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by Cairsley
September 10th, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

But what are these plans for the UK to leave the EU of which you speak? As someone said recently, we can't switch to Plan B: there isn't even a Plan A. The UK have made a load of different demands, claims, promises in the last 14 months (never mind pre referendum). The papers they have published so...
by Cairsley
September 10th, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

I was impressed by the demonstration in London in favor of reversing the decision to leave the EU, about which I have been reading on line. Britons are changing their minds as it becomes ever clearer that they were cynically misled by all too many of their politicians, and that the concerns they tho...
by Cairsley
August 14th, 2017, 9:17 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The new King of Poland
Replies: 2
Views: 3437

Re: The new King of Poland

The new King of Poland's coronation was held yesterday. The new King is... Jesus Christ Is Now Officially the King of Poland It's not reported whether he appeared in person to receive the crown... Just came across this outlandish report. Children who have imaginary friends are not usually a problem...
by Cairsley
August 14th, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Books enjoyed
Replies: 72
Views: 23300

Re: Books enjoyed

Footnote to my previous message: 'status rerum' refers to "the raw, unexperienced welter of objects and events" (op. cit. p. 130). O'Connor's footnote has this to say about it: "This term has a respectable philosophical ancestry in that it was suggested by Wittgenstein to C. K. Ogden as a suitable t...
by Cairsley
August 14th, 2017, 5:20 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Books enjoyed
Replies: 72
Views: 23300

Re: Books enjoyed

Hello, Animist. I woke up this morning with the uneasy feeling that I had typed Alfred Tarski's name incorrectly and have now logged in to check, and, yes, I misnamed the famous logician and mathematician. His name is indeed Alfred Tarski , not Albert. Mea culpa. You are quite right that the coheren...
by Cairsley
August 13th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Poetry
Replies: 32
Views: 9925

Re: Poetry

One of my old favorites. It suits a humanist feeling (perhaps enjoying) a touch of melancholy. Stanzas Often rebuked, yet always back returning To those first feelings that were born with me, And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning For idle dreams of things which cannot be: To-day, I will seek...
by Cairsley
August 13th, 2017, 7:48 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Books enjoyed
Replies: 72
Views: 23300

Re: Books enjoyed

It must be a couple of years since I last sat down with a novel. Of late I have been rereading a short philosophical work entitled The Correspondence Theory of Truth (1975) by D. J. O'Connor, a little gem for anyone who finds philosophy interesting and likes to read clear, levelheaded work on specif...
by Cairsley
August 12th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

proof, if it were needed, that a second referendum would be premature: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-29-remain-voters-accept-deport-eu-citizens-must-leave-study-lse-oxford-a7889241.html I am at a loss for words. But it is the British people's choice. The best of British luck ...
by Cairsley
August 10th, 2017, 4:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

Th referendum was simply advisory: the Tories chose to take it as being a mandate to go for the most extreme path to leave the EU. The result of that referendum was a huge embarrassment to David Cameron and the Conservatives, whose internal divisions were only exacerbated by it. Had the Conservativ...
by Cairsley
August 9th, 2017, 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

. . . There is nothing to stop UKGov calling another referendum but it must make sense to most people to do that and the result must be respected - no excuses. Once the deal or lack of any deal is known in 2018, another referendum could be called on that, as I believe the LibDems suggest. It seems ...
by Cairsley
August 5th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 252218

Re: In or out?

It should be obvious to everybody by now that the United Kingdom can leave the European Union only with a deal worse than the one it currently has as a member of the European Union. That seems to be grounds enough for Parliament to do what it was elected to do, namely to govern for the common good o...
by Cairsley
July 26th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Did Jesus exist?
Replies: 155
Views: 24796

Re: Did Jesus exist?

Unless he turns up himself or some startling new evidence comes to light, all we are left with is a variety of different interpretations of the existing literature and evidence. But an interesting question to ask is what would be convincing evidence one way or the other? It does all come down to th...
by Cairsley
July 24th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Did Jesus exist?
Replies: 155
Views: 24796

Re: Did Jesus exist?

I am of the opinion someone called Jesus existed, but I think the gospel writers used him as a peg to hang their less than credible tales. That was the view I favored too, before I leaned more to Dr Carrier's view. But I am waiting for the experts in the field to thrash it out among themselves, bef...
by Cairsley
July 22nd, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Is there enough evidence for Global Warming?
Replies: 6
Views: 2769

Re: Is there enough evidence for Global Warming?

Excellent links, thank you, Tetenterre.
by Cairsley
July 21st, 2017, 6:10 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Did Jesus exist?
Replies: 155
Views: 24796

Re: Did Jesus exist?

Scripture scholarship has reached the embarrassing state where there are as many opinions about Jesus as there are expert scripture scholars. It is little wonder, then, that doubts have arisen that perhaps there is no actual evidence of a historical Jesus at all. Richard Carrier, doctor of ancient h...
by Cairsley
July 20th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Is there enough evidence for Global Warming?
Replies: 6
Views: 2769

Re: Is there enough evidence for Global Warming?

You make the right point, StevenW, that the question that needs our attention is the contribution that human activity has made to the climate-warming that has been measured over the last two centuries. The evidence for this is now undeniable, for we know where the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxid...
by Cairsley
August 23rd, 2014, 4:33 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 76908

Re: Do you ever go to church?

I have not entered a church since my apostasy from Roman Catholicism some twenty years ago. Friends I have made in that time have all been free of religion and for various reasons I am also estranged from my family, so the ordinary reasons why a nonreligious person may find himself being asked to at...
by Cairsley
July 15th, 2014, 2:03 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Link
Replies: 13194
Views: 474304

Re: Word Link

made easy
by Cairsley
July 14th, 2014, 5:54 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Link
Replies: 13194
Views: 474304

Re: Word Link

fondly known