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Go to: God Delusion- Markella Hatziano

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If I may be so bold as to offer someting I did a couple of years ago, around the time the TGD was released? Some other homemade music on my account with a Sci-skep type theme too:

Also, but not by me, here's a really nice folk number from Chris Woods I have on my account:

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 20:30:00 UTC | #428434

Go to: Fern Britton Meets Tony Blair

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Interesting accounts by some of the talking heads in this piece; how much alike Socialism and Christianity are.
It's also well known that Marx was envious of the power of the Church, also equally well known is the adoption of Atheism by some of Socialisms greatest advocates.
For what reason I wonder? - Perhaps too much idealogical competition?

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:24:00 UTC | #423363

Go to: A message from Simon Singh:

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Skepchick also has a nice set of interviews with some of the names supporting the libel reform.

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:16:00 UTC | #422850

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs. The Catholics

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Apologies if this has been mentioned already? The whole 2 hour full debate is now available from:

Sun, 29 Nov 2009 17:47:00 UTC | #417969

Go to: Richard Dawkins on the Ron Reagan Show tonight

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Richard, mirandaceleste posted the stream link above

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:51:00 UTC | #413969

Go to: Richard Dawkins on the Ron Reagan Show tonight

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I'm listening to the show right now and I sympathise Richard. I was off to bed @ 11pm GMT now I have to stay up to listen too!
... I've not heard Ron mention the interview with you yet?! Boy this station is advert intensive.

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:30:00 UTC | #413959

Go to: Fossil hunter finds 140-million-year-old spider's web

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140 million year old fossil... Gimmie a break!
Any Fundie knows that the world is less than 10k years old! ;)

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 19:08:00 UTC | #410688

Go to: Findings on Mysterious Haze at Galaxy's Center

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I think christianapologetic is criticising materialism. Presumably he wants emotional or aesthetic appeal to take centre stage over observation and objective descriptions of reality?

You atheists are just too dam cold and soulless I tell you!! ;)
(Opens his copy of Unweaving the Rainbow)

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:10:00 UTC | #410511

Go to: My AAI 2009 talk: Religious 'belief' is a public gesture, not a private mental state

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I'm at work and don't have time to view the video, but it seems from the commentary here, that Sablosky is taking the non-cognitivist approach?

I expect I need to watch the video too!

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:48:00 UTC | #405926

Go to: Atheist clubs are springing up in American high schools, warns head of US Catholic bishops

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Here's my version, corrected for errors in the original :)

A “triumphalistic, self-righteous, evidence based view of the world” inspired by the work of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris is winning a following among American young people, leading to “evidence based view of the world clubs” in high schools, according to Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

The cardinal, who is President of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, says that an evidence based view of the world among young people is more than a question of stopping going to church: it is part of a fashionable “new evidence based view of the world” which is every bit as intolerant as Christian fundamentalism. He told John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter:

“In Chicago, we now have evidence based view of the world clubs in high schools. We didn’t have those five years ago. Kids I would have confirmed in the eighth grade, by the time they’re sophomores in high school, they qualify reality using an evidence based view of the world! They don’t just stop going to church, they make a statement. I think that’s new. That’s perhaps a bit more like Europe.”

The Cardinal agreed with Allen’s suggestion that the evidence based view of the world of Dawkins and Harris was “highly evangelical”:

“Yes it is, sure. Everybody has said that, and it’s true. It’s the mirror image of a kind of fundamentalism, because it’s very restrictive in its use of reason. It’s also very triumphalistic and self-righteous.”

The Cardinal’s comments will be hard to dismiss as scaremongering. YouTube is crawling with videos by articulate, friendly American teenagers and university students proclaiming their uncompromising evidence based view of the world; indeed, an evidence based view of the world is one of the fastest-growing movements in the 18-25 age group, casting doubt on old assumptions that the religious impulse is somehow hard-wired into the American psyche.

Yet, as Cardinal George says, there is something strongly akin to religious fundamentalism in the evangelical commitment it arouses in its adherents. He, and the whole of the American Church, must be praying that the certainty of using an evidence based view of the world wears off as the “new evidence based view of the world” advocates have children and face the prospect of mortality. But, as statistics from Europe indicate, this not a foregone conclusion: an evidence based view of the world, like any other belief system, can be passed from one generation to the next.

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 22:11:00 UTC | #404459

Go to: Libel laws silence scientists

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I think libel laws should be scrapped altogether. So what if someone says something that is incorrect or that paints you in a bad light!

Scrap the laws and of course there will be loads of accusations flying about, but after a while the only way people will take notice of claims against someone's character, will be the evidence for their claim. And that's what really counts at the end of the day.

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 20:17:00 UTC | #399635

Go to: British Broadcasting Corporation Friday 11 September: Darwin special

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I've mentioned this before but this program: should allow you to hide your IP and therefore allow a connection to "blocked IP" sites like BBCi when not resident in the UK.

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 08:46:00 UTC | #396206

Go to: [UPDATE] video now available - Richard Dawkins to discuss petition for Alan Turing on More 4 News tonight

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Comment #407460 by Lucas & Comment #407462 by Steven Mading

I suggest using "hotspot shield" a nice little app for circumventing the "foreign" IP address problems. I use it to watch USA only internet shows, as I live in the UK. Should work fine the other way round.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 16:23:00 UTC | #389876

Go to: Fault Lines - Religion in the military

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I'm not going to comments on the legitimacy of the video piece, but;
If I were an American General I would turn a blind eye or even try to encourage "religious brotherhood", within my ranks. It makes for a tight and cohesive fighting force.

Religious and therefore cultural identity equate to national identity, which all go hand in hand. It's a dangerous in-group mix for the world, but a useful one for military leaders.

My personal opinion is one in opposition to standing state armies and religion. I oppose these separately but recognise the immense danger when these two concepts are combined.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 09:19:00 UTC | #374489

Go to: John Lennon's Imagine To Be Pealed By Cathedral Bells

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Oh c'mon, I loved "Imogen all the people" by Jack Lemmon of the Beagles!

Tue, 12 May 2009 15:40:00 UTC | #359135

Go to: Richard Dawkins' live streaming lecture today

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Same here. Stream has dropped same place as black wolf described... I was recording it :(
Probably overloaded stream, or creationist pouring jam down the back of the server.

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:06:00 UTC | #336881

Go to: Freedom Under Fire: U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Resolution

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Time to create a religion that has tenets which are almost unavoidable to Blaspheme.

The words "the" "I" "you" and "beetroot" (for comedy value), are words only to be spoken by the elders and followers of my religion. Anyone else uttering these sacred words are to be deemed in gross offence, and deserve the wrath of my religion, in which ever form that may take!!

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:12:00 UTC | #331383

Go to: Science is just one gene away from defeating religion

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channel 4 programme catch-up

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 13:25:00 UTC | #329058

Go to: Evolution indoctrination at OU

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This is just one big lulz. I swear Creationists think that evolution is like being one of the X-Men. There are more straw-men here than my local farm at harvest time.

I'm just wondering where the author is coming from, taking bets now.

1/Crazy? 2/Ignorant? 3/Lying?

A little from column 1, 2 and 3 perhaps?

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 04:23:00 UTC | #323464

Go to: Growing Up in the Universe - Now on YouTube

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I have been an Atheist for as long as I can remember, but for many years I was an Intuitive atheist, not an informed atheist.
I was 22 when this aired first time round. I can safley say, these series of lectures were primarily repsonsible for my indulgence in all things science, to this day.

Thx Richard.

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 05:55:00 UTC | #321723

Go to: Man refuses to drive 'No God' bus

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I like the fact that this † refused to drive the bus. It shows integrity, despite not sharing his position on the subject.
However, if the bus company decided to sack him, he shouldn't have any recourse to compel the bus company to re-hire him.
It's their buses, and they make the rules. Like it, or lump it.
The irony is that an atheist would be unlikely to object to driving a bus that had a † message.

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 05:19:00 UTC | #307265

Go to: New Bus Campaign

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Here are my contributions

"Religious claims have remained unproven for centuries"

"God was created in man's image"

"Lord, protect me from your worshippers"
(or followers)

"prayer, is not action"

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 16:33:00 UTC | #304620

Go to: Instruction Manual for Life

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Yes, I liked that, nice idea. I wonder if this is based on personal experience? I ask because it does seem heartfelt. Although, this story of alienation and derision is all too common.

Not one for compartmentalisation myself, my books are currently strewn all across the floor. :)

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:39:00 UTC | #303324

Go to: Jimmy Carr on Richard Dawkins

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Comedy is a great way of getting people to think about their beliefs.

Having made a somewhat profound statement above, here's a Jimmy Carr joke:

How do you get a fat chick into bed?

A piece of cake!

(waits for the feminist flame party...... )

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 11:32:00 UTC | #289730

Go to: The Holy Laughter Anointing

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@ 1:18 The pastor says "this is what church is s'posed to be like" - while the congregation laughs it's collective ass off.
Now they know how us atheists react when we listen to their nonsense!

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:03:00 UTC | #235491

Go to: Spore's Intelligent Designer

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Whether its interventionist simcity, or ID Spore; if either of these titles were actually called "freemarket - city" or "Evo-Spore" the player wouldn't have anything to do but watch!

I always thought that Sim City was more of a socialist model.
Taxation for resource generation and Urban top down planning are the hallmarks of a socialist state.

OK, I'll just remind myself again that this is just a game! :)

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:38:00 UTC | #233689

Go to: Bettany and Connelly to Star in Creation

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Art Vandelay: Yes I thought Bettany's role in master and commander was very close to aspects of Darwins voyage on the Beagle too.
For those who don't know; He played Dr. Stephen Maturin, an enthusiastic naturalist and collector who was Aubrey's gentleman companion.
Maturin even convinced Aubrey to let him spend time on the Galapagos whilst the HMS Surprise navigated round the islands.
During one of the scenes Maturin even speculated about how species came to be, and commented on the diversity and similarities of his specimens.

I expect "Creation" or "Origin" will dramatise Darwins personal life. I do hope the makers explain the science behind the family problems Darwin encountered.

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 13:38:00 UTC | #230503

Go to: Antony Flew reviews the Index of The God Delusion

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I would ask Anthony a few simple questions about TGD and take it from there.

I'm glad it wasn't just me that struggled to find where Anthony laid out his reasons for Deism. Something about science moving on? - all a bit vague really. Trust a † for thinking an argument from authority would be convincing!

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 13:48:00 UTC | #204161

Go to: 'In Our Time': Trofim Lysenko

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Or pop Radio 4 RSS link into your podacast manager.
"In our Time" usually wakes me up on my way to work!

It's overwritten each week so get it while you can!

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 10:53:00 UTC | #180354

Go to: Is religion a threat to rationality and science?

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I'm not trawling through 7 pages to see if someone has already posted this, so my apologies if some has.

Apparently there was a technical hitch with Lord Winstons microphone, but Dan's was recorded fine, so they have included Dan opening statements in the Guardians weekly science podcast.

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:14:00 UTC | #163604