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by tom
August 19th, 2008, 5:58 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Best wisdom/advice for life?
Replies: 29
Views: 3450

Re: Best wisdom/advice for life?

Learn as though you're going to live forever, live as though you're going to die tomorrow. That's great. "Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." Don't ever forget that you may be wrong and others may be right (but 'a wise man proportions his beliefs to the evidence' - Hume). A...
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 4:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Best wisdom/advice for life?
Replies: 29
Views: 3450

Best wisdom/advice for life?

I'm probably a bit younger than some on here. So, if you could give me just one bit of wisdom or advice for life that you've learned over the years what would it be? From what I've read on various posts, I'm expecting some excellent contributions from Alan C and Alan H at very least. Do your best, p...
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Oh dear!
Replies: 14
Views: 2449

Re: Oh dear!

How many years have they had to demonstrate that religion works?

How come TV has got better and better in just a few decades?
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 4:48 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Good info website
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Good info website

I was reading a comment by Emma on another thread and warmed to her unusual sense and lack of extremism. It reminded me of a website I found a couple of weeks ago called lettuceleaf. Seems to be an update of a very good free booklet I picked up years ago in a vegetarian restaurant in London (where I...
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 4:36 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Staff attack science degrees in alternative health
Replies: 3
Views: 2047

Re: Staff attack science degrees in alternative health

How silly can you get?

How about if we ask them to set up a science degree in the art of reading tea leaves to tell the future?

Another excellent article Alan H.

Tom
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 4:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Olympic Games
Replies: 30
Views: 3411

I'm enjoying the Olympic Games

I'm enjoying the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony was well done as well as a bit boring in the middle part. The venues seems great. The sport is fantastic. The human rights aren't so good and the environmental degradation of China is dreadful. The Chinese at doing a good job selling themselves to...
by tom
August 14th, 2008, 11:11 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 8790

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Sorry for not being able to respond sooner. Hi Emma That's not at all clear to me. I can't even tell whether Tom is vegetarian. Although I had guessed that he wasn't, because of his question, "why aren't vegetarians more widely thoughtful and compassionate ...?" I hope he returns to the thread and c...
by tom
July 26th, 2008, 3:17 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 111126

Re: Complementary therapies

Excellent talk Alan H.

I agree with every word.

Escapism is one explanation why such beliefs are popular.

Tom
by tom
July 26th, 2008, 2:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: You couldn't make it up.
Replies: 14
Views: 1965

Re: You couldn't make it up.

Excellent, Maria.

It sums up what is wrong with religion.

I'm new to ThinkHumanism and was recommended by a friend. I like the level-headedness of people on this forum.

Alan C's recommendation of the Ted talks was also excellent.
by tom
July 26th, 2008, 2:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The dilemma of ethical clothing at Primark
Replies: 7
Views: 3638

Re: The dilemma of ethical clothing at Primark

I am highly sceptical about certification regarding fair trade, or environmentally-sustainable hardwoods, or the RSPCA's anti-cruelty scheme. From my experience, it is a marketing gimmick and poorly regulated. In any business transaction, the workers get a share of the money i.e wages. People aren't...
by tom
July 25th, 2008, 12:56 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 15
Views: 2304

Re: Global Warming

Very good TED talk. Thanks Alan C.
by tom
July 25th, 2008, 12:17 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 8790

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I was more wondering why aren't vegetarians more widely thoughtful and compassionate and why aren't thoughtful and compassionate people not vegetarian? Why limit compassion and thoughtfulness?
by tom
July 25th, 2008, 12:12 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Plant dignity
Replies: 21
Views: 3112

Re: Plant dignity

What about human dignity first?

And the dignity of animals?
by tom
July 25th, 2008, 12:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The dilemma of ethical clothing at Primark
Replies: 7
Views: 3638

Re: The dilemma of ethical clothing at Primark

I have no ethical or moral argument against Primark or most other shops. They are buying products in a global marketplace. Economies and priorities differ a lot from country to country. Few things in life are black and white. I'm vegetarian but I still shop in supermarkets that sell meat and cigaret...
by tom
July 25th, 2008, 11:56 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 8198

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

Hello para handy

So is it safe for me to use the word morals if I don't like the link with being religious? I can see I have been overly cautious.

Tom
by tom
July 21st, 2008, 6:40 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 8790

Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

People who are vegetarian because of ethical reasons are usually thoughtful and compassionate. So why are other people who are also thoughtful and compassionate not vegetarian? Vegetarianism is a subject that is common and there are many opportunities to prompt thought or concern or debate. Why are ...
by tom
July 21st, 2008, 6:26 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Who Owns Britain?
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: Who Owns Britain?

I can understand why individuals should own their own houses. It also makes sense to me why a lot of land is publicly owned for the good of all. What I find upsetting is when we have to pay to park on public land. We have to pay to park on our streets. We have to pay to park at beauty spots. Why? Wh...
by tom
July 21st, 2008, 6:16 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 8198

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

Hello, my name is Tom. I have just joined and this is my first post. This has got me thinking. I have always thought that ethics were logical principles and morals were principles based on religious beliefs. I have been an atheist since my teens and have used the word ethics to describe my values. I...