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by Woody Duck
February 23rd, 2013, 9:30 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Heathen Manifesto
Replies: 17
Views: 4638

Re: Heathen Manifesto

Animist, of course you,re right but what I think he was doing was use a word that has basically been redefined in its meaning. Ask most Christians what the tern "heathen" refers to and they will so unbeliever without knowledge of its real origins. I think whatever name is given to a Humanist will be...
by Woody Duck
February 23rd, 2013, 12:02 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Heathen Manifesto
Replies: 17
Views: 4638

Re: Heathen Manifesto

I don't think all his ideas are rubbishy but he is perhaps a little too prolific to have time to really think his ideas through fully. I agree that the word heathen is somewhat inapropriate. In fact it does exactly what the word atheist does in many ways which is to give definition according to what...
by Woody Duck
February 22nd, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: God is Existence
Replies: 18
Views: 3224

Re: God is Existence

There's a neigh or lets her dog do something very similar on the grass verge by my house. Very annoying.
by Woody Duck
February 22nd, 2013, 5:59 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Do not screen for dementia
Replies: 67
Views: 15803

Re: Do not screen for dementia

Lack of funding goes without saying and will be a problem that will ultimately kill off the health service as unfit for purpose. Maybe I haven't read enough into this policy but I still cannot see how compulsory screening for all over 65s can even be considered. As a Nurse I wouldn't even begin to c...
by Woody Duck
February 22nd, 2013, 12:33 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Do not screen for dementia
Replies: 67
Views: 15803

Re: Do not screen for dementia

Nick, Dementia is now considered to be a terminal illness in that the co morbidities associated with it often give a similar prognosis to many cancers. This is recognised to the point where NICE recommend a palliative care referral on all dementia diagnosis. I might point out that any screening has ...
by Woody Duck
February 10th, 2013, 11:29 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: God is Existence
Replies: 18
Views: 3224

Re: God is Existence

I think if that term helps you then fine. I know many church goers who look at it this way. Personally I think the likes of Spinoza and Tillich used similar terms to push a paradigm shift. Does the term Gkd add anything to existence. For me not really apart from maybe a veneration or respect for the...
by Woody Duck
February 10th, 2013, 11:14 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Atheism intelletually bankrupt?
Replies: 13
Views: 3068

Re: Atheism intelletually bankrupt?

I think any position that insists on an intellectual end point or conclusion stands the risk of becoming intellectually bankrupt. The desire for labels and conclusions is a cultural way of doing philosophy that is bankrupt which has sadly replaced philosophical positions becoming processes or ways o...
by Woody Duck
February 10th, 2013, 10:55 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Heathen Manifesto
Replies: 17
Views: 4638

Heathen Manifesto

Another great bit of writing from Julian Baginni.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2 ... -manifesto
by Woody Duck
December 23rd, 2012, 1:05 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Testing to see if universe is a computer simulation
Replies: 36
Views: 3350

Re: Testing to see if universe is a computer simulation

What if those who have simulated us are simulated themselves and then the ones who simulated them are simulations. And what if we them simulate a world and so on. The search for the simulators might be endless or a circle of simulations where each world has effectively simulated each other.
by Woody Duck
December 4th, 2012, 8:15 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Scouts Promise
Replies: 43
Views: 8606

Re: The Scouts Promise

I welcome this move if they manage to follow it through to the end. I person ally do not have a problem with exploring faiths and religions so long as it is done objectively and without coercion or biase towards a faith. I think good solid secularism benefits from awareness of religion and how it ti...
by Woody Duck
November 29th, 2012, 6:13 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.
Replies: 92
Views: 27359

Re: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.

Fia, I think you're right but this is but a small part of the problem. The structure of the Church in general means that individuals are given access to huge amounts of power over peoples lives. This of course will always attract a certain sinister kind of character for whom power sexually, emotiona...
by Woody Duck
November 29th, 2012, 6:09 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Health screening
Replies: 7
Views: 1478

Re: Health screening

Nik, I agree about information so long as it is the right information. There is also the issue of being able to interpret the right information and use it correctly. The problem with medical information being largely unregulated, means that sometimes information gets conveyed through the press and t...
by Woody Duck
November 29th, 2012, 5:59 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Euthanasia - On Terry Pratchett's 'Choosing to Die'
Replies: 104
Views: 40155

Re: Euthanasia - On Terry Pratchett's 'Choosing to Die'

I think such a review can only serve to educate the public more appropriately and enable health professionals to use the LCP more appropriately and openly with patients and their relatives. I personally have only ever seen the LCP used in full consent and understanding of the patient or their relati...
by Woody Duck
November 27th, 2012, 6:38 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.
Replies: 92
Views: 27359

Re: Yet another case of instituional Catholic child abuse.

Any other institution facing such prolific cases of child abuse within their walls would have collapsed by now.
by Woody Duck
November 27th, 2012, 6:35 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Health screening
Replies: 7
Views: 1478

Re: Health screening

They should also put these online tests into context. Accessible health screens all have their limitations and, as you say have no diagnostic ability. I think it is important that people realise this. I have heard many stories of people getting wound up about the possibility they may have cancer, so...
by Woody Duck
November 27th, 2012, 6:29 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Sanal Edamaruku and India's blasphemy laws
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

Re: Sanal Edamaruku and India's blasphemy laws

Very sad that a man has been forced to leave his own country because of this. How do you change the attitudes of radicalised fundamentalist religious persons when their leaders refuse to acknowledge how unreasonable the charge is. Really this should be adressed at Papal level but I'm sure the Vatica...
by Woody Duck
November 10th, 2012, 5:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Absurdity
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: Absurdity

My backs fine at the moment Dave but thanks for the offer ha ha.
by Woody Duck
November 10th, 2012, 11:19 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Absurdity
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: Absurdity

I'm not sure it is completely detached from the meaning of life Dave. If we look at Bowl us theory of attachment in children then it is clear that our selfishness and altruism is all linked to finding our meaning and purpose from those around us. There is an evolutionary reason behind why we act the...
by Woody Duck
November 9th, 2012, 9:05 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Absurdity
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: Absurdity

Dave you hit in an interesting point. Dawkins the selfish gene suggests that we are survival machines that exist to carry genes. Its convincing to an extent but the point is that it is possible that our sense if needing meaning is merely part of that survival instinct I.e. Part of our programming or...
by Woody Duck
November 7th, 2012, 7:01 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Absurdity
Replies: 15
Views: 4069

Re: Absurdity

Steven thank you for yur comments which I wholeheartedly agree with. I think one of the many flaws in religion and in fact many structures of belief or opinion is that people are obsessed with shaking of anticipating the future by dwelling in the past. whilst it would be foolish not to atleast make ...