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Go to: Audiobook of Attack of the Theocrats with Richard Dawkins reading his Foreword, Now Available.

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This is wonderful. Because of the work I do, I don't have a lot of time to read non-technical books. Thanks for making this an audio book. This will be the next one I listen to.

FYI: It's on audible.com (http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B007EZKICY)

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 18:43:30 UTC | #924112

Go to: Priests brawl in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

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As long as one of the parties made a formal declaration of shenanigans, I don't have a problem with it.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 04:16:12 UTC | #904755

Go to: Food for Thought: 2 videos

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There is a moral principle which says "It is morally wrong to inflict suffering on animals unless it is necessary, and pleasure cannot suffice to demonstrate necessity." (http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/).

If you agree with this statement, you can't maintain that it is justifiable to eat animal products.

Factory farms and slaughterhouses cause billions of animals to suffer terribly every year. A battery of tortures such as castrations, branding, dehorning and debeaking are done to animals systematically, routinely and without anesthetics. The slaughtering process is horrific beyond description. No moral principle justify contributing to this torture.

There is absolutely no evidence that animal products are required for good health and, a quick investigation into the subject will reveal that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters and suffer fewer diseases.

Please consider going vegan. It's easy to do, it's healthier than a carnist diets and it will help to end the tremendous suffering that occurs to animal on factory farms.

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 06:29:57 UTC | #891713

Go to: Recovering from Religion announces the hiring of a new Executive Director Jerry DeWitt

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I would like to read Darrel Ray's work but it isn't in audible format and I don't have time to squeeze him in with the rest of the authors on my reading list.

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 02:08:13 UTC | #883584

Go to: Clergy told to take on the 'new atheists'

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I'm with gordon. As Hitchens would say: "Bring it on"!

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:27:24 UTC | #866944

Go to: “Curiosity” with Stephen Hawking

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When theist here that "God" doesn't exist because there was no "time" before the big bang would they not respond by saying "Well that doesn't matter. God exists outside of space and time".

In a way there right. There is no reason to believe we evolved in such a way to be aware of all the things necessary to say "the big bang had no cause" while slapping our hands together, folder our arms as Hawking seems to be doing. It would be safer to say that: the matters concerning the cause of the big bang, if there are any, are beyond our apprehension, at least for the current moment.

Hawking also has a weird (conventional, but still weird) way of approaching religious claims. What does he mean by "God". Yahweh perhaps; the ancient Semitic war god. So, he doesn't believe in Yahweh or that he will go to Yahweh's hidden lair, i.e. Heaven, when he dies. And he bases this on a lifetime of theoretical astrophysical research. Does his research have any bearing on the Hindu claim that he might be reincarnated as an insect in the next life. And what about Xenu in all of this. Are we to disregard his existence as well based on Hawking's work?

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:28:00 UTC | #861042

Go to: Ask Sam Harris Anything #1

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It's always mystifying to hear people say that they don't feel good physically when they don't eating meat. I don't eat any animal products and I've never felt different physically when I gave them up.

People usually say vegetarian diets lack protein and they think this is the reason they don't feel good on vegetarian diets. If you take reasonable measures to get enough protein (like eat beans, rice, tofu, etc...) you will get all the essential amino acids in adequate quantities. When I worked out, I was able to ingest about 200 grams of protein a day which is about 4 times the amount needed by someone who doesn't work out.

Maybe it's a lack of iron but green vegetable like spinach are really high in iron.

I suspect the feeling of discontent that some people feel with vegetarian diets is the fact that they are low in fat and people naturally crave fat because it is high in calories (twice as much as protein or carbohydrates). The body responds positively to fat because its chief dietary concern is making you want energy.

Anyway, Sam says he thinks it is hard to be an intelligent, active and fit vegetarian. I'm sure if that were generally true I would have run into scientific evidence of those claim by now. Maybe someone on this board can point me to a creditable, peer reviewed study that supports any of these assumptions.

An least Sam says meat consumption is morally unjustifiable instead of pretending it is. I would rather hear that than some one like Temple Grandin who, because she is allergic to soy beans concludes that meat eating is justifiable (I'm abbreviating her reasoning a little but not by very much).

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:00:16 UTC | #844689

Go to: But can they suffer?

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Comment 7 by brightthings :

This is great to see. I hope more and more rational thinkers out there will address these issues honestly in the future instead of denying, ignoring or evading them. Too often notions of animal suffering, especially in relation to the meat industry, get dismissed with tangential arguments and excuses by skeptics bent on defending their lifestyles over all else--science on nonhumans or reasoning on ethics so easily fall by the wayside. Animal issues, perhaps more than anything, show how even the proudest rationalists can be as closed-minded and biased as anyone. No doubt we'll see one of the standard, kneejerk cliches in response this article: Oh, Richard, but you are just humanizing animals!

I would have said this if I were so eloquent.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:29:55 UTC | #844657