Richard Dawkins in Dublin

Cael

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Solipsism, in various forms, has been a pretty standard claim in philosophy for thousands of years.
Yes, but it seems to have become utterly chronic in late capitalism.
 


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Next Thursday Richard Dawkins will be giving a talk on his new book at the RDS Concert Hall. The Irish Times is offering free seats to the lucky folk who possess a mobile phone and register for the event by text !

This kind of exclusion is becoming a nightmare for those of us not of the chosen people!

I have never owned a mobile phone!

Dear Madam...........................


Meanwhile we all know ignorance of the Law is no excuse.

Therefore the First law of the Really New Testament is: Thou Shalt face the facts of Evolution. Think, and rise from your knees.
Why is it humanists come across as very unfriendly people?
 

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Why is it humanists come across as very unfriendly people?
I tend to find that if a whole group of people, especially one where the people are as diverse as humanists are, come across as being "unfriendly" then the best thing to do to find out why is to look for a common denominator between them.

Now given I do not have the same experience as you with them, the only common denominator I can think of that is present in your case and not in mine.... is you.

Could YOU be the problem? Certainly worth thinking about anyway.
 

fluffykontbiscuits

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Only to the less discerning readers.

Most of us have a great sense of humour.

We need it here.
Reading SS's post I do need a sense of humour!

On a serious note maybe as we are open minded and as closed minded as we are (we can be both) we can come across as being unfriendly (I hope I bloody dont!). Maybe we dont mean to be but again most of us whom are humanists usually have to deal with dour faced Catholics etc.
 

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Reading SS's post I do need a sense of humour!

On a serious note maybe as we are open minded and as closed minded as we are (we can be both) we can come across as being unfriendly (I hope I bloody dont!). Maybe we dont mean to be but again most of us whom are humanists usually have to deal with dour faced Catholics etc.
It's been written, the great Ludwig Van Beethoven's last words on his deathbed were "The Comedy is over". It's not been established whether he meant the Last Rites just then administered, or his life.

My thoughts would be he meant both. Yet how serious he is often thought to be by those not familiar with his great and very beautiful music.

His collected letters are often hilarious.
 

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It's been written, the great Ludwig Van Beethoven's last words on his deathbed were "The Comedy is over". It's not been established whether he meant the Last Rites just then administered, or his life.

My thoughts would be he meant both. Yet how serious he is often thought to be by those not familiar with his great and very beautiful music.

His collected letters are often hilarious.
Any links to them would be appreciated wouldnt mind something to pass the time!
 

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Dorkins & Co. are inhumanists.
As a socialist, what do you have against Dawkins and Co.?

I'm genuinely interested to know.
 

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Cael is diminishing his reputation here with every post he makes about Richard Dawkins.

It's like mocking the late Elvis Presley. Journalists from as far back as 1956 did, and then spent the rest of their lives cringing as they witnessed his extraordinary impact on the whole world. (Russell Brand and Kate Perry were at Graceland recently)

I was right about Elvis in the 50s and I know I'm definitely right about the importance of the very learned views of Richard Dawkins.
 

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Cael is diminishing his reputation here with every post he makes about Richard Dawkins.

It's like mocking the late Elvis Presley. Journalists from as far back as 1956 did, and then spent the rest of their lives cringing as they witnessed his extraordinary impact on the whole world. (Russell Brand and Kate Perry were at Graceland recently)

I was right about Elvis in the 50s and I know I'm definitely right about the importance of the very learned views of Richard Dawkins.
As John Lennon said, before Elvis there was nothing.

His Gospel music is particularly beautiful.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeeZr6uIHj4&feature=related]YouTube - Take my hand precious lord[/ame]
 

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His Gospel music is particularly beautiful.
Yes it surprised the life out of me on, Elvis' Christmas Album 1957.

I was still undecided about whether or not I believed back then.

I guess I listen to it now the same as I listen to Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and all the rest of the lovely Sacred music. Very beautiful if a little misdirected.
 


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