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by Botfield
August 7th, 2008, 7:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Chain letters/emails, grrr!
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Re: Chain letters/emails, grrr!

Since the 1996 Trading Schemes Act came into force, all chain letters have been illegal in England and Wales. Not sure about emails.

The problem is that it is very difficult to catch the people who start the chain letter off.
by Botfield
August 5th, 2008, 6:37 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evidence that Moses didn't exist?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Re: Evidence that Moses didn't exist?

Lol! Thanks Alan, I never thought of that one! :hilarity:
by Botfield
August 5th, 2008, 4:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evidence that Moses didn't exist?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Re: Evidence that Moses didn't exist?

Hi! Thanks for the links and ideas. I have posted the links on the other site, and already the theists are saying that "this is only one set of links etc..." ! I'm going to back away slowly I think. But at least I have made my point and linked to sites that show that the exodus was not real. You nev...
by Botfield
August 5th, 2008, 3:36 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evidence that Moses didn't exist?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Evidence that Moses didn't exist?

Does anyone have any links to sites that show Moses didn't exist, please? I am currently discussing this on another board and the theists are adamant Moses was a historical figure, but I am struggling to find evidence to the contrary. Thanks!
by Botfield
July 29th, 2008, 3:46 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Will Time Travel Ever Be Possible?
Replies: 31
Views: 3405

Will Time Travel Ever Be Possible?

How realistic is it to believe that time travel will one day be possible?

I remember reading somewhere that Stephen Hawkings believes it might be, or did I dream this? :)
by Botfield
July 26th, 2008, 11:38 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Intelligent people 'less likely to believe in God'
Replies: 16
Views: 2392

Re: Intelligent people 'less likely to believe in God'

I think this is probably true. Yes, there are exceptions to everything, but the more intelligent you are, the more likely you are to question things.

I'm part way through Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion', and he mentions a number of studies that demonstrate this.
by Botfield
July 23rd, 2008, 9:34 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: War criminals and alternative medicine
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: War criminals and alternative medicine

In this case it has less to do with where he hid, as to who let him hide. Those who have links with the country are saying that the Security Chief knew where he was all this time and protected him. It was only when a new pro-EU government took office a few weeks ago that this all changed. Regardless...
by Botfield
July 19th, 2008, 3:59 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychic Phenomena
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: Psychic Phenomena

I find it fascinating that you thought you were communicating with the dead, Botfield. If you don't mind, may I ask why you thought so and how you got into the business of being a medium. No problem! I was interested in life after death and one day decided to visit my local Spiritualist church. I w...
by Botfield
July 19th, 2008, 12:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 119510

Re: Complementary therapies

Thanks Alan! :)
by Botfield
July 19th, 2008, 12:03 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychic Phenomena
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: Psychic Phenomena

Thanks for the link! No, I hadn't heard of the Barnum Effect. You are right. Having thought about this further since my post, I also think there is an argument for mass hysteria. A lot of people at a medium's show or in a Spiritualist hall, want to hear something, and their own expectation can often...
by Botfield
July 18th, 2008, 7:10 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Psychic Phenomena
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Psychic Phenomena

How do we explain psychic phenomena? I believe that cases of 'ghosts' and other paranormal experiences can be put down to psychological influences. But what about mediums? A long time ago before I was a Christian (and obviously now a rationalist who has rejected god as false), I was a Spiritualist M...
by Botfield
July 18th, 2008, 7:06 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 119510

Re: Complementary therapies

Excuse my lateness to this thread! :)

What's the difference between herbal remedies and homeopathy? And what about Bach's Flower Remedies - are they homeopathy or herbal?
by Botfield
July 18th, 2008, 6:56 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Vicars should move to inner-cities to combat knife crime
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: Vicars should move to inner-cities to combat knife crime

Hardly a recruitment drive. All churches are struggling to find vicars/ministers, and those they do have are very reluctant to move to inner cities. A friend of mine said once that isn't it amazing how many vicars feel 'called by God' to move to Devon and Cornwall, but very few feel 'called' to move...
by Botfield
July 17th, 2008, 6:51 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 188649

Re: Homeopathy

The placebo is certainly an interesting effect, but I really can't rely on owners of animals reporting that homoeopathy works for their animal and more than I can rely on people reporting their own recovery. It just isn't science. There are about 10 well established reasons why people might get bet...
by Botfield
July 17th, 2008, 6:50 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 188649

Re: Homeopathy

Yes, I know of many cat owners who swear by homeopathy, I also know many who have tried them to no effect. I think there are two possible reasons why homeopathic remedies appear to work on animals. The first is that the condition gets better of its own accord but the animals' owners credit the reme...
by Botfield
July 17th, 2008, 6:47 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Which newspaper do you read?
Replies: 23
Views: 3195

Re: Which newspaper do you read?

:hilarity:
by Botfield
July 17th, 2008, 3:31 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 188649

Re: Homeopathy

I don't know how it works, I just know it does. However, I am fully aware (and accepting) of the fact that it could simply be the placebo effect. One thing that does puzzle me about Homeopathy is its use in animals. I know of dog owners and breeders who swear by Homeopathy and who argue that it can'...
by Botfield
July 17th, 2008, 3:26 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Which newspaper do you read?
Replies: 23
Views: 3195

Re: Which newspaper do you read?

I don't get one any more but in the days when I did - to read on the tube when travelling to work - it was usually the Independent and sometimes the Guardian. Edited to add: I hope you don't mind, Botfield, that I've added two Scottish papers because a lot of us on this forum live in Scotland. Hi M...
by Botfield
July 16th, 2008, 7:08 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: The political compass test
Replies: 19
Views: 3161

Political Compass

Here are my results:

Economic Left/Right: -5.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.97

This puts me about where the Dalai Lama is. Not sure if that's good or bad...
by Botfield
July 16th, 2008, 7:02 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Does Humanism = Left Wing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3096

Re: Does Humanism = Left Wing?

And you might be interested in reading another moribund thread (sorry, Botfield, I won't make a habit of this :) ) about the Political Compass . You can take the test here . Although I agree with Nick, I think I'd stick my neck out and say that all humanists are at least socially liberal (or libert...