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Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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Closing statements of the debate

Man has replaced god

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:58:16 UTC | #912043

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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I read God Delusion first. Climbing Mount Improbable second, Greatest Show on Earth, Unweaving the Rainbow, Selfish gene, and Magic of Reality last. Leaving aside Magic of Reality, I found TGSOE most readable. I had to reread the selfish gene a few times to grasp some concepts, but TGSOE was knife through butter.

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:24:05 UTC | #911961

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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Book reading by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. This was before the Q and A session on Comment number 1.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:51:08 UTC | #911816

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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Edited version of the debate.

Man has replaced god: debate (edited)

Motion was later changed to "does god exist?". Atheists won :).

Nilas, thanks for noticing that. Will try to fix that from the next video.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:33:21 UTC | #911759

Go to: [Update 1/27] Closing Statements - Richard Dawkins at the Jaipur Literature Festival

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Youtube links with the annoying A/V sync problem fixed.

Q and A of Session 1

In support of Salman Rushdie

More youtube links coming soon. Watch this space. The final day debate has some speakers speaking in Hindi. A few of us are subtitling them in English. Will upload them once done.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:28:42 UTC | #911735

Go to: Look forward to the death of organized religion: Richard Dawkins

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to Mods.... video of Dawkins' book reading available here http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/program-2011/23-jan-2012-program/ albeit with a video audio mismatch.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:28:26 UTC | #911085

Go to: In Memoriam: Ajita Kamal, 1978-2011

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A tragic loss to the freethought movement in India. He gave a platform for atheists and humanists from around India to voice their opinions freely both online and on-ground. We need to continue the amazing work he has been doing.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:55:56 UTC | #907865

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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thanks Calvinchan

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:01:38 UTC | #905921

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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Hitch, Salman and Voltaire together! Would love to see that photograph!

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:23:51 UTC | #905908

Go to: Cosmos Will Get a Sequel Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Isn't the "Blinn shader" in Maya named after James Blinn of Cosmos fame?

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 04:25:57 UTC | #858511

Go to: Muslim Sharia Law In Australia

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Today Tonight? seriously? What next Glen Beck's Anti-Muslim rant?

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 01:15:01 UTC | #856040

Go to: The god confusion

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“For an ordinary believer, it’s just faith,” Meera Nanda told me. “They don’t need to explain it. But there’s a certain class of people coming up that need to justify their faith, who need to somehow intellectually put into words why they believe. It’s more of a disease of educated people.” In other words, the same graduates who seem to be turning to religion in their droves are the ones who are trying to rationalise it. These educated Hindus aren’t just religious; they’re desperately religious.

Worrying and true. And this isn't just educated young people trying to reconcile their religion with science. Right wing Hindu academics even tried to fake archeological evidence in order to prove Hinduism predates the Indus Valley civilisation. ('Horseplay in Harappa', Frontline, 17 (13 Oct, 2000)).

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:20:18 UTC | #598366

Go to: Pakistan minorities minister shot dead in Islamabad

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We mustn't forget that vast majority of the country is too poor and hungry to give a damn, and it's the fundies who are on the ground helping them in places where the government is nowhere to be seen, as evidenced during the recent floods. But the fundies of course hold the food ransom for their loyalty which they can exploit during times like these.

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:51:25 UTC | #598090

Go to: Pakistan minorities minister shot dead in Islamabad

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Considering the last minister was shot by his own security, I can understand when Mr.Bhatti said

"I cannot trust on security."*

But then he goes onto saying

"I believe that protection can come only from heaven, so these bodyguards can’t save you.".*

Well, neither did heaven.

*from this article.

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:33:22 UTC | #598029

Go to: Pakistan minorities minister shot dead in Islamabad

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"This is concerted campaign to slaughter every liberal, progressive and humanist voice in Pakistan. The time has come for the federal government and provincial governments to speak out and to take a strong stand against these murderers to save the very essence of Pakistan." - Farahnaz Ispahani, President's Aide.

Too little too late Mam. I say gather all those liberal humanist voices you say exist and march the hell into Islamabad Karachi and Lahore and demand the blasphemy law be struck down.

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:27:32 UTC | #598003

Go to: Pigs and dogs: a double standard

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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:15:07 UTC | #597232

Go to: Beddington goes to war against bad science

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I expect you are waiting for me to buy one now...

haha not really. I'll send you the original design and u can get it printed urself.

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:09:59 UTC | #595204

Go to: Beddington goes to war against bad science

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I want that T-shirt

like this?

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:24:22 UTC | #594839

Go to: In celebration of scientific temper

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^ All the more reason for events like Yukti 2011.

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:35:39 UTC | #592686

Go to: A Most Courageous Human Being

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Even the "hero" of this story has bought into this ancient, tribal, religious, nonsense

one step at a time. Frying an islamic cleric on tv in Pakistan is leap enough for now, considering her life is probably in danger now.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:36:02 UTC | #583265

Go to: The Islamic Awakening Conference

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Is it wrong to hope that violence would be adopted so we could retaliate and eliminate this type of threat once and for all?

Yes.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:23:58 UTC | #577053

Go to: Asia to Africa, or Vice Versa: New Clues to Primates’ Origins

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ancient river valley civilizations clues at the Egypt Nile river valley, Mesopotamia, Hwang Ho yellow river China and another one which remained nameless in the plain of indus Asia

You mean Harappa? But these are all quite recent compared to the timescales involved.

Anyway, are fossils the only way of telling where we came from? Or does genes have any clue in them?

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 16:59:49 UTC | #540255

Go to: The Australian Book of Atheism

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hope they didn't leave out Peter Singer.

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 05:52:37 UTC | #537952

Go to: Ridicule Corner?

Go to: Accommodationists, Don’t Lead With Your Straw-Man Argument

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Wed, 13 Oct 2010 05:37:42 UTC | #532815

Go to: Friends like these

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Once again people forget to put things in context. An all caps rant on a blog Vs the very concept of hellfire. Apathy towards religion is no longer the status quo. Ophelia nails it in the last paragraph.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 16:07:53 UTC | #529923

Go to: Christopher Hitchens Compilation

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Thanks for resisting the temptation to add music.

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 06:13:55 UTC | #529724

Go to: On Facebook, young Muslims turn away from Islam

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@HazratNaKhuda

Thanks for joining the discussion Hazrat. on behalf of the Indian Atheists facebook group... bravo!

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 02:47:39 UTC | #529678

Go to: On Facebook, young Muslims turn away from Islam

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Their own ancestors, before invasion, would most likely have been Hindus.

True as this maybe, I doubt very much this has anything to do with their decision to shun Islam. If anything the Mughal invaders would be held as heroes who 'civilised' the Hindus over there (the famous mountain range is called Hindukush (killer of Hindus) for a reason). Even in Hindu majority India, the topic of Mughal invasion is handled with kid gloves in school textbooks so as not to offend the minority.

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:26:58 UTC | #529048

Go to: On Facebook, young Muslims turn away from Islam

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I heard about this group a while ago. They indeed are quite brave to come out from a country like Pakistan. As hard as it may seem to believe today, Pakistan used to have a wonderful secular tradition (being found by an atheist). There are sane voices still today within Pakistan but, as seen in the last section of this video, it's quite easy for the establishment to silence them.

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 20:06:44 UTC | #528920