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by tubataxidriver
April 7th, 2011, 11:50 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Just a Joke
Replies: 802
Views: 103424

Re: Just a Joke

The Spaniard looked on enviously.
by tubataxidriver
February 22nd, 2011, 10:02 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Who said that?
Replies: 72
Views: 9389

Re: Who said that?

jamesjones950 wrote:"Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more."
is from The Hours. Very classy novel, now used to help teach creative writing, and a clever film.

"Now, that is a tasty burger."
by tubataxidriver
January 22nd, 2011, 6:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Voting Rights for prisoners
Replies: 59
Views: 5857

Re: Voting Rights for prisoners

Sorry, late into the discussion. I voted yes (they should all vote) and yes (we should comply with the ruling). The main reason people are against this seems to me to be because they think that prison should be a punishment and that any right or luxury should be removed. Prisoners will come out at s...
by tubataxidriver
December 20th, 2010, 7:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Development Economics
Replies: 63
Views: 4771

Re: Development Economics

Remember Gordon Gekko in Wall Street : Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge ...
by tubataxidriver
December 4th, 2010, 4:46 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Are there any moral facts?
Replies: 137
Views: 16098

Re: Are there any moral facts?

I have voted No. In my opinion, none of this is absolute and existing independently of humans and society. It is all a social construction. We as a human society can decide what we want to do. There are no absolute rules, even the Golden Rule. We can classify our constructed rule sets as religious m...
by tubataxidriver
December 4th, 2010, 4:34 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Coffee or tea?
Replies: 1185
Views: 79603

Re: Coffee or tea?

Canal towpaths are much nicer. Although the verbal abuse from anglers (on the canals) and extreme cyclists (on the disused railway lines) is of a comparable nature, only the cyclists can kill you when they run you down.

Wikileaks or Wikipedia?
by tubataxidriver
November 9th, 2010, 11:01 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: American Humanist Association Television Advertisements
Replies: 5
Views: 1210

Re: American Humanist Association Television Advertisements

This initiative should be in the "Negative Humanism" forum, not the "Positive" one.
by tubataxidriver
November 2nd, 2010, 11:24 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: On giving a talk to primary school kids on Humanism
Replies: 10
Views: 3325

Re: On giving a talk to primary school kids on Humanism

Re: Humanist membership of SACREs. Circular 1/94 has now been withdrawn and there are new rules on membership which no longer have a ban on humanist members.
by tubataxidriver
October 30th, 2010, 12:06 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: On giving a talk to primary school kids on Humanism
Replies: 10
Views: 3325

Re: On giving a talk to primary school kids on Humanism

Scoggy, Assuming that your child attends a regular state school, not a faith school. If you can get a copy, it might be worth looking at the local Agreed Syllabus for RE, which is prepared by the local SACRE. This will set out for KS1 and KS2 the main topics and approaches that are used with RE teac...
by tubataxidriver
September 15th, 2010, 9:09 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Minimum Pricing on alcohol
Replies: 33
Views: 3825

Re: Minimum Pricing on alcohol

I seem to be in the minority here in that I don't think excessive taxation or pricing of these items is sensible. I take a libertarian Darwinist view. If people want to kill themselves, fine. Let's provide a bit more education on the risks, and then remove the free liver transplants, plastic surgery...
by tubataxidriver
September 9th, 2010, 9:14 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Remembrance Day
Replies: 20
Views: 4353

Re: Remembrance Day

In Milton Keynes the local Humanists attend the event at the local war memorial alongside the religions, councillors, British Legion, Scouts and Guides etc. and lay a wreath just like the other groups. This is partly to make the point that non-theists have feelings about war and its victims too, and...
by tubataxidriver
August 22nd, 2010, 3:50 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Military Humanist Chaplains?
Replies: 23
Views: 3923

Re: Military Humanist Chaplains?

The BHA is apparently looking at "humanist chaplains" at the moment, and there is also an initiative in Leeds to develop a network (against the wishes of the BHA, so it would seem).
by tubataxidriver
August 22nd, 2010, 3:48 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Sunrise Conference 2010
Replies: 19
Views: 2833

Re: Sunrise Conference 2010

There seems to be a big disagreement brewing between the organisers of this event and the BHA. Local BHA affiliated groups have been emailed by BHA about the event, and in particular raising concerns about the value of the "humanist chaplain" training and proposed network of such "chaplains". I have...
by tubataxidriver
August 22nd, 2010, 3:15 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Electric Fluence Machines
Replies: 30
Views: 3825

Re: Electric Fluence Machines

Sorry I didn't catch this discussion earlier - been away from the internet in East Fife for a holiday. The main machine discussed seems to be a coil-based voltage generator. This would generate a few volts at a few milliamps from the blue motor-like device, but it would then be stepped up in a trans...
by tubataxidriver
August 22nd, 2010, 3:00 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: E-books
Replies: 166
Views: 23307

Re: E-books

Life expectancy of most modern technology appears to be classifiable by two main parameters: (1) how long it takes before a better version of what you currently have is available [in computers this is in the region of two months, with mobile phones about the same], (2) how long the manufacturer will...
by tubataxidriver
August 9th, 2010, 9:51 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Education in Oldham
Replies: 8
Views: 2070

Re: Education in Oldham

Apparently some time ago the schools in the area were more mixed, but over time the two communities geographically re-located themselves to create two distinct areas of Oldham, one predominantly Asian and the other predominantly "white". This skewed the intakes of the local schools. Unless these geo...
by tubataxidriver
August 4th, 2010, 12:22 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: atheism versus agnosticism
Replies: 180
Views: 13877

Re: atheism versus agnosticism

Agnosticism is my "scientifically correct" position, but atheism is my working hypothesis.
by tubataxidriver
August 2nd, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The future for the human race. Where we will end up?
Replies: 34
Views: 4609

Re: The future for the human race. Where we will end up?

It has already been predicted by H G Wells. Morlocks vs Eloi. I'm betting on the Morlocks.
by tubataxidriver
July 24th, 2010, 9:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What temperature does water freeze and boil at?
Replies: 10
Views: 2410

Re: What temperature does water freeze and boil at?

What was missing from all this material was that the triple point is defined in terms of both temperature and pressure (partial pressure in the case of water vapour). At 1 atmosphere pressure you will find it difficult to get to the triple point, which can only be achieved at the right partial press...
by tubataxidriver
July 7th, 2010, 9:02 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does a life come to manifest?
Replies: 34
Views: 3392

Re: How does a life come to manifest?

It's all the processes of chemistry. There is no "spark" or "intelligence" in the process. Nothing "decides" anything. The chemical systems of life are very complex and inefficient, and a lot of energy and materials are used up in the process.