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Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins

Bullet-Magnet's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by Bullet-Magnet

Winfred, you clearly are a troll, to claim not to have heard of Isaac Newton. I suppose it is too optimistic to suppose you have heard of Thomas Huxley, Robert Boyle, Charles Darwin, James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin or William Herschel?

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:58:00 UTC | #430535

Go to: [UPDATE 8-28]From mousy to blonde - in 8,000 years

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Reminds me of the rock pocket mice described in this fascinating lecture series http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/evolution/lectures.html

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:16:00 UTC | #392724

Go to: Extract from Chapter One of The Greatest Show on Earth

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It never fails to amaze me how many people are prepared to deliberately misunderstand Richard and decide he is the equal of a creationist moron. They have learned nothing and I suspect they never will.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:31:00 UTC | #391272

Go to: Near Extinct Galapagos Tortoise Successfully Mates at 90

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George, you old dog, you.

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:45:00 UTC | #384012

Go to: RDF TV - Nebraska Vignettes #2 - Why are there still Chimpanzees?

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Very nice. But I already knew this!

When is RDF going to start catering for ME personally?

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 10:22:00 UTC | #380548

Go to: [UPDATE 6-16] Support Simon Singh

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Signed and signed. I feel like a real activist.

I wondered whether I should make myself available for being sued by the BCA, but I'm not so sure that division of resources would be that effective a tactic, or even possible in this context. Damn.

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:46:00 UTC | #367666

Go to: Cardinal Cormac: 'Atheism the greatest of evils.'

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I think that every time someone makes a remark like this, we should release a mini campaign featuring that quote in question over pictures of ourselves stroking white cats and raising an eyebrow deviously.

Thu, 21 May 2009 17:45:00 UTC | #362705

Go to: Texas is only 6000 years old

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Truly we are living in the twilight zone.

Sat, 09 May 2009 07:49:00 UTC | #357654

Go to: Atheist Bus Campaign in Spain

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In the unlikely event that we ever drive religion from the world, we've got to hold on to their funky costumes.

Fri, 08 May 2009 12:36:00 UTC | #357500

Go to: Atheists target UK schools

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The article makes us sound like a paedophile terrorist cell.

Sat, 25 Apr 2009 17:43:00 UTC | #353438

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

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“The cows have not disappointed us."

I would have founded genetics myself just to hear this said decades down the line.

Sat, 25 Apr 2009 14:44:00 UTC | #353386

Go to: 'More Work for God of the Gaps'

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That's odd (about the fishapods). I thought the idea that early tetrapods underwent an amphibious-like metamorphosis was already accepted, or at least consider very likely. All amphibious (except neotenous salamanders) undergo metamorphosis, and a great many fish start their lives as undifferentiated fry, which do not show many unique adaptations of the species until they are older. The idea that fry became tadpoles and the land adaptations of fishapods were not present in their offspring until later has been very well formed in my mind for some years now.

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 11:29:00 UTC | #351773

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Minnesota Public Radio

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I thought he did particularly well in expressing our arguments in that interview.

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:47:00 UTC | #333011

Go to: Giant seabird's fossilized skull found in Peru

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I was about to complain that all the interesting animals are extinct, but then I realised that were they still extant they would be as familiar as frigate birds. We'd all be fawning over blue whales were they only known from fossils.

It makes me wonder, when we find so many examples of animals that were once so big: Do we really live in a world of miniaturised animals, or would a fair sample of animals at most other eras yield a size distribution no different from that of modern times?

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 02:40:00 UTC | #331700

Go to: 'Science and Faith' Discussion

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Do you ever get the feeling that these people don't quite understand us?

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 18:04:00 UTC | #321052

Go to: How would you feel about a half-human half-chimp hybrid?

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When discussing the ethics of creating a human-chimp hybrid, the only considerations that matter concern the well-being of the hybrid.

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:41:00 UTC | #311250

Go to: Britain is 'unfriendly' for religious people

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Ha ha.

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 11:57:00 UTC | #284313

Go to: A 'values' voter speaks her mind on Obama

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Did anyone else find themselves hoping the interviewer was prepared to catch her eyeballs when they came popping out?

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:22:00 UTC | #253727

Go to: Interview with John Lennox

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I just finished reading this wonderful speech by Douglas Adams, and am astonished to hear Lennox drone on about this stuff when Douglas rendered all of his points redundant ten years ago.

Astonishing. http://www.biota.org/people/douglasadams/

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 12:40:00 UTC | #251406

Go to: Opiate of the masses - and evolutionary aid

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Isn't research like this one of the goals of the RDFRS?

Sat, 04 Oct 2008 15:46:00 UTC | #246655

Go to: Christian group calls for a Christian university in Britain

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"The concept of a Christian university can seem an oxymoron to some, even though the first universities were Christian in their origins."

Ah yes, and while we're at it we can revert our most prestigious research institutions to the study of alchemy, astrology and medical humours. These people have the uncontrollable urge to embarrass themselves, don't they?

Sat, 04 Oct 2008 02:26:00 UTC | #246408

Go to: Brunswick school board to consider creationism teaching

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"If evolution is so slow, why don't we see anything evolving now?"

Ah, so we have school board members who don't understand what the words "slow" means. And these people think they are able to judge the value of complex scientific concepts?

You'd have thought that at some point that their sheer inanity and inability would suddenly hit them like a freight train as they realise they don't have a clue how to run anything more complex than an ice cream scoop.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:14:00 UTC | #243186

Go to: Blinded by a divine light

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That's odd, mentioning Buddhism. Creation stories and higher powers are in no way inherent to Buddhism and exist purely as a cultural thing, if at all.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:00:00 UTC | #243180

Go to: Gaming Evolves

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~I've changed my mind though since I learned that EA are going to use SecuROM DRM for the game.~


The effects of SecuROM have been toned down significantly for the game. It's as if the initial announcement was nothing more than an attention grab.

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 01:54:00 UTC | #228415