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by Johnnywas
July 11th, 2013, 8:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Should we be hunting for aliens who can move stars?
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Should we be hunting for aliens who can move stars?

If capturing Solar energy was the best way of creating energy then looking for evidence in space would make sense.

However it might be better to for aliens to build fusion reactors. Perhaps they have perfected cold fusion
Perhaps not !.
by Johnnywas
July 3rd, 2013, 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 29
Views: 4225

Re: Egypt

I think that there is a risk that the secular movement in Eygpt will become regarded as undemocratic if it forces Morsi out Governments have a mandate to govern to the end of the term and democracy won't work if that isn't accepted If young secular liberals force the Government out then the next sec...
by Johnnywas
June 16th, 2013, 10:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: A question of philosophy
Replies: 19
Views: 2029

Re: A question of philosophy

I suppose that I'm a materialist to an extent. I think that the world comes first and language comes later and merely describes it. However that does not mean that people see the world as it without bias or that language perfectly communicates our perception of the world. for example we use the use ...
by Johnnywas
June 10th, 2013, 9:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Thinking of...
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Thinking of...

Ian Banks who helped me stay sane by making me fear madness a little less.
by Johnnywas
June 10th, 2013, 9:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Thinking of...
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Thinking of...

Nelson Mandela who is seriously ill. I won't pray but I do hope he gets better or finds peace.
by Johnnywas
June 8th, 2013, 11:30 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Why do we study history?
Replies: 10
Views: 1862

Re: Why do we study history?

My learning was a while back too, Dave. Rest assured that historians aren't generally asked to solve the worlds problems. If that paid the rent I would be doing it. Academic historians and teachers teach people to study a subject properly before reaching conclusions and to set out arguments in an ac...
by Johnnywas
June 8th, 2013, 9:56 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Why do we study history?
Replies: 10
Views: 1862

Re: Why do we study history?

I'm not sure why Panto you are so down on historians. Its not necesarily true that historians study history to learn lessons from the past. In general historians don't try to run the country or administer our lifes based on lessons from history. Politicians on the contrary are rather keen to tell us...
by Johnnywas
May 29th, 2013, 9:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Some thoughts on the origin of religion.
Replies: 15
Views: 2868

Re: Some thoughts on the origin of religion.

We all need a sense of awe. It may be related to power and it may serve power but I would rather think of my self as Stardust than the creation of God. Not all power is petty and ultimately pointless. I'm not a big Joni Mitchell fan but "Woodstock" is a great song on the theme - Well I came upon a c...
by Johnnywas
May 25th, 2013, 10:55 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Some thoughts on the origin of religion.
Replies: 15
Views: 2868

Re: Some thoughts on the origin of religion.

Personally I have experiences of awe when looking at the stars, of "oneness"with the world when relaxed and contemplative and I have feelings that the universe has a bigger purpose which it almost certainly does not have. I find these feelings fascinating, charming and comforting and I have learned ...
by Johnnywas
May 20th, 2013, 11:21 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is God Dead ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: Is God Dead ?

"God is dead" is a quote from Neitzche. He probably did not mean to be taken literally. However, he clearly meant something rather more specific than "God doesn't exist." He may well have believed that God did not existed. However the growth of religious sceptism cannot be ascribed to God ceasing to...
by Johnnywas
May 19th, 2013, 11:29 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is God Dead ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: Is God Dead ?

I think God is going to be with us for a while. Even in Western Europe where secular values have been in the ascendant for at least 200 years large numbers of people still attend Church regularly. Not only do they attend Church but they feel sufficientlty moved to complain and organise against what ...
by Johnnywas
May 18th, 2013, 9:14 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is God Dead ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Is God Dead ?

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines" Bertrand Russell "The dream is over What can I say? The dream is over Yesterday I was the dream weaver But now I'm reborn I was the Walrus But now I'm John And s...
by Johnnywas
May 18th, 2013, 6:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Patriotism
Replies: 26
Views: 8216

Re: Patriotism

I'm not particularly inspired by my country. I don't entirely believe that everyone who is is patriotic is making a terrible moral choice. I think we can demonstrate loyalty and pride to communities. I don't think we have to solely concerned with universal solidarity . However, I think that grown ad...
by Johnnywas
May 16th, 2013, 10:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Democracy & War
Replies: 19
Views: 2535

Re: Democracy & War

it is worth considering how the causation works. perhaps countries which are relatively wealthly, have an educated citizenry, prize human rights and are tolerant tend towards democracy and peaceful coexistence with their neighbours. in that Scenario both democracy and peace are products of the same ...
by Johnnywas
April 23rd, 2013, 11:21 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Ice Age Flood
Replies: 10
Views: 2109

Re: Ice Age Flood

You may be right Dave. I certainly don't want to knock fresh thoughts on the Bible. If we can understand it better and provided we see it as a collection of parables we may be able to continue to appreciate it as a great work of literature. about 10,000 years ago the ice sheets were melting. the lan...
by Johnnywas
April 22nd, 2013, 9:30 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Ice Age Flood
Replies: 10
Views: 2109

Re: Ice Age Flood

Its not obvious to me how long people without written records remember big events. However I guess that an event is unlikely to have much folk memory after 10 generations which is about 400 years. However, the last ice age was 8,000 years ago. Seems unlikely to be an account of an event that ancient...
by Johnnywas
April 20th, 2013, 6:54 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism is inherently left wing - a personal view.
Replies: 21
Views: 6679

Re: Humanism is inherently left wing - a personal view.

I am probably more left wing than the majority of peple and being a Humanist is part of my world view. However I don't feel that Humanists necessarily need to be left wing. Humanism assumes that their are values shared by decent people and which can be learned by everyone. Its not really about a set...
by Johnnywas
April 17th, 2013, 10:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is honesty always the best policy
Replies: 14
Views: 6397

Re: Is honesty always the best policy

I try to get through life doing as little harm as possible. If telling the truth will hurt someone, I will keep the facts to myself or claim ignorance. I don't feel good about doing that, but, I would feel worse if I didn't and someone was hurt because of it okay, but do you feel that you people wh...
by Johnnywas
April 13th, 2013, 12:13 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is honesty always the best policy
Replies: 14
Views: 6397

Re: Is honesty always the best policy

see now how closely Integrity and Truth are bound up. One is of little importance without the other. One Einstien quote I found is “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important ideas." Einstien may have been referring to dishonesty and using a metaphor - "Bein...
by Johnnywas
April 11th, 2013, 11:25 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is honesty always the best policy
Replies: 14
Views: 6397

Re: Is honesty always the best policy

Here's a question Dave about Honesty Is it wrong for someone to spread the word if they are personally convinced that there is a higher power. Is it wrong for someone to promote religious views if they don't sincerely believe in God. Perhaps, they became Priests as a young man and lost their faith. ...