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by Dan
September 12th, 2009, 10:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 10337

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

This is the documentary: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/disp ... /episode-1

The attack(s) began on 26 November 2008; the C4 was first aired in June this year.

Dan
by Dan
September 3rd, 2009, 6:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

How can we conclude that the intolerance is BECAUSE of a faith? ONLY if the faith directly PRESCRIBES the specific form of intolerance. I completely disagree, but I would frame the issues in quite a different way. If we were to accept your distinction, that would mean that we could not blame Hitler...
by Dan
September 3rd, 2009, 5:18 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

Do atheists have a duty to run down religionists? From the evidence, it would appear that some atheists are so inclined. That's right. And some aren't. So we are agreed that there is no such atheist duty. What part of the word "Secular" is unclear? All political now, no anti-religious agenda or pla...
by Dan
September 3rd, 2009, 3:11 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

==edited out because it all went horribly wrong==
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 2:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 10337

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

Also, which other buildings had a plane flown into them? The Empire State Building was hit by a B-25 bomber in 1945 in thick fog. Oh yes, I'd forgotten about that. Much smaller plane, of course: B-52: Length: 52 ft 11 in (16.1 m) Wingspan: 67 ft 6 in (20.6 m) Boeing 767: Length 159 ft 2 in (48.5 m)...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 2:01 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

The main problem that Humanism has with religion, I think, is the intolerance of religion. And this religious intolerance to my knowledge is present only in Abrahamic religions. I don't know about "main" problem. Humanists also have a problem with religion being untrue. It is untrue that "religious...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 1:38 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

Let's not mix up the metaphors. Atheism is the gorilla in Humanism's room. Humanists definitely do not have any duty to run down religionists. Do atheists have a duty to run down religionists? Humanism is an inclusive sensibility toward our species, planet and lives. The BHA should merge with the N...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 1:21 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

I've read Dawkins' argument that we should come out as Athiests. However, I tend to call myself an Agnostic as a tactic and technique. When I attend meetings - such as Inter Faith Forums - with believers, I find that describing myself as an Athiest allows faith leaders to instruct their followers n...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 1:11 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

People do not have to accept labels if they don't want to, but I am happy with being an atheist and a humanist - as well as a loyal member of the National Secular Society. And you can go to church on Easter Sunday too. ;-) No problem. My concern as a Humanist, always, is that atheism is the 800 lb ...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 1:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

In the UK, humanism has mainly been nonreligious.Dan I don't really agree with that assertion, the BHA seems to be primarily concerned with limiting religious influence, and is a lot like American Humanism that way, the latter being justified of course. The proximity of Anglicans to catholicism mig...
by Dan
September 2nd, 2009, 12:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What is the truth behind 9/11?
Replies: 140
Views: 10337

Re: What is the truth behind 9/11?

This kind of thing is never ending. Must those who think that the broad thrust of the "official" account of the collapse of the world trade towers is correct deal with every imagined "objection" by experiment? No. Does the objection to US foreign policy after 9/11 hinge on whether or not al-qaeda wa...
by Dan
August 27th, 2009, 11:41 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 82251

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

The word humanism has had many uses in its long history, and has been adopted by religious thinkers as well as irreligious ones. Among the religious ones, it's been used by both theists and nontheists. Hence the first American-originated "Humanist Manifesto" of 1933 was a "religious humanist" docume...
by Dan
August 11th, 2009, 12:13 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?
Replies: 79
Views: 4640

Re: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?

Nick wrote:...meanwhile the kid is shifting from foot to foot, wondering whether or not he's going to Church or Sainsbury's.......
The kid is going nowhere until we've sorted this out.

Dan
by Dan
August 4th, 2009, 11:14 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?
Replies: 79
Views: 4640

Re: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?

Sorry, I'm not willing to set it aside. I agree that it's usually an unattainable goal, and that is why IMHO there are relatively few undisputable facts. An opinion by definition is "a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty." A fact , on the other hand, ...
by Dan
August 4th, 2009, 10:34 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1702

Re: Humanist meeting

That was Harold Blackham's vision for the humanist movement, more or less. But it hasn't been what the humanist movement wanted to do (as a whole, clearly many groups and individuals do do some of this). Partly this may be about political preferences, in that many humanists would rather campaign for...
by Dan
August 4th, 2009, 10:26 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Quantum problem
Replies: 62
Views: 5650

Re: Quantum problem

More nationalist political propaganda from Nirvanam, I see.

Not everything is vedic.

Dan
by Dan
August 3rd, 2009, 3:04 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?
Replies: 79
Views: 4640

Re: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?

But we are not just intellectual beings, we are emotional and intuitive too. Surely good decision making involves a balance? That depends what the decision is. If you're asking me how I want my bathroom painted, then my feelings about that are going to matter quite a lot. If you're asking me whethe...
by Dan
August 3rd, 2009, 2:31 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?
Replies: 79
Views: 4640

Re: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?

That depends. What exactly is kneejerk sub-postmodernist relativist irrationalism? It does what it says on the tin. Humour us please Dan. Explain what you mean. :) I've found some of the vocabulary being used here very familiar from debates over the last couple of decades. There's seems to be somet...
by Dan
August 3rd, 2009, 2:20 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?
Replies: 79
Views: 4640

Re: Should Skeptics Send Their Kids to Church on Sundays?

My opinions are based on reasons . I don’t mind confessing to fallibility, but my opinions are not just based on feelings, they are objectively based. Of course they are. So are mine. Everyone has reasons for what they believe, and usually those reasons are objectively based (even if the reasoning ...
by Dan
August 2nd, 2009, 8:15 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism is not scientism.
Replies: 110
Views: 6744

Re: Humanism is not scientism.

So you are an alien den Hundovir? :D http://planetsmilies.net/alien-smiley-126.gif Actually, you were making a serious point weren't you? Of course, I am a human being, but that doesn't mean that I think "human values and compassion must remain paramount". I wouldn't be so bold! I'm not sure that "...