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by sisyphushappy
August 10th, 2010, 8:16 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Over to You
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Over to You

I am due to give go on the BBC Radio Humberside "Thought for the Day" slot in a couple of weeks and thought I'd check out the broadcasts the local vicars were making. I think that this one that was broadcast yesterday is beyond parody: http://hull-and-east-riding.humanist.org.uk/audio/VicarsThoughtf...
by sisyphushappy
June 20th, 2010, 9:18 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Jacob Bronowski Humanist Heritage Campaign 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1056

Jacob Bronowski Humanist Heritage Campaign 2010

The Humanist Heritage Project is being run by the British Humanist Association for Humanist Week 2010 which runs from 21st - 27th June. The Hull and East Riding Humanist Group feels that the Humanist, Scientist and Broadcaster Jacob Bronowski deserves special recognition for his contribution to Huma...
by sisyphushappy
May 8th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 12034

Re: General election

I'm a Liberal Democrat and was gutted that we didn't increase our seats and in particular that Evan Harris lost his seat. Having said that, the current circumstances offer some interesting possibilities and I reject the idea that the Liberal Democrats could not do a deal with the Conservatives. It w...
by sisyphushappy
January 9th, 2010, 2:48 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: "Interfaith" is Good for Humanism
Replies: 14
Views: 2705

Re: "Interfaith" is Good for Humanism

I think that the name change is an achievement and I too have had some success having terminology changed by the East Riding of Yorshire Council, although I wouldn't want to be difficult about it with HERI because as I said, they have been very supportive. I think some people can be overly cynical a...
by sisyphushappy
January 9th, 2010, 11:30 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: "Interfaith" is Good for Humanism
Replies: 14
Views: 2705

"Interfaith" is Good for Humanism

Six members of the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group ( http://www.herhg.org.uk ), of which I am the Secretary, have attended the Hull and East Riding Interfaith. I have been elected to the HERI Committee and have been the speaker at a number of debates and discussions including "Is Humanism a Reli...
by sisyphushappy
September 27th, 2009, 2:11 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Is this true?
Replies: 45
Views: 3527

Re: Is this true?

It's a question of evaluating the evidence put forward to support the claim. I seriously doubt that there was any evidence being put forward.
by sisyphushappy
September 26th, 2009, 3:21 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What are local Humanist groups for
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: What are local Humanist groups for

The humanist society at the UoE has a round-table discussion every week which can be a bit high-brow, we also host various events like debates, but we also have a pub night every week, where people can come along and just have a chat and we are just hanging out with like-minded people. This is all ...
by sisyphushappy
September 22nd, 2009, 10:54 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What are local Humanist groups for
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: What are local Humanist groups for

but it is quite intellectual and this may deter some people The fact is I like some intellectual discussion and that is why I go to a Humanist group rather than go to play golf or take part in pub quizes. When people turn up to their local group and object that the discussion of evolutionary biolog...
by sisyphushappy
September 22nd, 2009, 1:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What are local Humanist groups for
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

What are local Humanist groups for

As I write this I am listening to a CofE Bishop talking about "Back to Church Sunday". He makes the point that more people attend church in this country than go to football matches (almost a million), but they are engaging in a marketing drive to persuade people to return to church. I think that som...
by sisyphushappy
July 27th, 2009, 8:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 12637

Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

Of course there is a "Barnum effect" but is it really true that someone could pick one of the 16 types at random and see themselves in the description. For example, if you tested INTJ, try reading the description of an ESFJ. It's not like a horoscope.
by sisyphushappy
July 23rd, 2009, 8:31 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 12637

Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

So that's 80% with a "rational" temperament so far (NT types).
by sisyphushappy
July 22nd, 2009, 8:19 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 12637

Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

I am giving a talk on Pseudoscience to the York Humanist Group in November and am trying to decide if Myers-Briggs personality tests or Socionics are pseudoscience. I suspect that they are inadequately supported by large scale double blind testing and that they suffer from the "Barnum" or "Forer" ef...
by sisyphushappy
February 7th, 2009, 1:33 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Nurse may face sack for prayer offer to patient
Replies: 44
Views: 4318

Re: Nurse may face sack for prayer offer to patient

I don't see anything wrong with anything that this nurse has done. The crucial point is that she asked the patient if she would like to be prayed for. If the nurse had persistantly harassed a patient who had made it clear that they were not interested, that would be a completely different matter and...
by sisyphushappy
January 7th, 2009, 12:00 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: New BHA website
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: New BHA website

I haven't had chance to explore the new site completely but I am very impresed by what I have seen so far. Well done to Bob, I can see how much work has gone in it to developing the new site. It's just a shame that I will now have to update lots of the links on the Hull and East Riding Humanist Grou...
by sisyphushappy
January 4th, 2009, 9:14 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Darwin Day
Replies: 42
Views: 5573

Re: Darwin Day

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'The Origin of Species', the North Yorkshire Humanist Group (of which I am a member) has planned a talk a talk on "Darwin, Science & Humanism" which is being given by Chris Street, on...
by sisyphushappy
November 9th, 2008, 10:35 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Films
Replies: 231
Views: 33594

Re: Films

Does anyone here like The Matrix movies?
by sisyphushappy
November 9th, 2008, 10:23 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Films
Replies: 231
Views: 33594

Re: Films

Has anyone seen the 1997 movie Contact starring Jodie Foster which was based on the novel by the late Humanist Astronomer Carl Sagan?
by sisyphushappy
November 9th, 2008, 9:39 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Why did you choose your particular user name?
Replies: 288
Views: 62839

Re: Why did you choose your particular user name?

I read this in Wikipedia and thought sisyphushappy was a good username for a Humanist: The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world...
by sisyphushappy
November 9th, 2008, 9:31 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 76352

Re: Explain your avatar

Since someone asked, my avatar is the picture on the front of my copy of Richard Dawkin's book "The Blind Watchmaker", the original painting was by Desmond Morris.