ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Stephen McMahon on November 2, 2011 at 9:16am

Actually ... yeah.  "Hobbits" works better than "orcs".  Not only more familiar but sentence rhythm, snark factor ... just everything.  Better.

So, I've officially recommended the change, to "hobbits", to the committee for ostracizing delusional Randy-Boys&Girls by all means possible.

And, because there is nothing more boorish & stupid (well ... perhaps anti-abortionists?), I would never, ever, EVER go to any discussion of objectivism (i.e. puerile greed & selfishness) or the utterly idiotic Ayn Rand - even if you paid me. Thou$and$.

Comment by Joseph P on November 1, 2011 at 3:13pm
Eh, not as good of a punchline. Allowing the audience to make mental leaps of that sort makes it more enjoyable for them. Joke-Writing 101: never over-explain a joke. 'Hobbits' is fine.
Comment by Park Bierbower on November 1, 2011 at 3:07pm
or  just say "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, is Lord of the Rings" lol
Comment by George on November 1, 2011 at 12:41pm

I've created a discussion about Objectivism and Ayn Rand to continue this away from the Comment wall.

(Since this controversy won't go away anytime soon, why fill up the wall with it)

Comment by Joseph P on November 1, 2011 at 10:48am
I find it better to use 'hobbits', since it narrows it down more, but yeah, good joke.
Comment by Troy Gorsline on November 1, 2011 at 10:36am
Best. Comparison. Ever. I am going to use this. I will referrence you, of course, but I am using this - often.
Comment by Stephen McMahon on November 1, 2011 at 10:28am

From the wonderful Kung Fu Monkey:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Comment by AtheistTech on November 1, 2011 at 3:04am
When will Dr. Ventor's team cure cancer?
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 1, 2011 at 2:56am

I should have added, as regards my post just below, that this is my strong action against unwanted door knockers when I need to get rid of them quickly.

In a quiet sit-down situation with similar buy-bull bashers I take a fairly reasonable kind of approach, much as indicated by Cane Kostovski below. 

Comment by Joseph P on October 31, 2011 at 9:02pm
Ooh, I like that, Park. Mind if I steal it? More concise and nuanced than my statement of it.
 

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