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by Fred
October 2nd, 2007, 11:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: I don't want a funeral ceremony.
Replies: 21
Views: 27585

I really don't want anyone spending a brass farthing on such a ceremony for my corpse. I know a lot of people say that the funeral is for those left behind, but of those left behind don't take the wishes of the deceased into consideration, then did they really care about them at all? Sorry, Fred, b...
by Fred
October 1st, 2007, 3:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: I don't want a funeral ceremony.
Replies: 21
Views: 27585

I'm with God on this one. I see funerals as completely pointless. I avoid going to them whenever possible (which is bloody hard in Wales). I really don't want anyone spending a brass farthing on such a ceremony for my corpse. I know a lot of people say that the funeral is for those left behind, but ...
by Fred
October 1st, 2007, 3:28 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7429

Still can't get my head round the idea of humanists , who (despite appearances) aren't much into religion, taking an interest in RE . Shouldn't you guys rather be on the policing authority for sciences in schools, making sure they're being taught properly? By and large we trust the people setting t...
by Fred
October 1st, 2007, 3:21 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 124606

T I don't practice for money, I think this is the important bit. If you are 1. not ripping anyone off AND 2. not encouraging (either explicitly or implicitly) people to avoid real medical treatment AND 3. you are making people feel better then I don't see the harm. IMHO it's a pity that you can't d...
by Fred
September 27th, 2007, 11:34 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: A Humanist Calendar
Replies: 28
Views: 5763

in cornwall, what the english call swedes we called turnips, what the english called turnips, we called cattle feed.
by Fred
September 26th, 2007, 9:22 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: A Humanist Calendar
Replies: 28
Views: 5763

petra10 wrote:Dont see the point of celebrating any days.It would only end up comercialised like all the rest.
Of course we could always boycott the commercialism and just have a party.

Talking of commercialism - where did all this Hallowe'en cr@p come from?
by Fred
September 25th, 2007, 2:41 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 124606

Talk about a misleading headline - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7011738.stm It's not until paragraph 4 that you get the telling sentence, " The Archives of Internal Medicine study also found fake acupuncture to work nearly as well as the real thing. " The fake acupuncture also involved stickin...
by Fred
September 25th, 2007, 2:12 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: A Humanist Calendar
Replies: 28
Views: 5763

I didn't know 25 December was Newton's birthday. Happy Crispmas everyone :D
by Fred
September 25th, 2007, 12:21 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Darwin Awards
Replies: 25
Views: 15651

Don Alhambra wrote:Snopes says FALSE.

:)
Fred says FUNNY

:grin:
by Fred
September 25th, 2007, 11:20 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 124606

Talk about a misleading headline - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7011738.stm

It's not until paragraph 4 that you get the telling sentence, "The Archives of Internal Medicine study also found fake acupuncture to work nearly as well as the real thing."
by Fred
September 24th, 2007, 1:14 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: As Humanists, do you celebrate the festive season?
Replies: 38
Views: 7145

I am hoping that this Xmas, I will be sober enough to watch Dr Who and remember it. The past two Xmas specials, I've had to watch repeats of to understand what was happening.
by Fred
September 24th, 2007, 10:38 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: As Humanists, do you celebrate the festive season?
Replies: 38
Views: 7145

Of course we can. The bloody christians nicked it off the pagans, so why shouldn't we have a good time when we can get a couple of days off work?
by Fred
September 24th, 2007, 9:03 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 10094

Re: Humanist Quakers

I've only had chance to scan through this, so please excuse me while i only refer to some of your points. I'll come back to the others when I have a bit more time. Why do you say 'we do not understand them'? I think I understand them very well, I know that they believe what they believe because that...
by Fred
September 23rd, 2007, 9:29 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 10094

by Fred
September 23rd, 2007, 8:47 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 10094

Re: Humanist Quakers

From long observation of the endless arguing between humanists, atheists, brights & the various other labels of non-belief I have come to the conclusion that it is the result of successive waves of non-believers, not recognising the major division at least in the UK. Isn't it more the result of the...
by Fred
September 20th, 2007, 8:34 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Air car
Replies: 46
Views: 4521

Re: Air car

Alan C. wrote:The car that runs on compressed air.
Could this bring an end to the wars over oil?
Not until there are alternative energy sources for compressing the air and manufacturing the cars. It does look to be a great step in the right direction though.
by Fred
September 20th, 2007, 8:25 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 91277

One of the main items in our local paper today is about a church closing down because of the low number of worshippers, sometimes not into double figures. Oh if only that were so common place as not to be newsworthy. BTW, was anyone other than me annoyed at the news item about a mother who has appa...
by Fred
September 18th, 2007, 1:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The God Delusion and paedophilia
Replies: 18
Views: 3063

Re: The God Delusion and paedophilia

Whilst I agreed with a lot of what RD was saying and learned a few new things (in particular about the bible because being ex-RC, we never actually read the thing!) Coming from a Methodist background, I was gobsmacked when a Catholic friend of mine said in all seriousness, "We don't need to read th...
by Fred
September 18th, 2007, 12:44 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 91277

I ended up in a Quaker "meeting for worship" last night. No, I haven't seen the light, I'll probably explain why I was there in a separate thread. Anyway, every church service i've ever been to has felt shallow, I have felt an outsider, I didn't want to be there and I came out angry at the utter cob...
by Fred
September 17th, 2007, 9:46 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 91277

the sermon wasn't even about something vaguely good, like helping others, it was just about going out and finding "lost sheep" and inviting them back to church, which I think is somewhat offensive. Was it a catholic christening? I seem to think they have to follow a rota of sermons and if your spro...