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by Phaedo
December 13th, 2007, 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Balls to Winterval...
Replies: 13
Views: 2800

How's about if we found an enterprising greeting card publisher to produce a Celebration Of Life card with the Humanist H in a prominent position. After all they produce cards for the daftest of occasions. We could send these to all those folk who send us Xmas cards. Leaving aside the myths and supe...
by Phaedo
November 30th, 2007, 4:30 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Where did you study?
Replies: 48
Views: 7626

The OU, and I loved it. Will do more, if and when I can. Me too, so much so I went back for a second bite. Couldn't face any more education when I left school so got a job where I could see some of the world. Decided I'd missed something by my late 30s so enrolled with the O.U. B.A. (Maths & Comput...
by Phaedo
November 27th, 2007, 12:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Religious funeral dilemma
Replies: 18
Views: 2297

This is a question I've had to address many times for myself living as I do in a heavily religious part of the country and where all funerals are religion dominated. As Desmond did I turned the question around and asked myself 'if I were to arrange a Humanist funeral for myself how many of my religi...
by Phaedo
November 25th, 2007, 7:07 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Raising children to be religious
Replies: 25
Views: 3103

I think the only way to combat religious indoctrination of children is for them to be exposed to other beliefs and ideas when they are outside the home and to encourage them to question and to think critically about things. That is certainly 'a' way but sadly it goes much deeper than that. As you s...
by Phaedo
November 25th, 2007, 12:12 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Raising children to be religious
Replies: 25
Views: 3103

Re: Raising children to be religious

I also watched the programme and was appalled how weighted the studio guests list was in favour of religion, 4 for and 1 against. Yet note the emails read out were unanimously against the religious position. We can call it 'child abuse' until we're blue in the face but the bottom line is that if we ...
by Phaedo
November 19th, 2007, 1:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: The new insomniacs' thread
Replies: 245
Views: 71600

I must be one of the lucky ones.
I hit the pillow, the light goes out, the lights go out . . .can't remember anything after that. Annoys the hell out of my wife who is a fully signed up, time served, chronic insomniac. Maybe it's living with me that does it :yawn: !!!
by Phaedo
November 18th, 2007, 8:50 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist principles/values
Replies: 5
Views: 1008

Re: Humanist principles/values

Autumn wrote:Is tolerance an important part of humanism? What do we mean by it anyway.
I dont think I could improve on the following from Paul Kurtz, founder of Secular Humanism, in his paper 'The Limits of Tolerance' ..
The Limits Of Tolerance
by Phaedo
November 18th, 2007, 3:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: A weighty and massive subject
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

Alan H wrote: Question: at what speed do electrons move through a wire?

v = I/nAQ
where
I is the electric current
n is number of charged particles per unit volume
A is the cross-sectional area of the conductor
v is the drift velocity, and
Q is the charge on each particle.
by Phaedo
November 15th, 2007, 12:57 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 15
Views: 2338

David Keith's talk is certainly interesting. He is obviously in no doubt about the causes of global warming as he says it is important to talk about various ways of dealing with it. Having spent 34 years working in meterology, not climatology, but sufficently related to have at least a rudimentary u...
by Phaedo
November 10th, 2007, 4:30 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The trouble with reason!
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

I fully applaud the approach taken at this symposium because, at last, reason is being applied rather than being an end in itself. Not too long ago I was taken to task severely in another thread for suggesting that we were in too much of a hurry to eradicate religion without anything prepared to tak...
by Phaedo
November 6th, 2007, 1:51 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Mum aged 22 dies for Jehovah
Replies: 29
Views: 3685

And I just had a thought, surely the doctor, by not giving the transfusion assisted the patient to die? Is this another privilege to be given to the faith heads but denied to the rest of us? Aren't we looking to have our cake and eat it here. On the one hand it has been strongly argued on this foru...
by Phaedo
November 6th, 2007, 9:23 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Why debate?
Replies: 27
Views: 6266

I thought Robertson was a Free Presbyterian. I don't know what the 'Free Church' is. Can anyone explain? Beki, is the Free Church more powerful in the Western Isles? :shock: It sure is. The local paper letters page, week after week, is full of correspondence condemning everything in sight and in th...
by Phaedo
October 31st, 2007, 7:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: And the award for the worst humanist quote ever....
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: And the award for the worst humanist quote ever....

....goes to Ingersoll, as far as I'm concerned. “Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.” I don't agree that happiness is the 'only good' anyway. Does anyone? I've got a feeling the the Ingersoll quote is a re...
by Phaedo
October 12th, 2007, 12:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: How not to do it
Replies: 14
Views: 2292

Yes, thats the thing about us working class we are clever enough to work things out for ourselves you know. As for defining a worker, why the 99% of us out there who having nothing to sell but our labour power. I agree - and the vast majority of us consistently vote for the non-'socialist' option. ...
by Phaedo
October 9th, 2007, 9:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Prayer - Waste of time or.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2373

Just found this on the Templeton Foundation website... Press Releases Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) The Largest Study of Third-Party Remote Intercessory Prayer Suggests Prayer Not Effective in Reducing Complications Following Heart Surgery and even more damning.. Con...
by Phaedo
October 9th, 2007, 2:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Prayer - Waste of time or.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2373

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. Conclusions: prayer doesn't help, and can be positively harmful if the object of the prayer knows they're being prayed for... (I can't find the re...
by Phaedo
October 8th, 2007, 8:45 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Prayer - Waste of time or.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2373

Prayer - Waste of time or.....

Apologies to Whitecraw for introducing this quote out of context from another thread... but it brought to the fore some dormant thoughts. Spiritual guidance in a Christian context is reflection on the presence and action of God in your life and prayer with a trained and experienced guide. All my lif...
by Phaedo
October 7th, 2007, 2:15 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: most overused bible verse
Replies: 25
Views: 4150

Someone once told me Americans have to have a middle initial at least if not a name. I suppose it makes him sound American. Herbie seems as likely as anything else. But I thought everyone knew that God, and therefore his son, was a white, straight, male, anglo-saxon American so it stands to reason ...
by Phaedo
October 7th, 2007, 11:35 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3924

As a virtue, courage is covered extensively in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics , its vice of deficiency being cowardice and its vice of excess being recklessness. The equation of courage with recklessness (‘running into a burning/collapsing building which you have no chance of saving anyone from, an...
by Phaedo
October 6th, 2007, 5:52 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3924

Yes, I agree that you may act in a self-preserving or cowardly way or you may act in a brave and courageous way but I don't necessarily think this defines your morality. I think the emotive concepts of cowardice, bravery etc. are a bit of a red herring in terms of morality. It's quite easy to imagi...