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Go to: Cleric says polio vaccination 'un-islamic', warns of jihad against docs

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"In other words: polio is Islamic." Haha, very well pointed out.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:22:43 UTC | #947345

Go to: Spanish artist faces prison over 'how to cook Christ' film

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Since no-one alive is being targeted in this film it is obvious that these christians are doing the offending to themselves. Why the hell would anyone go through so much trouble to offend himself?

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:37:21 UTC | #946106

Go to: Should Depressed People Avoid Having Children?

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This question is much more pressing in diseases like sickle cell disease or cystic fibrosis in which the genetics completely determine whether the disease is expressed. In my opinion anybody who has a 25 % chance of having a child with such a disease should not even try and take the chance. Maybe it helps to imagine how you justify your choice to your 16 year old sick child. Please use embryo selection in such a case.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:23:00 UTC | #946084

Go to: Afterword from Lawrence Krauss' New Book - A Universe From Nothing

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Krauss said that future civilizations will see galaxies fly away at a speed greater than light. He also said it's allowed by general relativity. He knows about this stuff, so I am prepared to accept this statement, but I would love a little bit of explaining.

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:48:02 UTC | #904057

Go to: Faster-than-light neutrino experiment to be run again

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The dutch physicist Ronald van Elburg has proposed that the sattelite which has been used for the gps location has a speed which affects, by the laws of special relativity, the time measurement of the OPERA experiment. His calculations exactly compensate for the observed difference between neutrino- and lightspeed. I think it looks promising (and ironic since the problem would be solved by special relativity which seemed under attack by the OPERA experiment).

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 08:24:53 UTC | #885652

Go to: Religion has been a positive force in culture

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@Jussie: That's exactly the point. Even if a religion is sometimes a force for good, you just can't cancel good and bad things out.

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 09:02:37 UTC | #877712

Go to: New study disputes notion that men are better at spatial thinking than women

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With this kind of articles I always wonder: what's the effect size? A very small difference may be statistically significant, but it is still very small, so therefore not significant in daily life. But they never give info about effect sizes.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:21:13 UTC | #866409

Go to: Researchers Aim for Direct Brain Control of Prosthetic Arms

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It would be a huge improvement, but I am a little bit sceptical. Current prostheses controlled by electro myographic signals also promised a lot, but never really proved themselves. Still, I think they should pursue this. It is probably the best thing next to growing a new limb.

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 09:06:42 UTC | #855018

Go to: For the love of God – or good – support World Interfaith Harmony Week

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I don't see why I should respect a religion in which for example apostasy is officially dealt with by the death penalty.

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:04:15 UTC | #578235

Go to: What Can Evolution Teach Us About Ourselves?

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Everybody, please read "The mating mind" by Geoffrey Miller. It explains the theory of sexual selection applied to the human mind which Richard is referring to in the video. For me it was a real eureka experience.

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:35:03 UTC | #573596

Go to: You are what your father ate: Paternal diet affects lipid metabolizing genes in offspring

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Richard has very forcefully dismissed Lamarckism on several occasions. I therefore think it would be reasonable for him to reply to this epigenetics stuff in his usual clear andd witty style. I think the point is that epigenetics can functionally be seen as adding to variation. Remember, neodarwinism is about variation and natural selection. It is the selection that directs the evolutionary process. Epigenetics doesn't add an extra explanation for the direction of evolution. It has no way of deciding whether the lowered expression of a gene is good or bad for survival. Only natural selection can do this. But still, I am very very curious about Richard's opinions.

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 17:05:36 UTC | #568781

Go to: "He's Not With God, He's Fucking Dead"

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That was a nice clip. However, I can imagine the number of casualties from friendly fire going down and the total number of casualties going down even more. In that case the percentage of friendly fire increases...

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:18:26 UTC | #525848

Go to: A misguided attack on kin selection

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rB > C. It seems so simple but Hamilton must have been a genious. I still wonder: what are the correct dimensions for B and C? Energy? Or the number of offspring?

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:32:50 UTC | #508148

Go to: Woman doesn't know about light refraction

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This tendency not to investigate has halted science for about 1000 years during the middle ages, so I am not that surprised.

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:05:02 UTC | #491923

Go to: Woman doesn't know about light refraction

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Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:10:04 UTC | #491902

Go to: Dawkins speaks to overflow Fairbanks audience about humans, religion

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Where can I watch it?

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:15:07 UTC | #490183

Go to: Scientists Uncover Transfer of Genetic Material Between Blood-Sucking Insect and Mammals

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Horizontal transfer of genes does not automatically mean transfer to the germ cells! So I am a little sceptical about the ramifications for evolutionary changes.

Mon, 03 May 2010 08:47:00 UTC | #465223

Go to: Richard Dawkins: The greatest show on earth live

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Richard's idea about feeling gratitude and guilt and its connection to darwinism and vacuum behaviour is another example of his great and original mind. Thank you (pun intended) very much for sharing it, Richard!

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:15:00 UTC | #457474

Go to: MPs criticised homeopathy this week. What's their evidence?

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In the Netherlands we have a basic health insurance which doesn't include this homeopathic nonsense, but... if you take an extra insurance it consists of proven medical treatments and also homeopathic bullshit. You can't choose to leave out the homeopathic crap. It's an outrage!

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:12:00 UTC | #444565

Go to: <em>Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be</em>

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I have read somewhere that Richard is planning a children's book. Seems like a good idea.

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:08:00 UTC | #440199

Go to: Climate Change editorial

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I am interested what Richard has to say about the climate change denialists.

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:53:00 UTC | #421061

Go to: Richard Dawkins at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2009

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The Dutch version of the greatest show on earth is now available: "Het grootste spektakel ter wereld". I have my copy, yippiaeeehhh!!!

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 15:02:00 UTC | #410248

Go to: Inside Nature&#39;s Giants: The Giraffe

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Stretching your neck does not stretch the vertebral bones. They are under pressure by the longitudinal neck muscles. Stretching would be some kind of Munchausen trick which is not consistent with classical mechanics.

So Richard, this can't be an acquired characteristic. You are not completely clear about this in the movie. You are right ofcourse to dismiss the Lamarckian explanation but since the vertebral bones are not stretched it can't work in the first place.

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:54:00 UTC | #397727

Go to: &#39;The Greatest Show on Earth&#39; debuts at #1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List!

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The greatest author on Earth!

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 16:56:00 UTC | #396609


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Ohoh, small typo by Richard.

A divine designer is all but ruled out by the consideration that he must BE at least as complex as the entities he was wheeled out to explain.

Considering I am from Holland I must be some kind of god to notice it.

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 07:46:00 UTC | #396191

Go to: RDF TV - Insurance Policy: Two Eggs, One Survivor

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"Is the creator a cruel monster or is he just incompetent?" Another brilliant oneliner by Richard.

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:12:00 UTC | #395603

Go to: The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

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Is there a fellow Dutch atheist who knows when the Dutch translation of The Greatest Show on Earth will be published?

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 18:29:00 UTC | #394907

Go to: The Ancestor's Tale

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I was also stunned by that second to last paragraph. Very strange indeed.

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 13:34:00 UTC | #390515

Go to: Interview with Richard Dawkins in Brazil

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I only like poetry when it rhymes.

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:45:00 UTC | #387787

Go to: Flying rabbis fight swine flu

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Did they also put their feet in a bucket filled with water?

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:37:00 UTC | #387472