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by Lord Muck oGentry
May 23rd, 2008, 1:04 am
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Squirrel? Penguin? Yeeehaw!
Replies: 2
Views: 1261

Squirrel? Penguin? Yeeehaw!

I've posted this elsewhere:
http://www.maniacworld.com/squirrel-vs-penguin.htm

Still makes me laugh.
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 23rd, 2008, 12:45 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Stephen Law on moral relativism
Replies: 14
Views: 2378

Re: Stephen Law on moral relativism

The Case for Objective Morality by Francois Tremblay is worth a look. There is also the thread Curtains started, Where morality comes from. It may be worth merging it with this one. Maria, It may be a good idea to merge the threads. And, in any case, it's for you to say. But, before you do, I'd lik...
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 22nd, 2008, 6:14 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Call to prayer
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Call to prayer

MedMae wrote:I don't think that freedom of speech extends to use of megaphones. Denying them the use of magaphones does not prevent them from speaking so that argument is bit flawed really.


:clap: Spot-on, MM!
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 21st, 2008, 12:26 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Stephen Law on moral relativism
Replies: 14
Views: 2378

Re: Stephen Law on moral relativism

Is Law arguing that if you are a moral relativist, you should accept the right of others to be intolerant because that may be the right decision for them? That sounds about right to me. Well, it depends on whether " should" is meant morally or logically. Given Law's obvious views, I don't...
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 20th, 2008, 8:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Government to log every phone call, email and text
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

Re: Government to log every phone call, email and text

What is this government's unseemly obsession with curtain-twitching, eavesdropping and sheet-sniffing about? :angry:
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 20th, 2008, 8:01 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Stephen Law on moral relativism
Replies: 14
Views: 2378

Re: Stephen Law on moral relativism

Thanks for the thoughts, Electric Angel. I'm not sure whether you really count as a moral relativist. To my eye, you look more like a man who is ready to argue his moral case, without assuming that he is infallibly in the right and has nothing to learn from opposing views. And that is entirely compa...
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 19th, 2008, 7:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Stephen Law on moral relativism
Replies: 14
Views: 2378

Re: Stephen Law on moral relativism

Zoe, First, an apology. I should have made it plain that Law spends far more time in the article attacking lazy strawman accusations of moral relativism than attacking relativism itself. And the version that he attacks is, as he acknowledges, of a crude well-it's-true-for-me sort. Still, it'll do fo...
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 18th, 2008, 10:32 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Stephen Law on moral relativism
Replies: 14
Views: 2378

Stephen Law on moral relativism

I liked this piece by Stephen Law:
http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/search/l ... relativism

He not only explains what is wrong with moral relativism but also makes the useful point that it offers a convenient stick for authoritarians to beat their opponents with. He goes on to explain what is wrong with the authoritarian argument.
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 16th, 2008, 6:36 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Where morality comes from.
Replies: 157
Views: 14582

Re: Where morality comes from.

As far as I can see, he's saying that what moral consensus there may be is influenced by many things. These influences are largely secular, and those religious people who insist that their moral opinions are derived from their religion are often simply mistaken. Many religious people are within the ...
by Lord Muck oGentry
May 11th, 2008, 12:34 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Do you "believe" in evolution?
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: Do you "believe" in evolution?

I agree and I try to challenge it when I hear it, which is quite often on 'Yahoo answers'. Thank you so much for reminding me of that place's existence. Not. Typical question spotted today: Creationists: Why do you refuse to accept the evolution theory when there is so much evidence? Typical answer...
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 23rd, 2008, 12:14 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Christian personality type
Replies: 14
Views: 1808

Re: Christian personality type

I have just spent the evening with two Christians with that specific personality type of being very pleasant, but also very bland. The kind who are so blandly nice that even though it appears genuine you can't believe that anyone can be like that. It seems to a be a specific Christian personality t...
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 16th, 2008, 1:52 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Animal Emotions
Replies: 17
Views: 2312

Re: Animal Emotions

I find it difficult to believe that there are people who would deny that animals suffer or experience pain. There can't be many people who have not, at some time witnessed an animal in pain? How the hell could anybody think that a living thing, with a brain and a nervous system, wouldn't suffer pai...
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 8th, 2008, 7:26 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 7737

Re: Really irritating expressions

I am not a customer of the train company I am a customer of my baker, a client of my solicitor, and a passenger on the railway network. Nor am I a customer of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs; I'm a victim. Well played, sir! For more than twenty years the word customer has been spreading like scum...
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 6th, 2008, 5:04 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: BBC TV's The Apprentice
Replies: 74
Views: 9039

Re: TV's The Apprentice

What is this TV of which you speak?

Strange to me are the ways of the unLuddite. :D
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 5th, 2008, 1:46 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 7737

Re: Really irritating expressions

1973 Shorter OED gives recognize first, as do earlier editions. Gowers preferred to end all such words with ise, but accepted that authorities differ.
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 5th, 2008, 1:49 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 7737

Re: Really irritating expressions

[Rant mode]

When did recognize lose its g and become reconize?

Is it Belgravia Cockney? Mockney? Radio 4 Estuary English? New Labour Illiterate? Or does some clod imagine that the g is pronounced as in deign?

[/Rant mode]
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 3rd, 2008, 10:04 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 7737

Re: Really irritating expressions

Are things still unfit for purpose? Or can we go back to calling them no bloody use?
by Lord Muck oGentry
April 3rd, 2008, 12:55 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 7737

Re: Really irritating expressions

Gosh! Where shall I start? :D

I am tired with people who are bored of this or that.

And of those who flaunt rules. If you've got it, flout it!
by Lord Muck oGentry
March 28th, 2008, 9:18 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Nice one, Ian & "You may not beleive in God but ..." merger
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Re: Nice one, Ian & "You may not beleive in God but ..." merger

I expect this has been mentioned before:
http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/flew01.htm

It's a matter of getting the definitions clear, and then placing the burden of proof where it belongs.
by Lord Muck oGentry
March 28th, 2008, 12:18 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted
Replies: 30
Views: 2660

Re: Ban on hijab in Turkish universitites lifted

Up to them what they wear. Up to others to mock them.