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by Ted Harvey
July 19th, 2008, 6:51 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Does Humanism = Left Wing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3030

Re: Does Humanism = Left Wing?

Yes ocam, like Emma I was not 'attacking' what you said. In fact I took care to end with one of my points being that "I am not contesting your description of left and right". Emma, I thouhgt you did neatly sum up part of the dilemma for me: But I do think there's a danger for some socially liberal p...
by Ted Harvey
July 18th, 2008, 7:03 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Does Humanism = Left Wing?
Replies: 10
Views: 3030

Re: Does Humanism = Left Wing?

Occam you very helpfully define the dilemma in my mind about answering the original question. The descriptions of what you offer for 'left' and 'right' no longer apply in UK party politics for me. For example: those on the right are strongly in favor of self-reliance, economic survival of the fittes...
by Ted Harvey
July 7th, 2008, 10:55 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Recommended *Free* softwares
Replies: 21
Views: 6846

Re: Recommended *Free* softwares

Alan thanks for your comments, especially about Joomla. I will take up your offer to take it up further with you... but first I'm going to persevere with my learning on what I've got. I one of life's great easy-to-distract-and-never-finish guys unless I stay disciplined :wink:
by Ted Harvey
July 6th, 2008, 9:22 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Recommended *Free* softwares
Replies: 21
Views: 6846

Re: Recommended *Free* softwares

Ontoligist, I thought I should make a point of letting you know (if you are still looking in here) that I have been making good use of your very helpful advice of a couple of months back. I now have the 'bug' and the confidence to cosntruct my own website. I have a domain name in mind (which is avai...
by Ted Harvey
June 24th, 2008, 10:20 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Can humanism be judged by the things humanists say and do?
Replies: 12
Views: 1781

Re: Can humanism be judged by the things humanists say and do?

I'm just about to clock off for this evening when I spotted this thread, so I'll briefly offer my first thoughts. Firstly, on a matter of accessibility, why does Stangroom use such obtuse language? i.e. "But more than this, it just isn't obvious that one cannot learn anything about a set of ideas by...
by Ted Harvey
June 22nd, 2008, 5:38 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Rehabilitation
Replies: 18
Views: 2928

Re: Rehabilitation

I’m uneasy about how an assumed need for rehabilitation in a case, requires the equal assumption that there was some sort of original ‘evil’ or ‘bad intent’ on the part of the perpetrators. Rather than about rehabilitation, the Bulger case for me demonstrated the acute need that many, if not most, h...
by Ted Harvey
May 16th, 2008, 2:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Einstein had no time for the infinite?
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Re: Einstein had no time for the infinite?

Autumn I did wonder about not only the period Einstein was living in, but also that the period was in a near-dysfunctional, witch-hunting USA culture. He must have witnessed how the good old USA elites treated even the likes of Telfer (Teller), their own 'A Bomb' man, once they came to suspect his e...
by Ted Harvey
May 13th, 2008, 1:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Einstein had no time for the infinite?
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Einstein had no time for the infinite?

Good stuff in the Gruniad today on Einstein's views on God and religion: The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how ...
by Ted Harvey
April 30th, 2008, 3:31 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Attack on the 'secular and humanistic' media
Replies: 5
Views: 1038

Re: Attack on the 'secular and humanistic' media

On Peter Kearney's very own point about using the media for ideoligical purposes; I see that in the herald on Monday he had anothe rone of his letters in which he yet again uses obnoxious and disparaging language about anyone who dares to have a view other than 'the Catholic line'. In this case he a...
by Ted Harvey
April 29th, 2008, 12:40 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Evil Thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 3645

Re: Evil Thoughts

Another try from me to make a contribution that complements the high quality exchanges here. I have dithered at times about possible links between fantasy or thoughts and some sort of causal link to actual actions or enactment. My conclusions are that whilst there is no 'Iron Law' that there is auto...
by Ted Harvey
April 28th, 2008, 11:59 am
Forum: Education
Topic: HSS Education Strategy Launch
Replies: 29
Views: 5550

Re: HSS Education Strategy Launch

This 'missed opportunity' and the misguided inclusion of some material confirms again for me the fears I have before expressed about the HSS - the dysfunctional way it is operating, at least with respect to accountability, administration and good governance, means that it is becoming a potential thr...
by Ted Harvey
April 28th, 2008, 11:52 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Humph
Replies: 17
Views: 3038

Re: Humph

On his jazz I didn't know until some of the obits (very good they were) that he achieved the first ever top ten chart hit for a jazz melody in the UK. On the humour I found the 'never-a-rude-word-spoken-all-in-the-ear-of-the-listener', side-splitingly funny. very similar to that other classic 'Round...
by Ted Harvey
April 28th, 2008, 11:34 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Attack on the 'secular and humanistic' media
Replies: 5
Views: 1038

Re: Attack on the 'secular and humanistic' media

The mass media today is pervasive, persuasive and all too often invasive Now of course the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland helps this along by having its own media office and director, now complete with their very own website. the Pope warns that the mass media can be used for ideological purpose...
by Ted Harvey
April 28th, 2008, 10:48 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Not re-inventing the sacred
Replies: 1
Views: 566

Not re-inventing the sacred

BREAKING THE GALILEAN SPELL By Stuart A. Kauffman A really thought-provoking and detailed article about what God could be - but fatally flawed by a lack of consistancy and an anti-secular bias. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/kauffman08/kauffman08_index.html Kauffman starts out by modestly stating t...
by Ted Harvey
April 21st, 2008, 11:55 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Boxing: great sport or senseless violence?
Replies: 67
Views: 9172

Re: Boxing: great sport or senseless violence?

I really enjoy boxing. There is a primitive gladiatorial element and sheer physicality that makes it enthralling for many of us. As for folks who have seen it on the telly and find that repulsive, you don’t want to experience a live boxing event – some years ago I was at a boxing dinner when our tab...
by Ted Harvey
April 14th, 2008, 7:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Evil Thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 3645

Re: Evil Thoughts

I'm reading this thread with fascination as I 'make' myself think evil thoughts in the course of my ‘wanna be a playwright’ activities. There have been the odd moments when I have worked through a stream of conscienceness on a painful or distressing scene or character and I have gone into some prett...
by Ted Harvey
April 11th, 2008, 11:02 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: New Statesman asks: Do you believe in the afterlife?
Replies: 9
Views: 1466

Re: New Statesman asks: Do you believe in the afterlife?

I also read today that the once-great New Statesman continues with its religious propagation seam; another example today of giving a platform to pompous nonsense from a self-publicist and self-bettering 'clergyman'. Encouraging thought, to read in the psotings that there are some sane Christians wil...
by Ted Harvey
April 7th, 2008, 1:20 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 8760

Re: Really irritating expressions

Jaybird, I think you ruined what was for me a fairly enjoyably robust run-through of a thread for me when you posted: When I called this thread, "really irritating expressions" I was thinking of overused, misused or just silly words and phrases - not for people to have at go at others who happen to ...
by Ted Harvey
April 5th, 2008, 11:48 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 8760

Re: Really irritating expressions

Maria, sorry but I just don't buy the 'explanation' that the awful sounding 'lorr' as per Southertherns is just an accent thing. It is a matter of sloppy enunciation. I particularly mentioned that it seemed to afflict many Southerners right across the classes or backgrounda (with or without very not...