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What, for you, is Science?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reg The Fronkey Farmer 13 hours ago. 5 Replies

In another thread, @ Reg posts:What is the best tool we have to get answers? Science is. Science does not care for the truth. It do [sic] not seek to assert that an idea is right. It first tries to…Continue

Tags: science, of, nature

Is Atheism an Idea?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie 8 hours ago. 25 Replies

Atheism is not an idea Bob. It's not meant to compete with anything. Your obsession with trying to put the rejection of a stupid idea on the same level as a stupid idea will never succeed no matter…Continue

Tags: ideas, atheism

Brendan Eich Ouster

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 13, 2014. 37 Replies

I'm curious what the community thinks about the ouster (under pressure) of Brendan Eich from Mozilla.Should someone be deprived of their livelihood for contributing to a candidate or cause with which…Continue

Tags: 8, Proposition, discrimination, homosexual, Eich

Pope Francis considering appointing women cardinals?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judith van der Roos Nov 3, 2013. 1 Reply

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but no one knows where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone moved by the Spirit.Well, that didn't take long to get…Continue

Tags: Catholic, Church, cardinals, women, Francis

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Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Mmm hmm, you may be right. I've never seen a condition widget I didn't instinctively want to deconstruct."
8 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"The particular kind of media you should probably be engaging in is the media of theories of social relationships...and it is far more complex than a television...it's more like the internet with multiple related pages and pages that change very…"
12 hours ago
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"I guess Feynman has an answer?"
13 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Nice analogy. I just haven't found the right channel to glom onto, perhaps due to such a channel being unlikely or rare. A few BBC channels come the closest I've seen, and a few independent podcasts. But there's no single source or…"
14 hours ago
Dr. Bob replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"Not to burden your beliefs with fact or anything, but the Church has been teaching Galileo's stuff right along, and lifted the ban on the one controversial work in the 1700s.  It was 1992, not 1998 when John Paul II clearly stated that…"
14 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
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16 hours ago
Strega replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"You are watching television. Every channel is dedicated to a specific religion. You, the theist, decide or are persuaded that one of these channels is worth watching, over and above the others. I, the atheist, turn the television off. Is my act of…"
17 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"That's secular humanism. But I guess you are right...you won't get much of a polemic until you say atheist."
23 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Yes...the phrase "chasing around Dr. Bob" on the website was pretty helarious. It sort of gave me the idea of hide and go seek. You are the seeker and you have to find the guy who does world play on all the different threads. Winner gets a…"
23 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"I always like the pretty picture of an atom with the electrons flying around it because it serves to remind you that it is simply a model of observed data and not reality itself. My science teacher at school was good at pointing this out to us. In…"
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Simon Mathews replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"My two cents worth: I think the most interesting aspect of this post rather than whether atheism is an "idea" (I hate discussions that descend into definitions of terms), is the reasons why @Bob has raised it. It is true that @Davis has…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Tyson knows what Science is...:-)"
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Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"You sure did.  I think you make some very important points, Belle. "
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Simon Paynton replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"I'd say that atheism very much competes with religion, in that they're both ideas about the existence of God (one way or the other) and in that the followers of both compete with each other mainly over the internet.  It's an idea…"
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Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Is Atheism an Idea?'
"Atheism does not compete with religion. When people reach the conclusion that they do not believe in the existence of gods, they do not think that they have “come up with Atheism as a better idea”. It is just that they don’t…"
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Saul Dobney replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'What, for you, is Science?'
"Science is a process. It attempts to fit a narrative (now mostly a narrative told through mathematics) to a set of facts and to use those narratives to make predictions. The more sparse the number of facts and the more generalist the predictions,…"
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Standing Fast for Education

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm 19 Comments

Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance. 

Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school.  It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area.   More…

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Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm 13 Comments

I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order.  I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here. 

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It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…

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Religion as Idolatry: A Theist's Perspective

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 7:22pm 13 Comments

This past week, in a small corner of the news there was information about a bombing of a Church in a small community near Arusha, Tanzania.  Several locals along with a handful of Saudi nationals have been arrested as responsible.  The target apparently was the Archbishop of Arusha, a man whom I know personally and whose installation I attended some years back in Tanzania.  Many innocent people were hurt, who were just gathered as a community to dedicate a new church building they had…

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At 1:56pm on April 8, 2015, Colleen Jousma said…

Are you really a doctor? :D 

At 6:06pm on November 21, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Yes, I am often more annoyed with the anti-science brigade than the religious fundies. I suppose there is a high correlation between them though. I will post this link in my next Sunday school page.

No bird though, just a good Indian curry!!

At 5:02pm on November 17, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I found that post here...

At 7:02pm on November 15, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Hi Bob, I get the travel bit...I am about to fly to the US for Thanksgiving. I have a place in Florida and family living in Atlanta so we will meet up on the beach......I can't find the blog I wrote but will search again for it. I know I did not delete it. I have helped many fundamentalists and born again to get back on track (or on track for the first time). I am almost "religious" about it :-)

At 7:07pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

Moderation? Seriously?

At 7:06pm on October 11, 2013, Cesar Deicide said…

What happened to the blog post?!

At 6:03pm on August 13, 2013, Unseen said…

Hello, Dr. Bob. Nice to meet you.

At 4:11pm on March 16, 2013, Sagacious Hawk said…

It's refreshing to see a believer on these forums approach with civil, polite, and intelligent discourse even when not treated with such. You, sir, have run our virtual gauntlet and gained my respect. I do hope you stick around and continue to contribute. I sometimes worry that without dissenting opinions and viewpoints, we'll just keep reinforcing our own, and while some of us try to keep a level head and an open mind, we can't articulate a different viewpoint as well as if it was actually ours.

That said, I know it can be a daunting task, but I look forward to seeing what you have to say in the future.

 
 
 

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