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The Poetry of Science

RDfan - 16 August 2012 12 Comments

In The Magic of Reality (TMOR), Richard hit upon a wonderful format. Take the myths of the world, the questions and answers that the ancients gave for all sorts of natural phenomenon, and contrast...

TAGGED: BOOKS, SCIENCE

The Thin Skin Rule of religious folk

RDfan - 18 March 2012 16 Comments

When it comes to criticism, the religious are expected to have a very thin skin. Politicians, for example, can tear into each others' political theories without the expectation that any one of the...

TAGGED: RELIGION

BREAKING NEWS: Atheist Professor Head of New TERROR MOVEMENT

RDfan - 15 February 2012 36 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Atheist Professor Head of New TERROR MOVEMENT (BCC) – BCC’s senior political correspondent Robert Nicholson reports that Number 10, for the first time, has declared “militant...

TAGGED: HUMOR, SECULARISM

There are many ways of knowing. Really?

RDfan - 17 June 2011 115 Comments

You know, the debate on postmodernism (po-mo) on another thread got me to thinking. It also reminded me of the one and only occasion when I was in uni. and I attended a lecture on po-mo ism. It was...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, PHILOSOPHY

The limitations of the single narrative

RDfan - 23 January 2011 27 Comments

"So that is how to create a single story : show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become." (at 09: 35mins) That is what Islam has become; that...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, EDUCATION, MEDIA

Those happy few: unsung heroes of reason, science and math

RDfan - 31 December 2010 24 Comments

Heroes. The very idea of a hero: what a joke! The poor hero has fallen into disfavor in some quarters in recent years. This is understandable. Hero worship, which amounts really to an appeal to...

TAGGED: MATH, REASON, SCIENCE

On Sky Hooks and Selfish Genes.

RDfan - 11 December 2010 23 Comments

Metaphors and analogies are useful devices, great tools - if used correctly - to get the message across especially with regard to difficult or non intuitive concepts. From Hoyle's Big Bang , to...

TAGGED: HUMOR, REASON, SCIENCE

What's so wrong with Eugenics?

RDfan - 01 December 2010 99 Comments

Here's a working definition for this emotive word: "The word eugenics derives from the Greek word eu (good or well) and the suffix -genēs (born), and was coined by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, who...

TAGGED: GENETICS, POLITICS, SCIENCE

Calling All Black Atheists

RDfan - 03 October 2010 44 Comments

Atheism in the "black community" is a topic that has been mentioned in passing on various threads on RDFRS but a full discussion has yet to be done on it. A quick google search for "black...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS