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  1. how do I contact Richard’s agent? have a new album coming coming out soon and we haven’t found and electric clarinet player yet. great video, made my tail twitch in a good way (call me?)

  2. In reply to #12 by Smill:

    Pseudomemes, you know, ‘junk’.

    All the most successful memes are junk. When Karl Marx said that religion is the “opium of the people” he meant that they turn to religion because they can’t get hold of the really good stuff.

    • In reply to #13 by Peter Grant:

      In reply to #12 by Smill:

      Pseudomemes, you know, ‘junk’.

      All the most successful memes are junk. When Karl Marx said that religion is the “opium of the people” he meant that they turn to religion because they can’t get hold of the really good stuff.

      I suspect that, without noticing, Karl Marx was himself affected by religion “meme”, considering that religion “predicts” a kind of end of history after the moment where there will be no more social class struggle , what resumes the whole history, and a kind of nirvana is reached when humanity returns to communism, that´s comparable to religion itself, isn´t it (we would live in an ideal world without the struggle that resumes the whole history). Was he infected by the “meme” of religion without being aware? There´s a portuguese writer who traveled recently to North korea aimed to write a book inspired by it, so according to people living in there, they think they live in a kind of paradise, at least the best country in the world, but I am afraid it is not so.

      • In reply to #20 by maria melo:

        I suspect that, without noticing, Karl Marx was himself affected by religion “meme”, considering that religion “predicts” a kind of end of history after the moment where there will be no more social class struggle , what resumes the whole history, and a kind of nirvana is reached when humanity returns to communism, that´s comparable to religion itself, isn´t it (we would live in an ideal world without the struggle that resumes the whole history). Was he infected by the “meme” of religion without being aware? There´s a portuguese writer who traveled recently to North korea aimed to write a book inspired by it, so according to people living in there, they think they live in a kind of paradise, at least the best country in the world, but I am afraid it is not so.

        He was affected by the religious meme, as am I, but I doubt he was infected by it. Christopher Hitchens was not a communist, neither was Marx really, but he thought that Marx had some interesting things to say.

    • In reply to #14 by Ornicar:

      Ok. I don’t get it. I tried twice. I simply can’t watch that. I may be too young. Sorry.

      Maybe I’m too young to get it??!

      ButI think (as at 57 I might be older) I could be able to explain this. I’ve only watched it once (that was enough) and the latter part reminded me of 1980′s video mixed with 1970′s Monty Python animations.

      Maybe the retro look is deliberate but I can assure you that while I’m a great fan of RD in very many ways, this was not for me a high point.

      Frankly, and I do hold RD in great respect and don’t want to offend others here, I nonetheless hope for his reputation that this is a meme that goes the way of the Wooden Tops and Juke Box Jury (which I enjoyed at the time, but IMO should stay as only a memory: Wikipedia might enlighten younger generations).

  3. In reply to #16 by Smill:

    In reply to post 14. I think it’s bunkum. Don’t worry!

    Junk is another word for heroin. It saddens me that you missed this play on words. You’re supposed to groan at puns, not act entirely oblivious to them :(

  4. Good graphics, but it doesn’t really work for me. Expect ad hominem attacks accusing us of the emergence of a cult of personality. I guess though it may open a route for some hip dudes to consider critical thinking especially where the exhortation comes from such a figure of authority.

      • _In reply to #27 by bluebird:

        Thanks for linking to Beware the Believers! Were you around here when that thing hit for the first time? Oh jeeeeezis, it was fantastic. I was dying laughing at the video and the comments that came after it. I’ve seen that video countless times and never get tired of it.

        • In reply to #28 by LaurieB:

          _In reply to #27 by bluebird:

          Were you around here when that thing hit for the first time?

          Oh yes.

          *was it for or against ‘Expelled’, did the creator of the video ever clarify his position, or just muddy the waters?
          Hell if I know!

          • In reply to #30 by bluebird:

            *was it for or against ‘Expelled’, did the creator of the video ever clarify his position, or just muddy the waters?
            Hell if I know!

            I never did hear anything about who created it or what their story was. It just appeared here like a bomb one day and that was it.
            You know, there is just too much light hearted humor in Beware the Believers for it to be a Fundamentalist production. Have you ever known any of them to have the ability to laugh anything off? Buzz-kills. That scene at the very end with Richard doing that obscene pelvic thrusting dance is so cringe-worthy that I can’t bear to watch it. What if I meet up with the real Richard at a book signing after that? I couldn’t bear to look him straight in the eye! I didn’t see the movie Expelled but from what I hear it’s exactly what those brain-of-flea dullard types produce. All long faced and complaining about this and that petty detail which they never did get the gist of in the first place. Until I hear differently, I’m going with it’s an affectionate and irreverent salute to the New Atheist movement. Of course, this could be a blatant case of confirmation bias too. Just sayin’.

          • In reply to #34 by LaurieB:

            …I’m going with it’s and affectionate and irreverent salute to the New Atheist movement.

            Roger that.

  5. The most important difference between this aesthetically strange video for me is that this one although strange produces real culture, on the contrary the video in the link bellow produces nothing.

  6. Hmmm…. A rather trippy, psychedelic, rapid-succession image, brightly-colored, sensory overload kind of experience. Very much like a low-budget techno-electronic music video one would watch on MTV after dropping acid and right before ending up in a mental institution. I was only able to watch part of it and only turning the sound down made it bearable to watch. I can already hear the accusations by creationists that Prof. Dawkins is using subliminal videos to “spread his propaganda” about evolution.

    Because let’s face it, that’s what it looks like. Endless repetition does not make people understand better. It just bores them to death. As much admiration as I have for Prof. Dawkins, I honestly believe he should have stayed away from this kind of performance. It makes him look like a 21st century version of Max Headroom but without the humor.

    I was looking forward to seeing and hearing him play a beautiful piece on the EWI. Something like a excerpt from a beautiful classical clarinet or oboe piece or a moving, well-written contemporary piece accompanied by images that can be watched without risking an epileptic fit. I’m sorry but I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed. I was expecting something of better taste by a man as distinguished as Prof. Dawkins.

  7. Everyone knows the starting phrase of Genesis however few know that the whole essence of creation was put into that first word. We now know thanks to Stan Tenen’s work into the origin and nature of the Hebrew alphabet and Daniel Winter’s additional research into the significance of the Golden Mean spiral, that the sacred Hebrew alphabet was designed with a clear intention to convey the very essence of creation and to teach later generations what the Be-resjiet,the principle of creation really is.

    Even more remarkable is the fact that when the actual Hebrew character is pronounced out loud, it will take on the shape of the character. Both Stan Tenen and Dr. Hans Jenny (Cymatics) independently indicated this fact. Hans Jenny recorded the vocal expression of the letter on a plate of sand. The vibrations in the voice pronouncing the Hebrew letter caused the sand grains to take on the actual shape of the Hebrew character!

    Obviously this hi-tech knowledge has been deliberately preserved in the Bible for future generations to discover. The Hebrew alphabet is a manual for creating matter; it is a sacred language that has been intentionally designed. The third book of the Kabbalah the ‘Sephir Yitzirah’ mentions the story of God taking letters from the alphabet to create the world. For centuries we have ridiculed this idea and believed it to be a myth, but only now that we have reached scientific maturity we marvel at these words, as indeed the Hebrew alphabet seems to be the blueprint of matter.

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