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Go to: "Our Lady of Sorrows (Ariz.) baseball team forfeits state title rather than play against team with a girl"

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 42 by huzonfurst

@30, so we should just ignore this "aberration" because most of the time it doesn't happen? That's what any crime is, an aberration out of the norm that causes damage to others, either physical, financial or psychological. I wouldn't be surprised if you thought all the complaints about pedophile priests were being blown out of proportion too!

Mon, 14 May 2012 17:52:03 UTC | #941438

Go to: "Our Lady of Sorrows (Ariz.) baseball team forfeits state title rather than play against team with a girl"

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by huzonfurst

They are trying to excuse this by saying they are a private institution that can do what they want - but they are in fact not private because they are run by a church which accepts its undeserved tax-exempt status from the US government, meaning their vile bigotry is being supported by all of us! The whole thing stinks to high heaven, to coin a phrase.

Sun, 13 May 2012 18:27:44 UTC | #941303

Go to: Admitting you're an atheist while travelling in the Middle East

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 54 by huzonfurst

I can't for the life of me (literally) understand why any Westerner would ever want to visit a muslim country (or Israel) for any reason or for any amount of money! I've done my share of risky behaviors such as flying in ultra-lights, driving too fast on motorcyles, diving from inadvisable heights, hitch-hiking through the southern U.S. in the seventies as a hippie (and in West Africa during the same period, which was quite a bit safer), but never truly stupid shit like sky-diving, bungee-jumping or going to any reason-forsaken islamic country. Why do you guys do it, seriously?

Sat, 05 May 2012 19:29:26 UTC | #939955

Go to: National Day of Reason

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I can be superficial at times: I really wanted to buy Sean's book, but the cover is so ugly I'm going to wait for another edition, probably in paperback. Had my chance for an autograph and everything recently, but settled for a handshake and a short chat with him - and forgot to mention the cover.

Sat, 05 May 2012 05:36:00 UTC | #939842

Go to: Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 49 by huzonfurst

There was an event a while back where Dawkins appeared on the same stage with Craig. It was somewhere in Mexico and was set up more like a stupid game show than a debate, where each speaker had to enter a boxing ring and face the audience. Throughout the entire two hours or so the flashing lights and dramatic sound effects never let up, making it very headache-inducing.

I made a comment about Latin American culture liking loud noises and bright colors too much and sure enough, it wasn't long before some dipstick called me a "racist." I made the mistake of responding to him and the exchange got way out of hand, but fortunately it seems to have been deleted.

Anyway, here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uaq6ORDx1C4&feature=g-vrec

Sat, 05 May 2012 00:50:09 UTC | #939805

Go to: Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 45 by huzonfurst

@44: Edward Current, the Nonstampcollector, made a video very germane to this point. Before his god debate was to begin, he laid down a few rules which included not bringing up any religious points which had already been refuted thousands of times. As the minutes went by, one by one the xian debaters got up and left until they were all gone, and the atheists won by default.

Fri, 04 May 2012 03:45:00 UTC | #939527

Go to: Patrick Coffin, with Edward Feser, Receive a Call from Sean Faircloth of the RDFRS (US)

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by huzonfurst

These were two of the most condescending pricks I've heard in a long time. I don't know how Sean and Richard keep their cool when talking to people like this; it must be an art that requires years of discipline to master the way they have.

Wed, 02 May 2012 22:11:45 UTC | #939169

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

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 126 by huzonfurst

@120, thank you! That was a very well-done biography and left me feeling a little more optimistic about our species.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:12:17 UTC | #937462

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

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 119 by huzonfurst

@110, thanks for the sympathy. It will no doubt show up elsewhere soon. @117, nope.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 02:42:51 UTC | #937385

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

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 105 by huzonfurst

I moved heaven and earth to get back home in time to watch this, and it won't play! If it isn't viewable from the States they should tell us!

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:06:32 UTC | #937321

Go to: Why Chimpanzees Kill

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@10, panicide is right - and that should also apply to us since the genus 'Homo' is an insult to the taxonomic system. The story I heard was that it was made up for political purposes to avoid upsetting too many people about how closely we're related to chimps and bonobos. We rightfully belong to the genus Pan, and as for that 'sapiens' part, well...make it 'bellicosus' for the sake of accuracy.

I'm no expert on this, but Jared Diamond wrote a whole book called "The Third Chimpanzee" about it. Perhaps Richard could comment?

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:36:42 UTC | #936993

Go to: Cardinal Pell-"Jews intellectually and morally inferior"

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by huzonfurst

@22: Good points but a rather poetic way of spelling "shepherd" you have there.

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:39:01 UTC | #934933

Go to: Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 60 by huzonfurst

PS: The agnostic/atheist discussion starts at 11:30, for those who'd rather not hear Penn describing how he threw up in his hair while floating naked and weightless on the "vomit comet."

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:34:46 UTC | #933780

Go to: Pell, Dawkins wage battle of belief

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 59 by huzonfurst

Pell was perfectly awful here, but Richard could perhaps refine his explanation of the difference between agnosticism and atheism by emulating Penn Jillette in this very entertaining video from, believe it or not, Faux News:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsOZopBBkQ&feature=related

Essentially, agnosticism is a statement that one simply doesn't know whether or not these nebulously-defined entities like gods can exist, while atheism is a description of one's opinion - of the moment and subject to change - that they very probably don't. Believers love to call this dogmatism, which of course it isn't because believers don't like the true meaning of the word.

Penn appears at 4:40 after some amusing banter among the regulars, endurable because it isn't the least bit political for a change.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:13:54 UTC | #933777

Go to: No blood on the carpet. How disappointing. [Also in Polish]

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 171 by huzonfurst

When I first read about the 1 thru 7 scale in The God Delusion, I did Professor Dawkins one better and proceeded to define myself as an "atheist asymptotically approaching 7," that is arbitrarily close to but never reaching 7.

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 18:09:53 UTC | #932787

Go to: Lawrence Krauss at the Reason Rally Wash. DC 3/24/2012

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by huzonfurst

I only disagreed with Dr Krauss here when he said that "faith doesn't matter." Unfortunately it matters very much, because faith is the problem!

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:32:54 UTC | #931688

Go to: Robert Wright promotes accommodationism, disses Dawkins

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 101 by huzonfurst

Bloody hell, but this Chris Hayes character is the most annoying interviewer I've ever heard, and the creepy voice and glasses only make him worse! What's with his rapid-fire delivery and constant interrupting? If he's the best person they could find for this job there must be an awful dearth of candidates!

The fact that I think he's a numbskull accomodationist is not the reason he gives me the willies, by the way, but it doesn't help either.

Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:49:42 UTC | #931579

Go to: Russel Blackford reviews Attack of the Theocrats

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by huzonfurst

True, superstition covers all the bases!

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:04:44 UTC | #931232

Go to: Sean Faircloth & Richard Dawkins address the American Atheists Convention

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 32 by huzonfurst

Not being from the UK I don't get the reference to Virgin Trains, and frankly don't begrudge Mr Branson his island(s) as he seems to have done quite a bit for humanity overall.

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 21:02:27 UTC | #931231

Go to: Russel Blackford reviews Attack of the Theocrats

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 1 by huzonfurst

I switched the phrase "church and state" to "state and church" something like twenty years ago, and think it has a much better ring to it - it puts the two words in the right order, and people notice it.

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:33:40 UTC | #931168

Go to: Sean Faircloth & Richard Dawkins address the American Atheists Convention

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by huzonfurst

@25, what have you got against Richard Branson?

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:15:58 UTC | #931165

Go to: Sean Faircloth & Richard Dawkins address the American Atheists Convention

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by huzonfurst

Oh please, George @4: admiring someone for his many accomplishments does not a cult make.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:53:23 UTC | #930818

Go to: Richard Dawkins on MagicSandwich Show this Sunday!

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by huzonfurst

Hi Richard,

When I went back to BlogTV it worked much better, so who knows what really goes on behind the scenes with these streaming things.

Anyhow, I was glad to see you'll be coming to San Diego soon and I hope to get an autograph or two from you either before or after your talk. Would it be out of line to ask that you sign both The God Delusion and the first book of yours that I ever read, The Blind Watchmaker?

I met you very briefly at the first Beyond Belief conference in 2006 and should have done it then, but there were so many super-heroes of science in that room I was having too much fun talking to as many of them as possible for three ecstatic days - and they were real discussions, with nary a peep about the local sports teams for once. My friend and I were starved for the kind of company we got there and loved every minute of it.

Onward and Upward,

Jeff W.

PS: Say hello to Peter Atkins for me: we met at the 2007 conference and were having a great time until some emergency was announced and we all had to leave the building.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:23:02 UTC | #928505

Go to: Richard Dawkins on MagicSandwich Show this Sunday!

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by huzonfurst

Started watching this on BlogTV but the quality of both the video and sound was horrible and got worse by the minute. Switched over to UStream which was much better, however it suddenly went off the air 40-something minutes in.

My suggestion for both of these less-than-perfect, high-bandwidth setups is to have an audio-only option. The video portion adds very little to the experience anyway.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:47:59 UTC | #928390

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 59 by huzonfurst

In the U.S. public employees are not supposed to wear any religious jewelry, but many of them do as our official state/church separation continues to be eroded.

I can't object to what workers at private businesses wear, however, even though it irritates me to see it. If it's blatant enough I take my business elsewhere.

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:00:36 UTC | #926147

Go to: The Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene: Watch the Complete NOVA Series Online

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by huzonfurst

Gaah, had to stop watching this halfway through from the ridiculously annoying sound track!

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:05:23 UTC | #925639

Go to: The Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene: Watch the Complete NOVA Series Online

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@14: Speaking of inaccurate visualizations, the planetary model of atoms is still infesting museums and videos. There's always a nucleus made of little spheres about a thousand times larger than it really is relative to the electron cloud, and the cloud itself is represented as a bunch of tiny bb's zipping around in perfect circles. It was a reasonable first attempt but has been superseded for so long there's no excuse for it any more!

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:40:47 UTC | #925634

Go to: The Fabric of the Cosmos with Brian Greene: Watch the Complete NOVA Series Online

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by huzonfurst

@3, I have the same reaction to the gee-whiz theatrics, yet the message stills comes through loud and clear in spite of them. His books are much better though.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:46:45 UTC | #925439

Go to: The "So" meme

huzonfurst's Avatar Jump to comment 103 by huzonfurst

Another annoying habit of teenage and 20-something women in the States is to end every sentence as if it were a question. My girlfriend's (girl? she's 59!) daughter was afflicted with this when we first met and it was like chalk on a blackboard to me. As a consequence her daughter and I still don't talk much to each other even though she's gotten over it. Unfortunately she has replaced her (San Fernando) Valley-girl accent with the even more irritating habit of nonstop texting when other people are trying to talk to her. I don't think we'll ever be BFFs, in a manner of speaking.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:28:18 UTC | #924601

Go to: New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America

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Once the route to North America was discovered, 1500 miles would not be much of a barrier. A determined band of hunters could probably do it in 100 days with enough provisions and luck - I wonder if they had "Stone Man" competitions and raced each other across?

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:08:33 UTC | #922852