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Richard Dawkins
@RichardDawkins "The mark of an educated mind is being able to entertain a proposition without accepting it" - Aristole
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This is what many of my tweets try to do: think aloud & see what others think. It works for some readers. If you don't like it, don't follow
Maybe Twitter is not the place for fully worked out exposition. Maybe it is a good place for thinking aloud & seeing how ideas will fly.
And many responded in interesting ways. But also many responded with vitriol as if offended by the very idea of asking academic questions.
Yesterday I raised an academic, philosophical question on vulnerability of all our existences to apparently unconnected causes such as WW1.
It's a pity if we have to look over shoulder for fear of PC Thought Police, Verbal Vigilantes, Feeding Frenzy of Political Piranhas.
Academics fly kites, try ideas on colleagues & students, often rejecting them after discussion. "What if . . . ?" "Could it be that . . .?"
Authorities' fear of being labeled racist has, probably, led to greater racism in Rotherham. Fear for innocent Asian men there now.
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This constant preoccupation with not wanting to offend, leads to a culture of silence in the face of injustice; it perpetuates suffering.
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Rotherham Police & Council were fearful of the Thought Police: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan… Let's learn to lose our fear of the Thought Police.
As a pejorative, "Politically Correct" has lost its bite. It's now a cliché. What we have is an Orwellian (but unofficial) "Thought Police".
Jesus Christ. What's worse, people - letting hundreds of kids be abused, or risking being called racist? #Priorities bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
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@RichardDawkins Fear of Islamophobia label has let UK children suffer horrifying crimes. goo.gl/OKvvdb
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This is how I want 2 remember my brave and dear friend #JamesFoley, fight evil with love. Join #rememberingjim pic.twitter.com/HZ05kRo1Ll
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@multikultivator The further back in time you go, the less significant an event must be to totally change our present day. @RichardDawkins
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La conversación de @RichardDawkins sobre la guerra mundial y los humanos merece la pena. De fondo: cuál es la probabilidad de nacer? Nula.
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@RichardDawkins A cat interrupting people having sex in ancient Rome could have resulted in the entire world being different.
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So Catholics who think the Morning After pill is tantamount to infanticide need to think. Does that apply to everything you ever do?
Therefore every decision you take will seal the fate of how many babies who would have been conceived if only you had decided differently?
@RichardDawkins I finally understand now..amazing thanks
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@RichardDawkins & if add that coincidence to millions of generation we get mind boggling no of chances. Now who will explain this to idiots
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@RichardDawkins Yes, surely the successful sperm is almost certainly decided by milliseconds or millimeters.
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@RichardDawkins I didn't get it at first but I think I understand the point now.
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@RichardDawkins Yes, an Amazonian sees a bird, scared by a plane, flown by a pilot who read of WWI in paper, so he's 1 second late to bed.
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