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by Ted Harvey
February 25th, 2008, 11:28 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: National DNA database
Replies: 45
Views: 8210

Re: National DNA database

The core question about the DNA National Bank proposal is 'are we to assume trust in every future government, police or security agency that will rule in our country now and, more importanlty, in the future?'. For me at any rate I know the answer, based on long and sad experience of such matters (th...
by Ted Harvey
February 25th, 2008, 11:17 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Charitable Organisations
Replies: 19
Views: 4482

Re: Humanist Charitable Organisations

I’m involved in advising charity groups along with a whole lot of other ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. My general response is that anyone with Humanist inclinations and inclined to put in voluntary effort in pursuance of a good purpose should certainly consider working with or for a charity. I did g...
by Ted Harvey
February 20th, 2008, 3:02 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: There will be blood
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: There will be blood

Jem I know what you mean, but I don't think this film will work well on the small screen because the cinematic visuals are an essential part of what makes it what it is (if that makes sense :puzzled: ). Incidentally I was at 'Waiting for Godo at The Citz last Friday night and in conversation a real ...
by Ted Harvey
February 18th, 2008, 1:28 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Spirituality
Replies: 78
Views: 8686

Re: Spirituality

Maria I think a little qualification, preferably softening, of what you say might be helpful. I think it’s subjective and contestable where you say that: Enough people use the word in keeping with the definition provided by Lifelinking I think the whole tenor of this thread is that there is great va...
by Ted Harvey
February 15th, 2008, 5:06 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Stalin - the murdering atheist
Replies: 54
Views: 5626

Re: Stalin - the murdering atheist

I found this article to be one of the most contemporaneously thought-provoking ones I have come across; for example on the contrasting mass psychological legacies of WW1 (pre-occupation with death) and WW2 (pre-occupation with evil), the return of ‘Evil’ in public discourse and the dangers of Israel...
by Ted Harvey
February 14th, 2008, 8:48 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Civil Servants and politicians proselytising in Parliament
Replies: 3
Views: 764

Civil Servants and politicians proselytising in Parliament

This kind of seeping evangelism always disturbs me; it’s all just so opaque and omnipresent (take especial note of the reference to ‘civil servants from across the Departments and Ministries of State’): the annual Week of Prayer for Parliament & Whitehall will take place between 5-11 May. Supported ...
by Ted Harvey
February 12th, 2008, 4:54 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: There will be blood
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

There will be blood

I attended the preview of the ‘There will be Blood” film in Glasgow last night and found it to be impressive, nearly awesome, but in the end frustrating. Frustrating because it is a typical Hollywood production that ensures that any provocative political message by the original author questioning al...
by Ted Harvey
February 5th, 2008, 1:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Oh dear!
Replies: 14
Views: 2448

Re: Oh dear!

Heurismus, on the 'bad' language etc. I'm just being a rank hypocrite in this case, because I really did mean that I found you're comments hilarious...
:wink:
by Ted Harvey
February 5th, 2008, 1:34 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Spirituality
Replies: 78
Views: 8686

Re: Spirituality

I have to chuck my tuppence worth along with those who see the term ‘spirituality’ as just too baggage laden and conflating. I say so on two pragmatic and experience based grounds: 1. I do find that religionists use it as a levering term… just suggesting, obliquely, that there is something more than...
by Ted Harvey
February 4th, 2008, 12:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Christians for political censorship of films
Replies: 0
Views: 790

Christians for political censorship of films

The 'Catholic Action UK' website has taken up the cudgels to support a dangerously anti-free speech private members bill by Tory nonentity, sorry, backbencher, Julian Brazier. This would bring about the appalling prospect of Parliamentary MPs dictating to the British Board of Film Classification (so...
by Ted Harvey
February 2nd, 2008, 2:37 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: New Statesman on God
Replies: 7
Views: 1680

Re: New Statesman on God

I just could not resist a wee bit of naughty follow-up fun (see below) with my serious bit at the tail end. But, as it's all maybe just on the acceptable side of caustic, I better leave it at that :wink: : "Zero I like your take on pompous Recusant as ‘there's nothing like an ad hominem attack to di...
by Ted Harvey
February 1st, 2008, 2:22 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: New Statesman on God
Replies: 7
Views: 1680

New Statesman on God

Good spread of features on ‘The God Thing’ led by Andrew Marr in The New Statesman this week with most available online. The utter nonsense of the ‘Keep The Faith’ article written by someone (or something?) called Sholto Byrnes is downright disturbing. I offered my own (typo-ridden) response in the ...
by Ted Harvey
February 1st, 2008, 12:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Oh dear!
Replies: 14
Views: 2448

Re: Oh dear!

Actually Alan C I think we could ‘make this up’, going on our own experiences - but then we would be accused of being bigots and anti-religion :grin: I try not to post 'bad' language and generally don’t like abusive stuff, so I’m quite taken with Heurismus's considered and technically precise progno...
by Ted Harvey
February 1st, 2008, 12:14 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Scotland's Music (three threads merged)
Replies: 25
Views: 3380

Re: Scotland's Music - Brilliant

I read that Phil Cumnningham has just been appointed part-time head of traditional Scottish music at RAMD.

The boay hiz dun well :)
by Ted Harvey
January 21st, 2008, 2:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: YMCA & Local Authority
Replies: 35
Views: 4603

Re: YMCA & Local Authority

Ian if you're still following this, you might want to see my posting in this forum, "An evangelical zealot gets a public Equalities post?!?". Presumably this evangelical who wanted gays excluded, could in his new public Equalities post be dealing with complaints about the likes of the YMCA/public se...
by Ted Harvey
January 21st, 2008, 2:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: An evangelical zealot gets a public Equalities post?!?
Replies: 1
Views: 589

An evangelical zealot gets a public Equalities post?!?

Another example in line with previously expressed concerns about the creepy, creeping erosion of our civic life by evangelical religionists. Just how can an allegedly homophobic evangelical be appointed to such a public post?: A gay rights group has compiled a dossier criticising the record of one o...
by Ted Harvey
January 15th, 2008, 7:35 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: I am gonna grow my own
Replies: 22
Views: 3683

Re: I am gonna grow my own

My understanding is that it’s the actual process of decay and composting that’s the culprit here. The process depletes some base ingredients; nitrogen and phosphorus in particular.
by Ted Harvey
January 15th, 2008, 12:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Wikipedia and the truth!
Replies: 4
Views: 1169

Re: Wikipedia and the truth!

For me, one of the most significant benefits that Wikipedia has provided is to make us stop and think about what ‘facts’ we take as 'authoritative’ and, even more importantly, what sources we accept as ‘authoritative’ and why. It does not seem all that many years ago when there was a broad and embed...
by Ted Harvey
January 14th, 2008, 5:03 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: I am gonna grow my own
Replies: 22
Views: 3683

Re: I am gonna grow my own

Nick my practice is a variation of no-dig. All our kitchen waste just gets dumped on the open ground and rots down - come autumn and winter and I add leave a soft cutings material. It's important not to dig or rake this in as the composting process will actually deplete the soil. Drawback is the app...
by Ted Harvey
January 13th, 2008, 5:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: I am gonna grow my own
Replies: 22
Views: 3683

Re: I am gonna grow my own

Moose I came across this thread by chance and then was taken with the topic as I have been a keen organic gardener (long before it became awfully fashionable - i.e. the lines of BBC’s Alan Titmarsh make a lot of money out of posturing around it). However, I was stopped dead in my tracks with your co...