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Go to: Bioethicist Richard Dawkins: Morality, Society Can Be "Intelligently Designed"

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American values? What are American values, yet alone true American values?

Values are values. It makes no sense to split values up by nationality. Values stand on their own. It adds no more, well, value to a value that a value is "American" or not. Either the value is something we want or it is not.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:22:56 UTC | #932574

Go to: Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species

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If we ever decide to come up with a new timeline 1859 should be year 1. The year the lights were turned on.

We are forever indebted to Charles Darwin for this book.

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:03:17 UTC | #893068

Go to: Questions for my Los Angeles talk

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Hi Richard,

this is a question I did not get a chance to ask you at the conference in Copenhagen.

Mikael Rothstein, a Danish anthropologist, spoke about his experiences working with a tribe in the jungle in Borneo at the conference. They have a very complicated set of beliefs. The beliefs are intricately tied to and have evolved with their way of life. If they lost their beliefs their society and culture would quickly evaporate.

That got me thinking on should we still tell them that their beliefs are false? What if the tribe used human sacrifice? Is there a line for when it is ethical to point out beliefs are false and if so where is that?

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 07:46:52 UTC | #528366

Go to: Archbishop urges Catholics to make faith more visible

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Comment 12 by jez999 :

Most adult Catholics will be too embarrassed to make the sign of the cross in public.

Doesn't stop most professional footballers when they come onto the pitch!

Exactly. I cringe every time I see it and hope each time, that surely the commentators will comment on this absurd behaviour. As they do when players bite the club's badge or make inappropriate gestures to the crowd.

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:38:45 UTC | #525166

Go to: [UPDATED VIDEO] Richard Dawkins at Protest the Pope Rally in London Sept 2010

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Brilliant Richard,

I cannot think of a more important job than what you and others are doing fighting superstition. You are truly an inspiration.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 06:59:07 UTC | #521049

Go to: Qur'an burning? Been there, done that, say Westboro Baptist Church

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Welcome to the wonderful world of religious absurdities.

Today we feature crazy priests being upset that they did not get attention for burning "holy" books. Muslims threatening violence and murder if burning goes ahead, and world leaders condemning the burning of books and not a word on the insane threats of violence and murder.

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 13:25:33 UTC | #515462

Go to: Thousands flock to Vatican to back pope over abuse

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To make a Sam Harris style argument:

Imagine you lived in a world where parents defended an organisation that systematically raped and tortured their children. Imagine further that these parents happily kept sending their children to that organisation. Unthinkable, no that is exactly the world we live in.

This show of faith scares me and disheartens me. On display are two of the three aspects of religion which in my view makes it the second biggest threat to civilization. First we see how it turns normal people into closed minded deluded sheep unable to take any piece of evidence from reality into account. Second we see how religion invariably and constantly creates or maintains divisions in society. There is an unbridgeable gap between these people on us standing outside looking in horror at them.

The third aspect is of course that society is unable or unwilling to even see religion as the serious threat it is and one that makes all other threats worse.

Despairing for humanity

Tue, 18 May 2010 04:58:53 UTC | #471003

Go to: [UPDATE-07-Jan: commentary by Russell Blackford] Prejudiced Danes provoke fanaticism

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I don't generally give much for national pride, but in this case I am proud to be a Dane. Disgraceful article. The cartoons should be republished each year on the day of their original publication.

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:54:00 UTC | #428678

Go to: UPDATE: Matching Offer: A Seasonal Gift from Richard and Todd Stiefel to RDFRS

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just donated, merry xmas one and all. Keep up the good work Richard

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 16:37:00 UTC | #426061

Go to: Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book

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I have always maintained that the cartoons should be reprinted every year on the day of their original publication.

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:13:00 UTC | #387747

Go to: Dennett at the Darwin Festival

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I attended the festival, and undoubtedly Dennett was the highlight. I did not attend the two sessions mentioned by Dennett, so was unaware of the presence of the Templeton Foundation at the event untill the last day. Then we had to endure the worst form of child abuse I have seen. There was a "prize award" by the foundation to a young boy for having written the best essay on how religion and science is compatible.

Needless to say I did not applause, although many did. After the the talks I asked one of the speakers how he felt about the foundation appropriating Darwin for their own ends as his talk had touched upon the dangers of Darwin been abused. His answer is not important, it was meant as a rhetorical question.

This final session really soured the whole experience for me, which otherwise was a perfect event.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:28:00 UTC | #386721

Go to: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 'Children are tools to achieve God's will,' the Taliban commander told me - Taliban running school for suicide bombers

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Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:58:00 UTC | #383021

Go to: The Darwin Centre

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An uplifting piece of news, on an otherwise depressing day spend arguing with moon landing deniers and other conspiracy theorists.

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 08:25:00 UTC | #380989

Go to: The Darwin Debate (BBC 1998)

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I cannot get enough of Jonathan Miller. His series on atheism is marvellous.

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 02:12:00 UTC | #372591

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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Reply to comment #388110.

Nitpicking over words. The point remains:

Homo sapiens influence on this earth is certainly not benign for other creatures on it, just look at the rate of extinction going on right now.

If capacity to suffer is the only critirion we use to judge if we should eat something then presumably we could eat a human vegetable, or conversely it is just a quirk of nature that vegetables don't have nervous systems. They presumably could have had, so we could not eat those either.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:52:00 UTC | #371053

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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I find the whole argument about eating meat being immoral very unconvinsing. As has been pointed out here, other animals eat meat. I do of course think we should limit the suffering farm animals experience, but to stop eating meat because it causes suffering to other animals seems to me to be illogical. We are fom nature omnivores. By our very presence on this earth we are causing pain to all other animals, so by that logic we should exterminate ourselves.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 07:27:00 UTC | #370865

Go to: Humanists award Richard Dawkins for promoting reason and science across the world

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well deserved Richard. I truly believe that the job you and others are doing is as important as any job on earth.

Tue, 09 Jun 2009 07:06:00 UTC | #368907

Go to: Accommodationism and All That

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InfuriatedSciTeacher said

Cherry-picking in such a way can do nothing but weaken your stance on anything you choose to take literally, because they're all just stories... I suppose in that way I have more respect for fundamentalists, who declare their bat-shit lunacy outright, rather than apologists like Miller and Collins who are hiding it from everyone, including themselves, behind a collection of weasel words.

I agree wholeheartedly. That is what I have always said. At least the fundies have the courage to go the whole way. This meally mouthed talk from the accommodations leads to no good.

Thu, 14 May 2009 03:10:00 UTC | #359799

Go to: Atheists target UK schools

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What a fantastic iniative. Let's hope it spreads far and wide.

Sat, 25 Apr 2009 21:49:00 UTC | #353466

Go to: AAAS also engages in accommodationism

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THis argument of compatablity of religion and science appears to be spreading fast at moment. It has infected many well meaning scientific websites and blogs in Denmark where I am from.

I find it an especially vacuous and empty position to take. If you can modify your belief to such a degree as to make it compatible with science it is devoid of content and totally superflous. Anytime new evidence surfaces you have to change your view of god accordingly. You do not know yourself what you belief about god.

This is especially tragic when the web sites are aimed at educating children, and they shy away from the truth. The simple truth is that religion and science are completely incompatible, not just regarding the facts but in their way of finding what truth is.

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:04:00 UTC | #352508

Go to: Ankara Shows Its Hand

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The actions of Turkey at that summit were disgraceful, however as a Dane I lost all the respect for Anders Fogh Rasmussen for agreeing to taking the post under the conditions impossed by the Turks.

Following the election AFR on the Saturday was in quite a hurry to resign on the Sunday, so he could go to Turkey on Monday for the Meeting of Civilizations and say things he could not possible have said as a PM. He came dangerously close to apologizing for the cartoons, and said the Danish government would look at the situation with the Kurdish TV station. As it stands they will not be shut down. Also I was less than impressed that Obama helped broker that deal.

Quite why he interferes with whether or not Turkey should join the EU is beyond me. It is frankly not his business.

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 05:47:00 UTC | #352293

Go to: Four out of five Britons repudiate creationism

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Lately I am becoming more and more irritated of the following opinion:

There are two lessons in particular that we can learn from Darwin. The first is that belief in God and evolution are compatible....

If somebody can twist their beliefs as much as to make that true, then their beliefs are worse than wrong, they are pointless and empty.

It is easy to respect however slightly somebody who at least has the courage to take the bible literally.

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 08:23:00 UTC | #332013

Go to: Darwin 200

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Comment #321526 by NMcC

The one thing that grated with me, was Professor Dawkins yet again paying homage to the cult of Darwin with his remark that Darwin was the greatest thinker the human species has produced. How on earth would you even begin to establish the criteria by which to judge that'

That sentence is just Richards personal opinion. Nothing to get worked up on.

I am of the opinion that the publication of the Origin of Species marks the most important event in human history, again just a personal opinion.

I would have thought if you find Darwin veneration a problem then you would object to the whole idea of even celebrating Darwins 200 year birthday. To some that might seem obsessive.

For me anything that puts focus on evolution is a good thing.

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:48:00 UTC | #306922

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Big Questions - 28th Dec 2008

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Having just watched the first 3 parts, I must say that I find it shocking the very idea of the state interfering in who can or cannot have children. I liked the point one woman made in part three about plenty of "unfit" parents who do not have any addictions.

The state has no right to decide who is "fit" or "unfit". Just as a woman has a right to abortion they have a right to become pregnant if they choose.

The argument about the children being a burden on society is irrelevant in my opinion.

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 02:06:00 UTC | #296811

Go to: More reviews of 'The Genius of Charles Darwin'

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Was it not wonderful seeing RD with a first edition of 'Origin'? I have often wanted to know Richard's opinion on just where it ranks among the most important books ever written.

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 02:24:00 UTC | #215801

Go to: Toward a Type 1 civilization

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I thin Lucas is spot on. The nationstate will need to go. As I see it as globalization marches on the nationstate is replaced by larger political unions at first, like the EU, and ultimately with one truly global civilization.

Nationalities are arbitrary and as much accidents of birth as religion.

Sat, 26 Jul 2008 11:37:00 UTC | #207792