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Reprehensible. This moron tries to perpetuate archaic, bronze age misogyny, treating women as essentially chattel... how any thinking person buy what this clown's selling is beyond me.
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wow. watching this video and reading these comments just goes to show, computers and Youtube can be mastered by those with essentially no understanding of science.
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Completely absurd. 

Religion is an idea. Why is it somehow worse to suggest that Muhammad may have been somewhat less than ideal- perhaps even a pedophile- than it is to ridicule political figures, public personalities or the pope? Why are ANY expressions of opinion off-limits in this way? 

Nothing that was printed in Charlie Hebdo justifies any of this. Pretending that you empathize with those who were- and are- offended by depictions of Muhammad (including the killers) may give voice to the offence you felt when the Pope was ridiculed- but it's completely misplaced.
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wow. Turek got spanked. Badly. Kudo's to David Silverman.
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"religion is a perspective of reality"- that's where Reza would do well to study some neuroscience. 
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Good riddance. This guy is divisive- so right wing in his beliefs that he can't accept the rule of law. No one needs a theocrat in government in the 21st century. 
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Prayer for change is the right answer. Violence, hostility, boycotts, bigotry and contempt do not serve anyone well, and are needlessly divisive. If you believe in the efficacy of prayer, however, that's great. Matthew 6:6 comes to mind. 
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Congrats. 
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Deepak sets up several strawmen here, all for the purpose of reinforcing his claims. Nothing new for him. 

Suggesting that Richard Dawkins and all Atheists, by extension, know little about spirituality and less about consciousness is fallacious in the extreme. There are a number of researchers in neuroscience and consciousness that continue to make good progress, understanding the human brain and from whence arises consciousness- Deepak's ignoring the science behind consciousness, instead slipping in a little reference to quantum dynamics as though that invalidates anything we think we know.

What's apparent to me in reading this article is that Dr. Chopra misunderstands and mischaracterizes Atheism, Atheists and modern neuroscience. There remains no reason to believe that when we meditate, that we're doing anything more than selectively activating or reinforcing neural pathways and structures that we may find desirable in our lives. We are and will remain  human, we have some ability to exercise and "re-shape" our brains (and therefore our minds and even personalities) just like we can develop any other part of our human body. 

To claim that "quantum physics has totally dismantled the validity of the five senses"... our five senses never functioned at Planck's lengths, which is the place quantum effects become apparent... Newtonian, and if we're more precise, Einsteinian mechanics continue to apply perfectly well. Sometimes our senses deceive us... therefore science, not "therefore god". 
God is a journey in consciousness, and because that's so, whatever benefit we gain from being conscious is increased once we obtain direct access to God. Needless to say, atheists don't even begin such a journey, because they dismiss it outright in a...
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let the facepalms begin.
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+Jonathan Shaw That said, it's possible your God is as Einstein's God... nature, all around us... 

Have a good one. 
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Aslan's both articulate and a very biased guy- there's no impartiality there. "Only a fool or a bigot follows only half the verses and ignores the other half", so I guess it's imperative that he take all of scripture literally. 

And characterizing Harris' research as "the television" is nonsense. 
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+William Dou sure, your points are for the most part valid. I'll disagree about the brief history of atheism, and point you to the writings of Epicurus, Spinoza and Hume... But more to the point, Reza's castigation of Maher and Harris seems to hinge on what he feels is a blanket condemnation of the Islamic faith, akin to the "Islamophobic" pseudo-racist label, which is frankly defensive and dishonest. Yet, when asked to distance himself from the half (or however much) of Islamic thought and scripture that espouses violence he won't do it- he says instead something about having to consider scripture in its entirety. Would he step up and suggest that there are pieces of Islamic scripture that are incorrect, that should be ignored? realizing the implication is clearly that if one accepts scripture to be flawed, one implies rejection of the claim that scripture is the infallible word of one's chosen deity and the whole religious house of cards is at risk. 

Harris and Maher may have put a word wrong here and there- who hasn't- but the main message they seem to favor is that there are statements and ideas in all of the faiths that may have reflected the bronze age society in which they were written but that are immoral, illegal and proven incorrect now- and Islam may harbor the higher proportion of believers who espouse (or don't question) these immoral concepts, under the premise that the Quran is the word of Allah and must never be challenged. 

I don't think Reza can dispute that point, so he tries to undercut the message by quote mining? He was pretty negative about Ayaan Hirsi Ali as well. 
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He's reiterating tired, debunked nonsense that has been torn apart repeatedly by those with actual scientific credibility, unlike "Doctor" Patton. This guy's credentials don't hold up... Creation Science is a transparent attempt to cloak religious beliefs (primarily Christian, see Intelligent Design, the Discovery Institute, "wedge theory") as science, and get it presented as legitimate to children in public schools. That to me is tantamount to child abuse.  

"Don Patton is a young-earth creationist who, along with Carl Baugh, is known as a proponent of the claim that human footprints appear alongside dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy Riverbed of Glen Rose, Texas.
Patton has claimed Ph.D. candidacy in geology from Queensland Christian University in Australia. According to Glen Kuban:

When I asked Patton for clarification on this during the [1989 Bible-Science] conference, he stated that he had no degrees, but was about to receive a Ph.D. degree in geology, pending accreditation of QCU, which he assured me was "three days away." Many days have since passed, and Patton still has no valid degree in geology. Nor is the accreditation of QCU imminent."

So- no degrees, claiming a potential degree from an as-yet unaccredited institution... 

Reiterating- his supposed science has been disproven, time and time again. There is no credible scientific evidence supporting the theory of creation. Quoting other creationists (such as Justice "I believe in the devil!" Scalia) doesn't bestow any more credibility to these nonsensical claims than had he quoted Barney the Dinosaur. 
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