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I *heart* Charlie Brooker [Aug. 11th, 2007|05:37 pm]
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Charlie Brooker's screen burn in The Guardian this weekend is about how we're heading into a new age of Unlightenment.  It is just dripping with scathy-goodness.  It starts off: 
In the 18th century, a revolution in thought, known as the Enlightenment, dragged us away from the superstition and brutality of the Middle Ages toward a modern age of science, reason and democracy. It changed everything. If it wasn't for the Enlightenment, you wouldn't be reading this right now. You'd be standing in a smock throwing turnips at a witch.
Charlie doesn't like to pull his punches:
Maybe you've put your faith in spiritual claptrap because our random, narrative-free universe terrifies you. But that's no solution. If you want comforting, suck your thumb. Buy a pillow. Don't make up a load of floaty blah about energy or destiny. This is the real world, stupid. We should be solving problems, not sticking our fingers in our ears and singing about fairies.

Don't hold back, Charlie.  Tell us how you really feel.  :o)

Unfortunately, I'm going to miss the Dawkins programme on Monday night that Brooker mentions.  Whilst I admire Dawkins greatly as a biologist, I have to say that his (at times) evangelical approach to atheism puts me off.  However, it sounds like he keeps the foaming at the mouth to a minimum this time, so I'm quite interested to see the result.
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From: sloopjonb
2007-08-11 05:21 pm (UTC)

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What? The NHS spent £10m on a f***ing homeopathic hospital??? Is this true? And if it is, why wasn't it a huge scandal? No, wait .. I know why. Because our press are all morons and our polticians all f***wits ... yeah, that'll be it.

Did you hear about the homeopath who drank distilled water, and died of an overdose of everything?
[User Picture]From: dibsy
2007-08-11 05:32 pm (UTC)

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Not quite all the press, or certainly not all the intertoobs. If you look here, here, and here you will find some refreshingly snarky sanity, including gems from the splendiferous Ben Goldacre, of Grauniad fame. I know that they rant a LOT about homeopathy on these sites, along with a lot of woo quackery.
[User Picture]From: _generica_
2007-08-11 05:33 pm (UTC)

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Get this, according to NHS Direct, there are FIVE homeopathic hospitals. So, they've got to be spending some money on it. Unbelievable.

Heehee. I think I'll reuse that joke, if you don't mind. :o)
[User Picture]From: dibsy
2007-08-11 05:36 pm (UTC)

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If you dilute it down it will not only go further, but be much more powerful.
[User Picture]From: missprinty
2007-08-11 07:23 pm (UTC)

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Five! Good God! My GP offered to refer me to the homeopathic hospital but I said "Arr, 'tis Witchcraft!" im my best pirate voice, thus confirming that I was mad, but not absolutley stupid. He deicded that the placebo effect would be entirely wasted on me, which would be a pity as although homeopathy had no power to do any good, it certainly wouldn't have harmed me. Love my GP!
[User Picture]From: _generica_
2007-08-12 04:18 pm (UTC)

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I can just imagine you saying "Arr, 'tis Witchcraft" in a extremely posh-BBC-announcer-pirate voice. :o)

I sometimes think that life is easier if you're gullible.
[User Picture]From: dibsy
2007-08-11 05:35 pm (UTC)

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Dawkins can be a teensy bit OTT, it is true, but somehow I feel comforted by the rabidness. t's as if my inner ranter is let loose on the world. What I thought was a better book than The God Delusion was Christopher Hitchen's 'God is not Great.' Again it's a bit OTT at times, and some of his arguments are clearly bollocks (especially when concerning Iraq, the neocon fuckwit that he is), but overall it is more convincing and powerful than Dawkins' effort.
[User Picture]From: _generica_
2007-08-11 05:54 pm (UTC)

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Oh, I'm not saying that I don't enjoy his ranting hugely - I do. But I hate that he sometimes gives the other side ammunition when he goes overboard. I've not read either of those (have been meaning to read The God Delusion for ages) but will try out the Hitchen book too.
[User Picture]From: kniblet
2007-08-11 05:39 pm (UTC)

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Two posts in a day?

Does this signal the approach of the apocalypse?

Or is it merely a sign that the holidays have officially begun?
[User Picture]From: _generica_
2007-08-11 05:55 pm (UTC)

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:o)

I probably won't post again for months, so it'll all even out.
[User Picture]From: missprinty
2007-08-11 07:24 pm (UTC)

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Oh noes! post again, I like your posts.
[User Picture]From: _generica_
2007-08-12 04:19 pm (UTC)

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I shall endeavour to do so, but I'm sooooo laaaazzzzzzyyyyyyy ....