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Go to: The Poetry of Science

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It will be interesting to see what Richard makes of this. PLEASE comment Richard ! One point...

"As a member of both the leading scientific and literary institutions of the land, I cannot think of anyone better qualified than Richard to write such a book."

  • I would go further, he is perhaps the best scientific writer with unmatched prose and other talents.
  • Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:39:26 UTC | #950908

    Go to: Sarah Outen in a typhoon

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    Jezzus christ ! In 26 comments so far (excluding Richard's, obviously)...

    As far as a quick scan can tell, NO ONE even mentioned the poem, let alone gave it the due praise it deserves !!!

    Richard, that was lovely, witty and uplifting. I'm sure Sarah will appreciate it greatly !

    Sun, 10 Jun 2012 03:22:15 UTC | #946686

    Go to: Richard Dawkins & Daniel Dennett. Oxford, 9 May 2012

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    Exceelent ! (I meant that spelling, keep your seats !). I was just checking in to see if there were any new articles to read and was presented with this gem. A bit late now to watch, will hoover it up tomorrow, nite nite good folk.

    Sat, 02 Jun 2012 01:37:37 UTC | #945126

    Go to: See James Randi in Washington, D.C.!

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    Wish I could be there, I love J.R., great and entertaining man.

    Wed, 30 May 2012 04:03:04 UTC | #944386

    Go to: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention

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    I miss the man.

    Richard, thank you for signing The Ancestor's Tale and The Greatest Show On Earth in Bristol on tuesday. You may just recall, I asked if 2 were a little cheeky, then I offered my hand !

    Take care.

    Sun, 27 May 2012 16:13:47 UTC | #943832

    Go to: Am I over-reacting?

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    UPDATE UPDATE

    I submitted this article to the British Humanist Association and they have replied with the following...

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Education is a matter that is devolved in Scotland, and so it's covered by the Humanist Society of Scotland, not the BHA.

    I've CCed in Clare Marsh, Education Officer at HSS, who I am sure will be keen to take a look.

    Best wishes,

    Richy Thompson

    Campaigns Officer (Faith Schools and Education), British Humanist Association

    1 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6HD | 020 7462 4993

    If I receive anything else back from this referral I will of course post it here...

    Fri, 11 May 2012 11:44:18 UTC | #941009

    Go to: Am I over-reacting?

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    Ok, I submitted the details to the BHA, hopefully they will get back to me...

    Thu, 10 May 2012 16:32:14 UTC | #940881

    Go to: Am I over-reacting?

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    Hello PDW709 (that really rolls off the tongue !)....

    I am going to pass this article to the British Humanist Association (BHA) via their website. Richard is one of their vice presidents also. This matter is very much the sort of thing they get involved in. I would love to hear their feedback and opinion after scrutinising your case...

    Thu, 10 May 2012 16:19:53 UTC | #940875

    Go to: I Kind Of Got Kidnapped By Richard Dawkins And Ayaan Hirsi Ali At The Global Atheist Convention

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    Very dramatic...

    Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:05:43 UTC | #937474

    Go to: Vast Structure of Satellite Galaxies & Star Clusters Discovered Surrounding Milky Way --Nixes Existence of Dark Matter in Universe

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    Yet again, the 'Read more' link is not working...and I really wanted to !

    Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:56:54 UTC | #937470

    Go to: Richard Dawkins announced as 2012 recipient for ‘Services to Humanism’ award to be presented at the BHA’s Annual Conference

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    Comment 4 by nurnord> Nicely done. This is great news. :-)

    Thanks, there was no way I was going to let this not appear on Richard's own site !

    Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:32:19 UTC | #934666

    Go to: Richard Dawkins announced as 2012 recipient for ‘Services to Humanism’ award to be presented at the BHA’s Annual Conference

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    Oh yes, I should of course add my own congrats, Richard - thoroughly deserved !

    Sat, 14 Apr 2012 04:58:11 UTC | #934549

    Go to: Richard Dawkins announced as 2012 recipient for ‘Services to Humanism’ award to be presented at the BHA’s Annual Conference

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    Great ! I waited 2 days to see if RDFRS US would post this (very) appropriate news item...with nothing forthcoming. So I submitted it myself...

    Sat, 14 Apr 2012 04:55:20 UTC | #934548

    Go to: Any former Christian Scientists out there?

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    I feel compelled to draw this to your attention to avoid confusion or even deliberate obfuscation !

    "Christian Scientists"

    Make that "scientists that were/are christian" !

    ...I don't think I need to elaborate on my point...Hitch caught himself on during a debate saying the former and corrected with the latter adding "I won't make that mistake again !" !

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:55:39 UTC | #933507

    Go to: Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion

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    "Below are estimates of the world religions based on the best data available" - fair enough, proceed to the graphic... "All the people in the world 2003 est." - abandons any hope of useful insight from the article, the end.

    Sun, 01 Apr 2012 11:42:56 UTC | #931652

    Go to: Sean Faircloth & Richard Dawkins address the American Atheists Convention

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    Motivating and inspiring talks by Richard and Sean there. As did I, I noticed Richard got a little emotional when introducing the ex-pastor. That was a beautiful moment, one that points to an encouraging future...

    Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:37:03 UTC | #930745

    Go to: S.Korean, Russian scientists bid to clone mammoth

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              [Comment 4] by  [ganggan] I am 99.99% certain that they will not succeed. Why is an attempt to clone a mammoth exciting? This is just like using now-available rockets to shoot people to mars. Besides a dumb idea and waste of money, what else can we get from the action?
    

    (and comment 1) "Who can stop stupidity? Jurassic Park is just a movie."

  • WHAT ? Why is it stupidity ?...
  • Why is it exciting ? Goodness me ! Are you numb to all and every notion in life ? This is a SENSATION !
  • What can we get from mars rockets and this 'action' ? KNOWLEDGE, AWE and satisfying our CURIOUSITY, to name a few !!!
  • SHOCKING ATTITUDE !!!

    Wed, 14 Mar 2012 03:40:54 UTC | #926834

    Go to: Sean Faircloth talks about Catholicism at Notre Dame

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    Me too...it's in the 'FEATURED' list.

    Thanks for the confirmation.

    Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:27:11 UTC | #926813

    Go to: Sean Faircloth talks about Catholicism at Notre Dame

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    I noted to myself this morning after seeing this piece on Jerry's site that I thought I seen it posted here originally anyway. Is this not so ?...

    Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:33:53 UTC | #926766

    Go to: IN FULL: Atheist in memory lapse and slavery shock

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    Lovely piece Richard.

    It is vital to keep impressing these findings to ensure they are not swept under the carpet as most of the other side would like. To keep the significance fresh and potent, and to help to bolster our case in all areas of the push back...

    Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:04:01 UTC | #923437

    Go to: Catholicism, Contraception and Secular Morality at Notre Dame by Sean Faircloth

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    Wow! Go Sean....right into the heart of the hornets nest. I just love the gnu gnu Atheists. In the footsteps of giants?...your footprint fits into those footsteps very nicely Sean, thank you very much.Things are a changing....isn't it wonderful?

    Quite - I have experience a few of Sean's presentations, I am very impressed with him. Richard made a great appointment there.

    Thu, 01 Mar 2012 03:02:40 UTC | #923350

    Go to: Why we need college degrees more than we need faith

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    Nice article Lawrence...sadly I fear many simply do not and will continue to not pay any attention to reason and logic.

    Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:24:50 UTC | #922897

    Go to: Rock Beyond Belief

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    Inspiring and apt closing words from Hitch at the end there. Got a lump in my throat hearing the great man's voice.

    Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:18:06 UTC | #922511

    Go to: RDFRS US with Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group 4-Feb-2012

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    I imagine it is always good when Richard shows up in such company. I acknowledge the 'no ivory tower' desire, but it is also the other way around - those in esteemed positions closing themselves off. Something that Richard could never reasonably be accused of.

    Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:50:37 UTC | #922168

    Go to: Ireland is also more secular than we thought

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    "Unlike the Dawkins Foundation poll, then, this one was not conducted by a pro-secularist organization, and thus cannot be criticized on that count."

  • as Paula Kirby has already pointed out over on Jerry Coynes' WEIT website...
  • "Just one thing I’d like to pick up on. The RDFRS UK poll was commissioned but not conducted by us. It was conducted by Ipsos MORI to their very high professional standards and, as with all polls that they carry out, it was rigorously scrutinised at every stage to ensure that the questions were fair and not leading, that the sample group were representative, and that all statements we made about the results were genuinely supported by the data, etc.

    You are right that there are some who have tried to suggest that the results are unreliable because RDFRS UK has strong views on the subject-matter, and that this completely unjustified objection is less likely to be thrown at the Irish results; but simply because the objection has been made in some quarters, I am seizing every opportunity to put it straight. Ipsos MORI would not have acquired its respected position in the world of opinion-polling if it did not ensure its polling procedures were as representative, as accurate, and as unbiased as possible."

    Paula Kirby, February 24, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:03:02 UTC | #921489

    Go to: Richard Dawkins: 2 live TV appearances later today

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    Ok - just watched Richard on newsnight. After being drowned out somewhat, he them began to assert himself and have his (valid) points heard. The other 2 guests spouted inane rubbish in defense religion that to the religious would be heard as a victory, but that was really the same old appeals to the heart and cheap spin. The pice was much too short and superficial in its coverage. That vile Warsi character and her inane ramblings were barely touched upon...shame really,

    All in, Richard came out on top thanks to putting his foot down midway. He got the point across that today's poll results reflect a very different view of the place of christianity in the mind of the individual. Thing is, with characters like Warsi and indeed Cameron himself directing government policy and intentions, such appeals to facts will continue to be sidelined.

    We MUST keep nibbling at the edges of the religious juggernaut and bring the DAMN thing to a halt somewhere along the road.

    Richard, keep it up...piece by piece, this is going somewhere - WELL DONE TODAY.

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:27:09 UTC | #917875

    Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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    Ok, hopefully I have the format down now...

    Looks like I do ! Thank you Ignorant Amos, at least something productive came of our exchanges, take care.

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:12:28 UTC | #917555

    Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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    has to be at the far left of any text in the 'comment box'...

    Ok, hopefully I have the format down now...

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:10:05 UTC | #917552

    Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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    Well, still not right, in fact that effort above is even more muddled than before !

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:53:06 UTC | #917464

    Go to: Dawkins & Krauss Discussion from ASU 4 Feb

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              [Comment 83](/videos/644930-dawkins-krauss-discussion-from-asu-4-feb/comments?page=3#comment_917408) by  [Ignorant Amos](/profiles/64713)          :
    
    
                     Comment 73 by nurnord> "You are aware that the Stanford discussion was way back in 2008....right?" - Yes, that is irrelevant ...
    

    So repeating a half dozen comments in a conversation held between 2 people after a 4 year interval is irrelevant? Those half dozen comments make the hour long conversation "mostly" the same conversation? The initial part of your above response is actually the central point relevant to this whole discussion ! (though the amount of repetition is the point of contention). As for the latter half - NO, that is YOUR take on why my comment is invalid, as I don't agree with your appraisal, that retort is an invalid premise. You'll need to explain to this simpleton how that works. In this chat, LK makes reference to the spontaneity of the Stanford chat and hopes to repeat that in this chat by stating 'a wide-ranging conversation...not sure where it is going to go' (first 2 mins)... > ...requesting evidence ? I am not taking this into such depths !> Of course not...you just want to assert that you are right and I accept that....okay, whatever.> I know what the content of each is.> So ya say, the only defence of your position in anyway was produced by me.They are two different discussions with a few overlapping conversation points....no "mostly" similar about it. But I will yield to your non argument. I already stated I am not going to such depths, i.e. sitting here for 4 hours to take detailed notes of both chats then sum up the amounts of overlap to then present to you. I guess then we have reached a point of no further mileage from this exchange...(BTW thanks for the tips on properly presenting my comments, I am new to this forum and have no idea about it, that said...I will only know I have understood your tips correctly when I now press submit !).

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:51:52 UTC | #917463