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Remember the creationist hypothesis about high pressure atmosphere leading to gigantic dinosaur sizes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by TJ Aug 18. 6 Replies

Remember the creationist hypothesis about high pressure atmosphere leading to gigantic dinosaur sizes? Well check this out:…Continue

Tags: pressure, atmosphere, science, creation, creationism

Ronda Rousey on cover of Aus. Men's Fitness magazine

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Oct 11, 2015. 47 Replies

Found this article this morning and instantly thought Belle would be interested to hear about it... may as well make a discussion.…Continue

Tags: cover, fitness, men's, Rousey, Ronda

Objections to incest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 6, 2013. 39 Replies

Hi All,    I allow my mind to wander sometimes (particularly on the bus) and somehow wound up thinking about incest. I get that it's wrong, The thought of being sexual with my brother is definitely…Continue

Tags: objections, incest

Minimum standard of humane living (discussion about welfare)

Started Feb 12, 2012 0 Replies

In Australia, our welfare payments for the unemployed are very low. A little over $400 per fortnight, about $16 per day after rent has been payed. A lot of Australians receiving this payment are…Continue

Tags: standard, living, welfare

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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What is the most dangerous large mammal in the US (besides humans)? You'll probably guess wrong.'
"LOL. Wouldn't the correct term be canine "breedist"? Since your are prejudiced against certain breeds of dog... Also, this is a total non-argument since being a "canine breedist" is not necessarily a bad thing, or even…"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Research seems to indicate that American cops shoot WHITES at a higher rate than blacks'
"I'm confused by the wording: When was the article from the Economist published? If it was June, that's about one dead every 28 hours. In a country of 300+ million people, only 607 were killed by police (0.0002%. Lower considering the…"
Sep 22
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"I'm so sorry to hear about your son. It may be that your ex-husbands behaviour is considered non-abusive purely because it is the "traditional parenting style", similar to how religion isn't called out for its crazy shit because…"
Sep 21
matt.clerke replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?'
"Yes, maybe it would be better to group students by development rather than age."
Sep 20
matt.clerke replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?'
"Indeed. In fact, if we send everyone to university for under-grad degree, then under-grad degrees become the new "finished high school", and we get to stereotypical point where we have university graduates putting their expensive degrees…"
Sep 20
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Worse than death'
"No, I've never been religious. I presume this is a pointed question, intended to get a conversation started in which you can discuss your epiphany. I'd recommend you come right out it with it, so we can discuss it openly."
Sep 20
matt.clerke replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?'
"From the point of view of government policy, aren't we all?"
Sep 19
matt.clerke replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?'
"What about them? They go on to live their lives without wasting years of it trying to perform academically when that isn't something that they are capable of/interested in. They do apprenticeships and other training and contribute to society in…"
Sep 19
matt.clerke replied to Robit's discussion 'A post found on 'THE WORST atrocities in human history'. Is it misrepresented?'
"This is a common "argument" made by theists against atheism. It is erroneous for the following reasons: As Robit said, atheism wasn't the motive behind the atrocities. There is no direct logical link between atheism and mass murder…"
Sep 19
matt.clerke replied to TJ's discussion 'Some "transitional species"'
""the silent majority" doesn't appear very silent in this picture."
Sep 18
matt.clerke replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Grammar (selection-based) schools - are they socially divisive?'
"It depends. Do you have enough selection-based schools to service the current level of high academic performers in your society? If not, then more would obviously be better. At some point the number of places in selection-based schools will exceed…"
Sep 18
matt.clerke commented on Noon Alif's blog post '9/11 & Threats'
"The fucking arrogance of these people is unbelievable. To think you can just ask someone for their address so you can go and kill them for apostacy. No wonder people are afraid of islam."
Sep 14
matt.clerke replied to TJ's discussion 'Micheal - Your chance to explain what you believe'
"The main issue I have is that all the nitty gritty details, like you mention, are basically irrelevant to someone who rejects the basic premise. It's like Michael wants to argue about how long god's nose hair is and we still just…"
Sep 13
matt.clerke replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Hi Mike,     I agree with TJ. It sounds like you are depressed. Get yourself to your GP and tell them about it, they might want to refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for counseling or they might want to counsel you…"
Sep 12
matt.clerke replied to TJ's discussion 'Micheal - Your chance to explain what you believe'
"Hi TJ,     Michael is apparently quite well-read on christian theology. Part of the problem is that he assumes we are equally well-read and just launches into high level academic-style debate without laying any of the groundwork. It…"
Sep 12
matt.clerke replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Are all men (and women) created equal?'
"As am I, but doesn't this just mean that our "consensual civilisation" is really global, rather than localised? i.e. you can't renounce your citizenship and just live as a free human being anywhere other than international waters…"
Sep 11

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Catholic church offends and disgusts me (news article response)

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm 4 Comments

Hi All,

    I checked the news on this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.

I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,…


Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:21pm 2 Comments

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: …


Grid computing

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

    I wanted to put up a post about grid or distributed computing. If there is a problem which can be solved by a computer, that's great. What happens when it would take a single computer a thousand years to compute the solution? The answer is to break the problem down into as many small pieces as possible and to compute them all at the same time! Now the problem for someone with a large problem set is no longer a lack of time to compute their final result, but a lack of…


Political compass

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:23pm 10 Comments

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.


I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social…


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Thanks. The album is out now, here:

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