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Go to: Professor Richard Dawkins on Darwin

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Lovely! Short and to the point! But the downside of "short and to the point" is that there's less of that beautiful cinematography that NatGeo is known for.

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 20:57:00 UTC | #321570

Go to: Richard Dawkins explains his 'Scarlet A' lapel pin - The Out Campaign

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Thanks for posting this, Josh!
I loved the brunette's reaction! It made my day! I try to wear my "A" shirt as often as possible, and occasionally I meet fellow Dawkins fans and atheists, but no one's actually inquired about it before(who didn't already know what it was).

And of course Richard is a charming spokesman as usual...;)

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 17:38:00 UTC | #290711

Go to: Poll Finds No Boost in Church Attendance during Economic Crisis

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Two words: Reality Check.
Hopefully the sobering effect of an economic downturn such as this can extend into other areas of life, like religion and superstition. Maybe some good can come of such an ugly situation...?

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 01:45:00 UTC | #289609

Go to: Many Americans Say Other Faiths Can Lead to Eternal Life

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I don't know the rest of the song, but you can't go to heaven if you're wearing my ice skates either: they're too sharp to fall for that mushy god-nonsense!

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 18:19:00 UTC | #289555

Go to: Many Americans Say Other Faiths Can Lead to Eternal Life

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This was how I "rationalized" my faith when I was a moderate Christian. Little by little I admitted that more and more religions and types of people were deserving of "salvation" that it eventually became meaningless and I could see through my own excuses. I actually believed that instead of believers dying and going to heaven and non-believers(non-christians) going to hell, that after each person died, they met Christ who gave them one last chance. That way, in my mind, only truly grumpy folks who really wanted than pain of hell would get it. It was really quite sad and pathetic. Glad I was able to "come up for air" as it were, and get over my many superstitions.

And speaking of "my god" versus "your god", this reminds me of the pilot episode of The West Wing, in which Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman started a PR nightmare for the white house when he got into a shouting match with a Christian Right lady:

lady: you don't believe in any god I pray to!!
josh: lady, your god is too busy being indicted for tax fraud!

Later in the episode when the fundagelicals in question come to the white house, the prez kicks them out, great scene.

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 18:13:00 UTC | #289553

Go to: Ayaan Hirsi Ali & The Big Ideas Forum

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I didn't like her comment at the beginning about re-naming white people. She was trying to counter the throwing around of racial labels, which was an honorable intent, but it kind of backfired.
Otherise she made some great points.
I fast-forwarded through the video so I didn't have to watch those other guys.

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:29:00 UTC | #226514

Go to: Obama Should Re-Think His Faith-Based Agenda

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I agree with Border Collie. Even though I despise our nation's attempts at theocracy, I do find a bit of pleasure in imagining the fundies having to put up with the pain of govt. funding bureaucracy.

Your avatar is wonderful. It made my day.

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:01:00 UTC | #209089

Go to: Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection

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Mr. Knohl is part of a larger scholarly movement that focuses on the political atmosphere in Jesus' day as an important explanation of that era's messianic spirit. As he notes, after the death of Herod, Jewish rebels sought to throw off the yoke of the Rome-supported monarchy, so the rise of a major Jewish independence fighter could take on messianic overtones.

So would those Jewish rebels be members of the Judean People's Front, or the People's Front of Judea....;)
We may never know.

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 21:52:00 UTC | #194498

Go to: The day of judgment

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And how could one be more serious than the writer of this prayer for the interment of the dead, from the Book of Common Prayer, an incantation of bleak, existential beauty, even more so in its beautiful setting by Henry Purcell: "Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay."

I recognized that one right away...from Ferris Bueller's Day Off when Rooney recites it to Sloane to comfort her (she's "grieving" about her "dead grandmother").

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 23:18:00 UTC | #180162

Go to: The amazing intelligence of crows

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The only time in 10 experiments when Betty did not make a hook out of the wire was when Abel managed to bring the food up with straight wire. On other occasions, he waited for Betty to bring out the food then stole it from her.

Drama, drama, DRAMA! I would watch reality television more often if it was only about non-primate animals like Betty and Abel. Animal Planet has a show like that for meerkats, but I think there should be more. Enough whiny college girls and stupid hicks trying to win money: I wanna watch crows play mind games with each other!

Fri, 16 May 2008 15:12:00 UTC | #172017

Go to: Group finds Starbucks logo too hot to handle

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The Resistance says the new image "has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute," Mark Dice, founder of the group, said in a news release. "Need I say more? It's extremely poor taste, and the company might as well call themselves Slutbucks."

Ah yes, as always the fringe fundies are not only childish whiny prudes, but sexist as well. So the act of a woman spreading her legs(which isn't exactly what the siren mermaid was doing, but who cares about facts, when you're a fundie?) is by definition an act of "prostitution". It's not merely sexual when a woman is involved, it's prostitution. It was all the same when I went to a Lutheran grade school. Female pleasure is so much SCARIER(and of course in "poor taste') than male pleasure. The teachers tolerated when the boys made jokes about female parts being gross, but wouldn't let a girl say the word penis without punishment.

Fri, 16 May 2008 14:57:00 UTC | #172012

Go to: The Neanderthal Debate

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Great video. But the last question at the end was a bit silly. I hate when journalists ask those sort of questions. No, we won't be pulling any Jurassic Park stunts anytime soon, you dullard.

Sat, 03 May 2008 14:10:00 UTC | #165888

Go to: Sexpelled: No Intercourse Allowed

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Now on youtube, for those of you who have trouble with Quicktime:

Here's my channel:

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 15:09:00 UTC | #154844

Go to: Sexpelled: No Intercourse Allowed

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WOW! That's amazing! It's good to know you're a sex maniac, Richard! That just about made my day!

Who delivers the stork indeed!

I've been waiting for this ever since RD showed a bit of it at the American Atheists conference.

Wonderful job Josh, Richard, and whoever else was involved!

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:59:00 UTC | #154831

Go to: Yoko Ono, Filmmakers Caught in 'Expelled' Flap

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Comment #162408 by Bigorra

1. When somebody makes me take sides with Yoko Ono, they've gone too far. Dragging John Lennon into their crummy movie for schmaltzy emotional appeal makes me sick. I hope Yoko takes them for everything she can get.

Hear hear!!

2. I will never listen to the Killers again, which coincides well with my policy of not listening to them in the first place.

The licensure decision may have been over the heads of the band. We don't know that they were even involved in the decision. The fact that they haven't recorded anything near-decent since their first album would be a better reason to never listen to the again.

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 21:27:00 UTC | #154379

Go to: For sale: 13-year-old virgin

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This story brought to you by the letters D and M:

Dogma (caste-prostitution, misogyny)

Multiculturalism ("all cultures are 'equal' and to be 'respected' regardless of how people are treated within the culture")

Henri: Maybe the perspective of human rights and minimizing physical harm(ie, rape) to human beings isn't easily justified in any but an emotional way, but that doesn't make it a "frenzied religious" perspective. If the fact that human rights can't easily be justified with objective emotionless facts makes them useless, then I think I (and likely most people here) will have to disagree with you.

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:43:00 UTC | #152885

Go to: Inadequate, private and late apology with grotesquely inadequate excuse

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It is also possible for an individual to be so pressurized that they resign unwillingly. It used to be called 'doing the decent thing' So yes people can call for Ms. Davis' to resign and that is just an opinion but what seems to be getting going around the hapless representative could so easily degenerate into a witch hunt. Forcing her to resign against her will because she committed a thought-crime would be more serious than Ms Davis' offense.

Atheists have spoken about resignation with full awareness of what witch-hunts are. We've also spoken with full awareness of our own political power. You need political power for a witch hunt, and for very obvious reasons, atheists do not have political power as a group and we probably never will. No one in their right mind would be afraid of a witch hunt carried out by atheists. We can hardly agree even here on this forum. By American standards, witch hunts are serious talk, and to say we risk starting one by chatting on an RD forum about her inadequacies as a representative or emailing her secretary is bordering on ridiculous.

I doubt that if atheists were in the majority, this would even be an issue. Since we're not, it is appropriate to speak a little "louder" to make up for it.

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:49:00 UTC | #151409

Go to: Inadequate, private and late apology with grotesquely inadequate excuse

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If representative davis has done more than express a silly point of view then she should be brought to account. But she is entitled to say what she did and even how she did it.

OF COURSE she "is entitled to say what she did". No one here said she wasn't entitled to her opinion. We only said that she should own up to the opinion, and that as citizens we are allowed to ASK her to leave(either by her own willing resignation, or by simply voting her out).

But she's also entitled to "how she did it"???
Maybe there shouldn't be any real punishment involved, but there was certainly a mis-use of office when she told the man to leave the room. She wasn't just a person who disagreed with him. She was representing the state and simultaneously screaming at him to leave because he's dangerous. If she was just another person at the hearing, no one would really care ("what a loony, i hope she shuts up") but when she's there representing the state, she can't just toss threats around and expect people to think it's excusable just because she was "stressed out" by a kid dying.

Whether or not she should resign is irrelevant. As citizens we DO have the right to simply ask her to do so AND to say that her opinions make her unfit for office(see post #108). The only illegal action against her would be the government sacking her(instead of her resigning or being voted out). Of course, it is legal for the house to vote on whether or not to "reprimand" her, but reprimands do not remove her from office(see post #80).

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:40:00 UTC | #151408

Go to: Inadequate, private and late apology with grotesquely inadequate excuse

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I think brian_d_w is right:

Monique Davis does not have to face any criminal charges nor civil law suits. Thats the protection afforded to her by the First Amendment.

She is an elected official, this is a privilege not a right. She is in office to represent the will of the people. If she is found to be out of line, it is the right of her constituents to ask her to resign, or force her out. She clearly does not respect or understand the concept of secular government, therefor she has no role in one.

Simply SAYING that she should resign or that she doesn't deserve to hold her office is not a "type of ban" as BFKate said. It's simply stating what we think of the situation. The only way she'd be a victim of a free-speech "ban" was if the government itself banned her(instead of the constituents) or if she was banned from speaking on the issue again. She is a state representative, so even if the laws she helps write are not applied in all states, they still have influence on the legislative climate throughout the country. So, even non-Illinois US citizens such as myself are not violating her free speech rights by saying she's unfit for office. To resign is to leave willingly. Of course she won't do that. But we'll still SAY that she should. It's just an opinion. NO ONE on here has said that she should be ejected by anyone other than her direct constituents(not voting for her in the next election) or herself(resigning).

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:04:00 UTC | #151399

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Go to: 'Expelled' ripped off Harvard's 'Inner Life of the Cell' animation

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To Mr. Dembski: The only reason I am involved in this discussion is because I do not want the reputation of my company, hard-earned as it is, to be sullied by even oblique affiliation to your sort of smarmy ethics, if only through works of ours, purloined to fit your agenda. Last year you were charging colleges thousands of dollars to give lectures showing a copy of The Inner Life of the Cell, you claimed you "found somewhere", with Harvard's and XVIVO's credits stripped out and the copyright notice removed (which is in itself a felony) and a creationist voice-over pasted on over our music (yes, I have a recording of your lecture). Harvard slapped you down for that, and yes there is a paper trail. One can only assume that had we not taken notice then, we would be debating The Inner Life of the Cell being used in EXPELLED, instead of a copy. You have enough of a colorful history that Harvard, in its wisdom, decided to 'swat the gnat' with as little fuss as possible. Imagine our surprise earlier this month, to see our work copied in a movie trailer for EXPELLED! And you are in the movie too! Not quite a star, but brown dwarfs are cool. XVIVO has no intention of engaging alone, in asymmetrical fighting against an ideological entity with orders of magnitude more resources than we have. That might make great theater, but would resemble a hugely expensive game of whack-a-ID. Boring!

Whack-a-ID! I'd pay to play THAT game! Perhaps the closest one can get to paying for such a game is just donating to the NAS or NCSE. Oh well, it was a pleasant thought anyway...
(Would the whacker mallet be a "logic mallet"?)

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 08:57:00 UTC | #151092

Go to: Scientists take drugs to boost brain power: study

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I can't wait for a parody of something like "Sex, Drugs, & Science". Guys in labcoats falling all over the place, throwing microscopes out windows and reciting the periodic table in a drunken melody. They could have RD do an interview reminiscing about the bad ol' days when he tried to get into the Royal Society by selling drugs...((only joking!!!))

I agree with above posters: This whole survey sounds a bit wooly to me. The "results" shouldn't be taken too seriously in any online volunteer poll. Besides, self-medication with concentration drugs in academia is not something that needs to be painted as a scandal regardless.

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 08:41:00 UTC | #151089

Go to: Lungless frog discovered in Borneo

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Very interesting. No lungs! Epidermal gas exchange is such a thrilling concept! I wonder what that feels like...

However, a bit of an evolutionary misnomer there:

The aquatic frog has evolved backwards, re-acquiring a primordial trait, David Bickford of the National University of Singapore and colleagues reported.

Things don't necessarily always evolve in a predetermined direction. Not backwards or forwards necessarily, but simply changing.
Correct me if I'm wrong?

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 19:09:00 UTC | #150714

Go to: Get out of here, atheists!

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The saddest part is not her incoherent hateful nonsense. It's the fact that her long off-topic interruption was not checked by the person in charge. In fact, when she'd finally finished, the person in charge THANKED her for "sharing her point of view" and then warned the atheist to stay on topic, and not to reply to the accusations made against his own personal character. It seems as though discrimination between religions can be outlawed and publicly chastised, but when religion makes an attack on lack of faith, it's just "look the other way."

The Reverend Wright lady needs to be sacked, and to take a constitution class, complete with biographies of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, and Abe Lincoln.

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 11:18:00 UTC | #148524

Go to: Upside-down church sculpture on hit list

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But it has now been offered on loan to the city for an extended period -- much to the horror of some area residents, who made impassioned pleas to the board to remove the work that offends both their religious and aesthetic sensibilities.

Now I can understand if people complain about practical things like vandalism or blockages of space, but if a sculpture is already up and displayed legally, then why the hell do people think they're entitled to its removal just because their "sensibilities are offended". My sensibilities are offended by several types of art, but I'd only expect someone to listen to my complaints if they were practical: "It's blocking my window." "It's taking up recreational space." "The display is harmful to the rock/soil in the park." And beside that, if you've got such important sensibilities, you can just run for a seat on the council that decides what sculptures get to be displayed in the park.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 13:54:00 UTC | #146881

Go to: Pastor attacks scientist's talk

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This sentence smacks of a faith-head interpretation:

Prof Dawkins is an outspoken supporter of Charles Darwin, the 19th Century British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution.

He's a supporter of the parts of Darwin's theory that still stand today. It's been said before, but sometimes when you've been entrenched in religion your whole life you can't understand a worldview where there's no "prophet" who you mindlessly worship and don't question. It's just projection. They don't seem to understand a mindset that evaluates ideas critically and individually instead of just finding some random dude to parrot and copy.

Now I understand that the author may not be a faith-head, but the sentiment is still unscrupulously phrased.

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 13:40:00 UTC | #146868

Go to: Scientists reshape Y chromosome haplogroup tree gaining new insights into human ancestry

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Very interesting. I'd love to have a big tree poster like the one that'll be published with this article. I think a genetic lineage tree would be a great thing to have as an art exhibit, both to showcase the beauty of life and to get people interested in anthropology or other sciences.

When I'm older I'd like to have my mtDNA analyzed to see some of my own biological history. I can't imagine spending money on it at the moment, though. Perhaps a birthday present to myself at a later date!

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 22:12:00 UTC | #146450

Go to: Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments vs. 'Seven Aphorisms'

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But the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the liberal Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Pleasant Grove invited problems by allowing the Ten Commandments monument. "If government creates an open forum, it can't pick and choose among religions," Lynn said in a statement.

Hear hear! I love it when Christians squirm about letting other religions' nonsense commandments into the arena of ostentious public display (often in front of courthouses). You know they only care about religious freedom if it applies to their religion. Some patriotism.

On a slightly unrelated note, like most people, I don't give a flying F*** about the 10 commandments or where they're displayed(ie, the above case), but I don't want my taxes funding some show-off waste of money monument. Spend it on education, research, defense, anything but some stupid religious monument, especially one that's not an equal-opportunity for other religions.

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 13:11:00 UTC | #145754

Go to: Christian Founders 3D Adventure Computer Game

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Comment #152974 by LordSummerisle:

Hey, no need to worry guys, kids never really go for this stuff anyway. If there is one thing pre-pubescent gamers hate, it's edu-games.

They really don't like it when a message gets in the way of good, clean, old fashioned shoot-outs, bloodlettings and gut-spillings. They take one look at this thing and their first reaction is: "M'kay... now, where's my GTA San Andreas?"

I certainly hope you're right. While I find stuff like this game very detestable, I'm not actually too worried about its effects. It's the motivation that makes my blood curdle.

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 18:32:00 UTC | #145240

Go to: Christian Founders 3D Adventure Computer Game

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I feel passionately that the people who spread around such misinformation about our country's history do not deserve their citizenship. I'm not saying it should actually be taken away, but I wish they could be forced into a time machine that takes them back to the physical and intellectual battlefields of our country's birth and makes them LEARN SOMETHING. Fuck-tards.

Few things make me as angry as the people who claim special credit for their religion in "founding this nation" while simultaneously calling the Enlightenment something for European snobs.

Mon, 31 Mar 2008 18:28:00 UTC | #145237