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Andysor (October 17, 2010, 08:28:45 AM):
Personally, I'm not crazy about the hair, but he does have a sense of style 8)
Du Preez (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.
ingwe (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
rwenzori (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.
Mefiante (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.

'Luthon64

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