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Go to: FOURTH UPDATE: RD on Revelation TV

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Yes, the repeated self-deprecating averments that the interviewer is a "simple" man who is not on Richard's level, but let's not overlook what happened here. On what must be the most blindly fundamentalist television station in the UK, a polite, respectful interviewer gave Richard ample time to expound his views. That the interviewer wasn't entirely comfortable was apparent. He seemed to bristle somewhat when defending against the charge of Jesus's ignorance, for instance. But despite that, despite the fact that Richard held none of his views back and treated none of the Christian beliefs presented with kid gloves, the interviewer remained respectful throughout. Contrast that with Bill O. I think we need more interviews like this.

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:33:59 UTC | #600906

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I sent a brief protest to both addresses. I hope at least the sheer volume of mail both entities are likely to get makes a difference.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:00:47 UTC | #555511

Go to: Court clears reciting of Pledge of Allegiance at Western schools

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I third the advice to read the dissenting opinion. The majority opinion made be angrier and angrier as I slogged through it, but the dissenting opinion restored somewhat my faith in humanity.

What's troubling is the absurd lengths Judge Bea took to arrive at the majority opinion. You wouldn't think that anyone could seriously suggest that the words "Under God" have a valid secular purpose, but Bea gave it his best shot. He also suggested that Congressmen and Senators in 1954 and 2002 gave valid secular reasons for the amendment, when virtually all of them commented that they hoped it would instill stronger faith in children (and remind atheists how un-American they are.)

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 22:44:00 UTC | #449184

Go to: Model Suggests How Life's Code Emerged From Primordial Soup

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Speaking at least of ribosomes, they probably arose after the tRNA - mRNA deal was worked out. The process of translation would probably have to arise before anything that catalyzed it could do so.

In what sense do ribosomes create mRNA?

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:56:00 UTC | #393494

Go to: High school marching band can't wear evolutionary T-shirts

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I've just watched Bill Maher's Religulous (very good by the way, better than I expected) and this kind of thing illustrates just what he is talking about.

Yeah, it was pretty entertaining, but I made sure to take the time to find out which of his claims were justified and which were bullshit (i.e. the comparison of Jesus to Horus, lifted straight from Zeitgeist.)

Ahyway, this is pretty vexing. You would think the band director would understand how controversial his choice was, though. I wonder if he was trying to draw attention to the problem of science illiteracy, or just having a bit of a chuckle while he poked the hornet's nest?

Not that I'm rebuking him. I think it's beautiful the way he's exposed the ass-backwardness of his school district.

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 22:02:00 UTC | #393219

Go to: Two articles on Western liberal failure to attack Islamic misogyny

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This is terrifying stuff. Perhaps because I've never lived anywhere where the Western and Islamic worlds are colliding, I've never come across the criticism of people who stand up for women's rights, no matter what religion they happen to be born into. I suppose I had naively thought that condemnation of violence against women in the name of Islam was widespread. (Too much time on this site, I suppose!)

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 19:43:00 UTC | #392869

Go to: Near Extinct Galapagos Tortoise Successfully Mates at 90

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Sat, 01 Aug 2009 15:39:00 UTC | #384033

Go to: Forced marriage: 'I can't forgive or forget what they did to me'

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A lot of commenters on the article are getting pissy about how "The Media" blames everything on Islam, when oppression like this is due to a "weakened and broken Islamic identity."

Uh, what?

If Islam is against oppression of women, then a lot of Muslims are doing it wrong, is all I'm saying.

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 20:07:00 UTC | #376294

Go to: Salvation at the end of a television show

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Yet if an ex-atheist is "persuaded" to start following one of the religions, he or she will have the chance to travel to that religion’s center, whether Jerusalem for Christians and Jews or Mecca for Muslims or Tibet for Buddhists.

Well I'm sure they won't get any atheists who pretend to convert, just for a free trip to Tibet. That would be silly!

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 09:53:00 UTC | #374246

Go to: Atheism And Its Critics

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Ten posts, all about punctuation.

I think I love you guys.

Sun, 31 May 2009 09:58:00 UTC | #366246

Go to: Is Atheism Taboo in School Curriculums? Find Out Why...

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Bravo to Dr. Coleman, certainly. Let's hope it starts a new trend!

I couldn't, however, overlook this:

New York City Atheists Inc. is a 501C not-for-profit educational association dedicated to the separation of church and state and to promoting the atheist lifestyle and values.

What exactly is the atheist lifestyle? I'm nitpicking, but I would think an organization as prominent as New York City Atheists would know there is no such thing as "the atheist lifestyle." Atheism is nothing more than a position on a single question.

Fri, 22 May 2009 11:18:00 UTC | #363058

Go to: Rage of reason

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Evolution allows us to predict which organisms will share similar genes. It allows us to predict what kinds of fossils will be found where and in which strata. For example, during Ken Miller's stint as a witness in Kitzmiller v Dover, he outlined how, as humans have 23 chromosomes and other apes have 24, scientists predicted that one of the human chromosomes would show evidence of having been fused together from two chromosomes. This evidence was found. The prediction was borne out.

Fri, 15 May 2009 16:22:00 UTC | #360555

Go to: In the Genes of a Hereford, the Essence of Cow

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Here we have witnessed the beginning of the end.

The portents will come swiftly. Cows will be engineered who produce ground hamburger directly from their flanks. Cows will be bred with perforated muscles, so that prime steak cuts may simply be peeled off them. Super cows, who do your taxes and clean your surfaces while you eat them, will come soon after.

Before we know it, the line between human and cow will blur beyond distinction.

Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:30:00 UTC | #353402

Go to: Evolution indoctrination at OU

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I wonder what section this garbage was printed in?

And kudos to Dawkins for speaking at Oklahoma University. His speech and Q & A at Randolph Macon University is one of my favorites, if only for the excellent rebuttals of fundie stupidity.

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:12:00 UTC | #323271

Go to: Young Aussies 'becoming non-believers'

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Also, the entire US Midwest is as empty as Australia (have you SEEN Montana?)

Montana is in the West, not the Midwest.

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 20:11:00 UTC | #316587

Go to: New Device Could Solve Mars Methane Mystery

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Oh, I hope they find some microbes over there. It would have to be about the most exciting thing to happen in biology since 1859.

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:13:00 UTC | #310177

Go to: Evan Solomon Interviews Richard Dawkins

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How did this tool get on CBC? (The interviewer.) He clearly did no reseach for this interview. Dawkins might as well have been interviewed by Bill O'Reilly.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:02:00 UTC | #288555

Go to: Darwin's Living Legacy--Evolutionary Theory 150 Years Later

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A Victorian amateur undertook a lifetime pursuit of slow, meticulous observation and thought about the natural world, producing a theory 150 years ago that still drives the contemporary scientific agenda

What's the contemporary scientific agenda? That sounds like the gay agenda or the atheist agenda.

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 19:59:00 UTC | #287648

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Wait a minute. Don't these people want the world to end? So they can dance in the lilies with Jesus or whatever?

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 06:38:00 UTC | #263477

Go to: Swatting attacks on fruit flies and science

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We don't share a border with them over here, so maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if McCain & Palin got elected - it won't matter much to us.

You can picture Palin one heart attack away from the big red button, and say stuff like this? The US is, for better or for worse, the most powerful nation in the world. This affects everyone.

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 12:12:00 UTC | #262035

Go to: The Retirement of Richard Dawkins: Reflections on a Stewardship

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Science is " aristocratic affair, not communicable to all men, nor to most men."

Bullshit. It's communicable to anyone willing to put in the work.

Though I suspect that's part of the problem. It does take a lot of work.

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:35:00 UTC | #251006

Go to: Broken symmetry: Answering the solace of quantum

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There is nothing new reported here except who won the Nobel in Physics. As the article stated, this stuff has been known since the '60s and '70s

I'm sure the article is aimed at people like me, who don't know much about particle physics.

Fri, 10 Oct 2008 06:27:00 UTC | #249554

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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Let someone else get the benefit of a proper education instead.

As a professional educator, I can say that it boils down to this far more often than I would like. Some people simply refuse to learn.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 22:12:00 UTC | #222760

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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PennAndTeller, I'm having a hard time figuring out the point of your post. The God Delusion is well titled, because in that book Professor Dawkins is absolutely trying to promote atheism. The book specifically acknowledges that. In the documentary "The Genius of Charles Darwin," however, Dawkins is promoting Darwin, and evolution.

The book and the documentary are too separate things with separate intents. Different objects. Wholly unrelated to each other.

That isn't so difficult, is it?

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 14:58:00 UTC | #222650

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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I only ask because it just didn't seem like the sort of thing a student would ask. I mean, when I was learning about the parts of speech in English or about integration by parts in maths, it never occurred to me to say "Hey, why should we learn this stuff?"

When I was in high school, my classmates asked questions like this all the time. In every subject. The teachers found it rather exasperating.

And with a topic that gets people as riled up as evolution does, it's not surprising to me that a student should question the teacher on it.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:47:00 UTC | #222507

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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Y'know, like those properly frightened politically correct school teachers.

Well, here's one schoolteacher who is (improperly?) not frightened. I will start my first biology class in September, and I intend to begin with evolution, after enough time is given to the nature of science itself.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:46:00 UTC | #222461

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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It is hard to look mature and rational when you engage in name-calling.

I'm irresistibly curious. Can you provide some examples of Prof. Dawkins' name-calling in the documentary?

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:32:00 UTC | #222447

Go to: Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong

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I have indeed watched the documentary - well, the first two episodes so far. And I do honestly think you were guilty of promoting atheism in that classroom - I watched the classroom section a number of times to make sure. I'm going to watch the relevant bit of the episode again right now to be absolutely sure.

I would be interested to see a specific example from that segment of the film that demonstrates how Prof. Dawkins was promoting atheism. I remember that section rather clearly, and all I recall the Professor doing is challenging the students' embracing of creationism on a purely scriptural basis.

When religion conflicts with reality, promoting reality does not equate to promoting atheism.

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:21:00 UTC | #222438

Go to: Charlie Brooker's screen burn

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They're always spoiling our fun, pointing out homeopathy doesn't work or ghosts don't exist EVEN THOUGH they KNOW we REALLY, REALLY want to believe in them.

Awesome, but it should be pointed out that science doesn't tell us that ghosts don't exist.

It does tell us that there's no evidence in favor of ghosts existing, though, so maybe I'm just being a contemptible pedant.

Sun, 03 Aug 2008 11:16:00 UTC | #212177

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This is terrifying. I wrote my letter, but who knows if it will have any effect. It looks like he's pretty well decided.

A biology graduate from Brown, with his weight behind a laughably unscientific bill. I weep for my country today.

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 16:03:00 UTC | #185785