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Attenborough, atheist and not gonna take it any more.

David Attenborough has been in the news recently, with creationists sending him hate mail because of their ignorance. From the Guardian:

In an interview with this week’s Radio Times about his latest documentary, on Charles Darwin and natural selection, the broadcaster said: "They tell me to burn in hell and good riddance.

Attenborough has hit out again with a criticism of Genesis. From the Independent:

Sir David, 82, said the devastation of the environment has its roots in the first words that God supposedly uttered to humankind, as detailed in Genesis 1:28: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

This observation is completely justified. At the high of Christendom before the Black Plague nature had been devastated by Christian superstitions. Cat and other animals that were considered to be in league with the devil. Monks and monasteries overfished many lakes and large ponds due to the tradition of eating fish on Friday. Then of course when the Black Plague reduced all human influence on nature.

I think you could extend Attenborough point beyond nature. The point could be made that the Christian religion want command of the whole world including humans, and human thought. A superiority complex is what I’m driving at, and sadly most religions have them.

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Gotta love science- top 5 extreme exoplanets

A cool list of the most extreme exoplanets (An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet beyond the Solar System, orbiting around another star.) from Wired Science.

1. HD 149026b
This boiling world is one of the hottest and densest ever found. None too pleasant to visit, the surface of the planet is about 3700 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 2,000 degrees Celsius) — about three times hotter than the surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. HD 149026b is so hot that scientists think it absorbs almost all of the heat from its star, and reflects almost no light.

Hd_149026b

Nice to see there’s some sense.

(via bbc)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7842769.stm

An atheist UK bus campaign which uses the slogan "There’s probably no God" does not breach the advertising code, a watchdog has ruled.

 

Although the watchdog acknowledged the content of the campaign would be at odds with the beliefs of many, it concluded that it was unlikely to mislead or to cause "serious or widespread offence".

Here’s how you teach kids when it comes to religion… you don’t!

Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy, Say Psychologists” is the title of a new post by scientificblogging.com

Here’s an extract

To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of ‘personal worth’, according to Dr. Mark Holder, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia,  Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Coleman and graduate student Judi Wallace.

The relationship between spirituality and happiness remained strong, even when the authors took temperament into account. However, religious practices – including attending church, praying and meditating – had little effect on a child’s happiness.

How ‘bout that?

I wish they used more then 320 kids, and that it was international. but it’s still a sound study open for another trail to back up the finding.

Just another example that religion has a greater chance of doing harm to a child then good.