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comment by Ateapotist    Mar 14, 2006
Just read this interesting article and interview about Dawkins American equivelent Daniel Dennett and his provocative new book 'Breaking the Spell'

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,172...

Sounds like an interesting an likable character, would probably annoy Mr Bodart just as much as Dawkins smiley

I will definitely be buying his book (when it makes it to paperback :P)

I'm not sure about the term 'brights', while it kind of appeals to the ego, it does seem a little supercilious going round calling yourself a 'bright'.

Anyone read any of his previous books or have any thoughts on the points raised in the article?



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comment by universality    Mar 14, 2006
As regards bright, I would consider myself born-bright, i.e. have the potential to illuminate the truth and thus evaluate it. If I am covered by a box over my head, my vision is limited thus I only see what's illuminated within the box.

Problem is being bright can illuminate anything and everything, thus a theist may be bright but only within the box of theism.

A fire is bright but only in the night.

21st Century is the bright century. The age of brightness. Yet Bush goes to war in Iraq because his imaginary friend told him to do so. Blair gets the blame and feels that his imaginary friend will judge Blair's blunder.

And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has is imaginary friend telling him it is the right of the iraninan nation to have nuclear power and the eyes of the world are upon the illuminating iranian nation.

Great to have the world led by these bright leaders! Fire is a dangererous idea kids so don't play with fire without the supervision of bright adults.
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comment by universality    Mar 14, 2006
Religion is a natural consequence of consciousness.

Religion is a superficial explanation of the world as seen by this consciousness.

Science is the true explanation of the world as demonstrated by the world.

God is this consciousness.

God is defined by this consciousness.

Consciousness is the brain when it is alive.

God is the brain when it is alive.

God, mind, soul, spirit are a synonyms of consciousness.

Evolved brain is a god.

Gods are not supernatural, nor are they eternal or omnipotent.

Gods are not real, they are imaginary.

God delusion is born out of confusion and ignorance.

God does not exist.

Christianity's premise is false.

Human hypocrisy is embeded in religion.
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comment by universality    Mar 14, 2006
Consciousness is uncalibrated.

Thus religion is uncalibrated and hence irrational.

Religion is therefore a complex of good and evil parts.

Religion must be rejected as it is a deformed foetus of the brain. Science is healthy and lives instead.

Sorry ateapotist for posting so many.
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comment by Ateapotist    Mar 14, 2006
Maybe you should get them printed up into a blasphemy-a-day calendar?
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