"It sounds as though I may be joking, but this generation needs another "Bill Nye the Science Guy" like no other before it. I personally indict the limitations of the public school system more than anything else, as I didn't discover…"
"We need stories, based on reality and critical thinking to replace delusions of religious fears and hopes. There are so many interesting and inspiring stories in science and physics, especially as told by Brian Cox, a British particle physicist, a…"
"Joan, I have a slightly more optimistic view of the future. It's based in part on Winston Churchill's saying that democracy is the worst form of government there is, except for all the other kinds we've tried.
Having chosen to have no…"
"Joan, I am truly impressed by the eloquent manifesto in your recent/previous post. And yes, we must reverse religion's progress and loosen its grip on humanity before it's too late (and it almost is)."
"As to language development, when I was a very small child, my month older cousin called our grandmother "Mambo" because she couldn't say grandma. Five other younger cousins all called her Mambo as they came along. Everyone understood…"
"Alan, it may be true that Sam Harris, or others, may not change the minds of their opposition at debates, however, debaters have a memorized script, delivering a message that reflects their self-interests, which they defend with all their ability in…"
"I have real concern about the younger generation. Many want and expect the kind of lives we have created since the end of The Great Depression and WWII, and it is just not going to happen. It is all too clear, the numbers of people wanting work, and…"
"Tom, Once upon a time the people interested in language were mainly philologists and etymologists, concerned with the historical relationships (newly-discovered, 18th century) between the better-known and written-down languages of Europe and…"
"Hi Joan - thanks for the interesting conversation, as always :)
I agree on ALL counts, your take on Dr. Tyson's charisma, entertainment value, love of kids, love of science, etc - and a vastly superior knowledge set to my own, to boot. In…"
"Loren, I don't see Tyson as arrogant either, and I'm sensitive to arrogant. I can't stand egotism.
When I first saw him on science programs I thought his excitement for the subject went overboard because overly dramatic people…"
"Thank you David. And thank you to EVERYBODY who has turned this discussion into such a fascinating learning experience for me! I haven't gone back to figure out the first mention of Dr. Tyson, but have thoroughly enjoyed the various viewpoints.…"
"It often seems to me that these questions are really as difficult for the Atheist as they are for the believers. They often can't see past their beliefs to understand any other world view.
Very well done Jack!
"David Layton, No, I don't think Dr. Saunders will answer any questions. But really, who cares? I like very much our statement, "These questions are really just tired theological justifications, the same ones trotted out by half-scholars…"
"Your answers are very good. I doubt Dr. Saunders will actually take time to consider them. These questions are really just tired theological justifications, the same ones trotted out by half-scholars like William Lane Craig, formulated into…"
my name is Mohammad ,from Iraq ,muslim,but I hate Islam,prophet Mohammad and Quran.
I want to leave my religion forever and be without any religion.
All religions are the stories and legends created by people to achieve their personal interests and control the minds of human .
I do not believe that "god is exist.
I do not want any one or religion control on me.
I want to be free in my life.
I am looking for freedom and paces in this universe
my dear friend? I'm suffering a lot in my community.
You know if any one wanted to change his religion or be without any religion, they will kill him.
So I hope to help me.
Hi Jack: Just came across your name in searching and i thought I might obtain you work in both the NT and OT. You responded to my comments on trying to get through the Bible on books on tape. I finally did it but it was difficult and boring in many spots especially the design of tent and all the genealogy. The question I have are your works on tape--easier traveling around the countryside listening than finding the time to read.
Hi John!I am pleased to be welcomed and added as a rational friend .I would love to read your article,so send me a link.I would give my own story then.I actually have a very interesting background,christian since birth,muslim since 1993 until early this year,that is a fair 16 years of further indoctrination.Well,for now,thanks and ciao.