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by keithprosser2
December 4th, 2011, 8:31 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: A New Problem in America
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: A New Problem in America

Christians were pretty bad news in the crusades too... link "In this temple 10,000 were [muslims]killed. Indeed, if you had been there you would have seen our feet coloured to our ankles with the blood of the slain. But what more shall I relate? None of them were left alive; neither women nor childr...
by keithprosser2
December 3rd, 2011, 2:23 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: A New Problem in America
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: A New Problem in America

Thanks, Keith, not the story but close. It was to Sinclair Lewis that the, "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross" quotation has been attributed.
Misattributed, apparently.

Let us know when you find the story you meant!
by keithprosser2
December 3rd, 2011, 3:54 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: A New Problem in America
Replies: 53
Views: 14495

Re: A New Problem in America

There is a "future-fiction" story of about 40 years ago (that I wish I could find again) where America develops into a isolationist and isolated totalitarian fascist nation run by a militant clergy. Maybe " It can't happen here "? There is a link to the full text of the book at the bottom of the ar...
by keithprosser2
December 1st, 2011, 4:41 am
Forum: Education
Topic: Solution to removing child from religious observation??
Replies: 20
Views: 4756

Re: Solution to removing child from religious observation??

"trys to get them all praying but apparently the kids just p*ss themselves laughing" Reminds me of my school days. On principle I object to compulsory 'assembly' as it was called, but I can't think of anyone who was brainwashed by it. And being Welsh first and atheist second, I see absolutely nothi...
by keithprosser2
November 26th, 2011, 3:57 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Talk to Yourself
Replies: 444
Views: 64734

Re: Talk to Yourself

As a bit of a wanderer, I realise I haven't been west or north at all! I spent a few years in Singapore, which is fairly east, and I criss-cross the equator fairly regularly now I live in Kampala, Uganda, but the furthest west I've been is Swansea and the furthest north is Aberdeen!
by keithprosser2
November 26th, 2011, 3:42 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Gove wants to send a bible to every school in England
Replies: 57
Views: 8814

Re: Gove wants to send a bible to every school in England

As an atheist who adores the grandeur of the KJV I have somewhat mixed feelings! I think it is not a bad to mark the 400th anniversary of a such great work of literature in some way, but it is an awkward precedent. These are religiously sensitive - one might say - paranoid days. This is bound to cau...
by keithprosser2
November 12th, 2011, 6:11 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: LGBT torture clinics petition - please sign
Replies: 12
Views: 2422

Re: LGBT torture clinics petition - please sign

Sometimes I can take a contrary position for the sake of balance and playing devil's advocate, but I can't about this. If you feel strongly about this, please check out the state of LGBT rights in Uganda where I live. Wikipedia: "A new bill has been introduced to parliament [In Uganda], providing fo...
by keithprosser2
November 4th, 2011, 3:07 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Not a joke . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 6206

Re: Not a joke . . .

Of course with the old pounds shillings and pence you wouldn't get such rubbish because you could divide by 3. 1/3 of 1 pound was 6s 8d. You must have noticed that most of what is currently wrong with the world happened after decimalisation? Decimalisation was a huge mistake which we are paying for ...
by keithprosser2
October 28th, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9858

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

Apologies for stating the bleeding obvious, but the distinction in nomenclature is that a baby has been born; a foetus hasn't. In view of the reuters story just above 'bleeding' is probably as ill-advised a word as 'obvious'. I wish this was a problem reducible to a slogan like "a baby has been bor...
by keithprosser2
October 28th, 2011, 6:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Muslimophobia'
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: 'Muslimophobia'

Sorry to bump a thread, but Al Jazeera did a piece(with video) on the EDL. As a patriotic ex-pat (consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, as Emerson said) I am almost glad I am 4000 miles away and can keep my rosy ideal of England(*) intact.

(*actually Britain, as I am of Welsh origin!)
by keithprosser2
October 26th, 2011, 1:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Philosophical discussions elsewhere
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Philosophical discussions elsewhere

I have added 'Irenic' to my vocabulary. I initially thought it might mean 'like Irene', but on checking it out its actual definition it is nothing like the Irene I knew.
Sure I'll pop along to PN.
by keithprosser2
October 26th, 2011, 10:16 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Songs of Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 3031

Re: Songs of Praise

I've never appreciated bells. Apparently there are all sorts of complicated patterns and changes going on, but I'd rather listen to Indonesian gamelan .
by keithprosser2
October 17th, 2011, 11:31 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Dreams, do they mean anything?
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Dreams, do they mean anything?

I'm not sure I want anyone mulling my postulations. I was very strictly brought up. I often wish I could conjure the vividness of a dream in the waking state. When I am awake if I think about, say, a cow then I don't get the image of a cow in my minds eye - or only a very vague, shadow of an image, ...
by keithprosser2
October 17th, 2011, 6:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Dreams, do they mean anything?
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Dreams, do they mean anything?

My idea does bring up the problem of how the brain can 'predict the future'. I obviously don't mean that it has a mystical power of clairvoyance; all I mean is that the brain makes guesses about the most likely immediate future. But even that seems quite a feat for a bunch of neurones to pull off! W...
by keithprosser2
October 16th, 2011, 9:37 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Dreams, do they mean anything?
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Dreams, do they mean anything?

Well, the next time you have a dream, look out for episodes! A species of surreality might also be a consequence... you would get something like 'local coherence' but 'global incoherence' as a consequence of the interplay between the 'predictor' doing its best to make what happens next 'realistic' (...
by keithprosser2
October 16th, 2011, 8:15 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Dreams, do they mean anything?
Replies: 20
Views: 2586

Re: Dreams, do they mean anything?

Let me suggest a 'mechanism' for dreams... at least the sort of dreams I have. I'd like to know if people think it's a reasonable hypothesis. My idea is that dreams don't rely on any special mechanism at all... the idea is that what we are aware of (in the normal, waking state) is largely generated ...
by keithprosser2
October 15th, 2011, 3:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Muslimophobia'
Replies: 23
Views: 3099

Re: 'Muslimophobia'

The perception that Muslims are fundamentally opposed to the values of western society such as free speech and equal rights for women is one such false dichotomy which I believe can be safely disregarded. I don't want to criticise, but I wonder if you wrote exactly what you meant (or is that vice v...
by keithprosser2
October 13th, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Newtonian Philosophy, anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1576

Re: Newtonian Philosophy, anyone?

Thanks T! so many gems in that article, but I particularly tickled by this one: We are indisputably still trying to understand the universe, and a lot of thought goes into it, and we are therefore doing (natural) philosophy. But we don’t call it that these days for fear of being mistaken for the sor...
by keithprosser2
October 13th, 2011, 10:46 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: An elephant in the room?
Replies: 15
Views: 2666

Re: An elephant in the room?

It may be a case where we have to "bite the ecological bullet" and use whatever productive land there is for sustainable agriculture, not slash & burn, and keep the animals in well protected and maintained parks just for tourism It's a question of who you you're asking to bite what bullet. I can't ...