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Too Busy to Think

By Darrell Cake

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a moment to think…”
What a thing to admit to. In effect you are admitting that you have been running around unconscious, without thinking, or without even knowing why you are running around.
Have you asked anyone lately, “how are you,” and received the answer – “I’m very busy.”
One woman I asked this of gave me this reply, along with an accusing stare which said:

“I’m very busy – aren’t you?”
Almost as if to say, “If you were REALLY busy you wouldn’t have time to ask such a question.”

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The Dennett Institute of Advanced Athiest Studies

Often we atheists find that, when confronted by rational argument based on our wealth of scientific knowledge, god believers retreat to the one last refuge where they believe no atheist can touch them. I refer, of course, to the following argument: “Ok, perhaps I cannot prove that god exists in any physical way, and admittedly I cannot show you that god does or ever has interacted with the physical world, but really none of that matters, for god is not a physical being and so of course we cannot see him or find his hand in physical doings. God is beyond the physical, and just because you and I cannot comprehend what that means is no good reason to dismiss it.” I think we have all heard a variation of this, and have recoiled from it (surely even god believers find it a little peculiar to have an omnipresent, omnipotent being who has no presence and no measurable physical effects {i.e., no physical effects} in the world whatsoever). But because it is so hard to pin down the actual meaning of the argument it has always been very difficult to refute it. Let us, then, examine what exactly it is that is being said here, and find out whether the convenient obscurantism of the god believer’s last line of defence is so convenient after all.

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Our Teachers are Overpaid? Try hiring a babysitter!

“It seems that many people are getting greedy. Including the politicians, cops and teachers” —Anonymous.

This is a comment on the latest poll about teachers deserving a pay rise. I am all for diversity of opinion but I would just like to refute this statement unequivocally with a simple example.

Mathematics is often something that confounds me, but on this occasion it proves quite useful for showing how grossly underpaid teachers are. That they are concurrently undervalued is also demonstrated by the widespread opinion of people like the person who made the above comment.

Let’s take the most minimalist value for teachers. Let’s say that teachers are nothing more than glorified babysitters and for now say nothing of the value of the knowledge they impart on our children. Let’s also take the smallest possible family, with only one child.

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