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by Don Alhambra
February 4th, 2008, 12:08 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What kind of brain do you have?
Replies: 42
Views: 5567

Re: What kind of brain do you have?

I can do it... but then, I'm a trained musician, and it still takes concentration. When you send motor commands to a limb, especially commands that activate the spinal circuits that generate rhythmic movements, it's really hard to override that in a different limb. If you have enough practice (e.g. ...
by Don Alhambra
February 4th, 2008, 12:03 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Help my friend win $10,000!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Help my friend win $10,000!

Yeah, he's done lots of good stuff. Unfortunately the page is down right now (the University of Nottingham finally deleted his web space, so he has to find somewhere else... at least he can afford it now!) otherwise I'd link you to it.
by Don Alhambra
January 31st, 2008, 11:29 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Help my friend win $10,000!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Help my friend win $10,000!

Well... if any of you voted, Ed thanks you very much because he won!

It seems that the second place winner had no hard feelings:

"Well looks like you won. I'm hapy to say I came in second place with 100% legitimate votes... more than I can say for this clip"

Ouch.

Thanks again guys. :)
by Don Alhambra
January 30th, 2008, 10:17 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Help my friend win $10,000!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Help my friend win $10,000!

This is not spam, honest. Even though I have posted it on several boards... My good and talented friend and ex-housemate Ed is in the running for a $10,000 prize for making a video. He wrote a song about a cow in a tree and animated it in Flash, using a character he invented called Mort the Ostrich....
by Don Alhambra
January 27th, 2008, 2:55 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What kind of brain do you have?
Replies: 42
Views: 5567

Re:

Thomas wrote:I doubt this has anything much to do with the sides of the brain.
Thomas nails it. Left/right brained isn't really a good way of looking at this at all. They're not really dichotomous. Everyone uses all of their brain, all the time.

And: I love magic eye pictures, me. :)
by Don Alhambra
January 27th, 2008, 2:52 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Census 2001 Religious identity
Replies: 17
Views: 2365

Re: Census 2001 Religious identity

I put down 'Jedi' in 2001. :)
by Don Alhambra
January 27th, 2008, 2:46 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 93352

Re: Do you ever go to church?

I have been and plan again to go to church for various ceremonies. My grandather's memorial service was in Lanercost Priory in Cumbria (we have a family plot out the back), and was a very Humanist ceremony. Beautifully done. Also I recently went to a proper old CofE wedding for a couple of friends o...
by Don Alhambra
January 25th, 2008, 1:02 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The data so far
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Re: The data so far

I love this. :)
by Don Alhambra
October 15th, 2007, 8:46 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Schools 'should wait for official report' before installing
Replies: 8
Views: 1526

'No smoke without fire' was a comedy phrase we used in our university G&S society to refer to things that were utterly improbable and most likely wrong. Example: "I heard Dennis was an Olympic-standard swimmer. No smoke without fire!" Hey, I didn't say it was very good . We were students. :wink: Hav...
by Don Alhambra
October 11th, 2007, 11:22 am
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Fundies say the darndest things
Replies: 49
Views: 15131

I like FSTDT, but stopped reading it because Yahweh (the admin) links to PETA on every page. Those people irritate me.
by Don Alhambra
October 11th, 2007, 11:19 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Prayer - Waste of time or.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Thank Phaedo, that's the one I was referring to. :)
by Don Alhambra
October 11th, 2007, 11:18 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4805

Except that all too often, the desired placebo effect won't be achieved, especially if the things are dealt out alongside the proper drugs by the usual overworked and short of time NHS staff in a typical NHS hospital ward. I think the reason why alternative meds are thought to be effective is becau...
by Don Alhambra
October 9th, 2007, 1:24 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Prayer - Waste of time or.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

There was a prayer study done on heart patients. People either received no prayer, prayer and knew they were being prayed for or prayer and didn't know. There was no significant difference between the prayer and no-prayer group... but the group who knew they were being prayed for had a significantly...
by Don Alhambra
October 9th, 2007, 1:18 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4805

I like the responses so far. Just thought it would be a good thing for this forum to chew over. I don't like the idea of chaplains (religious or not) being funded by the NHS. However, I think an important point is that if they bring comfort to people, whatever form that comfort is, and they assist t...
by Don Alhambra
October 7th, 2007, 3:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4805

Hospital chaplains

This blog post got me thinking about some stuff today.

http://markvernon.com/friendshiponline/ ... -chaplains

Are hospital chaplains a good thing? Discuss.
by Don Alhambra
September 27th, 2007, 7:20 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 129011

The fake acupuncture also involved sticking needles into people. There's a theory of pain called the 'gate control theory' which says that you can block nerve pain transmission by activating large nerve fibers. Ooh, interesting. I will have to ask my friend Stuart about this, he's a pain researcher...
by Don Alhambra
September 27th, 2007, 7:15 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: How anti religious is humanism, really?
Replies: 19
Views: 3286

I know some Christian humanists. Maybe not with a capital H, but those that share the essential beliefs. They happen to believe that Jesus existed (and either was divine or just had some good ideas) but crucially they espouse humanist principles and not the ones their religion instructs them to foll...
by Don Alhambra
September 25th, 2007, 12:17 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Darwin Awards
Replies: 25
Views: 15873

Snopes says FALSE.

:)
by Don Alhambra
September 17th, 2007, 6:17 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Replies: 83
Views: 16684

omg pirate Bumpy!
by Don Alhambra
September 16th, 2007, 11:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is The God Delusion good or bad for humanism?
Replies: 40
Views: 7701

I think that if it causes more people to decide that they would be interested in an alternative, humanistic way of living without gods, then the book has been very good for humanism. Dawkins himself, in teaching me about evollution in his earlier books, helped me to cement my atheism. More of my inf...