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Go to: Church puts Pat Tillman on a Christian cross for Memorial Day

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How's this any different to what the Mormons do to the unbaptised? Yet it won't receive the condemnation it deserves.

Tue, 29 May 2012 15:10:50 UTC | #944238

Go to: U.K.'s Royal Society Finds No 'Silver Bullet' for Population Issues

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Great interview with Sir John Sulston on the BBC's 'HARDtalk'

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:19:43 UTC | #938393

Go to: Why do the religious insist on presenting a united front?

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The view of other religions from those who hold a belief is restrained by the 21st century pain in the ass – “respect”

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:50:43 UTC | #923433

Go to: VIDEO: Richard Dawkins & Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury

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A very interesting talk. However, I can only really conclude that now after watching it back as there was no amplification for the speakers. So I, nor a great number of people about me, could hear what was being said.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:21:09 UTC | #922439

Go to: "The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin"

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I was there. The topic of the debate, I thought, wasn't answered, or, for that matter, much debated. Instead Prof Dawkins made many a cogent point, which the Archbishop mostly agreed with, regarding the evolutionary origins of a number of human traits, with Dr Williams seemingly latching onto the idea that consciousness and its origins are not well understood.

Sir Anthony Kenny, was occasionally unnecessarily grand, making odd comments regarding electric razors, and some elements of philosophy that I felt embarrassed to hear him mention.

p.s. debates like this need the speakers to be amplified. I struggled to hear at times.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:37:50 UTC | #921329


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I've got a ticket, I've got a ticket! I am going to Oxford for the day with my book and a bag of fine weed, and a jolly good time I shall have.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:35:25 UTC | #916457

Go to: In Defense of Richard Dawkins

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Damn I miss his writing.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:55:30 UTC | #914274

Go to: David Cameron says the UK is a Christian country

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Comment 51 by Tanweer

I can't see any point in disagreeing with Mr Cameron on this point. We are a culturally Christian country there is no doubt about it.

Mr Cameron didn't say the UK was a culturally Chrisitan country, he said it was a Christian country. There is an undeniable Christian component to British culture and tradition, undoubtedly, but that does not mean the country, its values and certainly its politics are 'Christian'.

I am saying we're a culturally Christian country. I don't think it matters how one defines this, morally or politically. Historically it's a fact.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 19:31:56 UTC | #900394

Go to: David Cameron says the UK is a Christian country

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I can't see any point in disagreeing with Mr Cameron on this point. We are a culturally Christian country there is no doubt about it.

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 12:24:29 UTC | #900271

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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I have never felt so sad at the death of a man I didn't know.

It's a tribute to him that part of his greatness is that I did feel like I knew him. A great man and a great loss.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:15:43 UTC | #899613

Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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Damn. Now who'll inspire me? A great loss.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:07:45 UTC | #899604

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews picket girls' school

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Interesting that the spokesman considered the girls school to be blocking them in, rather than (as is clearly the case) they are blocking themselves in.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:17:55 UTC | #879984

Go to: Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God

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I am always struck when I hear religious people state that I (atheist) and others have a too simplistic view of religion. This is an attempt to imply that religion is complicated. It isn't. It's very simple, which is why it's believed and accepted, and even relied upon by the credulous, uneducated and vulnerable.

Theologians only exist so that capital has something to do. Give an academic a budget and a Bible and you have Theology.

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:18:35 UTC | #860996

Go to: I'm an atheist. Is that a problem?

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I have a Godfather, doubtless I met him at my Christening. I have never seen him since, not much support on my 'journey of faith'. Happily I am an atheist, so I don't care.

As for Kate, I had to pray at school, as all C of E kids do. I was a non believer form the age of about 13 - I just considered muttering inconsequential nonsense as harmless and carried on.

Kate’s friend his bestowing upon her trust, nothing more.

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:01:23 UTC | #860922

Go to: The changing landscape of England

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Fascinating. I shall look out for the literature when finally compiled. Living in Wiltshire, near Avebury, there is much that is ancient near-by. It is possible to see the outlines of Shaw Village, a medieval settlement near Alton Barnes (something I’d love to know more about) in the landscape.

I hope, too, that we may finally discover what Silbury Hill is and what it's for.

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 20:24:54 UTC | #858722

Go to: Drugs and the Meaning of Life

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Great article. I too have taken psilocybin, and had a great time. Is is the case, however, that the experience, in my case, has depended on the place and the company.


The more I read from Sam Harris the more worried I get, someone who would encourage his own daughter (or someone else’s) to take LSD is getting his morality from the wrong place.

I have never understood the moral objection to 'drug' use - what has someone else’s interests got to do with you?

In addition: at no point in the article does Sam encourage his daughter to use 'drugs'. When you object to this I presume you are thinking of those 'drugs' that is illegal?

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:17:25 UTC | #847316

Go to: Time to Get Real

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you should give him a sum of money, say £10,000 on the basis that if he's wrong he donates double that back to your foundation.

I'm sure if you put that offer in the US national press it would get noticed, and he'd have to take the bet surely?

Tue, 10 May 2011 22:32:07 UTC | #625570

Go to: Bloodthirsty Syrian President Supported By The Church

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The last sentence from the telephone call: "We will always support him." is telling. It would seem to suggest that there is nothing President al-Assad could do to lose the support of the Christian Church in Syria.

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:57:23 UTC | #619942

Go to: Cuccinelli says guns in churches are okay if they’re for self-defense

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Would those taking guns into Churches for self defence be protecting themsevles from other gun carriers? Or are there a varitey of weapons allowed in Churches for 'self defence'?!

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:51:32 UTC | #615109

Go to: Tory chief Baroness Warsi attacks 'bigotry' against Muslims

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The minister without portfolio will also warn that describing Muslims as either “moderate” or “extremist” fosters growing prejudice.

I thought that being able to see the difference between 'moderates' and 'extremists' was what we were supposed to notice?

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:42:37 UTC | #581354

Go to: The Atheist's Guide To Christmas

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Books like this are counterproductive. We non-believers are not from another planet who need the concept of Christmas explained to us.

This only serves to alienate.

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:52:45 UTC | #560336

Go to: UPDATE: Paxman meets Hitchens: the full interview

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It was a very good interview, moving in parts too. The sign of a good interviewer is knowing when not to speak, Paxman was excellent.

The only downside was that the announcer stated Peter Hitchens - idiot.

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:37:36 UTC | #555610

Go to: [UPDATE JAN 7] Live Webcast - Does a Good God Exist?

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"I am looking forward to hearing some good hitchslaps!"

There aren't any really. The audience is mainly children so he tones it down quite a bit. He still employs razor sharp logic though.

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:15:44 UTC | #551415

Go to: This Is Your Brain on Metaphors

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I wonder what the brain looks like on mixed metaphors?! I bet it goes all crazy!

The Irish finance minister was on Newsnight last week and referred to one of his policies as a 'Cardinal plank'

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:13:16 UTC | #548460

Go to: Geoffrey Crawley, 83, Dies; Gently Deflated a Fairy Hoax

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Even with a brief examination of the photo one can see the fairies are paper cut outs. The waterfall in the background is blurred due to the exposure time required to get a decent image, yet the fairies, also clearly moving are crisp.

I am surprised it took a 'photographic expert' all that time and effort!!

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:32:33 UTC | #544124

Go to: A young mind poisoned by religion

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I don't classify her as a 'young mind'. A final year student at Kings college, who poisoned herself, must have had a decent education. She clearly wanted to fool herself that this was the best way to express her disagreement.

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 23:31:30 UTC | #542260

Go to: TGSOE #22 on NYT Best Sellers List

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I am confused; is it 2 or 22?

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:01:30 UTC | #539473

Go to: Allah’s existence to be debated at UK’s leading mosque

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I have just returned form the debate.

It began with the first two comments from this article being read out - making us look like a bunch if ill informed reactionary idiots, so thanks lads.

Another comment from this site, regarding the safety of the attendees was read out too. To this we were told that bodyguards were at the back of the hall, and under sharia law, had a duty to protect us. Then, rather alarmingly, and to the embarrassment of the moderator, Adam Dean muttered that they 'would only protect Muslims'!. This was not his first clanger of the night.

Adam Deen, despite his grandiose introduction, is an intellectual weakling. His arguments have all been heard by visitors to this site many times; The cosmological, the chances of life emerging at all, the apparent suitability of the universe etc.

Dr Brendan Larvors deconstruction of Mr Dean thesis was thorough, demonstrating, in a polite way that he [Dean] had misunderstood quite a lot regarding the central tenets of his argument.

In all the debate was poorly organised, with babies and children running about the place, with Mr Dean at one point asking then to leave as his patience had run out!

During Dr Brendan Larvors rebuttal of Mr Deans proposition the call to prayer came over the sound system and disrupted the whole thing.

I wont go to an event organized by this lot again and nor should you.

It was filmed so if you have two hours to waste, fill your boots. At least it will start on time!

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:08:21 UTC | #536996

Go to: Yavin IV reaches the edge of space

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Wow. What happened to it right at the end when it started spinning crazily?

The balloon burst and it began its decent back to earth at great speed!

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:12:54 UTC | #530774

Go to: Vatican official criticises Nobel win for IVF pioneer

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Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the award ignored the ethical questions raised by the fertility treatment.

What about a woman’s 'ethical' considerations when undergoing chemotherapy, which before IVF would have meant the destruction of all her eggs and the inability to have children in the future?

For an organization that’s been around for so long it really is short sighted.

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:58:41 UTC | #529292