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Go to: The God Delusion - paperback on NYT's Best Seller List

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Well I can say that in Ireland, my local Waterstones had The God Delusion paperback out on their main shelves for bestsellers. Brought a smile to my face. :)

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 18:48:00 UTC | #428898

Go to: Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes

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Facebook are censoring direct links to the statement now, and that includes the cached version above.

Its content has been reported as 'abusive' and 'offensive'.

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:40:00 UTC | #427651

Go to: What we were reading: The God Delusion

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Nice synopsis by Hitch. I'm disappointed that The Ancestor's Tale didn't feature - it deserves to.

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:17:00 UTC | #420634

Go to: Intelligence Squared Debate: Is Atheism the New Fundamentalism?

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Comment #438695 by Richard Dawkins

Isn't it absolutely FANTASTIC to see a faithhead like Moore genuinely distressed about the rise of atheism? Richard, you must take great comfort from this.

I saw a similar piece recently from a Catholic Bishop in - I think - the NY Times, warning that a "loud and proud atheism" was sweeping across American colleges. The Out Campaign is making serious headway.

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:00:00 UTC | #420276

Go to: Dawkins et al bring us into disrepute

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Ruse makes some sweeping generalisations about the beliefs of the "new atheists".

Assuming he includes within this group those of us who do not think that Dawkins' dismissal of theological fodder was dishonest or inaccurate, then he'd better explain on what basis he claims us all to think that religion is solely a source of evil?

Plenty of us are prepared to accept that both good and evil can be done in the name of religion; we merely contend that religiousity per se is not necessary for goodness, and that certain acts of evil could not have had secular inspiration (suicide bombings, I agree with Dawkins, fall into this category).

Ruse is just as dismissive and ignorant of the "new atheism" movement as he claims us to be of theology; yet our arguments are far more lucid and substantive than those of any theologian.

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:15:00 UTC | #410662

Go to: Give us your misogynists and bigots

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Richard - an observation: on all of your previous opinion pieces in the Washington Post, they have put the question asked above the article itself in italics, without having to go look for it.

This seems to be the first time that they've neglected to do so, for whatever reason.

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:00:00 UTC | #408983

Go to: Interview with Salon.com

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Ugh...more of this "Dawkins as a god" crap.

I'm getting so sick and tired of faith-heads trying to sooth their wounded egos with talk of atheism being "just another religion". Complete and utter nonsense.

We recently set up a student group for atheists at my University and I had someone say to me "organised atheism? that completely misses the point of atheism! you're just imitating religion now"

Where does this stem from!? Is it the fact that atheism is typically viewed as a sort of anarchic response to social norms?

It can't just be the fact that we're trying to organise it per se... if that was the case, then any organisation the world over could be referred-to as "just another religion"! Banks and credit unions would be pseudo-religions!

Gah...maybe it's just gullible faith-heads clinging to another intellectually vacuous line they've been spoon fed by the shepards to save face.

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 20:52:00 UTC | #406324

Go to: Richard Dawkins Radio Interview

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@BigJohn

The files I recorded of it direct from their broadcast were WMA, and so not compatible with all audio players. That's why I put them on YouTube.

But here are the original audio files:
http://tinyurl.com/m9uxke
http://tinyurl.com/nbrzc4

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 14:22:00 UTC | #399218

Go to: Richard Dawkins to call for changes to Britain's libel laws

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Is this conference not tomorrow? That's what it says in the Events list on here anyway.

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 14:03:00 UTC | #399211

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Late Late Show, 18.09.09

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@Richard Dawkins

That was David Quinn on last time with you, former editor of the Irish Catholic. He's notorious for that sort of thing. His arguments generally consist of the same chestnuts: the inability of atheists to explain the existence of matter and consciousness. He just shrieks a lot louder than would, say, the priest to whom you spoke the other night. Quinn is a very threatened and mentally-unstable fellow.

By the way, Michael Nugent raised an interesting question: when a Catholic priest is on this show next, will the only audience member invited to speak be an atheist? Not very likely.

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 08:30:00 UTC | #399149

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Late Late Show, 18.09.09

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@Styrer

I agree with you, I'd be far more cynical than others on here have been as to what this represents about our country. Ireland is undoubtably still suffering the effects of theocracy.

The fact that 98% of primary schools in this country are, in 2009, owned and operated by the Catholic Church, Ltd. is a damning indictment of our inability to escape its clutches and move towards being a truly pluralist state. (I could just as well have mentioned the new Blasphemy legislation).

I think organisations like Atheist Ireland may be important in normalizing the concept of atheism here in the future.

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 22:16:00 UTC | #399049

Go to: Richard Dawkins on The Late Late Show, 18.09.09

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Apologies for the slightly lower sound in part 2 - this was an issue with their stream.

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 21:34:00 UTC | #399040

Go to: Dawkins says creationism largely a US problem

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@ SaintStephen

The Late Late Show is an Irish television programme on RTE1. Richard is on that tonight.

I will be recording it for youtube in case anyone here outside Ireland wants to watch it.

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 18:16:00 UTC | #398741

Go to: 'The Greatest Show on Earth' debuts at #1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List!

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Fantastic to see, well done Richard. Over two and a half times the sales of #2.

Only slightly marred by their use of the word "strident" again...argh!

Sun, 13 Sep 2009 17:00:00 UTC | #396611

Go to: Ancient Oceans Offer New Insight Into Origins Of Animal Life

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Rising oxygen levels are starting to emerge as the major impetus for the Cambrium explosion now.

@NewEnglandBob: factors like glaciation and plate techtonics have an effect on oxygen levels. The dip ~2billion years ago was likely because of a "snowball earth" ice age. Carbon gets tied up in rocks and cannot react with oxygen in the atmosphere.

I recommend Nick Lane's book 'Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World'.

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:01:00 UTC | #395849

Go to: RDF TV - Insurance Policy: Two Eggs, One Survivor

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Keep up the good work; these videos are excellent.

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:37:00 UTC | #395609

Go to: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

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Yes, but McConnachie just seems to have ignored all that so he could toss in a gratuitous jab at Dawkins towards the end. Pretty sad stuff!

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 14:27:00 UTC | #394834

Go to: Scientists propose new hypothesis on the origin of life

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Very interesting, thanks for this. Of current hypotheses, this seems to most resemble the Iron-Sulfur world idea. They're both "energy-first", and this seems to be the direction most evidence is pointing now that we know the early atmosphere to not have been conducive to direct formation of amino acids.

I also read an article recently adding what might be considered support for Crick and Orgel's Panspermia model; NASA found organic molecules in dust from an asteroid belt in the outer solar system.

We may never know for sure, but it's really fascinating to speculate (scientifically)!

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 10:01:00 UTC | #394633

Go to: Extract from Chapter One of The Greatest Show on Earth

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Great; I've been waiting for an extract to whet the appetite.

Amazon tells me it's about 2 weeks to delivery date! :)

PS: I actually enjoyed the headline :D

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:54:00 UTC | #391266

Go to: Richard Dawkins interview about 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

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Looks like we've caught ourselves an I'm An Atheist But-Head to go with the Faith-Head.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:12:00 UTC | #391185

Go to: Richard Dawkins interview about 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

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Hypothesis three would seem to fit here, in my view.

Richard, you yourself have pointed out before that "abortion clinic bombers are not known for their veganism, nor do Roman Catholics show any particular reluctance to have their suffering pets 'put to sleep'".

I think it's a classic case of religion-inspired dismissal of the lives of other living beings.

While laughing and joking on here about your unfortunate dog's death, the faith-head concerned would probably passionately oppose euthanisia and stem cell research on the grounds that they believe human life to be intrinsically more special.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:50:00 UTC | #391179

Go to: Brad Pitt: 'I'm probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic'

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Comment #399719 by Peacebeuponme

Can't say I'd have much respect for atheism arising from an announcement by Brad Pitt.


Who said anything about atheism ARISING from it?

Richard's point is that this sort of thing contributes to a normalizing of atheism and a general atmosphere in which those who consider themselves atheists inside have no fear in coming out and expressing such.

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:09:00 UTC | #382306

Go to: Those awful ads

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Just ordered one; apparently they post to Ireland. Yipee!

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 20:33:00 UTC | #382208

Go to: Irish Catholics go online to lose religion

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@jcs - I think the point is that if you'd lived in Germany your entire life and were, say, baptised into the Catholic Church, you'd be automatically paying the tax to them. A German friend of mine certainly told me that this was the case.

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:52:00 UTC | #378217

Go to: [UPDATED] There'll be no tent for God at Camp Dawkins

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@Ygern,

the author of this piece also had one on the front page: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6591236.ece

I think you might change your view if you read that too.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 05:01:00 UTC | #374436

Go to: [UPDATED] There'll be no tent for God at Camp Dawkins

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The headings of both this piece, and also the one on the cover of today's Times, are disingenuous, populist trash. Both articles are also riddled with weasel words.

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 04:12:00 UTC | #374428

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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@Sciros

Hilarious, I've my work cut out as you're clearly a wit.

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:32:00 UTC | #370649

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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@Sciros

Sorry, I should clarify that that's to my own mind (and also to Singer's/Dawkins').

I don't believe in such thing as objective morality so naturally people will differ.

Just with regards to your last point,

"Anyway I find it a rather arbitrary metric to determine "level of suffering," which is objectively hard to pin down."

True; but are you saying that therefore, because it's hard to pin down how much suffering something undergoes that you just ignore it completely and eat all meat anyway?! (if not, apologies).

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:28:00 UTC | #370648

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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@ Valjean

I don't think your interpretation of Singer's point is necessarily an accurate one. He says that having an abortion is typically something a mother will think long and hard about and have very good reasons for but that buying meat in a store is not something that people pause for a second to think about.

His point, to my mind, is that meat eaters have a moral responsibility to consider their actions carefully. He doesn't make s statement about which is morally worse; just that both should be given due consideration.

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:25:00 UTC | #370646

Go to: Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews

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@ Valjean

The criterion for whether or not it is moral to subject another organism to needless pain is surely the capacity of that organism to feel pain.

The criterion for KILLING (if done sans horrible prior pain, e.g. by a bullet to the head) should be capaicty to 'plan for the future'. But not necessarily just of the person being killed; also of relations, friends, etc.

I'm not sure what your final paragraph is trying to say though, could you perhaps restate it? Thanks.

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:05:00 UTC | #370631