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Go to: The Descent of Edward Wilson (with Polish translation)

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Thank you for that example. It is, indeed, very lovely. :)

Thu, 24 May 2012 16:46:34 UTC | #943309

Go to: The Descent of Edward Wilson (with Polish translation)

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Beautifully written and very informative, as always. :)

@antipodesman: I'm not an expert, but I believe he already did. Can you find some circumstances under which rB>C, where C is suicide?

Thu, 24 May 2012 16:09:55 UTC | #943302

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The author is confusing meta-ethics with unrelated descriptions of reality, which is quite amusing given the context.

Tue, 22 May 2012 09:19:21 UTC | #942777

Go to: So what's the goal with theism?

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Comment 9 by elisa_fdm :

Only if they're allowed to be wildly irrational where decisions that affect me are taken. Many of the theists I know admit to the irrationality of their beliefs and would never dream of saying that, because God has spoken to them or inspired them, then any action should be taken regarding any type of public policy.

My goal (just as unattainable as the total disappearance of theism, I might add) is for all theists to be like that.

It's impossible to draw that line. Poor thinkers make poor decisions.

My goal is for children to be taught how to think. If we could actually manage to do that somewhat competently all superstition would suffer greatly.

By the way, everyone should go read the "Ghost seance" thread. A wonderful demonstration is made of why the matter of theism is utterly irrelevant.

Tue, 15 May 2012 21:59:09 UTC | #941700

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@OP: I don't really have enough information about your situation, but I'd say: do what's best for the children.
I should add that I think what you've done is brilliant. I wish I'd had a teacher as awesome as you.

@Aguazul: Yes, we must always check under the bed for monsters.

Tue, 15 May 2012 21:21:11 UTC | #941694

Go to: So what's the goal with theism?

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I think too much attention is given to theism. All superstition should be eradicated and the pursuit of rationality should take its place.

Comment 6 by elisa_fdm :

Take religion out of schools, hospitals and courts of law. That would be my end goal.

I don't personally have a problem with whatever crazy beliefs people may hold in the privacy of their own brains (or privately owned buildings). People have a right to find comfort and spiritual satisfaction in whatever way they wish. But if those beliefs are carried forward and pedalled through political organisations which influence people's lives outside of their brains (or privately owned churches) then it becomes a problem.

If a large part of the global population is wildly irrational it will inevitably affect you.

Tue, 15 May 2012 20:44:08 UTC | #941684

Go to: David Jones and the Muslim security guard

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Comment 27 by Ignorant Amos :

Of course security staff have a right to detain an individual they suspect of criminal activity, anyone saying otherwise is being daft. How else could they carry out their job?

That is not the case in Denmark. Security staff must only detain someone they catch red-handed. They absolutely must not act on suspicion.
Security people do not have any special authority. They are civilians.

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 13:52:31 UTC | #924307

Go to: David Jones and the Muslim security guard

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I don't know about Britain, but in Denmark it is very much illegal for a civilian to detain another civilian in order to force an apology.
It is also the case that the police must be contacted as soon as possible. The detained person should not have to request this.
The security guards and even the police officer acted in a very unprofessional manner.

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 12:05:41 UTC | #924288

Go to: Free Will

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I wouldn't even call it an illusion. It seems completely nonsensical.

"Order now for deliver (sic) on March 6th."

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:18:22 UTC | #923566

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Comment 3 by Layla :

They shouldn't really be doing that bit, should they?

Yeah, I noticed that too.
Was probably a lot of fun for the kids though. :)

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:09:20 UTC | #923438

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What the hell is free will free of?
I've yet to hear any proponent of free will say anything intelligible on the subject.

Comment 35 by ridelo :

If my definition of 'nothing' is 'something from which nothing, not an atom, nor a universe can come' then the 'nothing' of Lawrence Krauss isn't my 'nothing'. From his 'nothing' came a universe. So, his 'nothing' isn't my 'nothing'. Or am I blabbering? Can somebody help?

You're making perfect sense. However, of what use is your "nothing" if it doesn't describe anything real?

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:07:45 UTC | #922551

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Comment 36 by Helga Vierich :

No, my suggestion about what is "normal" for our species is based on two data sets: 1)my experience of living with foragers, people I found remarkable in their degree of curiosity about the universe, frequency of discussions about the nature of the universe, and general attention paid to and value placed on, thoughtful reflection.

I'll assume that they did not have access to the knowledge we possess here in the developed world.
In that case, how did they respond when you gave them answers to such questions?

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:35:36 UTC | #920476

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They still think I deserve eternal torture, so fuck 'em.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:57:45 UTC | #915802

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Comment 45 by sheepcat :

How long will it be before natural selection shapes Cats to be able to cross the road safely?

A cat I once lived with had a habit of looking both ways before crossing the road.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:32:31 UTC | #915042

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Is it edible?

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:42:12 UTC | #915027

Go to: Islam doesn't like the gays much, does it?

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Comment 110 by robaylesbury :

Thank you all for your comments, particularly those which remind me to rigourously check sources. Aside from any errancy I feel that my central message remains robust; Islam is no fan of homosexuality, and many of its adherants act as though they have a remit to forbid and condemn this lifestyle choice.

Homosexuality is not a lifestyle choice. Please refrain from making that mistake ever again.

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:48:58 UTC | #912194

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The new update left me speechless...

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:24:27 UTC | #907935

Go to: New children’s book on evolution

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In Spore the players design the creatures.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 11:04:54 UTC | #905812

Go to: Liquid lakes close to moon's skin

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Beyond awesome!!!
Though, it may be too much to hope for evidence of intelligent life in Europa.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:57:21 UTC | #890805

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Comment 18 by davidpercival :

All the comments here are based on the idea that a person's genetic make up determines their behaviour. The problem is that there is absolutely no evidence that it does, in either humans or animals. No one has ever claimed to have found a gene or combination of genes which cause selfishness or altruism. It is an assumption with no proof but it gets trotted out every day as if it were an established fact.

When New Age types make specious claim without evidence people on this site call it woo, for some reason. Perhaps the woo finders general should look closer to home.

Genes build brains, among other things, and the kind of brain you have determines the kind of behaviour that is possible. Genes therefore determine the range of possible behaviour.
It is false that we do not have any evidence that genes determine behaviour. The behaviour of most animals is quite obviously the result of biological evolution and evolution only acts on genes, so the genes must obviously be responsible for the behaviour.

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:07:57 UTC | #890795

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Comment 9 by stuhillman :

Any ideas?

Don't buy Apple products...

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:54:41 UTC | #882088

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That was beautiful, Richard. :)

Comment 27 by mmurray :

Just in case you don't realise The HTML command {BR} with the curly brackets replaced by pointy ones. Will force a line break. You don't need to leave a gap.


And you can display html tags by inserting empty inline tags.
<b<b></b>r> => <br>

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:38:03 UTC | #880620

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Awesome. When can I get a chip in my head?
Prosthetic limbs that can communicate directly with the brain are cool and all (i.e. we absolutely must develop them asap), but I am personally much more interested in the ability to interact with virtual worlds. Though having a Surrogate could also be quite interesting.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:11:19 UTC | #880513

Go to: Where child sacrifice is a business

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Sometimes I just hate humans...

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:40:27 UTC | #880503

Go to: Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children's minds with 'alien rubbish'

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Comment 67 by Tank123 :

Islam neither really supports nor rejects animal/plant evolution.

Humans are animals, but according to al-Qur'an humans were created separately from all other life. Al-Qur'an therefore directly contradicts the theory of evolution.

Try again.

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:35:55 UTC | #879361

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Comment 17 by Jay G :

LGBT involves a very distinct lifestyle.

I'm none of those, but I call bs. How does being homosexual involve a very distinct lifestyle?

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:59:35 UTC | #871491

Go to: Thylacine Hunted into Extinction for No Reason, Study Reveals

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What a beautiful animal. So sad that it went extinct due to human ignorance. :'(

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:58:59 UTC | #867890

Go to: Drugs and the Meaning of Life

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Comment 23 by AtheistEgbert :

The mere existence of psychedelics would seem to establish the material basis of mental and spiritual life beyond any doubt

Beyond doubt? I can't believe how irresponsible and silly Harris is becoming with his obsession with spirituality.What about all those people who had a bad trip? Seriously, this is nonsense.

Could you elaborate? Sam's claim seems entirely reasonable to me. Have you ever tried any psychedelics?

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:03:10 UTC | #847307

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Comment 8 by andersemil :

But the majority of Danes do not support a separation of state and church-- most of us like to view Denmark as a protestantic country founded by king and god, and regrettably like it to stay that way. That we are generally less religious (but NOT less superstitious! Important to point out) and view our church as more of a cultural institution is a different story.

Are you sure most citizens don't support state-church seperation? Could you link to some polls on the matter?

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:37:44 UTC | #625777

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Comment 5 by andersemil :

Excuse me?!?! Denmark one of the most secular countries in the world???? We have a state religion, direct translation "Danish Folk Church", which is ofcourse Protestant, and every child is automatically entered into this unless the parents writtenly ask not to. The church handles all birth certificates, and each year in parliament is opened with a church service. How is that secular??? We are not very RELIGIOUS when asked in polls, and most people, except for the Christian Folk Party agree that religion does not belong in politics, but more than half of us believe in ghosts, angels, witches, fairies and biodynamic agriculture! In any event, Denmark is NOT secular. To the best of my knowledge, USA is still the only truly secular country in its constitution.

Every child is not automatically a member of the church. Don't know where you got that from. I've never been a member because I was never baptized.

Denmark is a monarchy with a state church, on paper, but in practice it is a secular nation where royalty has no political power and religion only very little (e.g. The Christian Democrats currently has zero seats in parliament. Something that is a deep mystery to them. After all, Denmark is a "Christian nation" cue laughter).

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:20:07 UTC | #625769