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I truly believe Richard Dawkins is one of the most interesting people alive today. We should all celebrate his birth and the life path, circumstance had bestowed upon him that taught and intensified his ability to Critically Think. I was sent this website by a friend and would like to share it with those who happen to come across my site. Hoping you will enjoy it as much as I did. thinkingblue

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Originally posted to thinkingblue on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM PDT.

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  •  We should all celebrate his birth? (3+ / 0-)
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    bevenro, RoIn, ssgbryan

    Did I read that correctly? Because I sure read it critically.

  •  outspoken, famous, well-known (0+ / 0-)

    not sure if i'd describe him as celebrated.

    Also, the code thing you did was neat, how did you do it, and is it supposed to make the sections from parts 2 on cut off at the side of the page?

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

    by terrypinder on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:40:09 AM PDT

  •  There is no substitute for evidence based (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, quill, pvasileff, ssgbryan

    thought. Reality, as we know it, is all about how we know it. Reality is a construct, and if it is not evidence based, then it is an erroneous model, and basing decisions and behavior on that erroneous model can have severely negative repercussions.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:44:10 AM PDT

  •  Suggestion (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, quill, pvasileff

    Give the images in the diary a width attribute (width = 600 should work) so they don't get cut off on the right side.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 10:50:17 AM PDT

  •  I have talked (3+ / 0-)
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    with Richard Dawkins once in San Francisco. I felt very privileged to have done so.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 11:14:52 AM PDT

  •  Prediction: in 100 years, no one will (2+ / 0-)
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    RoIn, John DiFool

    remember him.  He has glib answers that speak to a certain demographic.  He is not a deep thinker.

    Since religion and politics seem so full of irreconcilable views, theories, and competing evidence etc etc I have acknowledged the possibility that paraconsistent logic can and should easily be applied to both of these subjects.  I have become much happier as a result.

    That way, the atheist who says there is no God is right.  I, as a believer, am also right.  Everyone wins (paraconsistently), unless you start blowing shit up or otherwise harming or annoying people because of your beliefs.

    •  Word salad. (0+ / 0-)

      It's you who won't be remembered. You are an enabler.

      I guess Hitchens, Harris and Kraus aren't deep thinkers, either.

      What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

      by Cpqemp on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 11:57:28 AM PDT

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      •  It's crazy when you think about it. (0+ / 0-)

        What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

        by Cpqemp on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:27:59 PM PDT

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      •  Gotta love peeps (2+ / 0-)
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        who are so convinced they are right.  No reason to get personal, and no different from a religious bigot who tells me I'm going to hell for not agreeing with their particular interpretation of faith.

        And yes, paraconsistent logic is an accepted theory in the study of logic.  Not just "word salad"

        •  The difference between you and me.. (0+ / 0-)

          Is that I follow the evidence. You don't.

          Let me ask you. Do you believe in hell? Evolution.

          What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

          by Cpqemp on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:52:55 PM PDT

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          •  Whether I believe in Hell (1+ / 0-)
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            has nothing to do with your subjective interpretation of evidence and bad manners.  Newsflash:  the existence of God can neither be proved or disproved.  Its all about feelings.  

            There is no evidence that a sunset is beautiful, or that a range of mountains is majestic.  Some people get it, others don't.  Just the way it is.  Try to deal with that reality with understanding and kindness instead of inappropriate righteousness.  That's the kind of attitude that gives atheism a mostly undeserved status as a cult.

    •  God exists AND does not exist (0+ / 0-)

      Richard Dawkins won't be remembered in 100 years

      so God exists OR Richard Dawkins will be remembered in 100 years

      God does not exist

      Therefore Richard Dawkins will be remembered in 100 years

      Richard Dawkins will be remembered in 100 years OR free booze for everybody

      Richard Dawkins won't be remembered in 100 years

      YOU'RE WELCOME, ATHEISTS

  •  It's always refreshing to hear someone (3+ / 0-)
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    speak frankly and amenably on a socially unacceptable subject that is merely taboo because of long-standing, cultural traditions.

    Frankly, you don't need to be terribly deep in order to find religious belief to be a wholly personal exploration of questions, having ostensibly little to do with the reality of what we see and know.  It can be a lens and even a filter to such, benignly or - far worse - with jaded and hard lines to be drawn and acted upon.  It's a tool, IMHO.  And, every tool can be useful, overused and abused.

    Not sure we need to "celebrate" his existence, though - I'm not terribly much into hero-worship and he's simply an interesting man expressing reasonable thoughts against the grain of a religion-infused world.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 11:27:13 AM PDT

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