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Comment: Re:When I lost respect for Dawkins (Score 1) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097367) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
You lost respect for him why? It's a fact, most theologians don't believe in the miraculous anymore. I'm a biblical scholar myself and I agree completely with Dawkins. And I propose you a lying if you claim you've read any of his books. He has never been judgmental about anyone. He judges the beliefs. If that's judgmental, he should be proud of such.

Comment: Re:Need more info: Re:Let the idiot speak (Score 2, Insightful) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097313) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
How is he a jerk? He never attacks or even criticizes believers simply for believing. You anti-atheist bigots see anyone who dares publicly discuss their atheism and reason for lacking belief as jerks, no matter how nice they are. Dawkins is very nice to people who simply believe. He only insults those who do bad things, lie, etc. in the name of such belief, which is completely valid. You are the only one here being a jerk.

Comment: Re:My only problem with Dawkins is.. (Score 1) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097245) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
Must you lie about what he says to make your point?

Every single time Dawkins is asked, he specifically says that he DOES NOT believe there is no God. He understands that there is no good reason or scientific evidence that gives you a reason to have belief, so he lacks it, but as a scientist he understands you can never definitively disprove anything. He says this is practically every interview he has ever done. He never, ever says that there is absolutely 100% no god. In fact, he usually puts the possibility that there is no god somewhere within 90-98%. Extremely likely, but nothing is every definite.

You make yourself look foolish criticizing a man for something he has never said.

Comment: Re:My only problem with Dawkins is.. (Score 1) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097203) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
Wrong. Let's look at the etymology of the word: 'a' â" without, 'theism' â" belief in a deity. Atheists simply lack belief in a god, there is no reason why they must actively deny such existence. One who has never heard of the idea of a God is just as much an atheist. By it's basic etymology, atheism has no specific ideas or beliefs, it's simply a lack of. In that way agnostics ARE atheists, just atheists that make a specific claim about why they lack belief.

Comment: Re:My only problem with Dawkins is.. (Score 1) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097121) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
Strawman strawman strawman. He never starts by assuming others are morons. Again, if you had ever read or heard anything Dawkins says, he has never ever said such. He attacks the beliefs and people whose horrible actions have been allowed by such beliefs. He NEVER attacks people who simply believe. People against Dawkins don't make themselves look very good when they lie or simply don't even attempt to know his actual views, arguing against views he has never expressed.

Comment: Re:My only problem with Dawkins is.. (Score 1) 1161

by Jerry Beasters (#27097081) Attached to: Oklahoma, Vatican Take Opposite Tacks On Evolution
If you claim Dawkins has ever been disrespectful of people you are either lying, or have never heard/read much of what he has said. He is very clear not to disrespect people, but disrespect the beliefs themselves. If he does criticize people, it is due to their actions based on religious. Now we can't criticize people's actions? He handles situations the most respectful ways possible. Those who see otherwise are having reality distorted through their religious bias. It is only the anti-atheist bigots who claim he is disrespectful, because they see disrespect everywhere, whether it exists or not.

Comment: Re:What else can you do? (Score 1, Insightful) 1246

by Jerry Beasters (#26909133) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting
I work in education, and this is complete bullshit. Just because you can't physically search a student doesn't mean you call the fucking cops. Are you kidding me? If the student refuses to give up the phone and is disruptive you send the student out of class, to the principal, etc. I doubt any of you claiming otherwise actually work in a school, despite your claims.

Comment: More Bullshit (Score 1) 267

by Jerry Beasters (#26873573) Attached to: Earth May Harbor a Shadow Biosphere of Alien Life
Life is carbon based. That's it. You can't detect non carbon based life, because it isn't life. As we have never seen anything life-like that isn't carbon-based, the definition of life has always been carbon-based. You may find something non-carbon based that can do some similar to life things, but it's simply not life. This isn't semantics although it seems so, it's just a fact. You don't get to redefine a scientific truth simply to fit your needs.

Comment: Not even REMOTELY news (Score 1) 242

by Jerry Beasters (#26873483) Attached to: Acquired Characteristics May Be Inheritable
Once again the news media loves to misrepresent the science to make it seem like there is some "controversy." These ideas have not been controversial, and the idea that certain acquired traits can be inheritable has been accepted for a long, long time. I'm not surprised, though, ./ has no shame.

Comment: Re:Wikipedia: Get a static copy (Score 1) 504

by Jerry Beasters (#26437491) Attached to: Internet Communications While At Sea?
Wikipedia is not a primary resource, and not a reliable secondary. I never had a singly class in college that allowed anything but a primary resource as a source. I would question the validity of any education that does, especially such an academically unreliable secondary source such as wikipedia. It's good for looking things up for fun, that's it.

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