GOP TEA PARTY's New Target (demonizing) The Girl Scouts of America.

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My daughter is a girl scout and I am damned proud that her troop does not subscribe to religious discrimination or indoctrination.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:52:27 UTC | #921680

Go to: The Winner of the Ten Point Vision Contest!!

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Excellent work. :D

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:03:53 UTC | #921591

Go to: Online debate between Russell Blackford and American theologian/historian William Cavanaugh

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Comment 1 by Rtambree :

Because this will decide it once and for all

Who said that was the point?

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 03:30:42 UTC | #920209

Go to: How to Dispel Your Illusions

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Dr. Kahneman's research is the stuff that everyone else quotes. His work in decision theory and psychology is simply amazing and everyone should read this book.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 03:49:58 UTC | #914939

Go to: Why Romney's Religion Matters

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Comment 13 by godsbuster :

"America should lead the world"; really Mr. Faircloth? So far it has been doing so and appears predicated on doing so in future (if Mitt Romney's recent speech is any indication) predominantly on the basis of military/economic bullying.

Mr. Faircloth meant to lead the world in charity and human rights. Can you really disagree with our country being the country with the highest human rights standards?

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:38:43 UTC | #913603

Go to: Why Romney's Religion Matters

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Sean has always been great, but he has improved by leaps and bounds. Great job!

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:25:01 UTC | #913596

Go to: Black Nonbelievers Speak Out

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I think many of you are ignorantly writing this effort off. The reasons why this campaign is required is because, for many black Americans, there is no such thing as identity without the Black Church. Throughout my life, I have had many black friends who the idea of losing the church is unimaginable. This is because they do everything from receiving loans from it to meet their spouses there. There is also the fact that many black Americans, would be completely exiled from their community for coming out. Saying "well, x and y are exiled from their community also" doesn't somehow make this go away. We are not having a crapping contest, we are trying to help people and certain groups (like the Clergy Project) require a special initiative. Also, race is completely real and somehow saying it isn't does not make someone who is severely suffering because of their lack of faith feel any better (are they supposed to read this and say "since blackness isn't less real my community will quit exiling me"). It may be a social or cultural construct, but that doesn't somehow make blackness any less real. I feel like many of the arguments made could also be used to eliminate virtually any kind of identity if it were consistently applied. Instead of whining, I think we should follow John Dewey's advice and focus on the fact that there are people suffering out there and no amount of semantics can get around that.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:32:44 UTC | #913441

Go to: Black Nonbelievers Speak Out

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This is a wonderful thing. Black humanists have a lot to be proud of and it is about time that they speak out (after all, WEB DuBois, A Philip Randolph, and Frederick Douglas were humanists)!

For anyone who thinks this extra initiative is not needed, you have to realize how integral Christianity has historically been to black American identity. Mark Hatcher gave a very elegant explanation of this within his video on the CFI's playlist.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:50:45 UTC | #913319

Go to: To the Moon, Newt!

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While I am highly critical of Ron Paul, he had an amazing one liner: "I don't think we should go to the moon, I think we should send some politicians up there."

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:40:46 UTC | #912068

Go to: In praise of Richard Dawkins

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The Blind Watchmaker is one of my all time favorite books. Hopefully, I can get it autographed by the good professor one day.

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:50:14 UTC | #910567

Go to: Lost Charles Darwin fossils rediscovered in cabinet

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Jay,

They have a lot of value to us historians of science regardless. :)

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:47:29 UTC | #909245

Go to: Jake: Hanging out with a teenage Einstein

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Comment 18 by aroundtown :

Love it. Go man go. Your can see the joy in his eyes as he ponders the possibilities. Hope he can get a seat at Cern and crunch the data for us and put an end to the speculation. I can see the T-shirt on him now, I found the Higgs!

Right now (until AI), the role of the scientist is to make the leaps of imagination. Computers, which dwarf the numerical capabilities of even the greatest geniuses, have the number crunching under control. :)

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:41:57 UTC | #909074

Go to: Jake: Hanging out with a teenage Einstein

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This young genius seems like he is very nice and obviously smarter than I will ever be without physical enhancements, but I think calling him Einstein is ridiculous (yes, I understand it is a nomenclature for intelligent people). Professor Einstein is recognized as brilliant because of his contributions, not because of his intelligence. Just because you have a large IQ does not mean that you are ever going to do something on footing with the father of modern science. A good example is chess masters Bobby Fischer (RIP) and Garry Kasparov. Both are said to have higher IQ's (Fischer 180 and Kasparov 190) and they just played chess. My point is that he needs to accomplish something before he is heralded in the way that he has been. While he certainly could do so, we should not jump the gun and remain skeptical.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:37:19 UTC | #909073

Go to: If by "Christian love" you mean hatred & contempt...

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you had me sold at "JESUSFETUSFAJITAFISHSTICKS"

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:00:34 UTC | #908242

Go to: Band Donates Proceeds from Humanist Songs to SSA

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I am glad to see musical artists sticking up for humanism. One of the most damaging events to happen to the naturalist and secular cause was postmodernism swaying artists to be skeptical of science and rationality. Hopefully this trend will be reversed.

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:33:35 UTC | #907764

Go to: Man made god - with Andy Thomson - Parts1-5

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Dr. Andy Thomson looks a good bit like Sigmund Freud (except Andy uses real science). This is a great interview on a fascinating subject.

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 22:31:20 UTC | #904371

Go to: Atheism: A New Strategy. Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US

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Sean is great and getting better. Excellent speech.

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:16:22 UTC | #903912

Go to: Video: In SNL sketch, Jesus tells Tebow to ‘take it down a notch’

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That was pretty funny stuff. Thanks for the upload.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:06:32 UTC | #901020

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

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Rest in Peace Hitch.

I am toasting you right now with Johnny Walker Black.

Cheers!

Greg

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:55:33 UTC | #899422

Go to: Alvin Plantinga and Intelligent Design

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In Dr. Plantinga's defense, he has made serious contributions to modal logic. However, he really has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to evolution.

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:55:27 UTC | #898926

Go to: Vote for your favorite now. Submissions are now closed. Social Media Contest: Ten Point Vision of a Secular America

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Excellent contest with a great message.

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 02:38:01 UTC | #898452

Go to: Saudi woman beheaded for 'sorcery'

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Soon they will be neck and neck with Texas.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:56:10 UTC | #898297

Go to: RDFRS: Innovating for a Secular World. Help us make this the Season for Reason and a Secular New Year.

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Dr. Thomson,

Thanks for the outline. I know the RDF will accomplish its goals with people like you, Mr, Faircloth, and Dr. Cornwell backing up Dr. Dawkins. I will give whenever I can to help you out.

Cheers!

Greg

p.s. I really enjoyed interviewing you and Sean on the podcast I host.

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 03:06:06 UTC | #896666