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Go to: The Dawkins Challenge

hemidemisemigod's Avatar Jump to comment 69 by hemidemisemigod

What Mr Carroll seems to be suggesting is:

Religious beliefs are weird. Quantum physics is weird. Therefore religious beliefs = quantum physics.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:54:34 UTC | #947493

Go to: Moral Clarity and Richard Dawkins

hemidemisemigod's Avatar Jump to comment 62 by hemidemisemigod

It started out well this "house of morality idea" and then I saw the sequence of words: "moral truth is based upon God’s holy character" and I knew it was going it to turn into a house of cards.

Tue, 22 May 2012 20:12:36 UTC | #942950

Go to: Texas's war on history

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"...and that Noah's Ark had a unique, multi-level construction that allowed it to house every species of animal, including the dinosaurs."

Of course! A multi-level construction. So that's how Noah did it. God, it's so obvious once you think about it.

Fri, 18 May 2012 19:33:53 UTC | #942218

Go to: Highly Religious People Are Less Motivated by Compassion Than Are Non-Believers

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If god had meant us to help the needy, he'd have given us more money.

Tue, 01 May 2012 15:39:31 UTC | #938708

Go to: My People! My People!! This Witch Hunting Must Stop

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Ah yes! Prophet Val Aloysius. Where have we seen his presentation style before?

Le' me hear you say mass hysteria! Le' me hear you say Jim Bakker! Le' me hear you say Jerry Falwell! Le' me hear you say Oral Roberts! Le' me hear you say etc. etc etc.!

Le' me hear you say Christ Almighty there's a lot of it about!

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:36:44 UTC | #935575

Go to: 'Gay cure' Christian charity funded 20 MPs' interns

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Wow! So not only do Christians condemn homosexuality as a "sin" but they claim they can also cure it like an illness.

John: 9 Mark: 0

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was gay from his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born gay?

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I know I said unto you love they neighbour, but this isn't what I had in mind.

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the gay man with the clay,

And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, He went his way therefore, and washed, and was straight.

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 16:48:46 UTC | #934639

Go to: Update - Sanal Edamaruku under attack for exposing Catholic "miracle"

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He should have poured some strong green dye in to the drain and claimed that Jesus was a Vulcan.

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:21:15 UTC | #934593

Go to: Richard Dawkins radio interview

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Interviewer: "...[You say] it's just a silly question but for a lot of people just hearing that explanation [of the meaning of life], it's a completely nihilistic view of...of life"

RD: "I don't care if it's nihilistic, it's true."

:-)

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:02:58 UTC | #933663

Go to: Are You a Believer? Take The Dawkins Test.

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I'm 100% sure that we're not living in the real world but rather an imaginary world created by machines to keep us alive and placid while they harvest the heat energy that our bodies produce in the real world. There is no God in this imaginary world, that's just a concept the machines use to keep us subdued. I know I'll never be able to prove this but then it can't be disproved either.

I don't know who created the machines in the real world but I strongly believe it must have been some sort of deity.

So on Professor Dawkins' scale I'd say I was a 1+7i.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:19:19 UTC | #933338

Go to: Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be "Intelligently Designed"

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Comment 31 by memetics_dogma

Humans design, they shape the world around them to a level beyond all other life to the point where culture can't be compared with any/all other species but with nature herself. That's pretty big in terms of difference. There remains a reluctance among secular intellectuals to acknowledge this human-level dimension of difference. If they think that adds weight to the case for god then that shows a limitation of their position and logic. If they tie their anti-theism into a hesitation in acknowledging the reality of the artificially, intelligently designed world of humans then they are lost to the world of critical thought.

Human brains are bigger and more advanced than any other animal. Relative to body size our brains are more than 3 times bigger than other apes. Among the costs of evolving such marvellous brains are that our infants are born helpless and we spend a far greater percentage of life as juveniles. The great advantage we have is our superior intelligence.

Once a species is sufficiently intelligent to communicate with a complex language then a huge number of advantages arise.

Modern humans are essentially the same as their stone-age ancestors. If a group of modern humans were individually raised to adulthood but given no education, they would have nothing but their instincts to rely on. Unlike many animals that can use their instincts to find food and build shelters from their surroundings, an uneducated modern human would have no knowledge of foundations, walls, roofs, weather-proofing, tools, building techniques, knots, fire, pottery, weaponry, etc. and would probably die of exposure or starvation even in a relatively habitable environment. Humans dominate the planet but without our intelligence, we would be well down the food chain.

Biological evolution has given us a powerful brain by gradual changes to our DNA but it hasn't given us our technology and culture. These are not instinctive but have been successfully passed down from generation to generation in an unbroken and ever widening stream of ideas. Our ability to speak and set our language into stone, clay, paper, etc. has meant that our ideas and culture can spread and evolve at speeds that make biological evolution look like strolling compared to the speed of light.

Where a difference has arisen between groups of humans, those with a more advanced culture and technology have dominated. The aboriginal Americans were no match for the invading Europeans and their creation myths were swept aside by the well crafted stories of the bible.

There's no mystery to human culture. It's a perfectly logical result of our evolved intelligence.

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 22:40:35 UTC | #932958

Go to: Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be "Intelligently Designed"

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Comment 28 by Axulus :

Comment 20 by hemidemisemigod :

"Dawkins...was philosophical and spoke with a droll English accent fitting of his former professorship at Oxford University."

Did what now? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

The word seems fine to me. Remember, this was a Pacific Northwest audience.

Top result on Google:

Adjective: Curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement: "his unique brand of droll self-mockery". Synonyms: funny - comical - comic - amusing - humorous - laughable

Maybe this is some strange Pacific Northwest use of the word, like using momentarily to mean "in a moment".

"his unique brand of droll self-mockery" ≈ "his unique brand of comical self-mockery"

That's fine but...

Dawkins spoke with a comical English accent..."

He's not doing it for comic effect you know, that's how he really speaks!

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:40:18 UTC | #932708

Go to: Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be "Intelligently Designed"

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"Dawkins...was philosophical and spoke with a droll English accent fitting of his former professorship at Oxford University."

Did what now? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:03:14 UTC | #932570

Go to: Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

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The second point I want to make is: I hope that the fight-back will be based around values more than anything else. I think that we have lots of things going for us as a country, all sorts of difficulties and challenges, but the greatest need we have in our country is to have strong values and to teach our children and to bring people up with strong values. The values of the Bible, the values of Christianity are the values that we need – values of compassion, of respect, of responsibility, of tolerance. Now, I've made this argument many times that you don't have to be a Christian or you don't have to adhere to another religion to have strong values, to believe in strong values or to pass those values on to your children, but the point I always make is that it helps. We're always trying to tell our children not to be selfish, but is there a better way of putting it than 'the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth'? We're always telling our children to be tolerant – I know I am, and often a fat lot of good it does me – but is there a better way of explaining tolerance than saying, 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination'? It's the simplest encapsulation of an absolutely vital value and the Christian church and the teaching of the Bible has put it so clearly.

Ahh! the Good Book of government.

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:30:18 UTC | #932368

Go to: The ‘God wars’ and the Global Atheist Convention

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Meanwhile, the sad atheists are those who do take the God question seriously. They know that the stakes are high and that without God it is notoriously difficult to make sense of the world or of human life or death or joy or pain or love-making or justice or even, at the philosophical end of the spectrum, of truth itself. But despite their awareness of the cost, the sad atheist cannot believe in the One who might be the well of life-giving meaning to quell our anxieties.

Right, I see. So I can be a "sad" atheist who believes in what can be seen or determined by evidence or I can be a happy Christian who believes that an all-powerful god created the universe, put two humans in it and then was surprised to find that during an unexplained absence of his omniscience and omnipresence the humans acted in a typically human way (when persuaded by a talking snake) and committed a "sin". To counter this sin god sent his son (who is really himself) to be sacrificed by the humans. The murdered son was resurrected and now lives with his dad and another third god (who is also the first god).

Although all humans die, those that believe the above story and spend sufficient time praising god and his various personas will be resurrected and live in eternal bliss. Everyone else will also be resurrected but spend eternity in extreme agony.

Well that explains human life, death, joy, pain, love-making, justice and truth itself. I'm sold! Halle-bloody-lujah!

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:51:26 UTC | #931758

Go to: UP w/ Chris Hayes

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Comment 24 by yanquetino :

Bingo. And here are some others to consider:...

Thanks for those examples. I was quite alarmed by the reaction from Chris Hayes and some of the panel to the Prof's suggestion that politicians should be taken to task about their religious beliefs. It seemed quite a taboo subject that made them cringe. The response that religious beliefs are "personal and private" and therefore outside the realm of politics was ridiculous. I was glad that Jamila Bey stepped in with some good examples of just how these beliefs can affect the lives of voters.

Religion commands such a privileged position in this world.

Vote for me, I'm a Sagittarius!

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:25:47 UTC | #930620

Go to: Higgs’ View: The Real Reason People Doubt Richard Dawkins is an Ape

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Higgs: While many people have written interesting blog posts here, here, here and here about the ape-hood of Richard Dawkins, I humbly suggest there's one more important point to be made. This episode has helped confirm my suspicion that you humans are embarrassed by your relatives. You don’t like other apes very much. You think they’re ugly and you imagine they’re smelly even though most of you have never sniffed a gorilla.

.

"...He will enter our story in 30 seconds and say, 'Hello, Arthur.'

The ape descendant will greet him in return but, in deference to a million years of human evolution, he will not attempt to pick fleas off him. Earthmen are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them round to dinner."

from THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:27:48 UTC | #930148

Go to: “The Hidden Brain”: Behind your secret racism

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What do you want people to take away from the book?

The sense they could lead fuller, happier and better lives if they were more aware of the factors prompting them to act the way they do. People and policymakers need to take heed of the effect the unconscious has in our everyday life.

Well it looks like this is the book we've all been waiting for. It's a pity it was written by a speccy faced pogonotrophist or I'd rush out and buy it.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:48:46 UTC | #929950

Go to: Military A-Week: How to put ATHEIST on your records (all branches)

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Amazing. That document has over 100 different religions listed and over 90% of them seem to be variations of Christianity. My favourite was "Ohio Yearly Meeting Of Friends" (Data Code JY).

I looked for "Jedi" but on the list it was not.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:00:18 UTC | #929312

Go to: Study reveals why our ancestors switched to bipedal power

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"Over time, intense bursts of bipedal activity may have led to anatomical changes that in turn became the subject of natural selection where competition for food or other resources was strong."

I don't understand this. If I engage in intense bursts of quadrupedal activity I can see that it might result in some anatomical changes but how can these be passed on to my offspring, unless walking on all fours somehow changes my DNA?

I thought evolutionary change came about by selected mutations, not altered behaviour.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:41:12 UTC | #929308

Go to: Yet another flea - Richard Dawkins' God Delusion [NOOK Book]

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You can read a sample of this book here

See if you can get through it without wincing.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:30:32 UTC | #929305

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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Comment 3 by Richard Dawkins :

The four headings are indeed by me, from my open letter to my ten-year-old daughter. But I don't think the rest of the text is by me. And I do know how to spell 'navel'.

Richard

I just dug out my copy of "How Things Are - A Science Toolkit For The Mind", which contains the open letter to your daughter. Faith was not among your three bad reasons for believing.

I think faith shouldn't be included in the list because faith is simply belief by another name.

The full text of your splendid letter can be found here.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:14:12 UTC | #928893

Go to: Is Richard Dawkins an ape?

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Mr Kohlmayer has obviously never encountered Gerald the gorilla!

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:14:39 UTC | #928438

Go to: Is Richard Dawkins an ape?

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Vasko Kohlmayer's list of things that separate humans from apes are all due to our more complex brains. He should invest some of his time in looking at the rest of ape biology to see the glaring similarities between apes and humans.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:24:43 UTC | #928286

Go to: Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

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Words fail me.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:15:53 UTC | #927179

Go to: Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins' 'atheist fundamentalism'

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Wow! I read the text of this article some time ago but only now did I watch the attached video of Melvyn Bragg's rant.

One question. What is he on? I've never seen him like this. He's talking at 90mph, getting his worms wrong and making the most pathetic arguments. He seems to be cracking up.

Melvyn Bragg poured scorn on the famous atheist's reliance on “reason” to destroy the Christian argument, insisting that faith was something that should be carefully examined.

Poured scorn? More like gibbered.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:06:19 UTC | #927174

Go to: Melvyn Bragg attacks Richard Dawkins' 'atheist fundamentalism'

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Bragg argued that reason was not “the primary source of knowledge”. “We start with emotions and passions and feelings, the roots of which we don’t know and perhaps will never know,” he said. “Things come to us outside the realms of reason; intimations of love, surprise by joy, little pulses that we don’t know where they come from, we don’t know where they lead to, but they satisfy us or they make us despair. Dawkins shows no respect for religion at all.”

So Mr Bragg seems to be suggesting that any human feelings or emotions that haven't yet been fully explained should be treated as inexplicable and therefore supernatural.

Nice one Melvyn. Don't give up your day job.

I can't explain why such a seemingly intelligent man as Melvyn Bragg could come up with such a ridiculous statement, therefore it must have been divinely inspired. QED.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:46:29 UTC | #926921

Go to: The Fall of Foolish Faith

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Republican politicians are in the forefront of the battle over climate change. John Shimkus, Republican of Illinois, has said that climate change is a myth because God told Noah he would never again destroy Earth by flood. All the current Republican presidential candidates have either always said climate change was a hoax or have backed off previous statements in which they agreed that warming is taking place.

Really? Nah! You're pulling my leg. Nobody could be that stupid and if they were that stupid, they wouldn't be allowed into politics. And if they did manage to become politicians, who'd be stupid enough to listen to them? Nah! It couldn't happen. Not in the 21st century.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7h08RDYA5E

Ulp!

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:16:13 UTC | #926761

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

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Comment 6 by Michael Gray :

If health & safety considerations, and prior agreed contractual obligations are being honoured, what's the fuss? What if Christians choose to tattoo a cross on a normally visible part of their skin? Or an atheist symbol?

My employer insists that I openly wear a crucifix at all times for health & safety reasons. Failure to do so would result in disciplinary action being taken against me. My crucifix was issued to me as part of my "protective workwear" along with a small bottle of holy water, garlic wreath and several pointed wooden stakes.

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:27:23 UTC | #926130

Go to: Yes, life without God can be bleak. Atheism is about facing up to that

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The reason to be an atheist is simply that there is no God and we would prefer to live in full recognition of that, accepting the consequences, even if it makes us less happy.

It's not a preference. When children stop believing in Father Christmas it's because they realise he is a myth. They may have been happier in their ignorance but there's no going back, even if they might prefer to.

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:16:53 UTC | #925901

Go to: Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

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Comment 3 by phill marston :

I thought the UK had legislation to prevent discrimination in employment on the grounds of ethnic origin, colour, sex and religious conviction. Is it not against such legislation to advertise a post and say only people who can 'prove their faith' can apply? And if that's not illegal, if you advertise for a chaplain, who presumably would have to be ordained, when women are not eligible for ordination, isn't that discrimination on grounds of sex?

GOR Blimey!

It seems there are exceptions to the anti-discrimination laws if the employer can provide a "Genuine Occupational Requirement" for their discrimination.

"...and want to advance the Kingdom of God through church and school working closely together."

And The Lord said "Let my kingdom be advanced", and lo, it was not advanced, not even a little bit. And The Lord saw that it was not good and, after a bit of head scratching, decided to employ a headteacher.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:43:16 UTC | #925374