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Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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I met him for the first time at the atheism conference in DC in 2007. I said to him, "I love your work but only recently discovered you." His reply: "Better late than never." What a guy....

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:39:43 UTC | #899728

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I've a feeling the next pope will be more conciliatory and less political than the current occupant.

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:32:00 UTC | #453641

Go to: Q&A: Christopher Hitchens

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The Atlantic Monthly is now titled The Atlantic.

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:08:00 UTC | #442339

Go to: UPDATED 1/1/10: Last minute offer! A HUGE Thank You! The last day of our fundraising drive

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Like some others here, I'm unemployed and pinching every dime. But 10 dollars is so little to give in appreciation for what Dr. Dawkins' work has given me and the rest of the world. Happy holidays!

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:30:00 UTC | #427148

Go to: Science and Technology The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Wonderful. Very good interviews on this program.

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 13:09:00 UTC | #422497

Go to: Kent Hovind's Doctoral Dissertation

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I didn't see a References section (or footnoted citations). Or a Table of Contents. Bizarre. It's as if he just sat down one night and took a mental dump all over a writing tablet.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:14:00 UTC | #422030

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Representative Anthony Weiner has been on Bill Maher's program and lots of other media outlets in recently. He's a VERY sound-minded, upstanding congressman. I'd love to see him run for the Presidency.

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 20:08:00 UTC | #420714

Go to: Tweety Gets To The Heart of the Abortion Matter With Bishop Tobin

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MSNBC is the only 24-hour news station I can bear to watch anymore.

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:35:00 UTC | #416417

Go to: The new crybaby theists

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Yes, a nice show of support for a functioning liberal democracy. Really, it's a division between a liberal democracy with freedom of speech, gender equality, protection of children, et cetera, and multicutralism and its attendant cultural relativism. It's hard to espouse both liberal democratic ideals and multiculturalism simultaneously.

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 16:35:00 UTC | #411391

Go to: NOVA | Becoming Human | Preview | PBS

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Narrator: "What set us on the path from ape to human?"

Umm... we ARE apes! It's no wonder the public is so abysmally misinformed about humanity's origins and its place in the animal kingdom...

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 18:33:00 UTC | #411178

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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Sciros, I did read the rest of your post and didn't want to comment on it for fear of carping, but I did find this troubling:

If you're [Spinoza] buddies with Ruse, then fair enough; at least I understand why you're trying to make sure people attack the ideas rather than the person.


You seem to suggest that ad hominem attacks are acceptable, or expected, unless someone in the room knows the person.

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 19:08:00 UTC | #410690

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Sciros wrote

Come on, Spinoza bro... you referred me to an article of his from 1982! That is 27 years ago!


Spinoza's point was completely lost on you; he's arguing that Ruse has been considering these issues for a very long time, and even if you disagree with his views, argue against the views and not the man (i.e. ad hominem). His views are worth understanding.

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:57:00 UTC | #410680

Go to: 3 Silly Religious Beliefs Held By Non-Silly People

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Great piece, and deserves to be widely circulated.

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 20:01:00 UTC | #410094

Go to: Atheists are good humans, too

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A robust and easily accessible piece. Very well done!

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:33:00 UTC | #409354

Go to: Darwin's Rottweiler and Dawkins's Dogma

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The last Christian I spoke with unleashed upon me, "Evolution is only a theory." And so I had to engage in this theory-fact clarification.

The problem doesn't only stem from the benighted masses, but also with theists who know the correct terminology but deliberately confuse others in order to undermine scientific knowledge. In a word, obscurantism.

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:55:00 UTC | #408979

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So uncinematic is this picture—two middle-aged white men talking—that my attention insistently wandered


The speakers' ideas, not their appearances, are the point of the film. Who is this dullard Lisa Miller and why is she allowed to write for Newsweek? God forbid she sit down to watch "My Dinner with Andre."

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:19:00 UTC | #407655

Go to: Richard Dawkins defends theory of evolution

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Minnesota is such a great state. Hard to say anything bad about it, except some of their right-wing politicians.

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 23:50:00 UTC | #407182

Go to: England's libel laws don't just gag me, they blindfold you

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Positive Internet also helped produce the Ricky Gervais Podcast. A great company to be involved with, it appears.

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:56:00 UTC | #406694

Go to: An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations

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Nice to see a summation of some the various critiques about Bill Maher's views on medicine. Hopefully, someone who knows Bill personally will forward this to him.

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 02:00:00 UTC | #406128

Go to: The Invention of Lying: On the origins of specious trickery

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I saw the film and was glad that the "religion is a lie" plot device featured so heavily. Definitely subversive in its own way.

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:37:00 UTC | #403639

Go to: Richard Dawkins is not an accommodationist

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Jerry Coyne does a lot of the heavy lifting. Thank goodness for him.

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 01:50:00 UTC | #403508

Go to: A note about the 'Richard Dawkins Award' being presented to Bill Maher this weekend

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Acumen: Getting rid of religion won't do us any good if people just turn to homeopathy or quack treatments or astrology for comfort instead.


Exactly so. And Dr. Dawkins produced "The Enemies of Reason" to address this matter.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:49:00 UTC | #401965

Go to: A note about the 'Richard Dawkins Award' being presented to Bill Maher this weekend

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Steve,

The AAI and its mission is compatible with the RDF, but does not reflect the entirety of the foundation. I think that's where you went off the rails.

This website, as you know from reading the varied stories posted here, is about rebuking superstition as well as promoting science news and scientists' views and, above all, reason.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:47:00 UTC | #401962

Go to: A note about the 'Richard Dawkins Award' being presented to Bill Maher this weekend

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Bill Maher is a great voice of reason (much but not all of the time) and as an AAI member I'm happy with this recognition of him.

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 21:35:00 UTC | #401935

Go to: Dawkins says creationism largely a US problem

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I question the need for this new, derivative work. No, Dr. Dawkins hadn't before written a book that compiles the evidence for evolution before, but why should he feel obligated to do so? Not every academic feels the need to, or should, re-capitulate their field's canon. Was he unaware that Jerry Coyne was writing a book that would be published before his and fill the same niche? Sure, he'll have another best-seller on his hands...

40% of Americans don't accept evolution by natural selection, and it's not because they can't find enlightening titles in their corner bookstores -- it's because they are *willfully* ignorant. Our discourse and valuation of reason need to shift; what won't particularly help is another tome. A regular newspaper column that's widely carried would do much more good on this front, I believe. A person who may not buy a book on evolution may spend a minute reading a few paragraphs before heading to work. Administer the science in small, digestible chunks.

Gould's "The Structure of Evolutionary Theory" advanced his original arguments. No, this certainly wasn't a work for the masses like Dawkins' new book, but I would appreciate a book by Dawkins NOT meant for general consumption. His best work, in my opinion, was his most original, "The Selfish Gene."

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 12:56:00 UTC | #398939

Go to: Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him.

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Cameron says the Bible and intelligent design are being "censored," (@ 3:11) and to counter that he and his ilk are going to distribute 50,000 copies of their propaganda on campuses. So are they being censored, or aren't they? Clearly he feels censored unless he's able to hand out bibles to school children.

I shrieked when Ray Comfort leapt into view! How appropriate is, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:29:00 UTC | #398110

Go to: Kirk Cameron has gone too far! But we can stop him.

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Cameron states early in the video that the most esteemed biology and psychology professors in the US are largely atheist or agnostic. Talk about making an "own goal."

Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:19:00 UTC | #398103

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re comment 43:

Well, perhaps in a clerical sense then, no. Is that important to you, the paperwork?

And what you describe is far from national identity cards anyway. Not sure why you brought it up.

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:40:00 UTC | #396992

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These laws tend not to apply to non-Muslims, but if you are a Muslim who wants to gamble and drink it's not as easy as converting to another religion since the crime for apostasy is often death. So you're either born to rock and roll, or you're not.

(Does Indonesia have identity cards with one's religion printed on it? I seem to recall it does).

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:25:00 UTC | #396988

Go to: We are born to believe in God

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I didn't think it was news that humans have brains that are predisposed to seek explanations for the world that go well beyond rationality. Lewis Wolpert in his excellent little book "Six Impossible things before Breakfast" hypothesizes along these lines, and many other scholars besides. Educated Westerners may become more secular, but still follow horoscopes and give credence to palmistry. Indeed, this is why I was very glad that Dawkins made "The Enemies of Reason" program because the lack of rational thinking is not just the domain of the religious, it's pervasive and, if this way of thinking is hardwired, then it will be very hard to curtail altogether.

EDIT: Having high school students be required to read Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World" will at least be a primer for young people who otherwise have no guide to *think about thinking.*

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 15:01:00 UTC | #394853