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Dawkins raises a few hackles,
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My goodness, some of the more vitriolic reviewers are demon speed readers! Ploughing through and absorbing 400 pages in hours! This one "A flawed fundamentaist tract in which Prof Dawkins fails once again to prove the non-existence of God" appearing within a day of the book becoming available. Evidently failing to grasp that it is impossible, logically, to prove the non-existence of any supernatural entity, be it Osiris, Thor, or unicorns.
Then we have the all too common "Why can't a scientist ever admit that their beliefs are theories, not fact?", showing a complete misapprehension of the term 'theory' as scientifically understood. 'Theory' as understood by scientists does not mean a speculative conjecture, Einstein's 'theory' of relativity and 'theory' of gravitation have stood the test of nearly a hundred years now and are accurate beyond dispute.
And stunning non-sequiturs: "God is outside of nature, and science cannot prove or disprove his existence. Therefore, atheism is an unreasonable and illogical position". For the flaw in this try substituting 'atheism' with 'theism'.
For my part I strongly recommend this book. It is well written and well argued. Those already convinced, atheists and agnostics alike, will of course enjoy it, but it is not meant for them primarily. Those who are troubled and tormented by doubt will find much to console and support them here.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2009, 19:01:30 GMT
Mr. T. D. Hurley says:
Are you a fellow Athiest, if you are well done. My christian friends have turned against me because I'm not giving up my beliefs. Sad
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009, 17:56:25 GMT
Magic Lemur says:
I had that. I still turn up to Church, but it's true what they say - atheism & Christianity are like oil and water - fundamentally incompatible.
Still, there is hope. I find as long as you skirt the subject of 'God', then the underlying similarities are still there...
Posted on 14 Jan 2010, 21:50:02 GMT
L. A. Rowe says:
I am not a Christian or a theist, or an atheist, but I am a scientist and you don't understand the definition of a theory. A theory is an explanation or hypothesis that one can support or disprove with evidence. Scientific theories can never be irrefutably proven, they can only be disproven. Experimental evidence can only provide more and more support for a theory, at any point said theory can be disproven and thus can never be an undisputed "fact". Einstein's theory of relativity, and Darwin's theory of evolution, are supported by a lot of evidence and are therefore sound and respected theories that a lot of people accept. This does not make them facts or unassailable however, for if it did then scientific theories would become religion.
Posted on 13 Mar 2010, 23:02:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2010, 23:09:38 GMT
Yours is a review of other reviews more than of the book itself! Bizarrely, 75% of people who have voted so far find it helpful as a review! Perhaps it's no co-incidence that 75% of the paragraphs within the review merely seek to denounce other reviews.
Here endeth my review of a review of reviews!
Posted on 24 Aug 2010, 17:45:49 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2013, 18:26:07 GMT
Honrus Publicus says:
Mr T.D. Hurley:
"Are you a fellow Athiest, if you are well done. My christian friends have turned against me because I'm not giving up my beliefs. Sad."
This is VERY interesting. But WHERE is my red pill. How come Neo gets one and I don't; it's so unfair.
Don't worry, your "beliefs" will give YOU up. Then you will so alone.
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