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« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2010, 08:28:45 AM »

Personally, I'm not crazy about the hair, but he does have a sense of style  Cool
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« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2010, 09:17:41 AM »

I think there's a need to make the Skeptical position more visible in South Africa. I know too many people who happily believe in all manner of BS because they are never confronted with any contrary messages. People are showered with Verimark junk and pharmacies sell herbal and homoeopathic crap next to evidence based medicine.

I have only ever heard of one religiously themed debate at my former university (UP) with William Lane Craig, which I attended. Despite the fact that his opponents were incompetent in the art of debating it was still positive in that it showed people that there are alternate views out there and an open debate on these issues.

Can't we as Skeptics try organise more debates, especially evolution/YEC and mount information campaigns highlighting the lack of evidence for the alternative practices that are all too common in our country? There are so many people that don't even know that homoeopathy, energy bracelets and Verimark pills are unproven.

I have also visited the Sakkie Spangenberg/William Lane Craig debate at Tuks, but it was organized by a religious organization called antwoord.org.za and they made sure that their marketing and support was overwhelming enough to bring their own point across. I think we should try a more liberal university like Wits to host a skeptical debate. If Wits has a philosophy department, one of the lecturers there could be approached with a proposal.
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« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2010, 16:53:28 PM »

A link to a debate that never happened. Also a litany of lies and misrepresentation!

http://aas.uct.ac.za/forum/viewtopic.php?t=331&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=150
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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2010, 18:20:42 PM »

A link to a debate that never happened. Also a litany of lies and misrepresentation!

LOL @ the froot-loop of a "pastor". I have developed pastorphobia* - every person I have ever encountered who is designated a "pastor" is terminally moronic.

* NOT to be confused with pastaphobia, which is heretical to the FSM.

EDIT. I wonder if TeleoPhroners is a pastor in real life.
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« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2010, 18:41:16 PM »

EDIT. I wonder if TeleoPhroners is a pastor in real life.
Judging by the unadulterated drivel he is consistently capable of stitching together, I’d guess that he’s a few notches up from pastor in the god-squad hierarchy.  My bet would be that he’s probably a lecturer in theology, perhaps even a professor, at some un- or barely accredited diploma mill offering online courses.  That would also explain the extravagant amounts of time he spends online.

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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2010, 09:40:57 AM »

I suspect he's a high school teacher...possibly in RE
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« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2010, 11:12:22 AM »

I have also visited the Sakkie Spangenberg/William Lane Craig debate at Tuks, but it was organized by a religious organization called antwoord.org.za and they made sure that their marketing and support was overwhelming enough to bring their own point across. I think we should try a more liberal university like Wits to host a skeptical debate. If Wits has a philosophy department, one of the lecturers there could be approached with a proposal.

I don't know if it was discussed in these forums before, but what was your impression of the debate? Although I don't agree with his views he is a legitimate great philosopher and master debater; a polar opposite to people like Gish and Hovind. Even if it was skewed, exposure to this type of rational, intelligent debate can only enlighten Christians and make them more tolerant.
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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2010, 21:31:46 PM »

It would be wonderful if we could host a skeptic event but which particular sucker field would top the agenda?

How about the SA skeptic forum launching a monthly/annual award for the biggest sucker or group of suckers reported in the news?

The certificate should have a big picture of a sucker fish and the logo "one born every minute" - P.T. Barnum. The person or the groups name and why they are the suckers of the month or year.

For the religious award I nominate the Rhema congregation for paying for Ray's mansion and plane.

For the dying of stupidity I nominate the ANC voters with AIDs who got Manto Tshabala Msimang put in as Minister of Death. It would have to be a posthumous award to the 360 000 dead.

I agree with the ancient Greek who said that against stupidity even the God's fight in vain.
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« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2010, 19:23:25 PM »

I don't know if it was discussed in these forums before, but what was your impression of the debate? Although I don't agree with his views he is a legitimate great philosopher and master debater; a polar opposite to people like Gish and Hovind. Even if it was skewed, exposure to this type of rational, intelligent debate can only enlighten Christians and make them more tolerant.

William Lane Craig is an absolute brilliant debater, I wish we could convert him... I actually visited the session in the philosophy department the previous night and they told us that we had to visit the debate the next night. I was so frustrated because:

1. Sakkie Spangenberg and Hansie Wolmerans's (The new roformed movement) English is worse than mine and they struggled to bring their point across.
2. Sakkie and Hansie didn't answer the direct questions from William and the other wise ass that partnered with him which gave them the opportunity to make fun of Sakkie and Hansie.
3. William and kie is trained and professional, while Sakkie and Hansie are just not there.
4. 80% of the support was in favour of William and kie.
5. I met more than 10 individuals there who are seriously religious and far right who was good acquaintances before I converted. It led to a couple of awkward and uncomfortable moments for me.
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« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2010, 10:25:57 AM »

I agree that it was a tragically one-sided affair. But this is so often the case as the ability to debate is independent of one's factual knowledge. Someone like Craig has the advantage of being at the top of his field (religious philosophy) as well as having decades of debating experience. Not many people would be able to challenge him.

I do have to question who chose Sakkie and Hansie though, as I'm sure there must have been other, more competent people available. Not that debating skills are high on the priority list of most academics, but couldn't they at least prepare a bit and learn the basic rules of debate?

I wonder if Harris, Dennet or other high profile atheists came to our country (very unlikely) it would be easy to find theist debating opponents.
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« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2010, 11:29:16 AM »

Dennet was here last year, but only Durban and Cape Town as far a I could remember.
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« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2010, 14:30:42 PM »

Dennet was here last year, but only Durban and Cape Town as far a I could remember.

Cool! That definitely passed me by. Did he debate or just speak?
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« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2010, 15:01:57 PM »

Just talks.
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So I advertized Daniel Dennett's talk at UKZN the other day, but if you couldn't go, some good news: Dennett is giving a couple of more talks in South Africa in the next week. First he'll lecture at SciFest (in Grahamstown) on April 28th (program) on "How materialism transforms our understanding of consciousness", then he'll deliver the TB Davis Memorial Lecture on March 31st at the University of Cape Town on "What should you be free to teach your children about religion?" (press release) and, finally, on April 1st he's at Stellenbosch University with a talk entitled "From animal to person" (press release).

If you're in any of these towns -- go to these events! You will not be disappointed.

http://ionian-enchantment.blogspot.com/2009/03/dennett-in-south-africa.html
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