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Ah fuck. My prayers are going out to him.

Indeed. Get well soon, Rupert. Plus from the sounds of it, it could have been a lot worse.

Maybe I shouldn't use an incident like this to make a point, but the atheists and 'skeptics' who do find something comic in this (and I'm sure there'll be a fair few) should no longer be able to use 'the harm religion does' as a reason for their hatred of it.

I see this a lot. Someone argues that religion or paranormal beliefs should be stopped because of all the 'dangers caused by them' (which admittedly is a weak and slender point anyway). However, then these people show such a blatant disregard for their fellow humans so as to contradict their point.

I'm sorry to go off point. It's something I wanted to say. My thoughts are with Rupert.

It looks like he will be okay but only just. The knife missed his femoral artery by an inch and it will be at least a year beore he can walk again. He's on oxygen and has had to be operated on.

My thoughts are out to Rupert Sheldrake and his family. Good to know that he will be okay.

Just as a thought some skeptics are already digging in on this news

http://pigeonchess.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/purveyor-of-woo-rupert-sheldrake-stabbed/

http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=110570

The wife and I parked across from the La Fonda last weekend as we visited a fellow blogger that has an art gallery further down the street. When the news came out our first thought was why did this have to happen in New Mexico?
But that really isn't the issue. It's also not about religion, or skeptics or what other people want to read into it. A mentally ill person caused this, and that can happen anywhere at any time to anyone.
My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Sheldrake and family now and during his long recovery

My thoughts also go out to Rupert and his family. By the sounds of things, he was incredibly lucky.

The sad thing is, I see that there are people out there are joking about it. To me that seems incredibly tasteless; whether you like Sheldrake or not, he was stabbed. I don't think that's worth making jokes about. (But to be fair, I have also seen a fair number of people wishing him well).

But to the point; here's to hoping Rupert makes a full recovery.

I'm just outside of Albuquerque, and the TV news here reported the incident, but didn't mention who the victim was; just referred to him as a lecturer at a conference. They had video of Sheldrake being loaded into the ambulance, sitting upright and alert, and also video of the attacker being led away in handcuffs. Again, they mentioned the attacker's name in the news account, but not Sheldrake's.

Anyway, I'm relieved to hear that he's expected to fully recover. It's interesting though, how few people even know who he is, isn't it? It makes me wonder as to how many of the general population are even aware of prominent names in the areas of consciousness studies, paranormal phenomena, skepticism and related fields.

Those of us who follow these things must be in a decided minority.

It was a skeptic who stabbed him?

Prescott,
please ignore my previous post. Only now I read your last comment.

I'd like to point out that I did not infer it was a skeptic either. I merely commented on their reaction to it.

I was unable to email you at the address on your website..........mail was returned. Do you have a different email address, now?

>Do you have a different email address, now?

No, it's the same, but Yahoo Mail has been acting up lately. Please try again. Thanks.

I'm extremely happy that Rupert is going to recover from this senseless attack, and I'm sure glad his family will still have him around.

Still, I can't seem to shake the thoughts of what late night comics like David Letterman and Conan O'Brien might say about the incident in their opening monologue.

Is that wrong?

"Is that wrong?"
Can we really judge that anything is wrong? How do we know the attack itself is not all part of some 'greater plan'.
"Judge not lest ye be judged".
Having said that, I naturally wish Rupert a speedy recovery!

I wish Dr.Shaldrake has a full and speedy recovery.

The Major said "Maybe I shouldn't use an incident like this to make a point, but the atheists and 'skeptics' who do find something comic in this (and I'm sure there'll be a fair few) should no longer be able to use 'the harm religion does' as a reason for their hatred of it"

The major, I've always thought that harcore/extreme atheists/pseudoskeptics are dishonest people. Their ethic level is at the bottom. These people see other non-atheistic human being as enemies and low-level/insane beings.

Only a bad person makes fun of other people's problems.

It's curious, but some surveys shows that people have a similar views of atheists. As an example, in the following survey, most people see atheists as "self-interested individuals who are not concerned with the common good" and most people "associated atheism with an array of moral indiscretions ranging from criminal behavior to rampant materialism and cultural elitism"

http://www.asanet.org/cs/root/topnav/press/atheists_are_distrusted

Maybe some think that the above view is due to the religious prejudice of most people (I think it's partially correct). However, you only need to enter in a atheist/skeptic forum to see all the above signs (except criminal behaviour). I'd add other signs: dogmatism, lack of self criticism, arrogance and intellectual megalomany, intolerance, angry and hate.

It's sad. Most atheists have an unhappy life. (In my experience, ALL of them are very unhappy, very resent and very rejected by others. Very few people love atheists)

Their hate is shown by their comments and behaviour when other people have problems. they see other people's limitations as an opportunity to beat them, not to help them. In the case of Shaldrake, extreme atheists/skeptics manifest their hate and dishonesty making fun of him (or using this news to "remember" Shaldrake's "pseudoscience"), instead of desiring him a full recovery and other good things. For them, opinion difference is an excuse to destroy other people.

Of course, maybe some hardocore atheists have a good will. But I think they're not the rule.

Steve, I disagree with atheists being unhappy. I'd imagine nihilists to be unhappy, and I think it's mostly the humanists that are the jerks. However, "atheist" is too big a blanket term to use.

"However, you only need to enter in a atheist/skeptic forum to see all the above signs (except criminal behaviour). I'd add other signs: dogmatism, lack of self criticism, arrogance and intellectual megalomany, intolerance, anger and hate."

Steve, all this can also be seen on religious forums. The common factor is "fundamentalist" which is a synonym for 'Those who agree with me are right, those who don't are evil'. Best to lighten up. As Michael H has said:
“We're all blinded by what we think we know. All of us.”

I have heard from Rupert Sheldrake's assistant that he is out of hospital and has no pain at all. He has been sent lots of healing and prayers. The doctors are astonished at his recovery. He will be at his next scheduled conference in Tucson this week.


Thanks, Pearl, for the great news!

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