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Go to: NASA Researchers: DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space

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starstuff.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:38:39 UTC | #893398

Go to: Serious claims belong in a serious scientific paper

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I would also advise Prof Greenfield to go and spend some time playing Minecraft.

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:34:37 UTC | #883469

Go to: Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things

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I forsee this technology leading to Aron Ralston being the real life equivelent of Ash from Evil Dead.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_cjh3L2sMttk/TT7ihXmCzSI/AAAAAAAAAzI/nMhhat1L8Hw/s400/The+Real+Aron+Ralston.jpg

http://hollywoodhatesme.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/ash-with-armor-hand.jpg

Groovy.

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:20:56 UTC | #873654

Go to: [UPDATE 9/14] - VIDEO ADDED - Richard Dawkins on Newsnight, BBC2, Tues 13 Sept 2011

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Should be pretty good.

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:20:52 UTC | #870458

Go to: African fossils put new spin on human origins story

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Indeedy.

I guess this starts what the media will surely call 'the heated battle between evolutionists over the origin of humans'... which is... actually the same sensible discussion its always been.

Anyway let's compare hands.

http://www.infovisual.info/03/027_en.html

That's pretty damn close!

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:58:07 UTC | #868705

Go to: I'm an atheist. Is that a problem?

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Well, its good that there are plenty of folks like Kate Hilpern who have a clue with what Richard was going on about. :)

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:33:53 UTC | #860989

Go to: I'm an atheist. Is that a problem?

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Surely you can be signed as the legal guardian seperate from the christening?

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:41:07 UTC | #860941

Go to: Richard Dawkins & Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Appignani of Jackson Hole Wyoming

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Just been camping in Teton myself. Happy days, aside from the almost-getting-eaten-by-bears of it all. :)

Sat, 30 Jul 2011 06:57:24 UTC | #855763

Go to: RD.net no longer banned in Turkey!

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I would expect him to appeal, so this may not be over. Great news though.

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:45:28 UTC | #847700

Go to: In Tiny Worm, Unlocking Secrets of the Brain

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Clearly Elegant.

(only worm guys will get that)

Its amazing the amount of good stuff we've got from those worms. Real solid stuff on the mechanisms of the nervous system.

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:08:59 UTC | #641453

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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I have a suggestion to prevent the kind of elitism everyone here is worrying about in this matter.

The RDF and other related organisations should pay the entire fees for the students.

Could this be done?

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:34:19 UTC | #635226

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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Could/would wealthy atheists/humanists sponsor bursaries for low income students (Non Believers Giving Aid)?

Interesting idea.

Maybe there is something good that can come out of this, but I'm hesitant. The shake ups to university funding have been unpleasant to say the least. Frankly I think the new fee system is the most divisive issue in our education in our time. Need to figure it all out folks. I'd rather we not have any, but if anyone has some better Ideas I'm all ears.

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 21:04:16 UTC | #634422

Go to: [Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch £18,000 college in London

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Richard,

I am a passionate Darwinian when it comes to the science of how life has actually evolved, but a passionate ANTI-Darwinian when it comes to the politics of how humans ought to behave

Please explain, in relation your own words, how the means to fund an expensive private school is an anti-darwinian factor in the politics of human behaviour.

We need answers for this. This is kind of a big deal.

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:07:06 UTC | #634379

Go to: Large Templeton-funded study at Oxford

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A religious friend just posted a newspaper article of this finding:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8510711/Belief-in-God-is-part-of-human-nature-Oxford-study.html

I'm very tempted to comment under their feed with something. Frankly I'd like to point out to them:

  1. Its funded by the templeton prize, who are biased.
  2. "Children" is a key word here. This is less about religion and more about manipulation of children, after all, children need to be taught, and are therefore open to suggestion from their teachers. And for a long time, our teachers have certainly not had many facts. So this is more about how children can believe whatever their told rather than about the existence of deity.
  3. ...not sure what else, although I am tired right now...

Mon, 16 May 2011 21:26:04 UTC | #627374

Go to: Muslim 'scholars': Sea burial breaks sharia law

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Perhaps we could fish him out the sea and shoot him a couple of times again just to make sure.

Tue, 03 May 2011 17:11:36 UTC | #622592

Go to: My Spiritual Journey

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Do they put something in the water that these world leading politicians drink? Because they all turn into these lowest-common-denominator-bots.

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:51:02 UTC | #620068

Go to: Belgium hears ex-bishop Vangheluwe play down abuse

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I see many articles like this posted on here, and when I see one, I usually post a link to this youtube video - 'A Devil in a Midnight Mass', by Billy Talent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPpUOfTc4Iw

When you watch it, if you have not yet, you will understand why.

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 01:28:40 UTC | #616014

Go to: "Was It the Origin of Life"? Biologists Create Self-replicating RNA Molecule

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Biologists Create Self-replicating RNA Molecule

Article detail:-

Crucially, tC19Z can copy pieces of RNA that are almost half as long (48 per cent) as itself. If an RNA enzyme is to copy itself, it has to be able to copy sequences as long as itself, and tC19Z is closing in on that goal.

The only thing more exciting than a molecule that can create perfect replicas of itself, is a molecule that can create -almost- perfect replicas of itself.

Or as we might end up calling it - grandma.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:12:30 UTC | #614697

Go to: GM cows produce 'human' milk

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I had a quick scan read. Thanks for clearing up the hyperbole of this a bit. Actually the paper presents some interesting ideas.

So its something that -is- present in the cows milk, just not up the quantities of human milk.

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:26:50 UTC | #611824

Go to: GM cows produce 'human' milk

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Well, lets here from some Manic Street Preachers on this subject...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxFzD43kIOU

Herman the Bull and Tracey the sheep Transgenic milk containing human protein The bacteria cheaper than baby food Injection today Today it's a cow, tomorrow it's you

(A great band, 'the holy bible' is probably their best work. Hee hee.)

My take on this? Is it really necessary for cows to produce human breast milk? How far does this seriously have to go? I'm suspect of some of the larger corporations pushing things like baby formulated milks from what I've heard in the past (Nestle's dodginess rings a bell).

I think I've heard of something relating to getting animals to produce insulin and other medicines, but that strikes me as a little more specialist and urgent than something that virtually every mother on the planet can achieve. Surely there are more sensible alternatives than something this drastic.

I'm open to any compelling argument anyone can make but I don't see why this type of thing needs to be done.

Sun, 03 Apr 2011 22:37:16 UTC | #611487

Go to: YouTube: Karen Armstrong on Skavlan, SVT, 18 March 2011

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what vapid make-yourself-look-important-while-not-actually-saying-anything-at-all rubbish she spouts.

I should look into making a website with some natural language processing to make my own instafaith page.

Kind of like these types of lovely meme generators:

http://thesurrealist.co.uk/standard

http://thesurrealist.co.uk/24.cgi

The good news is we can replace these types of people with a small perl script.

Unfortunately, the bad news is exactly the same.

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:30:41 UTC | #604839

Go to: Response to Critics

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Oh dear.

Colin McGinn is not a man I greatly admire after listening to him speak at his honorary degree award at Kent University last year.

For half an hour he talked about himself. He made 9/11 sound boring and he said something about there being no grammar schools in the north as he was growing up. Aside from the one my dad went to, obviously. If he's a better writer I wouldn't know, but he was a dreadful public speaker.

Compare to my sister's graduation where Bill Bryson was there. He was basically saying stuff like 'you're all awesome! be happy! Bush isn't -your- president!'

Why we couldn't get David Suchet in ours I don't know. We really lucked out.

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:46:29 UTC | #595902

Go to: Ancient Britons Used Skulls as Cups

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Don't the BNP claim to be the descendants of the British aborigines in some of their most pureist claims?

I wonder if Nick Griffin has a cupboard full of skull mugs.

Certainly makes the mix and match of cultures and ethnicities that the british people have become sound better and better.

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:51:18 UTC | #594938

Go to: Jewish fundamentalist attempt at refuting Dawkins

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I think I have devised a term for this type of fundementalist.

Its equally applicable to folks like Glenn Beck, Ray Comfort, Miss 'i'm not a witch', this guy, and pretty much anyone who has gained financially just from spouting such misinformation.

In much the same way an arms dealer or other unscrupulous opportunist can be seen as a war profiteer - these people are Ignorance profiteers.

And business is clearly booming. Its a pretty cozy place for these guys to be.

I just think perhaps in future, when engaging with such people - perhaps their financing is the first place that could be discussed? I think some might quietly walk away and not discuss any further.

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 11:23:11 UTC | #591222

Go to: Richard Dawkins, the Protestant atheist

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God is... a gas. He's like Carbon Dioxide. No wait, that's bad, that's the Devil.

See, even Alan Partridge can do better.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 22:39:55 UTC | #589714

Go to: Richard Dawkins, the Protestant atheist

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Man, I thought psychology and sociology were at times only tenuously scientific. But the sheer bobbins of theology just makes them look like things I wouldn't hesitate to base my entire life on.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:53:11 UTC | #589548

Go to: Richard Dawkins, the Protestant atheist

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Comment 26 by Basees

... Plus it probably means he holds you in as much disdain as a protestant atheist, if not more so.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:47:21 UTC | #589540

Go to: Richard Dawkins, the Protestant atheist

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Ah, the (presumably) Catholic Thomas Jackson has found something worse than an atheist - a protestant atheist!

I suppose only a jewish or muslim atheist would be worst still? What a deeply unpleasant man.

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:29:20 UTC | #589516

Go to: Frisky bacteria war on drugs revealed

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Relax, this is not a case of 'I took nature's deadliest killing machine and completely unecessarily turned it into an invincible robot'.

That's DARPA's job.

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:19:33 UTC | #586000

Go to: Astrologers angered by stars

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I think he should apologise to the astrologers.

He should tell them:

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that you believe astrology is equal in value to astronomy.

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:12:51 UTC | #583635