April 28, 2008

In Praise of Danish Papers

New ARI video is out!  This one is on the right to free speech.



Since people have dredged up that stupid lapel pin fiasco again, I want to dredge up my own old new item. 

Remember when Kofi Anan said that the freedom of speech is not freedom to offend when it totally is exactly that?  Don't you just hate that guy?

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April 15, 2008

Juicy Scientology Drama

Oooooooo, girl!



Lots of curse words in that video, so be careful if you're watching at work.

Who knew that Scientology might not be true?  I'd like to hear from Katie Holmes...

Thanks to Buddhista for sending this to me!

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April 12, 2008

"6 to a 6.9 is reasonable"

I thought Dawkins said in The God Delusion that he puts himself a 9 on a 10 point scale from faithful to atheist, but on Bill Maher, he just said he's merely a 6.  He may grant a 6.9 rating.

I'm not sure what the nuance is that he's working with there, but really?

He claims, again, that no scientist could claim the non-existence of anything.  He listed fairies (the winged garden variety, I believe) and pink unicorns.

I have a hard time taking him seriously as a scientist when he says things like that.  What if I told him there's an electron with a positive charge sitting in the nucleus of a perfectly standard hydrogen atom in my room?

If you take him seriously, he would not claim with any more certainty than a 6 on a scale of 10 that I'm just making things up.

Can you really take a scientist like that seriously?

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