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Go to: New York city schools want to ban 'loaded words' from tests

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I grew up in New York City and went to its public schools. My response to this article uses the same lyrics that city teachers sang out during one of their strikes in the 1960s, "The Board of Ed needs a kick in the head, parlez-vous!"

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 21:41:19 UTC | #932813

Go to: Adopted or abducted?

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The Catholic Church should be dissolved and disbanded.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:10:49 UTC | #930829

Go to: Richard Dawkins to be new Archbishop of Canterbury

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I've been an American atheist for the past 48 years, but if Richard Dawkins were appointed to be the "Archbishop of Canterbury," I'd move to London tomorrow. Perhaps he could convince William and Kate into publicly admitting the whole "god thing" is all superstitous nonsense.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:58:08 UTC | #928486

Go to: One Jesus for liberals, another for conservatives

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Jesus was a fictional character.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:34:16 UTC | #924748

Go to: Stark warning emerges from science summit

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What if it's already too late?

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 01:55:17 UTC | #924234

Go to: Crazy Watering Can

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Wonderful video -- I loved the toast!

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:29:55 UTC | #922743

Go to: New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America

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This finding is not "PC" enough.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:12:12 UTC | #922738

Go to: The Winner of the Ten Point Vision Contest!!

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Congratulations, Jared! Excellent video.

Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:48:39 UTC | #921903

Go to: “Lynn”– God in the Rear-view Mirror

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Congratulations on leaving the church. Since you have clearly stated on your blog that you are now an atheist, I'd like to suggest you change your username to Atheist Pastor and your blog name to The Atheist Pastor. It's best to be clear and consistent. Otherwise, many people are going to be very confused.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:37:12 UTC | #919707

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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Prof. Dawkins, I'm so sorry to hear you were subjected to such a rude and obnoxious interviewer. Whenever anything like this happens, please remember how many friends, allies and supporters you have.

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:32:08 UTC | #919332

Go to: BREAKING NEWS: Atheist Professor Head of New TERROR MOVEMENT

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I understand that Lady Warsi was decked out in her full Baroness regalia wearing coronet and ermine coronation robes!

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:27:38 UTC | #918086

Go to: Britain being overtaken by 'militant secularists', says Baroness Warsi

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As an American, I now understand why so many British people would like to abolish the monarchy. When an obnoxious, polarizing, political figure like "Lady" Warsi is made a baronesss and entitled to prance about in a coronet and coronation robes, the time has come to shut the farce down. The idea of lords and ladies is as much of a fairytale as the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the old man in the sky.

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:20:09 UTC | #918082

Go to: Psychic Television: what can I do?

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Here is a link to Sky TV's Psychic TV program website. It appears to be a British show. People can call in (for a fee) and get their private psychic readings broadcast on TV. Very strange -- it reminds me of the TV show Linda watched on Farenheit 451 while her husband burned all the books.

I've never seen a show like this in the US. But I live in the Bible Belt and there are up to half a dozen religious channels, most of which beg sick and elderly people to send in money "("plant a seed") for miracle cures. A couple of years ago I was changing channels and I was startled to hear Richard Roberts (Oral's son) attempt to cure my next door neighbor, Murray from Mobile, of his shingles for a $100 donation.

If it were up to me, all these charletons would be shut down immediately

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:59:08 UTC | #917012

Go to: Fri. Feb10, 1pm EST - Rebroadcast of Lawrence Krauss/Richard Dawkins ASU event

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I agree the high-bandwidth requirement slowed the transmission to a snails pace. It took almost four hours to watch the program, and all the pauses made it difficult to listen to. However, the speakers were excellent.

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 01:57:16 UTC | #916497

Go to: Fri. Feb10, 1pm EST - Rebroadcast of Lawrence Krauss/Richard Dawkins ASU event

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How exciting. That's tomorrow at noon for me, so I'll be tuning in.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:21:25 UTC | #916038

Go to: Pope 'exorcised two men in the Vatican', claims new book

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Perhaps I should ask the Pontiff to perform an exorcism on my little Yorkshire terrier, Pookie. If Ratsy got Pookie to stop soiling the living room and biting the hand that feeds him, I renounce my atheism and join a convent.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:15:57 UTC | #916035

Go to: Gene therapy 'gave me sight back'

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These are the kinds of "miracles" we need.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:45:18 UTC | #916027

Go to: Networking - a modern phenomenon?

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Manilla, your service sounds a bit like only it goes further since it doesn't simply scrub away negative information, but it creates and posts positive information about a person that may or may not be true. For the deluxe identity, a person could have the wealth of Carlos Slim, the intelligence of Albert Einstein, and the beauty of Angelina Jolie. Creating a profile like that would take quite a bit of work and cost a hefty sum of money. So anyone who could afford a service like that, most likely wouldn't need it.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 17:08:25 UTC | #915649

Go to: Networking - a modern phenomenon?

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Massive profiles are assembled on everyone who uses facebook. Here in the US on public radio, a show called On The Media ran a one hour special on online privacy this weekend. One casual facebook user (who posted just once a week) requested his profile from facebook, and it was over 1,000 pages long and even included all the text and photos he had previously deleted. For me that show was a wake up call.

Google is even worse because all you need to so is conduct a search, and they are planning to shred their privacy policy even further at the end of this month. You need not even search a sensitive topic like atheism, HIV symptoms or Occupy Wall Street. If, to use a hypothetical example, marajuana users are known to be heavy users of brownie cake mixes, and you happen to do a search on "Duncan Hines Brownie Mix," your online profile can be tarred just by your statistical association with an undesirable group. And in the real world, you may never know the true reason why you were turned down for that job, mortgage or insurance policy.

And this is only 2012. With every passing year, the incursions will deepen as more data are gathered about us and ever smarter programs are developed to analyze that data so the intimate details of our lives can be sold to the highest bidder. That's why I stopped using Google cold turkey two days ago and switched to a privacy oriented search engine, Duck Duck Go, that does not track or collect information on user activity. I have to say it's very liberating to plug the information leak.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 14:32:20 UTC | #915616

Go to: For Rick Santorum, a Pregnancy That Is the Result of Rape Is a ‘Broken Gift’

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Truth is stranger than fiction. Santorum authorized a late term abortion for his wife, a woman who before her marriage had actually lived "in sin" for five years -- with an abortion doctor!

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:34:11 UTC | #915268

Go to: Gingrich vows to ban embryonic stem-cell research, questions in vitro practices

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NEWT: “If you have in vitro fertilization, you are creating life; therefore, we should look seriously at what the rules should be for clinics that are doing that, because they are creating life.”

NEWTER: If you have sex, you are creating life; therefore we should look seriously at what the rules should be for male and females that are having sex, because they are creating life."

NEWTEST: If I were president, I would kill simultaneously solve the problems of human infertility and youth unemployment. First, I would fire all the infertility doctors and shut down their clinics because they're immoral.

Then I would take all the poor young girls in middle school, the ones who have no jobs, and train them to be "Assistant Fertility Specialists." We could pay them $2 a day, and they could make babies the old fashioned way with the plutocrat husbands of childless wives. And any surplus babies could be sent off to our permanent lunar colony or even Mars.

"Why I'd volunteer to be in that fertility program myself.Hey, Callista won't mind -- we have an open marriage, wide open. Why do you think I keep buying her all those Tiffany diamonds?

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:22:35 UTC | #915267

Go to: Hubble snaps stunning barred spiral galaxy image

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I know from basic astronomy that the light from distant galaxies originated when the universe was much younger than it is today. But what does the author mean when he or she talks about a galaxy's age? Is it the number of birthdays the galaxy has had since it was born, or is it the number of birthdays the universe had when the galaxy was born? In what sense are closer galaxies "younger: than more distant ones?

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:42:03 UTC | #915258

Go to: Networking - a modern phenomenon?

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I don't know whether or not social networking sites have changed the brains of human beings. But I do believe internet companies like Facebook and Google are blatantly violating a basic human need that has not changed -- the ability to opt out of a network and maintain some shred of privacy about the messy details of one's life.

Several months ago, I cancelled my Facebook account. Yesterday morning I stopped using Google cold turkey and switched over to Duck Duck Go, a privacy-oriented search engine which does not gather or share any information about a user's web searching habits or activities.

It's impossible to predict exactly how all of the information collected about us might be used in the future. But marketers and other organizations are compiling large and strikingly sophisticated profiles of individual users. We should not be lulled into a false sense of security about our online activities because all the little tracks we leave can much too easily come back come back to haunt us in our real lives. Forewarned is forearmed.

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 08:29:47 UTC | #915242

Go to: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [Also in Polish]

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Prof. Dawkins, thank you for focusing attention on the farce that is the jury system. I once served on a jury for a crimminal case in the US -- a drug case involving heroin sold in balloons. Serving on this jury was such a negative experience, I came to believe the jury system is a dog and pony show with verdicts that have no relationship with whether a crime was committed or not. Unfortunately, expressing this opinion in public is almost as socially unacceptable as proclaiming "God" does not exist. So it's good to know that others like you share my view.

The trial I served on seemed excessively long with a lot of extraneous information thrown in. My attention drifted in and out, and I'm sure everyone else on the jury had the same experience, too. Who among us is used to paying attention to hour after hour of mostly boring information?

Interestingly, when we were deliberating, I asked the jurors what "reasonable doubt" meant, and no one knew. We sent a note to the judge asking him to explain the concept. But all the judge did was send us a canned, boilerplate definition that didn't clarify the meaning at all. Twenty years later, I still have absolutely no idea what "reasonable doubt" means.

The jurors were divided along racial and gender lines, and there was a lot of hostility expressed. We were locked in a room, hurling insults at each other. After a few hours, everyone was worn out, and the holdouts (including me) begrudgingly caved in. The verdict -- "not guilty."

When the trial ended, the district attorney approached me and asked why the jury decided the way it did. I shrugged my shoulders and explained what happened. Then the district attorney looked me in the eye and confirmed what I had suspected -- much of the evidence was kept out of the trial due to a technicality -- the defendant had actually committed the crime.

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:08:20 UTC | #911978

Go to: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [Also in Polish]

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Duplicate post

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:54:31 UTC | #911975

Go to: Alaska Airlines removing prayer cards from meal trays after 30 years as complaints increase

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A small step in the right direction.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:02:46 UTC | #911678

Go to: Atheists are arrogant? I think the opposite.

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Agreed. There is nothing arrogant about not believing in "God." Arrogance is completely unrelated to atheism. The few atheists who also happen to be arrogant aren't arrogant because they're atheists, and they aren't atheists because they're arrogant.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:09:53 UTC | #911374

Go to: Rethinking "Out of Africa"

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Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:34:48 UTC | #910840

Go to: News flash: American Protestant ministers overwhelmingly reject evolution, are split on Earth’s age

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Depressing -- but it doesn't surprise me since I live in the Bible Belt.

Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:56:23 UTC | #910649

Go to: ‘How do atheists find meaning in life?’

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Excellent article, Paula. I agree with every word and am very glad you are spreading the message.

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:02:14 UTC | #909675