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Science as the Ultimate Spoiler Alert

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 15-04-2015

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Have you ever been obsessed with a TV show but missed an episode? You go crazy trying to avoid spoilers, refusing to visit certain websites or talk to certain people. You’ll do anything to block out mentions of the show. You’re happy in your ignorance for the time being.

I imagine that’s what life is like for everyone at Answers in Genesis, all the time. Science is the ultimate spoiler alert and they don’t want their show to be ruined.

At least it would explain how this passage got through Creationist Ken Ham‘s latest article questioning how important evolution actually is:

… cats always produce cats. We never see one kind of creature changing into another kind. For one kind to change into another requires an addition of brand-new information into the genome — this is what evolution absolutely requires. And yet there is no known mechanism that can add this type of information into the genome! Natural selection typically results in a loss, not a gain of information. So evolution doesn’t help us understand the diversity we see in nature. Actually, evolution is the opposite of what we observe!

I don’t have the energy to explain to Ham what I know people have tried to explain to him so many times before. But surely someone at AiG knows that real scientists don’t believe creatures magically give birth to a new species… and that there are indeed mechanisms that allow information to be “gained” in a genome.

Can someone there please spoil the show for him?

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Bertrand Russell on God (Sous-titres en français )

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 15-04-2015

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Bertrand Russell on God and religious beliefs with franch subs.

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Christopher Hitchens and Pat Buchanan – On C-SPAN program ‘Events in the News’ [1993]

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 14-04-2015

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August 23, 1993 Hosted by Brian Lamb. Mr. Hitchens and Mr. Buchanan spoke on current events in Washington politics, including the performance of the Clinton administration to date, and the…

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Bertrand Russell – House of Lords Speech on the Atomic Bomb 1945 (1/2)

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 10-04-2015

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Speech by Bertrand Russell (3rd Earl Russell) to the House of Lords in 1945 on the Atomic Bomb. The audio was read by Carl Manchester for LibriVox, is in the public domain and accessible at…

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The Candymen Canon

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 04-04-2015

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I hope I didn't sugar-coat this too much.

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Bertrand Russell: A History of Western Philosophy – Ancient Philosophy – Full audiobook (1/2)

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 02-04-2015

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Preface & Introductory: 00:00:00 1. The Rise of Greek Civilisation: 00:30:37 2. The Milesian School: 01:22:16 3. Pythagoras: 01:34:22 4. Heraclitus: 01:57:20 5. Parmenides: 02:22:36 6. Empedocles:…

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Best of Christopher Hitchens Arguments And Comebacks Part 8

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 02-04-2015

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Best of Christopher Hitchens Arguments And Comebacks Part 8 You can also visit our Facebook page, website or Youtube channel at: https://www.facebook.com/AgAtAnFoundation …

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“Thousands of Ministers” Whose Faith Has Worn Thin Feel Trapped In Their Jobs, Says Christian Writer

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 24-03-2015

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Especially for a blog called the High Calling, this is quite the admission.

There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. They no longer want to work in churches. … But they don’t know how to leave. They don’t have anywhere to go. They don’t know what to do. …

Some ministers become disillusioned with the business side of the church. Seminary was all theology and ideology. Then you arrive in the church of our culture and discover that the congregation is really looking for an entrepreneur, someone who can grow the congregation like a thriving business. …

[S]ome just lose faith altogether. Something about the message wears thin, and one day what used to sustain you is now just a bunch of words. Some wear out. Some burn out. Some get depressed for this reason or that. Really, anything that prevents you from being a gung-ho cheerleader for the cause on Sunday mornings is a problem.

[T]he real question — the one we need to talk about — is how they cope if they can’t go anywhere. What if they have no other marketable skills, are approaching mid-life, are in debt like the rest of us, and just don’t have any good employment options. What then?

Good questions. I hope the answer involves a great resource like the Clergy Project, an organization for ex-clerics that caters to current and former religious professionals without supernatural beliefs.

It’s one thing to keep your job as a realtor for a few years while you figure out what your next move will be. It’s another thing to keep preaching the Word of God on Sunday mornings when you don’t want to be there anymore. The first is acceptable and even admirable. The second is hypocritical.

Fewer hypocrites. More people who cast off unhappiness and oppressive beliefs, and embrace freedom from all that. Sounds great to me.

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This is the American Atheists Commercial CNN Refused to Air

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 24-03-2015

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I posted earlier today about how American Atheists would be airing its first-ever national TV commercial before and after tonight’s CNN special: “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-believers.”

Turns out that’s not the original version of the commercial.

This is:

Did you catch the difference?

CNN said they couldn’t air the costumed nun because it mocked religion. I don’t really see how a still image like that constitutes mockery… but the final version had the nun cropped out.

What do you think? A necessary adjustment or censorship gone too far?

(Portions of this article were posted earlier)

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Bertrand Russell-Individual and Social Ethics 6 of 6

Posted by admin | Posted in Anti-Religion | Posted on 23-03-2015

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Individual and Social Ethics Bertrand Russell: Authority and the Individual: 1948 Episode 6 of 6 Duration: 30 minutes First broadcast: Sunday 30 January 1949 The inaugural Reith…

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