ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by John Jubinsky on November 20, 2011 at 4:04am

We have to be careful not to excuse cruelty because of this lest we make ourselves vulnerable to it. A great white shark is still a great white shark not a dolphin. 

Comment by Raina R. on November 15, 2011 at 7:03pm
Comment by Marc Draco on November 7, 2011 at 2:59pm
Isn't it amazing how many America A list celebrities follow that ridiculous religious cult - many of the others are active in Scientology.
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 6, 2011 at 9:27am
Comment by Park Bierbower on November 2, 2011 at 12:00pm
Nothing more boorish and stupid??  How about the "mens rights" crowd?  Pharyngula has opened my eyes the the misogyny that perpetuates certain circles within the community...  I nominate them to contend with Randians. lol  I propose that we should have an award that is presented the the most absurd, close minded factions within the atheist community.  Maybe we could call it "the shrug" in reference to the literature, and because it represents the notion that [shrug]  "damn, well every group has someone who's bat-shit crazy"
Comment by Joseph P on November 2, 2011 at 10:57am
Yeah, you'd be amazed how much thought goes into the most flippant-seeming joke that a good comedian tells. A slight difference in phrasing ... a slight reordering of the sentence can be the difference between funny and not.
Comment by Stephen McMahon on November 2, 2011 at 9:16am

Actually ... yeah.  "Hobbits" works better than "orcs".  Not only more familiar but sentence rhythm, snark factor ... just everything.  Better.

So, I've officially recommended the change, to "hobbits", to the committee for ostracizing delusional Randy-Boys&Girls by all means possible.

And, because there is nothing more boorish & stupid (well ... perhaps anti-abortionists?), I would never, ever, EVER go to any discussion of objectivism (i.e. puerile greed & selfishness) or the utterly idiotic Ayn Rand - even if you paid me. Thou$and$.

Comment by Joseph P on November 1, 2011 at 3:13pm
Eh, not as good of a punchline. Allowing the audience to make mental leaps of that sort makes it more enjoyable for them. Joke-Writing 101: never over-explain a joke. 'Hobbits' is fine.
Comment by Park Bierbower on November 1, 2011 at 3:07pm
or  just say "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, is Lord of the Rings" lol
Comment by George on November 1, 2011 at 12:41pm

I've created a discussion about Objectivism and Ayn Rand to continue this away from the Comment wall.

(Since this controversy won't go away anytime soon, why fill up the wall with it)

 

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