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Go to: The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins Teaches Children to Fight Myth with Science

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Just got it via the amazing technology and logistics of Amazon, Visa, and UPS. After spawn leaves the bathtub, the reading of the introduction and possibly chapter one will commence...

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 00:15:26 UTC | #878619

Go to: Atheist Billboard in Fresno Vandalized After Only Three Days

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Great post @50 skiles1.

Coming out as an atheist has helped me understand a little better the utterly primate hierarchy of us humans. I have been able to see privilege in action.

war critic "One bemoaning the stupid vandalism of an atheist billboard and a gaggle of geese honking out quite unreasonable condemnation and mockery."

Just a guess: dismissive, white, male, US or European, religious, middle or upper class, and complaining about those others complaining. 'How could you possibly be so upset?'

Sat, 07 May 2011 02:18:23 UTC | #624045

Go to: From One Physicist to Another: Lawrence Krauss Reflects on the Life and Work of Richard Feynman

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I love Krauss and Feynman, and would recommend the book to anyone interested in science. But, I think that it would have been improved by more stringent editing.

On top of this, Richard's father-the man who had first encouraged him to solve puzzles and prodded him to enjoy questioning nature, who had been so concerned about his son's future, and who had written him a letter finally swelling with pride after his appointment at Cornell-died suddenly of a stroke one year after Arline died and at the height of Feynmans's depression.

p. 95

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:18:43 UTC | #605641

Go to: The 25 Most Influential Living Atheists

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Does anyone know of a good atheist bookcase maker?

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:21:02 UTC | #578438

Go to: Sarah Palin's camp says depraved liberals blame her for mass murders

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I just saw that Miranda, thanks...

Comment 110 by mirandaceleste :

Comment 94 by Dean Buchanan :

PZ just posted this voting record over at his place.

Says the shooter was a Republican.

It's a fake

In related news, the shooter's community college philosophy teacher says that he was..."someone whose brains are scrambled"
Here

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:11:54 UTC | #576362

Go to: Sarah Palin's camp says depraved liberals blame her for mass murders

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PZ just posted this voting record over at his place.

Says the shooter was a Republican.

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:17:47 UTC | #576302

Go to: Obituary for John Dawkins

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Thank you for sharing part of John Dawkins story. A life well lived is always an inspiration.

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:54:19 UTC | #561681

Go to: Clinton John Dawkins

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My deepest condolences Professor.

You carry on the torch with honor.

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:49:40 UTC | #561440

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Go to: Italian cardinal warns gay activists are persecuting Christians

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Wait... Science may be on the way to provide a cure

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:27:58 UTC | #549965

Go to: Italian cardinal warns gay activists are persecuting Christians

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Pot...kettle...black

Did Jebus say anything about irony being a sin? If so, then this old fart took that lesson to heart.

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:25:24 UTC | #549923

Go to: Forgotten Dreams?

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@Comment 2 by mordacious1

I saw that too. Was there a talking point memo sent out to accomodationists? They always include: 'You'll never convince anyone by telling them that they are wrong! And, holy jebus, don't mention Richard Dawkins! The religious folk were so helpful to science before that man showed up.'

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:19:01 UTC | #549919

Go to: The Great Debate Panel

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Well that was good for just under 42 minutes. I had never thought about the point made by Patricia re: ought/is.

It seemed that Simon was being more snarky than the others. Maybe that is because I'm from the U.S., or maybe not. Did he do anything but defend philosophy as an academic discipline?

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 01:26:20 UTC | #546120

Go to: UPDATED: Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity

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@ 173 by RW Millam

What poster here said something like "If they don't like evolution, wait till they meet neuroscience"

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 01:12:33 UTC | #523598

Go to: Atheist Teens Empowered by New Foundation’s Gift

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Hmmm...my third contribution to the gene pool will be going to high school in 5 years. He already knows that mom and dad are atheists, can't really help that because we are honest in answering his questions (btw, he is very diplomatic at not letting the little kids know about 'Santa', I feel so proud).

Belonging to a group seems to be one of the most important self-appointed tasks of both middle and high schoolers. A group like this could help answer that question for him, at least partially.

Not that I'm forcing atheism on him Professor Dawkins (he says hastily), it is just that my son is beginning to see through the....number 2, poop, etc.
I am going to have to contribute more to the SSA.

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 23:20:23 UTC | #523052

Go to: Vatican Shocked at Britain's Hostile Reaction to Pope

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I second the first

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:53:05 UTC | #519517

Go to: Johann Hari on Tony Livesey

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Who is this Tony fellow?
He (paraphrase)'Didn't want to talk about specific details'.
ummmm...so generalities will just have to do?
This is exactly what trained politicians, theologians, and people who want to find comfort in a simple narrative thrive on.

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:31:00 UTC | #519505

Go to: Calling all Pope Protestors

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Vulnerable Center.
Children are vulnerable and they are at the center of most parents lives. Ya feel me?
       Viva Paula!

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:59:12 UTC | #519458

Go to: ‘Rendering unto God that which is Caesar’s’: the fatal flaw at the heart of the Vatican

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Just a quick note to say, Thank you Paula, Geoffrey, and Richard. There is a tear in my eye and clarity in my heart. Thanks to Hitch too, Religion Poisons Everything.

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 02:02:33 UTC | #515137

Go to: No more victories for Bin Laden

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There is a lot of nasty exploitation going on here.

Steve Zara is correct. As is the4thNeutralNuclide. As is Russell. For those who want to honor the memories of the 911-dead, or their living families, there are more productive ways to help.
I don't believe that I personally know anyone who hasn't heard of this issue. Why? There is no serious legal question raised.
I would argue that it is a potent political weapon here in the U.S. Mad people vote and send money. We are arguing about symbolism and its political meaning. I come down on the side of the U.S. Constitution not because I am naive @#2, but because I have looked at the available evidence and arguments and concluded that this one isn't even a close call.

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:04:52 UTC | #501831

Go to: How facts backfire

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Did this jump out at me because of my confirmation bias? Can I safely ignore the rest of the article now?

There are also some cases where directness works. Kuklinski’s welfare study suggested that people will actually update their beliefs if you hit them “between the eyes” with bluntly presented, objective facts that contradict their preconceived ideas.

edit: i guess blunt is good, but give me a well used logical scalpel and it is more fun!

Updated: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:37:40 UTC | #488694

Go to: Anxiety May Be at Root of Religious Extremism, Researchers Find

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Ties in well with other research showing that economic or social uncertainty increases religiosity.

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 01:48:20 UTC | #487406

Go to: An Update from Christopher Hitchens

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A quote from Daniel Dennett's 'thank goodness' letter might be good here.

If you truly wish somebody to do well, then would it not be better to take the time and resources devoted to prayer and devote them to doing something that is actually useful? There has been medical research done on the effects of prayer, with the findings showing that the prayer is utterly worthless. A person who foregoes something useful for the sake of doing something useless (or, even worse, provides only the person giving the prayer with a pleasing jolt of self-satisfaction without doing anything to help the patient) hardly qualifies as a model of moral virtue.

I thank goodness that you do what you do Hitch. I am happy that my wife and I were able to see you at the '7th and I' talk you gave recently. Thank goodness that you live in a time when we can actually give you a chance with our scientific and medical knowledge! I look forward to your letter(s) upon your recovery.

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 14:06:50 UTC | #485474

Go to: The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

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@Comment 49 by AlphaAndΩmegaman

Perhaps it should be non-Muslims, because to say only American is too broad a generalization.

Not addressing the issue. Do you know that millions of Muslim men want to kill Americans?

My original point (post #3) was that I do not trust the source and therefore question all the assertions contained therein.

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 02:31:30 UTC | #483712

Go to: The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

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@comment #4 and comment #6 (it sucks to be so late in returning to my computer and so this response probably ineffective but...)

"millions dedicated"
(dedicate: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause).

It does not seem credible that millions of muslim men have dedicated their lives to killing Americans. Is that so hard to understand?

Once again: source?

Anyone who makes conspiratorial claims, broad generalizations across diverse populations must do more than make an assertion. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It calls into question the rigor of their opinions. Therefore, I don't trust this information.

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:36:45 UTC | #483702

Go to: The Terrifying Brilliance of Islam

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why millions of Muslim men are dedicated to killing Americans?

millions? source please.

Also, the website is full of unsupported assertions with no links to outside sources that I could find in a short examination. I don't trust the information.

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:31:59 UTC | #483609

Go to: Why dualism doesn't work

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In support of Steve's hypothesis

model a brain through a combination of software and hardware

J. Craig Venter and his team inserts synthetic, tagged DNA into a living child. Over time the entire brain and body is made of synthetic cells and we can prove it. I would imagine that the child will have essentially the same totality of experience as he/she would have otherwise.

We could add to that, the introduction of non-biological neural hardware that interacts with the software of DNA. This process could have countless iterations and, to my mind, wouldn't change the fundamental philosophical point. That there is really no need to explain any of this with a dualistic model. Am I getting it?

Fri, 28 May 2010 14:47:49 UTC | #474435

Go to: Dan Barker on FOX News

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This is the first time that I have seen Mr. Barker in action. I am impressed. Fox news viewers, I believe, like a 'robust' response and dialog. He ate the interviewers lunch. Good job!

Guess I'm gonna give some $$ to the Freedom from Religion Foundation too.

Updated: Mon, 10 May 2010 00:34:26 UTC | #468232

Go to: Christopher Hitchens: Arrest The Pope!

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how do you move a 'meme'?

we are witnessing it regardless of the outcome

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:49:00 UTC | #459088

Go to: Christopher Hitchens: Arrest The Pope!

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Justice is coming

For those who follow the line that says something like "it will never happen so why bother?" I say "lead, follow, or get out of the way".
go Hitch and Richard!!
PS where can I send my donation?

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:10:00 UTC | #459045