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Re: [atheists-27] Disgusting Media

From: Don W.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 5:43 PM
The motto for mass media seems to be that only the size of audience matters and the truth of claims pomulgated is profoundly irrelevant.  A modest correction to my prior post: the PBS dingbat  decided that electrons actually did not have free will.  He seemed to be coming from the Ken Wilbur variant of "integral philosophy."  These people actually think that the universe is a product of mind and not vice versa.
 
Don

From: Tom Fields <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, August 5,[masked]:06 PM
Subject: Re: [atheists-27] Disgusting Media

Remember the words of the late Carl Sagan:
 
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."
 
Tom

From: "Don Wharton" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, August 4,[masked]:26:06 AM
Subject: [atheists-27] Disgusting Media

ABC replayed their Zero Hour series this evening. It ended with a line of blind and sick people coming to be cured by a woman who was pregnant with the biological clone of Jesus. The ultimate premiss was that some precise configuration of DNA will give someone magical ability.   Ouch!
 
It was followed by a Barbara Walters special on Sixth Sense. They did include some commentary from a skeptic but the majority of the show seemed to be advertising for woo-woo nonsense. A choir group of 15 people were scheduled to show up at a church for choir practice exactly when it got destroyed. No one got hurt because all 15 found a reason to not go on that occasion. At the end there was a request for people to send in their PSI stories. If you ask millions of people for such stories it is guaranteed that you will have a large number of astonishingly improbable stories.  Double ouch!
 
So I thought, let me turn to PBS. Perhaps they will have something with some intelligence.  They had a BS artist named Dr. Amit Goswami. His show was titled Quantum Activist. At one point they had equations floating around on the screen suggesting that there was something actually scientific about what he was talking about.   He seemed to actually make the claim that electrons had free will.  PBS had the balls to say this was a documentary showing that there was positive evidence for God. This was presented as if it were valuable information that the audience should pay good money to support. Triple Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Don




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