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Go to: Effect of the concept of hell on children

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Actually, "effect" is just fine in the title. Although child abuse does have an affect on people later in life.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:03:15 UTC | #949989

Go to: In God We Teach

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Good movie. Go for it; nibble nibble, chomp chomp. Little by little the forces of reason will win.

Wed, 30 May 2012 17:35:24 UTC | #944558

Go to: Group finds circadian clock common to almost all life forms

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I thought that several tests on humans where all feedback loops - such as light and dark - are eliminated, resulted in the 24-hour daily cycle being reduced by several hours. The idea is that the system for regulating our 24-hour response slipped back to the time when these biological systems were first incorporated into living organisms at a time when the days were shorter because the earth revolved more rapidly.

I understand that the present research did include the 24-hour clues provided by our current place in the solar system. And, as for comment 1 (JuJu), biorythms do exist and a proper understanding of them should be taken out of the Woo camp and incorporated in our ever expanding understanding of the human condition.

Sat, 19 May 2012 08:22:34 UTC | #942269

Go to: Live Slow, Die Old

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Whatever happened to the adverb, "slowly"? I miss it. Or am I out of touchy?

Sat, 19 May 2012 08:10:05 UTC | #942268

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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Excellent program well based on RD's scientific credentials. A bit disconcerting on the non-sequential cuts though - rolled blue collar one minute, ironed blue collar with mussed hair the next although the ideas expressed were linear. Just poor editing I guess.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:08:58 UTC | #937363

Go to: In defence of obscure words

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From Rtambree.

  1. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

My version of Orwell's rules of writing had: "If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out." Had the "always" crossed out - which the edit program for these ramblings doesn't allow!

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:18:10 UTC | #936960

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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I'll be in front of the Telly for this one - 2200 hours via satellite TV in France. Ain't technology wonderful?

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:03:09 UTC | #935666

Go to: Richard Dawkins announced as 2012 recipient for ‘Services to Humanism’ award to be presented at the BHA’s Annual Conference

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I've got a ticket to the Conference and the dinner. I'm looking forward to seeing RD again and other BHA members. This is a bonus for me as the award wasn't announced when I bought the ticket. A well deserved award.

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 07:25:27 UTC | #934561

Go to: This is a short promo for the two-hour documentary, "In God We Trust?" by Scott Burdick.

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That happy-chappy Mormon boy scared the crap out of me.

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 20:18:17 UTC | #933121

Go to: Why Reason Rally?

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AtheistEgbert

I also want to promote the idea of public places of reason.

Try Hyde Park Corner in London - almost any day! Don't know about "reason" in this case though.

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 11:03:41 UTC | #930133

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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The bible is a recognized source for certain aspects of ancient history and well worth contemplating on those gounds but nonsense as a religious book.

Can you expand on this a little bit for me, please?

Well, I suppose you would have to ask a Jewish history scholar to elaborate but, as I understand it, the old testament contains actual historical facts about the early history of the tribes of Israel. After filtering out the "stories" such as the legend of Moses, travel in to and out of Egypt, for example - which modern Jewish scholars reject as myth - there are evidently lessons to be learned.

It would be foolish to reject everything in such an influential document just because you disagree with the ideas it promotes. RD has commented several times that a knowledge of the bible and its influence on western thought is essential if we are to understand our literary and political heritage.

And, once more, I agree with Jefferson's take on Plato but if you wish to have a go at understanding the development of western philosophy reading Plato is essential - read A.C. Grayling on that subject. Actually, read anything by Grayling.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:03:51 UTC | #928890

Go to: Four Bad Reasons to Believe Anything

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The "authority" part assumes that something written thousands of years ago must be rubish. Clearly not true as there was certainly a lot of good stuff from the ancient Greeks and Romans like Lucretius. It's examining those ideas in relation to modern knowledge that matters. The bible is a recognized source for certain aspects of ancient history and well worth contemplating on those gounds but nonsense as a religious book. Give me Plato any day.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:33:58 UTC | #928789

Go to: Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

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And some of the people asking questions were straight out of the loony bin!

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:48:23 UTC | #925710

Go to: Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

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Well, I stuck with it to the end and I'm kind of happy that I didn't have to take any of his classes. Not very coherent or convincing. Perhaps he was trying to pack too much information from several lectures into one short presentation?

Give me Harris or Krauss any day.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:34:23 UTC | #925707

Go to: This used to be me

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Can anyone tell me at what level of insanity one has to be to spout this garbage and still be allowed out on the street? Oh! And don't forget to give generously to Samaritan's Purse when you get to the end of the article. They never miss a chance to separate the gullible from their money, do they?

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:05:50 UTC | #925430

Go to: Church 'does not own marriage'

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The UK should follow the French model. Every marriage - of whatever kind - must take place in the French equivalent of the a Registry Office. Many people choose to be married in church as well but the church ceremony is not legally recognized by the State.

Simples!

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:45:46 UTC | #921801

Go to: Atheist in memory lapse and slavery shock [Also in Polish

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Actually RD is the same age as me - 70. I wish I had his memory capacity and intelligence as well as the years. And, yes, more people are pissed off than ever because he is winning the argument on all fronts.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:34:43 UTC | #920979

Go to: The faithful must learn to respect those who question their beliefs

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Since faith is often not based on evidence, however.................

Hey, Lawrence, are you going soft on us - or them. Surely the definition of faith is that it's never based on evidence?

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:37:49 UTC | #915633

Go to: The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam

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Comment 2 by daneimp One of the main stuggles on the planet right now is the struggle between the altruistic features of our genes and the ideology of Islam.

Oooooh. You need to read "The Selfish Gene" before posting on this site.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:56:46 UTC | #914276

Go to: “Adam”–Telling God Goodbye

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Still I’m here all alone; I’ve got to move on now that you’re gone. So I’m crying while I’m trying to pick up the pieces that you left behind. Now I’m wondering and I’m waiting to see what becomes of my new life.

Following the sudden and unexpected death of my wife a few days ago those words, though taken out of context, ring so true. Thanks, Adam.

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:25 UTC | #912436

Go to: “Adam”–Telling God Goodbye

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Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:58:09 UTC | #912434

Go to: Sharks Eating Songbirds in Gulf of Mexico

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This is one weird, wonderful, and amazing friggin world isn't it?

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:04:54 UTC | #908129

Go to: Nigerian churches targeted by Christmas Day bombs

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One day about noon, during Ramadan, I was being driven from the airport to our Consular Agency in Kaduna - a town in the north of Nigeria. We came across a young man lying unconscious in the road. Someone had gone to the considerable trouble of dragging a large rock next to the boy's head - on the traffic side so that cars would have to swerve to avoid the body.

As my driver explained, the young man had, most likely, fainted in the insupportable heat of the day because of not having eaten since sun-up as required by Islamic law. I asked the driver to stop so that we could help - the car had a first-aid kit and several bottles of water on board. He said that we couldn't stop to help because us "white folks" would be assumed to be christian and he/we would not be able to control the mob that would quickly appear if we tampered with the will of Allah.

How do we, in all good conscience, deal with such stupidity?

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:50:09 UTC | #902813

Go to: Nigerian churches targeted by Christmas Day bombs

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Sad events for the people and families involved. Unfortunately, it's just another everyday common example of how "religion poisons everything."

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:01:07 UTC | #902796

Go to: Gingrich: Capitol Police Could Arrest ‘Radical’ Judges

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Supreme Court Judges are appointed by Presidents and confirmed by Congress. Presidents will try to load the court with judges that conform to that president's political ideals. Fortunately for us there are no term limits for the judges who, on average, outlive the presidents that appointed them. This is one of the great ideas that the Founding Fathers outlined in their formula for a separation of the powers of the State.

I think Newt has, we hope, really shot himself in the foot with this one. Even the Proles can figure this one out.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:29:18 UTC | #900890

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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So sad, and an insult to humanity that he is gone and Pat robertson is still alive.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:12:28 UTC | #899609

Go to: The Root's series on Black Atheism

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This is quite profound considering an atheist would sanction it. It's doubly ironic in many ways. It's a remnant of what we know about humanity per se. That is; class takes generations to breach and all too often, so do false holistic lifestyles. Hitchens poison is often more poisoned than one lifetime can afford to derive happiness within. The kindness becomes a wholly cruel experiential before the person being liberated can reasonably reform any comprehension of loving alternative. Which angst posit the better of two evils as potential feel goods in each case? Relinquishing indoctrination is a self flagellation of the mind. An unknowing where one is taking ones thoughts and the prospect of any empty ending. The void that displeases enlarged emotions. Discovering the entropy to help oneself may prove too costly for the individual to access. Religious entropy is swif................

What? Can anyone translate this weird shit for me? Or maybe it's just me that thinks coherent thought requires some grammatical structure and comprehensible sentences?

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 16:11:31 UTC | #897541

Go to: Trial of the Will

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This guy is freakin' amazing, though I certainly desire such words could be summoned without the price he is paying daily.

Well, I think that's one of the points he is making; couldn't be there without the experience. What a staggering intellect to produce such stirring prose even at this time in his life.

Cheers, Hitch.

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:02:05 UTC | #896839

Go to: Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis

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I read a nice story recently of a man who was asked by some earnest researcher why he robbed banks and he replied, as though it were too obvious to need saying, "Because that's where the money is."

Allegedly from Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow).

But maybe that's a rumor too!

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:50:24 UTC | #896753

Go to: Religion reduces science literacy in America

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I was fortunate to go to an English Grammar School in the Midlands – now 60 to 50 years ago. The unofficial motto of the school was, “Question Everything,” and this has remained with me all my life. I had never heard of Creationism until I moved to the US – still can’t figure it out how people can just ignore the overwhelming scientific evidence against the idea. Perhaps that’s why I am now retired in secular France?

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 09:33:53 UTC | #896094