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by phalarope
April 20th, 2012, 2:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10025

Re: Socialist Humanism

Steve, you are being naughty when you suggest that Kropotkin was cured 'of his socialist tendencies'. What treatment would you propose for little old socialist me then? Prayer? Isolation? A padded cell? :puzzled:
by phalarope
April 20th, 2012, 12:10 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10025

Re: Socialist Humanism

Are you, T and N, expounders of tired old humanism then? Is humanism also a failed idea? Does it not work in practice? Or is humanism merely what you want it to be, a convenience good that one can taste now and then? It is easy to knock socialism and champion the free market but humanism has to be m...
by phalarope
April 20th, 2012, 8:53 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10025

Re: Socialist Humanism

What this exchange brings out so far is that there is a multiplicity of socialisms, as there is a variety of humanisms. Emma's postings have been the more perceptive for me so far in that she embraces the potential and possibilities of this variety without being dismissive of the state forms and exp...
by phalarope
April 18th, 2012, 7:14 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10025

Re: Socialist Humanism

Are you saying that you are not for humanist aspirations such as a socialist humanist :wink: Republic of Scotland, Nick the Kentish pirate? What's wrong with aspirations to freedom as part of a humanist platform?
by phalarope
April 17th, 2012, 2:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10025

Socialist Humanism

It is fair comment to say that for the most part humanists are natural socialists, left of centre, anti-capitalist in respect of globalist exploitation, radical about equality and diversity, for the independence of small nations and for self-governance, in short close up and personal. Humanist cause...
by phalarope
April 16th, 2012, 7:51 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Big Question - Is God a woman?
Replies: 14
Views: 2417

Re: The Big Question - Is God a woman?

There is no God and Mary is His Mother.
by phalarope
April 12th, 2012, 2:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Culture Struggle
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: Culture Struggle

The conflict, contest, difference between belief and non-belief is an example of culture struggle. Racism and ethnic divisions can and do exhibit cultural conflicts. Art has its conflicts in terms of cultural standards. Simples. :)
by phalarope
April 7th, 2012, 3:30 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Loony Cardinal
Replies: 17
Views: 5577

Loony Cardinal

Christians should wear crosses as a symbol of their faith. Cardinal Keith O'Brien with yet another piece of pulpit pish. What IS he on?! The logic of such a statement could mean that Jews should wear the Star of David. Hmm..now where have we seen that before? Isn't that incitement to religious incen...
by phalarope
April 6th, 2012, 6:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147955

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

Correct Nick, but the article has a lot going for it all the same. Sell the NHS off I say, but that will never happen.
by phalarope
April 6th, 2012, 4:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147955

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

Maybe he was influenced by the Adam Smith Institutehttp://www.adamsmith.org/research/reports/refo ... th-service
by phalarope
April 6th, 2012, 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147955

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

Nick, what generally is your position on the NHS? Are you a free market reformist? :puzzled:
by phalarope
April 5th, 2012, 3:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Culture Struggle
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: Culture Struggle

And what about green belt land that has a field behind your house which the local authority says will never be built on! Now eight houses are there. What's that about!? :angry:
by phalarope
April 5th, 2012, 3:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Culture Struggle
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Culture Struggle

Is Humanism a part of the culture struggle? What struggle would humanists engage in? What flags do we carry? I guess I'm saying:"What's your beef?" By CS I mean conflict in the community and within 'The Big Society'. What would I pick a fight with? Religion first I reckon. Then Arms Sales. Then Woo....
by phalarope
April 4th, 2012, 7:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: No Faith in Medicine
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: No Faith in Medicine

I assume Getreal that the Ayr unit was kept in being from the tone of your comment and this seems to bear out my point that departments and specialists are good at defending their territories within my definition of the process. Even within the context of centralizing successes (obviously this didn'...
by phalarope
April 3rd, 2012, 3:02 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Another Black Eye for the Vatican
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Another Black Eye for the Vatican

Bumbling Benedict seems to be having a bad hair day on stem cell issues, seehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2012/0 ... e-vatican/
Why does the Vatican keep sticking its nose in where it's not wanted?
by phalarope
April 3rd, 2012, 9:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: No Faith in Medicine
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: No Faith in Medicine

Thanks Alan. America never ceases to amaze, and often to depress. As for the homeopathic hospital in Glasgow, Getreal, it is interesting how politicians and NHS management rationalize the irrational by simplifying it. As with chaplaincy, when there's a need to cut back and save money on such inessen...
by phalarope
April 2nd, 2012, 3:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: No Faith in Medicine
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

No Faith in Medicine

My subject heading can be taken two ways. Either one possesses a lack of belief in the efficacy of medicine and/or prefers alternatives, or, one is against bringing religious faith in any of its many manifestations, into the practice of medicine and healing. I will opt for the latter definition, arg...
by phalarope
March 28th, 2012, 7:29 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 21336

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

You seem to be lost in a maze of dualist events within the brain, as if awareness were somehow separate from the 'determined' brain with a life of its own, awareness as a catch up process after the event. Is your brain somehow separate from you? Are you brain free? Does your brain operate separately...
by phalarope
March 25th, 2012, 8:28 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 21336

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

The fact that you can't relate to another's feeling of free choice is your problem Compassionist. From what you tell us you have experienced quite a bit of brute luck, but that is exactly what it is, and you have had the hard end of the stick. No amount of casuistry on your part about fate and causa...
by phalarope
March 24th, 2012, 8:24 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious Viruses
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: Religious Viruses

OK thundril. So how did you acquire immunity from the pernicious infection of religion, or where you born 'clean' of the stuff? I got my infection at birth from both parents and swam in the stuff until my early teens. The pre-school ingestion was rather benign and dormant until triggered by the conv...