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Go to: Faircloth discusses his new book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It."

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@ Comment 3 microphage

I have since moved on to reading it on my iPad with the Kindle app. It is working better.

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 01:42:47 UTC | #883571

Go to: Faircloth discusses his new book "Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It."

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I am reading it on my Kindle. Excellent book. I am recommending it to everyone I know.

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 02:57:31 UTC | #882764

Go to: The Magic of Reality for iPad by Richard Dawkins - trailer

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Professor Dawkins I second comment 27. I love the iPad app. Each chapter can be made into a simpler version for younger students or students who do not have a good science background.

I am the librarian at a Middle School with 11-14 year olds. Because of demographics and poverty 75% of my students read below grade level. They will not be able to read your book successfully. These students absolutely love science books and science. For various reasons their families do not read to them at home. I have purchased hard copies to donate to the library. I am quite pleased that the iPad app has allowed me to download the book before it is available in the US!

Books like this are so incredibly important. I live in Colorado and because of the standardized testing Science and Social Studies are getting cut drastically. Thank you for writing it!

Sat, 01 Oct 2011 22:20:13 UTC | #877025

Go to: Dawkins's new children's book

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I am a librarian at a Middle School. I've ordered copies for myself and the school library. If you can, please buy extra copies and donate them to school libraries. Libraries, like everything else, are feeling the pinch of economy. Through donations we can get the books in the hands of the target audience. Unfortunately, there are many homes where families do not read together. School libraries are the only access these students have to print resources. I know from experience my students love science books.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 02:26:08 UTC | #870101

Go to: Pope snubbed by Scottish Catholics

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I love reading about all the controversy surrounding the papal visit. Go Scotland! Keep it up UK.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 03:32:22 UTC | #496497

Go to: 29% of Americans say religion ‘out of date’

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"I think our #1 priority needs to be the educational system. Our public schools are barely even teaching the facts about science, never mind the "how" and the "why" behind it." Andrew

I agree Andrew. Science and Social Studies have really taken a hit since standardized testing. Math and Language Arts get more teaching minutes. I have some good news though, the interest in Science is alive and well with Middle School students. As a Middle School Librarian I spend a good portion of my budget and energy promoting Science. It pays off by students interested in reading about Science.

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 15:00:00 UTC | #426837

Go to: WHAT IS A RAINBOW REALLY?

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I am so glad to hear this! I'll be buying it for my Middle School library. Middle school students are so interested in science.

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 01:03:00 UTC | #409519

Go to: [UPDATED] There'll be no tent for God at Camp Dawkins

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I love the idea of this camp. I agree about the headlines though. One point Professor Dawkins continually makes is you cannot label a child an Atheist, Christian or Hindu. They have to figure it out for themselves. Children are drawn to science and weird things like the supernatural. Giving them the skills to think things through and use reason is a fabulous idea. I only wish my 10 year old niece was going to this camp instead of church camp.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 04:23:00 UTC | #374432

Go to: Nate Phelps 2009 AA Speech

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I have absolutely no respect for Fred Phelps. That man should be locked up and never allowed any contact with another human. I see the cherry pickers as an evolutionary step toward freedom from religion. They at least have some conscience. Fred has none.

Foxy I hope you make a clean break of it. Stand on the shoulders of giants because one day someone will be standing on your shoulders.

Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:50:00 UTC | #351336

Go to: Friday Project plans atheist Christmas

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What a great idea! Maybe the donations can to go HIV awareness and condoms in Africa.

Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:43:00 UTC | #349655

Go to: COLUMN: Legislature's anti-Dawkins measures assault free speech

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Articles like this make me think there is hope for the future. Way to go Zac!

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:52:00 UTC | #347533

Go to: Creationism in the classroom - Evolution is a scientific fact

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We need more and more of these types of articles. This is great! I loved the book. I passed it on to a science teacher in my building and he joked about it being his next read aloud. I wish Jerry Coyne and Neil Shubin would publish versions of their books for school aged students. To any scientist writers: write more books at the intermediate and secondary level.

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:14:00 UTC | #339964

Go to: An interview with Jerry Coyne

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I've read the book and passed it on for others to read. Great book! Especially for a nonscientist like me.

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 19:15:00 UTC | #337460

Go to: There's a new power in America - atheism

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"intellectually contemptible" What a great statement!

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 06:59:00 UTC | #336234

Go to: Audiobook Review: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, read by Richard Dawkins

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I have it and I throughly enjoy listening to it.

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 18:08:00 UTC | #322130

Go to: Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.

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I would love a Tee shirt with that slogan! At this point it may be a bit much for the bus campaign. Maybe work up to it.

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 10:34:00 UTC | #316215

Go to: Atheism 2.0 - Indonesia's nonbelievers find refuge online

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Just got my National Geographic magazine. Great article on Darwin and Evolution. The more information and communication the better.

I have to agree with what many have posted. At least we have the freedom to speak out. I have not experienced any prejudice for my Atheism. Though I'm being prayed for! I don't care as long as I don't have to hear it.

Sun, 25 Jan 2009 14:20:00 UTC | #312271

Go to: Atheist bus ad campaign provokes bitterness in Barcelona

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DoctorE thanks for the Hitler link! I love this quote from it:

Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.
Adolf Hitler

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 18:22:00 UTC | #300628

Go to: Atheists launch bus ad campaign

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Some billboards that have been up in the US:

http://cocore.org/
http://www.whybelieveinagod.org/index.html

This bus campaign is wonderful. I am following the Atheistbus on Twitter. Up to 190 people.

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 19:51:00 UTC | #299097

Go to: Ancient African Exodus Mostly Involved Men, Geneticists Find

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"Brute strength might not have been enough - intelligence and co-operation might have made the difference... "

Based on that women would choose men more likely to stick around for the rigors of child rearing. A more "socially evolved" male would be preferable.

Goldy that is an interesting article. I think we often do not appreciate how far our medical systems have taken us.

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 19:46:00 UTC | #297367

Go to: Ancient African Exodus Mostly Involved Men, Geneticists Find

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A whole host of possibilities exist. If men kept harems the younger men would have to move on in bachelor groups. Or perhaps, like in many cultures, female infant infanticide occurred leaving generations with more males than females. Or women died early and often of child birth.

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 15:52:00 UTC | #297224

Go to: Teen trained to be suicide bomber feels tricked

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What a sad story. This is a good example of religious child abuse. I hope he can see his parents again.

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 10:29:00 UTC | #296056

Go to: Darwin shouldn't be hijacked by New Atheists - he is an ethical inspiration

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Here, Here! Ohnhai

I'm looking forward to all the new books. I hope some will be written on a young adult level. I plan on stocking my personal and professional library shelves.

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 18:08:00 UTC | #293559

Go to: The New Atheism, a definition and a quiz

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I really do not like the term "New Atheism." Professor Dawkins has been out of the closet for a lot of years. Since when do you have to be a psychologist, historian or sociologist to express a stand on atheism? Atheism is an intellectual, political and social movement.

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 17:56:00 UTC | #293550

Go to: My Christmas message? There's probably no God

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Jabber I would recommend a traditional approach. Find a library with an excellent collection of ancient history and mythology. The answers you seek are probably still in book form.

3ddm Love the horselady comment!

Sun, 28 Dec 2008 07:42:00 UTC | #292918

Go to: Would you Adam and Eve it? Quarter of science teachers would teach creationism (Response by Dawkins and Jones)

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We had a science teacher in our school district that published books on intelligent design. He has now, fortunately, retired. The science teachers in my building are all pro-evolution. I don't think creationism comes up during the interview process. At least I have never heard of it being an issue, one way or the other.

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:41:00 UTC | #291247

Go to: Jimmy Carr on Richard Dawkins

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I've become a lot more outspoken since reading TGD. I have an Atheist coffee cup I use every day at my Middle School. I make a point of saying as long as the christians can wear their crosses I can use my cup. No one has challenged it. Several of my colleagues are Atheist/Agnostics. We have a lot of fun together. I've got the science teachers on board to do a celebration of Darwin's birthday by creating a timeline of life and publicly displaying it around the school.

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 11:52:00 UTC | #289740

Go to: Obama Chooses Divisive Inaugural Pastor

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I submitted my recommendation of separation of church and state. I also suggested he read "Society Without God" by Phil Zuckerman.

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 07:44:00 UTC | #289661

Go to: Keanu Barada Nikto

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J.Mills I love your limericks!

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 07:10:00 UTC | #286908

Go to: If you want to know why our public schools are screwed up, here's one reason

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@severalspeciesof I admire your courage. It must be a very difficult position to be in. I hope you will have many opportunities to back your child up. I recommend Dan Barker's book Godless.

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 16:46:00 UTC | #284746