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Go to: New Scientist flips the bird at scientists, again

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Is something wrong with NS?

This has got people talking about them - which is publicity after all in these Darwin celebration times, but they appear to be treading a thin line. The publicity that may attract new (and generally short term) readers in may be offset by (according to the sentiments expressed here) the so-hard-to-get subcribers. It looks like a gamble that may be going wrong.

One wonders if NS are struggling - this does have a smell of desperation about it.

Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:50:00 UTC | #338065

Go to: The Internet has changed the nature of scientific debate

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It has emerged largely in the vacuum created by a lack of science literacy.

In an era in which we are constantly bombarded with information, our education system is not equipping people with the tools to reason critically, to analyze and to sort the wheat from the chaff.


Sun, 08 Mar 2009 10:19:00 UTC | #334071

Go to: The Four Horsemen HD - Now on YouTube

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Mister Chong got pinged for that! Someones troll trigger finger must have been twitchy.

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:04:00 UTC | #329645

Go to: Despite these riots, I stand by what I wrote

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An excellent article. I get offended daily by ignorance , intolerance and inhumanity. Usually religion is not far away.

Good further illumination on this at the commendable Heresy blog

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 15:35:00 UTC | #324405

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

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Tee-shirt, XL please.

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 10:09:00 UTC | #316194

Go to: Evolution In Action: Native U.S. Lizards Are Adapting To Escape Attacks By Fire Ants

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What this does illustrate is that evolution happens for a reason.

Some species are working fine in their environment - so there is no reason for shift-changes. These lizards were probably in this state before the arrival of the fire ants - and then the little inevitable variations suddenly can take on additional significance as a driver for evolutional change.

I'm not sure Ive expressed myself well here - but where I see this as good news is in answer to those that say - "well X is still the same as always was" - why hasn't it evolved. Here is an illustration that this can happen because evolution isn't automatic - it's driven.

Sun, 25 Jan 2009 08:42:00 UTC | #312090

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

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Have these adverts appeard on Stagecoach buses - isn't their head hocho a religousist?

If this advert filled him with "shock horror" he needs to get his nose out of the good book and look around - there's plenty to get shocked and horrified about. Good grief.

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:39:00 UTC | #306912

Go to: Faith Equals Fertility

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Why have children sucking away your money, when that money can be better spent on vacations, a second home, third car, misstress, etc.

Damn - why didn't I think of that 19 yeas ago.

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:58:00 UTC | #287682

Go to: Scientists discover long-lost Furby-look-alike

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The average person is just short of retarded.

Tee-shirt caption alert.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:12:00 UTC | #273840

Go to: The Saudis' dubious interfaith agenda at the UN

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Saudi has loads of wonga and they keep pushing it the west's way. If you want the business - best look the other way.

If the Afghans had oil and spent the money with the west then we'd all be big chums with the Taliban and just the occasional tut-tut.

Money talks.

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 13:16:00 UTC | #269672

Go to: Cassini

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Carolyn Porco has a calm, non-patronising delivery - proud of what she does. She doesn't come across as trying to impress - she doesn't have to, the material does it for her.

This is good news, agenda free stuff - more please.

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 12:41:00 UTC | #266683

Go to: Anti-religion agenda among social media users

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a popular Twitter personality

Good grief

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 11:25:00 UTC | #266628

Go to: Liddy Dole's Un-American Ad

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There would be something a bit suspicious about a seven year old claiming to be an atheist.

You are probably right.

Is there a word for someone not aware of God?

We are not born atheist. The theist/atheist label only comes with making a choice.

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 13:17:00 UTC | #265308

Go to: Hitchens Debates Rabbi Wolpe on God

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You have got to smile at the commentary on this. but well done for taking the minutes.

There does seem to be a good number of these debates popping up and I'm not sure they bring much new to either sides arguments. Especially when you have two speakers both intellectually capable of holding their own.

However, there are plenty of non-thinking believers out there (and I have to say I have in my mind that chinny woman interviewed on YT in the US election campaign that was linked to from here) that leave plenty of cracks. If it they can just be trained to think - rather being told how stupid they are for believing - might just stand back and look at what it is they are believing.

One they turn there is no going back.

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 13:06:00 UTC | #265281

Go to: All aboard the atheist bus campaign

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For those of you in the UK , the BBC Radio 4's Today programme had a speaker on the atheist bus campaign in the '
Thought (sic) for the Day' slot. The wooly speaker mentioned amongst other things that the 'probably' in the slogan was an invitation to debate.

Not so much woolly as fluffy. The CofE can provide a quite comfortable alternative career structure.

I don't know but it all sounded so very sweet and New Testament but somewhere I'm sure I heard a rattle.

Bring on the tee-shirts.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 13:00:00 UTC | #256378

Go to: Catholic priests cane YouTube over blasphemous vids

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Hell, before we know it it'll be back to Latin and fish on Fridays.

Well, I'm up for that - sounds like fun.

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 09:58:00 UTC | #245983

Go to: Mathematics and faith explain altruism

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I never was good at maths - maybe that's why I am an atheist?

I think I've always been good at maths - maybe that's why I am an atheist ;-)


Goodness me, this is going to be a long job.

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 11:10:00 UTC | #242091

Go to: The President's Guide to Science

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Awful - just awful.

I trust the directors ego was suitably massaged.

geehigh got is spot on.

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:44:00 UTC | #235745

Go to: Robert Winston criticises dangerous 'science delusion'

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"I would argue that the 'God Delusion' approach is actually very divisive because it is the one way surely of not winning over opposing views … Religious people can say, 'look these guys just don't understand us'."

I think we do understand - You believe in a god, we don't. Everything else flows from there.

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 11:10:00 UTC | #235518

Go to: The Holy Laughter Anointing

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I bet he's laughing all the way to the bank.....

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:53:00 UTC | #235509

Go to: Religious bigotry upheld in court

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This is a worrying decision. This implies that someone can opt out of something encompassed by their job description because it offends their religious sensibilities.

One can think of less tolerant religions that are seemingly offended by everything that could have a field day with this sort of ruling.

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:34:00 UTC | #197444

Go to: Non-voters: It's all in God's hands

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Am I correct in thinking that Jehovas Witnesses are encouraged/instructed not to vote?

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 08:20:00 UTC | #190221

Go to: Louisiana's latest creationism bill moves to House floor

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ID isn't a science, it's an opinion. If it is alluded to in schools as such OK.

The ID crowd seem to leave the "G" word to the end of their argument. When you ask the ID lot "OK who did the Intelligent Design?" - "Well here's one we prepared earlier - Praise the Lord!"

Sat, 31 May 2008 14:15:00 UTC | #177428

Go to: British Airways takes beef off the menu to avoid offending Hindus

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Hmmm beef is getting damn expensive on the menu - we'll have to get rid of it. Negative.

We are withdrawing beef, because beef on our menu may cause offence to (whoever it is). Positive

Sat, 10 May 2008 14:26:00 UTC | #169028

Go to: Life after Jehovah's Witnesses: website offers help to followers who lose their faith

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Spot on. I agree with all you've said. I'm a devout atheist and have been married to a lovely JW for 20 years. We agree to disagree - it works!

Outside of the religion (I find it hard to regard it as a cult or a sect) they are always polite, kind and generous - decent people.

On the very few occasions that I've been to the hall I have to say I found the experience dark and a bit creepy. Certainly those you meet higher up the JW hierarchy are darker and creepier. Those at the bottom of the food chain are happy as sheep and the support structure is very good - you can see why vunerable people once in can never leave.

I too have 2nd hand experience of the double standards that the JWs have with regard to adulterous behaviour. They make it up as they go along - dreadful.

The blood thing isn't going to be an issue in our house because as the head of the household (a man!) I pull rank - I hope I don't have to use it again.

What also gets my goat though is the disregard for democracy and not voting. Lots of people died for my right to vote - to me it is valuable. Not voting leads to JWs not being able to do their thing - but I think they like feeling persecuted.

I could go on all night - but I won't

Wed, 07 May 2008 13:55:00 UTC | #167530

Go to: Was the new finger a 'natural' miracle?

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Does this mean you people don't believe in pixies either?! Not long now and I will be able to count the number of genuine pixies encounters I have had on the fingers of one hand.

Fri, 02 May 2008 13:02:00 UTC | #165611

Go to: Cult leader Pyotr Kuznetsov tries suicide after realising he was wrong about doomsday

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and consider that bar codes are satanic symbols

I must admit that passed me by in the bible. Could they not have come up with a better USP than that?

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 15:01:00 UTC | #146948

Go to: Wicked untruths from the Church

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Churches constantly change their collective minds about what God says, so what is being asked is that MPs put their Church - not their conscience - above everything else.

If you have religious faith - can you have a personal conscience? I would not vote for any MP of any persuasion if they were going to be voting on my behalf based on their religious beliefs - where does it stop?

Not big fans of mixing these Christians!

Pity Leviticus didn't mention democracy.

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:33:00 UTC | #141845

Go to: Beauty ad banned after Christian outcry

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OK the ASA have heard from the monkeys - will they hear from the Supreme Organ Grinder? I think not.

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:12:00 UTC | #135258

Go to: Full house captivated by atheist Dawkins' take on religion

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What interests me, personally, are the crowd reactions, the debates and the audience questions after the lecture.


And it explains why some Dawkins fans were turned away from the 1,300-seat theater after it filled up and why some opportunists were trying to sell the free tickets for $50 apiece on Craigslist.

I suspect it is all going to be a bit one-sided. Is there another way to say "preaching to the converted"?

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:01:00 UTC | #135249