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Go to: Should Richard Dawkins be arrested for incitement to religious hatred?

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"Why does this guy keep talking about himself in the 3rd person!?"

It's invariably the infallible sign of a complete tosser.

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 19:27:00 UTC | #437631

Go to: 77 Favourite Atheist Books

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I'm rather heartened by the fact I've read half of that list.

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:31:00 UTC | #380554

Go to: God delusions cloud a world of wonders

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Bonzai: "hell is only mentioned briefly in the NT by Jesus."

Sure. If 70 or so references counts as 'brief.'

Tue, 05 May 2009 06:38:00 UTC | #356403

Go to: Stephen Hawking Hospitalized

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Best wishes to the man and I hope he has a speedy recovery. Frankly, he's been on borrowed time for decades, given the usual life expectancy for anybody with ALS. It's been almost a mira ... well, I mean he's been extraordinarily lucky.

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:02:00 UTC | #350629

Go to: Evolution study focuses on snail

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Glad to see two of you fine peeps doing the OU course ... I can't wait for May to roll around!

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:31:00 UTC | #342260

Go to: Evolution study focuses on snail

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Anybody doing the Open University course 'Darwin and Evolution' (S170) which starts in May will probably already be aware of this - it features in the coursework, IIRC.

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:08:00 UTC | #342038

Go to: 'Most religious leaders are fools'

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"Has there been a better idea than that of God?"

There speaks a man who has never heard of Frosties.

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 11:44:00 UTC | #341115

Go to: An interview with Jerry Coyne

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The more I read Coyne and the more I hear about him, the more I like and admire him.

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 04:19:00 UTC | #337561

Go to: Darwin was right. Up to a point

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SCM is (as is fairly well known, I think) a theist.

It shows.

Some of the comments taking this apart on the Guardian site are wince-inducingly harsh, but spot on.

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 06:16:00 UTC | #324563

Go to: Dawkins takes on the ex-bishop

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"Soapy Sam Wilberforce subsequently died in a riding accident which brought from Huxley what must be the most brilliantly acerbic retort ever uttered by anyone:
'It was the first time his head came into contact with reality, and the result was fatal'."

Ouch. You got a better class of stinging insult in those days.

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:01:00 UTC | #324420

Go to: Heat the Hornet

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Well that's timely - I ordered this very book only a couple of days ago. I was looking forward to it greatly already: I'm looking forward to it even more now.

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:30:00 UTC | #323175

Go to: What have you changed your mind about? Why?

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"Huh! Most of the men I've been involved with have been a handicap in their own right :-) "

Don't curse the apple because of one or two maggots, Paula ... you haven't found the right one yet ;-)

Tue, 01 Jan 2008 10:19:00 UTC | #100651

Go to: The God Delusion and Alister E McGrath

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How many times did he say "that's a very good/important point" or some variation thereof?

Oh, ADH, you're probably new here so doubtless you're not aware that we're only too familiar with McGrath and his so-called 'arguments,' and know that they're so vacuous that it's a waste of powder and shot trying to address the non-points he tries to make. Some things are so facile and so childishly easy that they are just a waste of time: rebutting McGrath is one of them.

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 07:18:00 UTC | #83476

Go to: Can we at least demand 'Secular Communion'?

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Regarding the illustration that accompanies the article referred to, it's offensive but only from an artistic point of view, i.e. it's simply dreadful and a shockingly bad attempt at a caricature of Prof. Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, neither of whom I'd have recognised had the article not been about the so-called 'new atheists'. I thought you were supposed to know who a caricature is of?

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 10:49:00 UTC | #82926

Go to: I didn't know the FLEA CIRCUS was back in town!

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Won't somebody think of the poor trees?

The best thing about this sorry excuse for a book so far appears to be the rather nice cartoon on the cover.

Sun, 04 Nov 2007 10:11:00 UTC | #81085

Go to: Evolution to be taught in SA schools

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""I am totally against evolution," another teacher said."

"I am also strongly against gravity and the germ theory of disease," replied another.

OK, I made up the second quote - but it amounts to exactly the same thing.

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 05:01:00 UTC | #79069

Go to: Debate between Christopher Hitchens and Alister McGrath

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Hell's teeth ... when that man (I refer, of course, to Hitchens) is on form, he's unsurpassable. Amazing.

Of McGrath I shall forbear to say more, since whatever can be said, has been said, and extra comment would be akin to kicking a cripple.

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:16:00 UTC | #75579

Go to: In honour of Dan Dennett

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Sun, 07 Oct 2007 05:36:00 UTC | #73121