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Go to: Moody Bible Radio Discovers 'The Clergy Project' - interview with Teresa MacBain

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Comparing Daniel Dennet's thoughts to the ideas of... Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Priceless.

PS: Also two priceless techniques - to interupt interlocuter by starting to play some irritating music and to use every break between interviews by asking for donations.

Wed, 30 May 2012 11:25:30 UTC | #944450

Go to: NCSE offers a preview of The Magic of Reality

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My personal, subjective, totally unqualified opinion - I hate the illustrations completely, throughout the excerpt and without exception. In addition, I doubt that the style of the drawings would appeal to the target audience of the book.

As for the narative, I think the stylistic device of the direct address to the reader is engaging and should be effective; the text is informative, clear and simple. However, regardless of the fascinating facts described... isn't it a bit boring? (A fan of other Richard's books, btw).

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 10:49:59 UTC | #896409

Go to: Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study

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I do not watch any news except for Jon Stewart and Have I Got News For You. I wonder, do I belong to the group of "watchers" or "non-watchers"?...

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:21:34 UTC | #892993

Go to: Brian Dalton on Mr. Deity Podcasts & the Morality of Atheism

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Off topic - the Google-ads I see on this video: "How to convert to Islam" and "Reunion with God" :)

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:28:27 UTC | #586227

Go to: Atheists and Anger

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Well, nothing new, but sums it up.

And nicely chosen pictures.

I hope the link is permanent. Could prove useful for forwarding in case I am not bothered to bother.

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:55:32 UTC | #532094

Go to: Atheists and Anger

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Well, nothing new, but sums it up.

And nicely chosen pictures.

I hope the link is permanent. Could prove useful for forwarding in case I am not bothered to bother.

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:55:08 UTC | #532093

Go to: Science and Scientists

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Blockquote How does an observer cause light to change from acting like a wave to acting like a particle? How can a group of ordinary people cause a random number generator to turn out more ones than zeros simply by wanting it to? How do millions of monarch butterflies migrate to the same mountainous regions of Mexico when they've never been there before and were not born there? How do twins connect at a distance, so that one knows immediately when the other has been hurt or dies? Where in the brain does the self live? Why do I feel like myself and no one else? Blockquote

What?

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:53:28 UTC | #490726

Go to: Friendships between atheists and religious believers

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I just started my new job and the boss, with whom I have to work closely, turned out to be highly religious and active member of Opus Dei, some Catholic organisation for families (appereantly, aimed against homosexuals under such slogans as "Family is a permanent union of a man and a woman", etc.)and others.

Deleted my religous views of "militant atheist" from facebook first day :)

While he is not exactly my friend, it is absolute pleasure to work with him. And he is the cleverest professional I have ever come across during my carrier in corporate and banking law (yes, yes, not a rocket science, but still... and somehow his religious views do not limit his abilities to be completely cynical about clients and even take full rate billing for services provided to his first cousin :P )

And its great fun on some occasions. Our new tax expert inquired about kindergartens in the area over the beer. After my boss kindly informed about catholic cear near by, the new guy inquired whether if they don't "brainwash the children" :)))

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:33:26 UTC | #480272

Go to: Atheist Bus Campaign in… New York City!

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Hmm... At first I have been so sceptical about London bus campaign slogan, but it has turned out to be the best. I agree with the ideas of NY slogans and others, but they lack the appeal.

Anyway, cool :)

Edit: Donated a miserable sum just to feel a part of something in NY.

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 09:33:00 UTC | #372303

Go to: Richard Dawkins reads Charles Simonyi's manifesto and the introduction to 'Unweaving the Rainbow'

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Guys, with all my huge respect for prof. Dawkins - the words of speach are by Charles Symonyi.

Btw - what do you think of next holder of the Symonyi's Professorship? (Apologies, forgot the name).

I have read a few interviews with him. As I listened to the speach read by Dawkins... Well, the candidate is a bit of 'deviation from the program', as per Symonyi.

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:33:00 UTC | #372050

Go to: Children of a stupid god

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105. Comment #381661 by Wosret on May 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

94. Comment #381639 by ina.j

Rating actually refresh a lot faster than views do. For popular vlogs, it isn't uncommon to seem them have far more comments or ratings than views for a period after their release.


Thanks, my mistake then.

Tue, 26 May 2009 13:30:00 UTC | #364603

Go to: Children of a stupid god

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One guy and me on youtube commented that there are more ratings than views. The comments got deleted in exactly four minutes. Ironic...

Tue, 26 May 2009 12:21:00 UTC | #364565

Go to: Why We Believe in Gods - Dr. Andy Thomson - American Atheists 09

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On one point dr. Thomson stands to be corrected - I actually got cravings for brocolli after he mentioned it, paused the video and went out to buy some.

Sat, 25 Apr 2009 01:39:00 UTC | #353290

Go to: Believe Me, It's Torture

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Setting the moral dilema - should torture be permitted for saving people - it does not work.

steveroot pasted this link http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103421778

Col. Kleinman seems to hold enough qualification and experience to be considered an expert on this question.

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 03:49:00 UTC | #352851

Go to: Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan

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“It’s a US tool to cut the population of the Muslims. It is against Islam that you take a medicine before the disease”.


To be fair, I guess an emphasis is on the first half of the statement. Surely, if there was an idea that vaccination is against Koran it would have surfaced earlier. Quite probably militants think that US is trying to cause damage. Relying on religion may be just a shortcut for placing an argument.

In any case, it is terrible.

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:13:00 UTC | #341611

Go to: An Army of Extremists

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a bit off topic - how come Hitch does not have a at least semi-decent site?

a chaotic compilation of articles, ce tout...

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:44:00 UTC | #339307

Go to: Richard Dawkins' live streaming lecture today

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sound here. sorry if a comment is not exact in technicalities: i have had problems with sound while using windows media player, even with downloaded videos. try realplayer.

the comparison of Wallice v. Darwin with an ancient man, just seeing and comprehending an apple falling, v. Newton was wonderful.

and Dawkins' comment: Why Darwin was so late in publishing his book? "Maybe he was just distracted by barnacles" was hilarious :)))

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:49:00 UTC | #336860

Go to: Richard Dawkins' live streaming lecture today

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I am sorry, a bit trivial stuff: the Open University website has a special page for discussion on the lecture.

In my time I was employed at a museum. It works like that: you propose a project (lecture, exhibition - lecture and streaming in this case), then you have to report on its success (to a particular sponsor or during general peidical reporting). The success of a project is evaluated by numbers attended, left comments in guest book, getting in touch on the matter later.

We each should leave a comment on the page. It will help to advocate a posteriori the event to supervisory bodies, sponsors, etc. And would help to prove that similar events are desired.

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:30:00 UTC | #336840

Go to: Richard Dawkins' live streaming lecture today

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guys, how can you see them prep? I just see the annoucement about the lecture.
Just very worried that won't get to see the lecture itself, due to overload, some incompatibility with players or smth.

[EDIT] well, JamieV, some dinosaurs have saddles in other museums, so they don't prove that much...

[EDIT] Thanks blackwolf

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:16:00 UTC | #336833

Go to: Richard Dawkins at the University of Oklahoma - Introduction

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edit - sorry, was moved from the alternative thread, so out off topic here

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 14:59:00 UTC | #336325

Go to: Richard Dawkins at the University of Oklahoma - Introduction

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Sun, 15 Mar 2009 13:52:00 UTC | #336316

Go to: There's a new power in America - atheism

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" [...] the number of congressional members who avow no faith at all are about as plentiful as those who are openly gay".

With all respect to homosexuals (or total indifference to their sexual preferences to be more exact), is not that funny? Overall percentage of atheists is higher than that of gays. Then it follows that to confess not that long ago criminalised behaviour is less of an obstacle to be elected than admiting being an atheist :)))

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 08:41:00 UTC | #336262

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Minnesota Public Radio

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I am in absolute defense of the interviewer. She was great. Biased? Yes. But inquisitive and not patronising. Thumbs up.

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 11:21:00 UTC | #332976

Go to: Banana Man

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Just checked my calendar - it is not April 1st yet.

As it is impossible to win a debate against such people with their audience, so no money attached... Where is the pun then?

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:43:00 UTC | #329853

Go to: Debate: Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D'Souza

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D'Souza - rants about the complexity and origins of universe the god has given us and then 'Or perhaps Hitchens can explain it better'.

Cheap cheap trick.

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:32:00 UTC | #328961

Go to: Conversation between Richard Dawkins and Bishop Harries

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So this irritating, unpleasant bloke is the famous Paxman? Just a personal opinion, I beg to differ.

Actually, why moderate at all, when prof. Dawkins has numerously expressed his position that moderation only mangles into a discussion?

Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:49:00 UTC | #328082

Go to: Evolution indoctrination at OU

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http://www.tulsabeacon.com/?p=438

Check this one out: "To understand how a liberal thinks, you must define terms".

They try to ridicule "liberal minds" by providing with a dictionary that is supposed to mock liberals. It is hilariuos that they think that amounts to ridicule...

"Evolution – a fact

Global warming – the greatest threat to mankind since the dawn of time

Climate change – a fallback theory in case global warming is followed by global cooling

Tobacco – a harmful substance that should be taxed out of existence."

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:22:00 UTC | #323397

Go to: Jill Mytton - Uncut Interview from 'Root of All Evil?'

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Very interesting.

A bit off topic - I enjoyed how people in the back ground don't care anymore than pigeons about a couple, being filmed on camera. Brits at their best :) . The caffe could be in Kew Gardens with all those planes interrupting the interview for a few times.

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 21:04:00 UTC | #319729

Go to: Skewed views of science

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ha ha.

I have little doubt that if James Neilson had to reply to Richard's letter, he would state:

"I don't like football. I prefer cricket."

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 02:48:00 UTC | #314521

Go to: Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy

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on the topic of Obama and science - guys, you should really watch colbertnation.com January 26th episode. In a second part a book on the subject 'Republicans against science' is presented. On the fourth, a ... I won't bother to comment.

This is an American comedy show on which prof. Dawkins has performed so briliantly once.

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:10:00 UTC | #313049