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Go to: Moral Clarity and Richard Dawkins

Kimpatsu's Avatar Jump to comment 89 by Kimpatsu

The author is confusing hat IS (that the universe is pitilessly indifferent) to how we OUGHT to live our lives (with truth and compassion). As such, he fails at the first hurdle. I wanted to post this on his site, but he does not accept comments. I wonder why...?

Thu, 24 May 2012 04:59:39 UTC | #943212

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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I nearly choked while watching this programme, as the BBC subtitle's mistakenly call Darwin's masterpeice "On the Origin of THE Species"!!!! WTF?!

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:56:04 UTC | #937628

Go to: UPDATED: Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution... because it 'clashes with the Koran'

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The answer is simple. Make sure a solid description of the fact of evolution is required in the exams. Anyone who answers the questions incorrectly or does not sit the exam fails the course and is booted from the medical school. There are plenty of genuinely scientifically-minded people who will willingly take up places on science and medicine courses such as those at UCL.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:29:46 UTC | #894091

Go to: Happy Birthday to Richard Dawkins

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Many happy returns, Professor. Have a good one.

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 03:37:18 UTC | #607269

Go to: UPDATED: British GCSE exam: evolution FAIL

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Folks, this was from the 2009 exam under the theocrat Blair. It's since been amended and as of 2010, the exam paper makes no reference to ID or creationism. (However, I wouldn't put it past idiots like "We do god" Warsi to reinstate such utter nonsense.)

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 02:21:03 UTC | #592630

Go to: Five Minutes With: AC Grayling

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Superb. Clearity of thought and much sense, as well as eay-to-understand explanations, in five minutes, compared to two hours of drivel from the likes of Ken Ham. No contest.

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 09:24:00 UTC | #456360

Go to: A religious but not righteous Judge: Cherie Blair

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Incidentally, I wrote a stinging rebuttal of Andrew Brown's claims on CiF, calling him a liar for puttign words into Terry Sanderson's mouth, and was suspended for 48 hours as a result. Draw from that what you will.
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I wonder if I can now refuse to ever be tried before Cheri Blair on the grounds that as an atheist, I cannot possibly hope for impartiality from the bench in her court?

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:10:00 UTC | #440544

Go to: Sikh judge Sir Mota Singh criticises banning of Kirpan

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Personally, this is fine by me, provided I can carry a kubotan and a katana at all times, even on a plane. I'm sure the judge would agree; after all, he doesn't want an exception made purely for the kirpan, and purely on religious grounds at that, does he?

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 01:49:00 UTC | #439868

Go to: The Hour - Richard Dawkins

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I've just lost all respect for Richard. I mean, call yourself British and you never watched Doctor Who, the great Saturday teatime staple? Well, really!
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(I'm just jealous that I've never been on the show...)

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:47:00 UTC | #408553

Go to: 'The Greatest Show on Earth' debuts at #1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List!

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Strike the "s" and call yourself "Trident": a well-targeted missle that blows nonsense to smithereens.
Well, it was just a late-night thought...
Congratulations, anyway. Yet again No. 1!

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:01:00 UTC | #396934

Go to: Blasphemy law a return to middle ages - Dawkins

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i foresee a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights in the futrue, as this law clearly contradicts the European Union's laws on freedom of speech.

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:14:00 UTC | #378331

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

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As a young boy I thought people like Senators, Representatives and other elected officials were somehow "automatically" intelligent. They "had" to be the best of the best. Now as an adult approaching 60 I realize that even college students are often brighter and better (much better) educated than our elected officials. It doesn't say much for those that are doing the electing...
Have you seen "Religulous"? There's a scene where a US senator admits to Bill Maher that "You don't need to pass an IQ test to get elected to the US Senate".

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 20:34:00 UTC | #347557

Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

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Many happy returns. Have a great day!

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:37:00 UTC | #340192

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

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And let's not forget that, in her radio debate with Richard, Bunting kept saying "what is true?" as if truth cannot be accurately defined. Her thinking is so muddy, it's turgid.

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 22:21:00 UTC | #293641

Go to: Atheists want God out of Ky. homeland security

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@Goodbluff:
The motto of the USA is "e pluribus unum" (One from many). "In God we Trust" was adopted only in the 1950s as a counterweight to the "godless Soviet Union".

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:23:00 UTC | #282498

Go to: Russian woman put on trial in Dubai for drinking juice in public

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The woman did nothing wrong. Muslims don't have to drink or eat during Ramadan, but they have absolutely no right to impose that view on anyone else.
End of.

Sat, 27 Sep 2008 06:00:00 UTC | #241978

Go to: The real difference between liberals and conservatives

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Fri, 19 Sep 2008 01:11:00 UTC | #237090

Go to: Letter from Sir Richard Roberts asking Reiss to step down

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Could anyone who miuses the apostrophe please be taken out and shot?
"It's" is not a possessive; it is a contraction of "it is". The possessive is "its" without an apostrophe.
Schools don't teach evolution, don't teach punctuation, don't teach foreign languages, and now the Education Director of the Royal Society wants to give creationism serious consideration. In the manner of Dad's Army, "We're all doooomed!"

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 19:36:00 UTC | #235163

Go to: Opening minds

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@Darwin's Teapot:
Is the 44% figure akin to the 100% of Japanese who are Buddhist, 100% of Japanese who are Shinto, 100% of Japanese who are Xian... Because when the Japanese say they "belong" to that religion, what they really mean is that they utilise certain ceremonies from those religions during certain rites of passage; Xian weddings (which are not conducted by ordained priests, BTW), Buddhist funerals, etc.
As to the teaching of evolution, there are no religious objections, but the average Japanese person's understanding is not very deep, and is often garbled, because without sufficient reinforcement, the default human presupposition of solipistic teleology takes over. I doubt that much is different next door in the Hermit Kingdom.

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:12:00 UTC | #230101

Go to: Poll: Should the motto 'In God We Trust' be removed from U.S. currency?

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Yes is now winning 57% to 43%. Good.

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:12:00 UTC | #218274

Go to: Council ban on atheist websites

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@Felandath (#16):
You were not born a Muslim; you were born an atheist (what beliefs does a baby had), into a Muslim family. You were then indoctrinated into Islam before you finally broke free. Remmeber, RD himself constantly rails against the claims of "Muslim children", "Xian children", etc. Kids are too young to know what they believe.
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@Steven Mading (#50):
Yes, Bluecoat is a crap piece of software that is configured to blanketly deny access to non-Xian websites. It's made by a company in California for religiose American parents.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:32:00 UTC | #210097

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Al Jazeera English

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Abdul from Scotland was merely repeating the well-worn fiction that Hitler was an atheist. (Sigh.) I think the real miracle is that Richard manages to remain urbane in the face of all this seething stupidity.
Never forget that with people like Abdul, the Koran (Bible/Torah/Narnia Chronicles) occupies a special class of its own, and so cannot be held to the same standards of accountability as any other text. Breaking this illogical thinking (what Dan Dennett called the "spell") is the real challenge.

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:21:00 UTC | #205718

Go to: Is religion a threat to rationality and science?

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Which god would Robert Winston be thinking of when he cites Pascal's Wager? What happens if I devote myself t the Xian god, only to be tossed into Hell by Allah? Or Zeus? Or Baal?
Lord Winston does not address the problem of avoiding the wrong Hell.

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 01:16:00 UTC | #159085

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Alan Colmes Show

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@epinephrine: Good point, but have you ever seen the documentary "The God who Wasn't There"? It begins with Brian Fleming interviewing Xians at a revival meeting, none of whom had heard of any of the Greco-Roman gods he names. Ignorance, for them, is proof of their godliness.

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 20:52:00 UTC | #136644

Go to: Charles Simonyi Professorship in the Public Understanding of Science

Kimpatsu's Avatar Jump to comment 48 by Kimpatsu

What about Roger Penrose or Victor Stenger? Both physicists, both atheists, and both authors of popular science books.
I do feel awkward about calling Prof. Dawkins "Richard", though...

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 04:04:00 UTC | #118996

Go to: Blind Faiths

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"The Romans, the British and the French went about annexing large parts of the world more for earthly or material gain than for spiritual dominance. Under these empires, the clergy was allowed to propagate its faith as long as it did not jeopardize imperial interests."
I think this is a misunderstanding of at the very least the nature of the British Empire. Its missionaries saw the empire as the greatest expression of god's approval, for they read into it connotations of manifest destiny. Further, they were spreading the Word in the name of the established Church of England, so there were no missionaries who preached that the empire was bad. In that, they were as much a part of the empire, and complicit in its spread, as the East India trading company or the colonists in Africa.
With Islam, the spread of the Caliphate is also deemed to be Allah's will, so anyone who opposes the spread of Islam is necessarily anti-god. It is this mindset that drives the bloodthirsty behaviour of Islam's leaders. Where Western governments--I hesitate to call them leaders, either intellectually or morally--go wrong is first and foremost their terror of being called racist, so they bend over backwards to accommodate Islamic fundamentalists who, at the first sign of criticism, scream "racism". There are some who believe that error, but there are also Muslims who are simply using this threat as a form of blackmail to get their own selfish way.
Such is the nature of "assimilation" in the western world.

Thu, 10 Jan 2008 07:19:00 UTC | #104782

Go to: Archbishop of Canterbury Praises Richard Dawkins

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FXR, I don't agree that Rowan Williams is a nice man. He said that Salman Rushdie deserved punishment for writing the Satanic verses.

Sat, 29 Dec 2007 16:47:00 UTC | #99917

Go to: Happy Newton Day!

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"And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2:23)"
Ummm... Jesus was a Nazarene because he belonged to the Judaic sect called the Nazarenes; it had nothing to do with living in Nazareth. "Jesus of Nazareth" is actually a misnomer. But, as usual, most Xians don't know this.

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:14:00 UTC | #97414

Go to: This deadly religious resistance to vaccinations

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When Phillips began her assaults on reason in the DM, I e-mailed her with a lengthy explanation as to why she was wrong, and received a 6-word reply: "I stand by what I wrote". I don't think she likes having her non-expertise called into question, but she certainly views herself as an investigative reporter following the likes of Woodward and Bernstein to blow the whistle on the "establishment".

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:02:00 UTC | #92462

Go to: Interview with Christopher Hitchens

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Did anyone else notice that, about 9 minutes into the interview, when they flashed the quote from Christopher's new book onscreen, the title was misspelled as "The Portable Athiest"?
And this is MSNBC!

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 23:30:00 UTC | #89832