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by Ted Harvey
April 3rd, 2008, 7:25 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Really irritating expressions
Replies: 88
Views: 8760

Re: Really irritating expressions

When people, especially TV presenters, say that something is really , unique, or very unique, or absolutely unique... Aargh! Anything can only be unique or not unique… otherwise it isn’t unique. That's the whole point of the word unique. It drives me up the wall, but why do I get so annoyed over a w...
by Ted Harvey
March 30th, 2008, 1:18 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Nice one, Ian & "You may not beleive in God but ..." merger
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

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

Ian, I know that I probably do go on about this, but I get really frustrated about the language of ‘Faith’ in public life to disguise the fact that people are usually talking about religion (and usually about supporting or facilitating it). Periodically I find myself having to politely, but assertiv...
by Ted Harvey
March 30th, 2008, 12:58 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Films
Replies: 231
Views: 34700

Re: Cinema

I’m still basking in the glow of ‘There Will Be Blood’. :smile: But yes I agree as well with: I thought the Blair Witch Project was awful and decidedly unscary. I could not believe that it had been built up as the scariest film ever! We went to see it when it came out. It is the one and only time I ...
by Ted Harvey
March 28th, 2008, 4:34 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism on the wrong track?
Replies: 59
Views: 9045

Re: Humanism on the wrong track?

mdean thanks for posting your questions and it’s always good to get fresh takes on things. Can I suggest that there is are very important indicators in what you say at: if we, as humanist, are serious in trying to offer an alternative to organised religion we are not doing a very good job. Like othe...
by Ted Harvey
March 28th, 2008, 11:55 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Coronation Street
Replies: 75
Views: 8657

Re: Coronation Street

Thank you Jaywhat for sharing your Corrie problem with us and I’m sure we will all help you through this. It might help you to know that millions of others have fallen prey to this form of delusion and detachment from reality, it doesn't mean you are any less of a person. The hardest part is the par...
by Ted Harvey
March 27th, 2008, 2:18 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Churches continue to harvest public resources
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Churches continue to harvest public resources

Heurismus et al my apologies for the typo in my original intro blurb. The correct title in the extract proper that I pasted was: "Kingsway International Christian Centre" This was confirmed later in the piece as 'the church". I don't even have an excuse - just an explanation that yes it was a typo :...
by Ted Harvey
March 25th, 2008, 7:43 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Churches continue to harvest public resources
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Churches continue to harvest public resources

Heurismus I see whta you mean... slowly slowly monkee catchee (or something like that). Maybe it's also noteworthy that the Regeneration & Renewal journal I spoke of has returned to this particular 'faith' organisation's activities? Or perhaps it's the London Development Agency that has caught their...
by Ted Harvey
March 25th, 2008, 12:31 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Recommended *Free* softwares
Replies: 21
Views: 6846

Re: Recommended *Free* softwares

ontologist yesterday you got me into soapy bubble at home :wink: We ended up overdue in setting out on our Easter Monday walk and picnic and I was discovered to be the cause of our being late in starting... all because I got so engrossed with the excellent learning sources you posted :smile: I've on...
by Ted Harvey
March 23rd, 2008, 10:47 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Recommended *Free* softwares
Replies: 21
Views: 6846

Re: Recommended *Free* softwares

Thanks guys for those helpful comments. I think I do need to persevere a bit just now on getting to grips to what it's all about... maybe even try out some HTML learning for myself; ontoligist I may just come back and take you up on your offer when I'm ready :smile:
by Ted Harvey
March 22nd, 2008, 1:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Explaining Religion' international 2m Euro project
Replies: 1
Views: 545

'Explaining Religion' international 2m Euro project

An almost-excellent article in the Economist this week on a new European project with a budget of two billion Euro. “Explaining Religion”, is the largest-ever scientific study of the subject. It began last September, will run for three years, and involves scholars from 14 universities and a range of...
by Ted Harvey
March 22nd, 2008, 12:45 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Recommended *Free* softwares
Replies: 21
Views: 6846

Re: Recommended *Free* softwares

Ontologist thanks for starting this interesting and useful thread. Nick thanks for the pdf tip… I was intending buying the proprietary version soon! And Alan thanks for the mind-mapping tip. I love using the mind-mapping approach in my work. Mind you (no pun intended) some folks go rather OTT with f...
by Ted Harvey
March 21st, 2008, 5:07 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Cardinal attacks "Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill"
Replies: 17
Views: 2970

Re: Cardinal attacks "Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill"

Hmm... another ignorant and intolerant political rant from a senior Scottish Catholic clergyman following of the ignorant and intolerant political rant from another senior Scottish Catholic clergyman last week... it could just be part of that "giant conspiracy" to "destroy Christianity! I wonder if ...
by Ted Harvey
March 18th, 2008, 2:36 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Churches continue to harvest public resources
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Churches continue to harvest public resources

Heurismus good work and I've been pondering on the fact that this is not the first such alert I have picked up from the journal I got this one from. I will keep my eye on things and if the journal returns to either this particular case or the theme in general, I will pitch in with a letter; as the j...
by Ted Harvey
March 18th, 2008, 8:52 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Re: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?

Well I did say...
Now my anger is being replaced with a sense of sanguine re-assurance because of the overwhelmingly negative responses to the Bishop's deluded and bigoted comments.
:wink:
by Ted Harvey
March 17th, 2008, 10:41 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Subsidize Methadone or force them to do 'Cold Turkey'?
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Re: Subsidize Methadone or force them to do 'Cold Turkey'?

The concept of compulsory treatment is of course always controversial. I certainly am appalled when I read of the recurrent tendency of state controlled health services to so often get treatment for mental illnesses and disabilities so wrong – and of course to use compulsory detention under mental i...
by Ted Harvey
March 16th, 2008, 12:47 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Re: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?

Going by the opening letter in the Sunday Herald's 'Letters to the Editor' today there may indeed be a conspiracy - one by the Christian right in Scotland. The letter is a strikingly detailed and seemingly informed one (albeit in a highly distaful McCarthyite style); strange that it should sign-off ...
by Ted Harvey
March 16th, 2008, 11:05 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Subsidize Methadone or force them to do 'Cold Turkey'?
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Subsidize Methadone or force them to do 'Cold Turkey'?

I have one of those issues welling up in my mind of the sort that pulls you emotionally one way, and intellectually another. This is the issue of whether tackling Scotland’s seemingly spiraling drug misuse problem can be better tackled by replacing the existing ‘methadone substitute’ programme with ...
by Ted Harvey
March 14th, 2008, 11:37 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Re: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?

Now my anger is being replaced with a sense of sanguine re-assurance because of the overwhelmingly negative responses to the Bishop's deluded and bigoted comments. I could not help noticing in the letters in the Herald today included one of dismay from a writer describing themselves as a Roman Catho...
by Ted Harvey
March 13th, 2008, 10:37 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1382

Does he really want to be a Ranting Devine Bigot?

Sorry about the heading, but I’m angry and almost lost for words on the paranoid, bigoted and downright disturbing latest outburst from Motherwell Bishop Joseph Devine. He really does seem to believe there is a secular-gay conspiracy to destroy Christianity: I want to ask you if you are able to see ...
by Ted Harvey
March 12th, 2008, 8:17 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Spirituality
Replies: 78
Views: 8687

Re: Spirituality

I just noticed that the episode today of USA import comedy programme 'Everybody Loves Raymond' was on 'Faith'. It's not a programme that I would normally watch, but given our discussion and givent the them of the episode I did. It was mostly set in the local school and a big annual event. Guess what...