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Go to: Would you Adam and Eve it? Quarter of science teachers would teach creationism (Response by Dawkins and Jones)

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phlogiston theory

Aether theories

Alchemy

Corpuscular theory of light

geocentrism etc ...

Come on it's important. While teaching evolution tell them about creationism for god's sake, but tell them in scientific terms.

Creationism should be taught as part of any course on evolution. We teach the Plum pudding model of J. J. Thomson for the same reasons we should teach creationism.

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:03:00 UTC | #291161

Go to: Dare we stand up for Muslim women?

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Exactly my point tieInterceptor. If a feminist or supporter of women's rights can waste their time campaigning about glass ceilings and other trivial matters that, when a put under any examination at all, do not exist and say they are standing up for women's rights is a narcissist. A self-centered raving narcissist who should be subjected to ridicule and asked to educate themselves about what oppression and sexism really are.

The fact that my last statement could be taken seriously at all is a symptom of said narcissistic campaigning by leading feminists.

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 15:56:00 UTC | #258197

Go to: 'People say I'm strident'

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...militant atheist and evangelist for Darwin Professor Richard Dawkins
http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles/archives/000756.html

Lol when darwin is used as a slur it's time to stop reading.

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 08:44:00 UTC | #258009

Go to: Dare we stand up for Muslim women?

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We (In the UK at least) can't brag too much - My mother was told (in so many words) that she had to resign from the Armed forces when she got married - this was only 50 years ago. Until very recently, it was considered OK for a husband to not tell his wife what he earned! He would give her an 'allowance' that he considered enough for her to run the home - whilst he was free to do whatever he wanted. I dare say some people today still think that is fine (even some here perhaps)

Yeah that's the same. That glass ceiling is a pressing concern also. How can we even think about discussing Muslim female rights when we have it so bad in the UK.

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 06:10:00 UTC | #257988

Go to: Big Bang or Big Bounce?: New Theory on the Universe's Birth

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Yes that's true. You didn't rule it out you said very unlikely sorry.

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 14:11:00 UTC | #249350

Go to: Palin: average isn't good enough

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Just to chime in. Did anyone else get a jolt when the moderator on tuesday asked about afghanistan. A friendly dictator? I had to replay just to confirm I hadn't had a stroke.

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 14:01:00 UTC | #249346

Go to: Big Bang or Big Bounce?: New Theory on the Universe's Birth

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Comment #262844 by Steve Zara
lso, all ideas of the origin of the universe are speculative. I find it strange that anyone should assert with such sureness as dragonfirematrix does that they know what has been going on.

Yes I agree. I however cannot see how you can rule out an oscillatory model of the universe by the fact of accelerating expansion. Yes our universe seems (a very tentative seems) like it will end in a big freeze or heat death, that says nothing of what went before.

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 13:54:00 UTC | #249345

Go to: Big Bang or Big Bounce?: New Theory on the Universe's Birth

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Comment #262533 by Steve Zara

The idea that the universe has been through countless Big Bangs before now looks unlikely, as the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.


Penrose seems to disagree.

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 13:38:00 UTC | #249335

Go to: New Rules for Sarah Palin and Her Witchdoctor

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Hey don't do down Port Vale. Take a look at this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOe19RWmXDw

Port Vale 3 - 2 Manchester United.

Sun, 05 Oct 2008 14:35:00 UTC | #247021

Go to: New Rules for Sarah Palin and Her Witchdoctor

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Maher is uncompromising in speaking his mind. And by the way did anyone see his interview with Bob Woodward on the same show?
Any thoughts on the military advance (the success of which is responsible for the reduction of violence in Iraq attributed to the surge) that Woodward has compared to the advent of the tank? The stuff military novels are written about? Another Manhattan project? All the ideas I have about it I discount because none quite fit the descriptions Woodward gives. And as an aside, what a shameless publicity stunt by woodward, but my curiosity has been piqued.

Sun, 05 Oct 2008 12:41:00 UTC | #246950

Go to: Atheist group sues Bush over national prayer day

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The day of prayer, held each year on the first Thursday of May, creates a "hostile environment for nonbelievers, who are made to feel as if they are political outsiders," the lawsuit said.

Oh wa fucking wa. Can this organisation not see how they are being painted. Every story I read is pedantic whining from secular groups in America. You've got to ask the rhetorical question, Why does this stuff always make headlines?

Sun, 05 Oct 2008 12:32:00 UTC | #246948

Go to: Bill Maher's Religulous Opens Today

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I have a new found respect for Maher. He is uncompromising in speaking his mind. Take a look at this interview on the View
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euafWnqidko

Sat, 04 Oct 2008 08:11:00 UTC | #246497

Go to: Humanists take legal action on GCSE exclusion

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Stop teaching RE per se and introduce a broader study of Philosophy. Simple.


Agreed.

All I ever read in the press about Humanism is whining Humanists. Seems like Humanists are pinned from now on.

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:31:00 UTC | #239643

Go to: Palin: average isn't good enough

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Obama - Biden

or

McCain - Palin.

Al, your not seriously suggesting your vote is going to McCain? OK so Obama isn't perfect, but fucking hell take a look at McCain's (admittedly recent) policy stances.

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:05:00 UTC | #231934

Go to: Autism and Vaccines: Why Bad Logic Trumps Science

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Peet: 'Actors' Medical Influence A Sad Fact'

5 August 2008 11:59 AM, PDT | From wenn.com | See recent WENN news

Latest: Actress Amanda Peet is continuing her campaign against parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, by urging the public to ignore medical advice from celebrities.

Just weeks after sparking controversy by dubbing such parents "parasites", the new mum is standing up to stars like Jenny McCarthy and Charlie Sheen, who have used their status to vocally oppose vaccinations.

During an appearance on U.S. TV show Good Morning America on Tuesday, Peet begged parents to listen to experts before deciding whether to immunise their kids - and not rely on the advice of celebrities.

She said, "I'm not a doctor, which brings me to another point. It seems like the media is often giving celebrities and actors more authority on this issue than they're giving the experts and that's a sad fact.

"And I know that's a paradox - that's part of why I wanted to become a spokesperson, so I could say, 'Please don't listen to me, don't listen to the actors, go to the experts.'"

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 12:23:00 UTC | #230937

Go to: Palin: average isn't good enough

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Why is it that the VP candidate Palin is being compared and contrasted with the presidential candidate Obama? They are not even vying for the same job, and thus, it is not a fair comparison. John McCain is the Republican presidential candidate, not Sarah Palin!

However, the general lack of experience of both Palin and Obama is rather similar, so perhaps that is why it is a more natural match. Or perhaps that is the ploy for Obama supporters: Make the match look like it is Palin v. Obama. Anyone with half a brain can see through this.

An atheist for McCain.

The 25th amendment that's why.

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 14:39:00 UTC | #230769

Go to: Importing a slave class

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I think you'll find its more commonly called Lump of Labour fallacy.

Even if I accept your point, which I don't, the influx of workers is affecting peoples lifes, by forcing changes of careers etc, when it would otherwise not be the case.

Now I happen to have nothing against migration, we live in a cosmopolitan world, I just wanted to point out that your assertion that there are no pressures was flat incorrect. Your criticism supports my view. Immigration is forcing change, keeping wages down.

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 14:33:00 UTC | #230765

Go to: Importing a slave class

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test

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 13:16:00 UTC | #230754

Go to: Importing a slave class

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Nor do I see the slightest evidence of "undue" pressures on the indigenous population(s). The internal migration has contributed immensely to economic wealth and welfare.

There are definite pressures on manual labour, with immigration stifling wages. Millions of people suffer from this fact.
The uneducated are usually xenophobic. The uneducated make up the majority of manual labourers. The greatest pressure from immigration is on the manual work force. A vicious circle that leads to the high tensions, evidenced by the most poor areas displaying these tensions, burnley, bradford, stoke the list goes on, look at the success of the BNP in an area and look at the biggest industries in the area and see the correlation. To say immigration does not cause problems is so, for lack of a better term, middle-class.

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 07:27:00 UTC | #230688

Go to: Palin: average isn't good enough

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Did you know polling data shows the majority of people describing themselves as Republicans are pro-choice? Some polls indicate over 70%.

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 13:36:00 UTC | #229985

Go to: Faith schools may be Blair's most damaging legacy

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Faith Schools. Racist Schools. Marmite loving schools.

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 13:33:00 UTC | #229983

Go to: Atheists: The Last Political Outcasts

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554. Comment #240268 by Steve Zara on August 31, 2008 at 7:57 am
Fanusi-

Sorry, Steve, your demand that all absolutes be abolished is an absolute demand in its own right. So abolish thyself first.


Oh for goodness sake Fanusi.

This kind of silly word-play is even more tiresome than my habitual pedantry.

Either demonstrate absolute moral values in your next post, or concede that me and Bonzai might actually have a point.


There are either no absolutes or some absolutes. It is not an absolute claim to say we must be skeptical. That is the scientific position, demonstrate absolutes or abandon them.

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 07:42:00 UTC | #227509

Go to: Channel 4 announces return of Undercover Mosque

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Caught by who?

Exactly look fleetingly at any history book. For a recent example look at some in Guantamano Bay. How about Ireland, how about a list so long it would take days to compile.

You give people who you "trust" the power you give all the power.

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 01:38:00 UTC | #223949

Go to: A flea we missed?

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Ra's al Ghul: When a forest grows too wild a purging fire is inevitable and natural. Tomorrow, the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.


Ezekiel 20:33-38
33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 14:08:00 UTC | #220342

Go to: Do subatomic particles have free will?

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The easiest thought experiment to show we don't have free will is to take, say, a conversation between any two people. If we "rewound the tape" and replayed the whole scenario, we'd have exactly the same conversation with the same trains of thought etc. Simple.

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 09:27:00 UTC | #219507

Go to: Why Islam Is Unfunny for a Cartoonist

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Bloody hell Chomsky again.

Hitchens wrote a very good article discussing common attacks against Chomsky.

The Chorus and Cassandra
Christopher Hitchens
Grand Street, Autumn, 1985

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 11:32:00 UTC | #214754

Go to: On TV: The Genius of Charles Darwin: Presented by Richard Dawkins

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Well done BonRouge. I don't see much point in adding the rest to my upload.

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 06:01:00 UTC | #212939

Go to: On TV: The Genius of Charles Darwin: Presented by Richard Dawkins

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at least the first ten minutes of these episode are up now:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMn53KUDnII

i hope the rest will come soon
I believe it will. I think the uploader is at work at the minute.

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 03:02:00 UTC | #212874

Go to: On TV: The Genius of Charles Darwin: Presented by Richard Dawkins

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I've just recorded it but I don't know whether to put it on youtube considering the DVD release

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 12:17:00 UTC | #212699

Go to: Richard Dawkins branded 'secularist bigot' by veteran philosopher

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Sun, 03 Aug 2008 13:44:00 UTC | #212255