Ilaria Giovacchini
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Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Marc Draco's discussion When were you taught evolution? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Agree... even here in italy, evolution is not considered controversial, but i'm afraid we're going backwards... a couple of years ago, a public education minister tried to take away evolution from the science curriculum in schools.…"
Oct 5, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini posted a status
"An article on an italian catholic magazine says that the neutrin experiment SHOWS that we should rely on god to have the ultimate truth."
Oct 4, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini posted a status
"One archbishop declares that atheism is bringing "confusion and anarchy in moral life"."
Oct 4, 2011
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"Looks like Catholic authorities are very active today."
Oct 4, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Marc Draco's discussion When were you taught evolution? in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"well, i think i had it mentioned at school for the first time in the elementary school (probably at 8-9 yo). Of course it wasn't explained a lot. Then again in the middle school (aged 12-13). The first proper explanation with some details was…"
Sep 7, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Prefer Not to Say's discussion Why against death penalty?
"1. From the document linked (, i see that 46 people were executed in 2010 in the US. I don't think that 46 more prisoners would make a lot of difference on prison overpopulation. Besides,…"
Sep 5, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Jacklyn Marianne Land's discussion Do you think all religions are harmful even seemingly benign ones like Wicca or only the main orthodox religions?
"I think it depends on what you mean by "harmful". I've never been a wiccan, but i have tried to know something about this religion because it's, frankly, quite fascinating :) One of the most important "rules" of…"
Jul 1, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini commented on Odin Zeus McGaffer's blog post My Response To Father Barron's Incessant Bitching About Atheists
"quote: "Who the fuck are you calling nasty? ME? Well, ok." quote2: "Though Christian leaders of today fiercely profess that homosexuality is a sin, secretly they love to get slammed in the ass all night long" I'm in love.…"
Jun 24, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Alli Armstrong's discussion Evolution mathematically impossible
"mmmm... i think I'll have to browse my library to find the correct reference, but i clearly remember reading that, in fact, time is not the problem. Of course, the time evolution might take is dependent on a lot of variables, most of which can…"
Jun 24, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Valles Marineris's discussion Childhood beliefs...Stupid tradition or age of innocence?
"Hi! I don't have children so i can't give you any personal experience on that, but i can tell you that i wasn't really upset when i discovered that santa didn't exist. I was probably 7 or 8 yo, i woke up during the night and…"
Jun 24, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini replied to Nichelle Wrenn's discussion Miss USA 2011 Plus Evolution Equals FACEPALM in the group Atheist News
"Well, I think that it was really depressing. The problem is not that they don't know the meaning of the word "Theory".  The real problem is that even the ones who thought that evolution should be taught consider evolution and…"
Jun 21, 2011
Ilaria Giovacchini liked Dr. Terence Meaden's group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
Jun 8, 2011

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At 6:56am on June 25, 2011, atmonauta said…
Ciao a te! Be si non siamo mica tutti contaminati ;)  ho lasciato l italia a 16 anni, sfortunatamente non ho molti legami oramai. Buon weekend e a presto speroi
At 3:53pm on June 21, 2011, Joseph P said…

Oh yeah.  Particularly since it's mostly unflattering.  Most people believe in religion because of childhood brainwashing, reinforced by emotional insecurity.

The fact that this makes their church seem like a cult isn't something that most people are ready to deal with.  No, cults are all of those other churches that don't have Jesus's true word.  :-D

At 4:58pm on June 17, 2011, Joseph P said…

Yeah, in some ways, I love theists who tell people why atheists don't believe in their god.  It's almost funny, in a pathetic way.

The bad part is that the believers actually buy what their preachers tell them on the subject.  It's like Ray Comfort, who makes all of his arguments against hard atheism, saying that atheists are 100% sure that a god doesn't exist.  His arguments all revolve around the fact that it's impossible to prove a negative, completely ignoring the fact that any positive statement has the burden of proof.

It's frustrating as hell trying to talk to someone who accepts that sort of garbage.

At 6:17pm on June 15, 2011, Joseph P said…

Ohhhh, Italian-only magazine.  I see.  Yeah, that's a problem.  I took Latin in high school and college, but it's a bit too different for me to really read Italian and understand it.

I can understand about half of the words, but I can't put them together well enough to get any of the subtle details.


I don't know about your comparison between Palin and Berlusconi.  Berlusconi may do a lot of horrible things, but Sarah Palin is absolutely ignorant.  She's too ignorant of the US government for us to allow her to run the country.  It's scary how close she came to being second in line to running the country.

The woman truly terrifies me, that she can be that ignorant and think she has any business in government.

At 11:41pm on June 14, 2011, Joseph P said…

Oh, and I just saw your new headline.  Does that magazine have anything to do with the website  I found a few interesting headlines when I did a search for new atheism, on that site:


Why Are People Atheists?

devout atheists

Cardinal Levada calls for ‘new apologetics’


I'm about to read through them.  I'm expecting some insane stuff.

At 11:33pm on June 14, 2011, Joseph P said…

Yeah, we've got the same problem over here.  Most atheists in America support the liberal, Democrat party ... not because the Democrats support atheism in any real way, but because the conservative Republican party is owned by the fundamentalist Christians.

I was raised Catholic, myself, but I never believed any of it, from as far back as I can remember, which was 5 or 6 years old.  My father's parents were Irish and Italian (Sicilian), so obviously his whole family was quite Catholic.

I've got the Italian last name, Pellicore, but that's only 1/4th of my ancestry, so I can't really claim any sort of identity from it.  It's a shame, too.  Italian names are beautiful.  Iliara is just gorgeous.


We've got the same situation here in America, with Catholics being relatively liberal.  There's a small, conservative core in the church, but most Catholics don't really pay much attention to their religion.


And ... seriously, don't feel bad about the way you look to the international media.  Whatever your government is doing wrong with religion, America is doing far, far worse.  It's even worse, in our case, since our Constitution is supposed to prevent the sort of abuses that we have going on.

One name will make you look much better than America.  Sarah Palin.  Do you know of her, by any chance?  It's scary how close that woman came to becoming the Vice President of the US.  Our entire election system looked like a laughing-stock, to the rest of the world, in 2008.

At 2:48pm on June 9, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and the busy group "Origins".
At 5:38pm on June 8, 2011, Joseph P said…
Cool.  Glad to hear from a few sane people over there.  All we've been hearing in the news lately is the Italian government passing laws that the Pope 'suggests', since the two governments are strangely linked.
At 12:53pm on June 7, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome to the Nexus.  We are glad to have you.
At 10:52am on June 7, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Ilaria! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. Check out the Richard Dawkins group too.


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